Drivel Starved Nation,
First, I really do hope all of you are well and that everybody in your orbit is well. I don’t think anybody is better prepared for a pandemic shutdown than those of us with a shop. So far, all is well here and I hope to keep it that way.
Before I fill the space between your ears with some Drivel, I do want to get serious for a moment.
There was a comment posted on this blog from a customer with a JMP that needs warranty work. This person claimed that he has received no response from customer service. I understand this pandemic has really created a mess of things, so I want to state unequivocally that this is not something I will tolerate. Pandemic excuses only work for a short while before they become a crutch for incompetence. If anybody has any issues at all, and you are head-butting the wall of unbearable frustration, here is what you do; complain to me.
I will make sure that the chicken salad you ordered is in fact, what you will receive, not the odoriferous alternative.
Whew. I feel better now.
When I last posted on this Totally Awesome and Worthless Blog, I was hoping to get you back in your shop making some cool frames for the twilled cards in my last post. Unfortunately, this project stalled on the spot because Amazon announced they were only shipping stuff they deemed important. This is no longer the case, as I just received a pair of ostrich feather covered handcuffs, so I will revive this project ASAP after my shop stuff arrives. Did I just say that?
PENCIL PRECISION UPDATE: The first pre-production components will be in hand in July. To refresh, I completely redesigned this last fall, but production has been impacted by you-know-what. So I am really excited that this is getting back on track.
Over the past three months I have been working on the HP-6 for the international market, which meant I had to re-create all the profiles in metric units. Truthfully, I should have done this in the very beginning. So, those items are now in the production planning stages.
And inside were the production prototypes of the redesigned CS-3 CenterScribe and the new titanium Palm Brace awaiting my approval.
The CS-3 CenterScribe now comes with the mortise/tenon attachment built into the tool. Also different is the lock knob, which is only used when you are using the CenterScribe with one outrigger engaged so it works like a marking gage. The new lock knob thread is now metal which presses against a skid plate to keep from scoring the arms.
This is an exciting redesign and I cannot wait for this to hit the marketplace this summer. Interestingly, this prototype required no revisions which is always a good thing.
The titanium armed Palm Brace looks like it just came from Q’s lab (Q is the dude that made all of James Bonds gadgets….). This is one of the coolest tools I have ever held and the reason is this jet-black PVD finish. If you are unfamiliar with PVD coatings, click here.
This Palm Brace will only chuck 1/4″ hex tooling. Which means it will chuck everything from screwdriver bits, drills, to nut drivers. Those that have either of the two previous versions know this is just an incredible shop aid.
The engraving on this prototype was all wrong, and has been corrected for the production run.
In my career as your Tool Potentate, the Palm Brace is in my top-five favorite gizmos. Availability is late summer.
I hope I made Q proud!
PS: On weekends I have been working on my quarantine sanity by catering to my bird photography obsession. This bird, the Cedar Waxwing is one of my favorites and I was thrilled to add this image to my collection of bird images for my grand kids. I took this image around 8am at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, a 20 minute drive from my house.
Is this a cool looking bird or what? The orange wing tips, as well as the yellow tail are not feathers, this color is a wax that is secreted — the reason of which I have no idea. Like every other color scheme in wild birds that is not camouflage, the display is likely for attracting a mate. That’s my guess.