I didn’t get to buy what I wanted today, but I did get these two (also relatively cheap ones). When I got home, I opened them and dug right in. I don’t know if it because I’ve been practicing a lot or what, but both opened in under 15 seconds!
I’ve joined KeyPicking.com, a forum for like-minded. Listed all my TrioVing cylinders for trade, trying to expand my collection of locks and tools.
– These are the three locks I’m currently focusing on, trying to learn the feel and art of picking. All three are no-name China made, and the far right (“Master lookalike”) is so poorly made, both keys and picking is cumbersome.
The two on the left are no problem. I can open both in under 10 seconds. The far left is so small, I didn’t really think I’d be able to pick it with my current setup. Some finagling but it’s actually easy.
All the other locks I have are somewhat above my current level, but I’m thinking of going crazy at the stores tomorrow and buy a boatload of locks, padlocks, anything, etc.
G’afternoon ya’ll, long time no write…
Lately I’ve been on a huge #locksport #keypicking binge! For years I’ve been interested in lockpicking, but I haven’t been able to find picks, and so it’s only been at the back of my head. Last weekend I came across bosnianbill’s lock lab, YouTube channel. After watching a few videos, I found links to websites selling picks and accessories. A bit of looking around and I found a set I liked, along with some plug followers and also a set of tools for warded locks.
When waiting for packages and such, I’m a very impatient man! That’s why I chose priority international FedEx. From the states to my possession in about a day and a half. Made it to me just before the weekend so I could have some fun.
On the left, you can see the set I chose and also a diskus padlock I’ve been playing with. I’m as new as can be, and my skills are almost zero. Even my limited skills opens this lock in seconds! I heard Bill read from a letter in a video about faith-based security. My playing and watching videos really makes a point: locks and such are not secure. A skilled picker can open even the most “secure” locks in minutes.
Here you can see some locks I picked up from our locksmith store. I just asked if they had some old locks laying around, and this is the result, along with some padlocks I already had.
I’m nowhere near able to open these locks, but if I don’t try I can’t get better. Alright, enough writing for now… It’s back to videos and practice!
Hey guys, about time to write something again.
A couple of days ago, I picked up a free lawnmower and got it home to do some work before selling it again. It was given away as non-starting, but it had been run a couple of weeks ago. I did some very basic testing like spark, air filter, etc. Nothing bad, except the fuel smelled funny, almost like diesel. The previous owner said she had run it dry, and then filled it up and couldn’t get it to start again. I’m going to empty the tank, open the carb and clean it out and hope that sorts it. It fired for a second or two, using start spray directly in the carb.
Doing those small tests, brought be an idea; I’m going to start a new series of videos on my YouTube channel. Pickup 2 Profit, sounded like a great name so that’s what I’m going with. Here’s a link to my first video in the series. This first item, I’m doing in multi part videos, however I think I’m going to make 1-video “shows” that are a bit longer in the future.
Hope to see you again and I hope to have you watch, comment, like and subscribe to my videos!
I went an did it… I splurged on a new camera for my videos. Having used a camcorder up until now, this time I went DSLR which I’ve wanted to do for some time now. I used to be really into photography and have an early Canon EOS 400D, with no video options.
For once, I did a lot of research, and landed on Canon EOS 70D or 700D hopefully the former. The store didn’t have a 70 in stock, and I didn’t want to wait for them to order and get one, so I ended up with a 700D, which covers all my needs.
More in depth post as soon as I’ve used it a bit, and can say I have an honest opinion.
I have been in such a bad slump lately… Can’t seem to get my head spun right and able to make something new.
I’ve designated it: Makersblock!
Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing I can do about it, other times it’s just another bump in the road. Ever since the bridge on our main highway collapsed, it’s over doubled my travel time to my shop. This, in turn with there being heavy traffic and lots of stops and queues, has resulted in me not wanting to drive there for a while.
I don’t have any good space here at home to do any real work, and I don’t want to drive all that extra way just to test out a small idea. Driving for 35-40 minutes to test a 10 minute idea, … I could (and should) maybe gather up things, and drive to test out several things but my mind just doesn’t seem to be in it. I’d like to have a place where I could also take 5 and surf the web, maybe to learn a new thing. My shop is currently located in a barn where there’s no internet connection possible (yes, there are a few places like that).
Ah well, I guess I should just muscle through and get going. Please let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see!
Hey folks, how are ya’ll doing? Just thought I’d let you know about the latest article I’m writing on Defiance.no. I used the weekend to make a travel/carry case for my e-cigarette and some apparel. Again, no video but I’m making more of these so there will be video then.
This was a proof of concept, built from 5/32 plywood, 23 gauge headless pins and Titebond wood glue. Like I write in the article, this was my first time using Titebond and what a product! I’m used to generic white wood glue here in Norway, but that’s got nothing on yellow glue. I bought a 16 oz bottle as a test, and to give you an example of prices here: I found the same bottle at Home Depot for ~$5. My price over here: ~$18 If I were to buy the full gallon jug: ~$75!!! I’m still going to buy the gallon though, but at what prize.
Now, video… I’m still making these things at home, where it’s small and not very well lit. I’m setting up two halogen lights on a stand, which I hope will be good for video purposes. I used to make regular videos on the channel NordicSurvivalist, my second channel. However, due to several personal issues, I didn’t make a video for a very long time. You can have a look at my primary channel and see what I have been able to produce and make.
Here’s a small picture of the latest project. Head on over to Defiance.no to have a look at the article there.
Thanks for stopping by, and check back soon for a new video. Can’t wait to get started!
Hey guys and gals, how are ya’ll doing?
I thought I’d write a quick bit today, as the video project I started… fell through. I was all set for making a video on this project I wrote about on Defiance, but there just wasn’t a way for me to shoot it here at home. Cramped and dimly lit, I gave it up and decided to write about it instead.
I made this here at home and not at my “shop”. Not really a shop, but where I keep my tools. All I used for this one is a jigsaw and a very small band saw, apart from my drill of course. The entry table is very simple and takes little to complete. However, at first I was at a loss as to how to join the parts that were already cut. I don’t have the means to do mortise and tenon and I had never really considered pocket holes until now. I spend A LOT of hours on YouTube and I have seen loads of videos covering Kreg pocket hole jigs. I don’t know why, but I have been under the impression that pocket holes are, less than adequate. Decisions, decisions… Norway feels like the middle ages at times. Tools, materials and so much more, not available or only available through lengthy imports from eBay and the likes.
I did a bit of Google’ing and actually found a retailer only an hours drive away. I called ahead to make sure I didn’t drive for nothing, and he was getting a new shipment that same day. I ended up getting the Kreg R3, which seemed to fit my needs just well. I bought screws, but man.. those Kreg screws are expensive over here. I figured I could find adequate screws in one of our warehouses (and I was right) so I have plenty of different length screws.
So, in conclusion… I don’t know why I was so hesitant to try pocket holes, as my experience now is they are easy, durable and has a place in woodworking.