Last weekend we went down to Craft Pride, located at 61 Rainey Street in Austin TX, to see our good friends Lynn and Tracy Dowd, who were having their Dowd’s Tools event. They always have a large range of tools, and I almost always find something that must follow me home. While each event is obviously different, since the tools they sell are antiques, or at least used. Lynn and Tracy also have to decide what portion of their tools to carry along to each event, so if you are looking for something specific, contact them directly as they very well may have it. Their contact information is:
Lynn & Tracy
Dowd’s Vintage & Antique Tools
I took a few photos at their event, as well as some of the items I procured. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any shots with Tracy in them.
And now for some of the cool tools that “followed me home”:
If you have the opportunity, either go to one of their events around Texas, or stop by the HQ, in Garland. They are great people and always have some cool stuff.
Oh, and here is info on their upcoming event:
THE URBAN FLEA
Outdoor Vintage Market
701 Avenue A
Garland, Texas 75040
(Located directly behind RESURRECTED DESIGNS at 701 Avenue A in downtown Garland just one block off the square.)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH
10 AM – 5 PM
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I’ve recently picked up a few parts and pieces from my local Home Depot, with which to make some of the mentioned clamps. I know I could stroll down to my local WoodCraft or other similar store, or order some online, but I’m trying to be a bit more frugal with my monies. Heck, besides that, I find it enjoyable to make tools that I need, if they are within my reach.
I drew out a rough sketch of my clamp bodies yesterday, and then transferred that to some 1/8″ hardboard scrap. Now I have some templates from which to work, and it’ll keep my clamps “looking” like they came from the same maker.
I have some alternate ideas relating to a couple of aspects, which I may test out while making the first couple of clamps. I’m thinking it’ll end up making a quicker build, but I’ll have to test it (like always, when vetting your ideas) to find out for sure.
The parts I’ve picked up will make between 4-10 clamps, and without including the wood I intend to use (off-cuts, which is probably no big surprise to my readers), tallies up to just under $25. So, it’ll be interesting to see how far that will go, and see my final ACPC (average cost per clamp, just made that up, so no surprise you didn’t recognize the acronym).
I’ll post some photos and further information as progress is made on the clamps. Thanks for checking in and let me know what you think.
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