Sunday, November 8, 2009


I hate seeing my paycheck go from the whole amount to hardly anything once I pay the mortgage and the cell phone bill.  Because I have nothing left but money to buy gas for the car.  I allow myself  a whopping 20 dollars per week for incidentals each week of the month.  That danged cell phone bill is killing me.  250.00 a month now.  

Yesterday I went to Harbor Freight and bought myself a 4.99 metal hole cutter die set.  And a 1.99 teeny hand drill to drill holes in soft wood.  I needed the metal hole cutter because I have some 8 gauge copper wire that I want to make bookmarks out of...ewww awkward sentence.  In any case, I wanted to cut a hole in one end to hang beads.  

I made one yesterday but DANG!  8 gauge is hard to hammer and I don't have any good metal files.  My dad had bunches but I don't know what happened to all of his tools.  When I did hammer the end wide enough to accomodate the hole, the cutter cut a hole too large so it broke.  Hmmmm.  

Plus I need an anvil.  My FIL had this small block of metal, about 3 inches by 5 inches that I could have used but I can't find that either...if we ever had it.  I can't remember if I saw it here or maybe at the MIL's house.  If it was there, it is long gone. 

When I was at Harbor Freight I saw they had a dappling block.  I want one of those (hahahah, even tho I don't have any metal sheet or way to cut metal - I NEVER have the right tools or materials).  Well, I did read a review of the HF dappling tool here.  I guess it's a good thing I didn't have the money to buy it eh?  Thank goodness for blogs, blog authors and research.  

I do wish there was a place in town to teach me what I need to know about working with metal and had the tools for me to play with. 

1 comment:

susan m hinckley said...

Amen to that! If I could gain any skill set, it would be metalworking -- I've always wanted to do it, and someday I just might.