G’day chris here, and welcome back to Clickspring, Using an emery stick on the lathe is a great
way to take care of the final surface finish of a part. The sticks are available commercially, but
they are a bit expensive to buy, so here’s a way to make a good quality version
of your own. Take a sheet of emery paper, place it grit
side up on the bench, and then put a strip of masking tape on 2
sides. Flip it over, and then place a wooden handle
squarely across the end of the paper, like this. Now score the edge of the paper as you roll
it onto the handle. I like to use the back side of a trimming
blade, because it scores the paper well, but doesn’t cut through it. As you fold, pull the paper tightly onto the
handle, and then seal the tape at each end after each turn. This helps keep the paper tight on the stick,
and leaves a nice crisp corner. The wood I’m using is a piece of oak trimming
from the hardware store, and it works great for the sort of work that I do, but you can adapt the idea to use the size
or density of wood that best suits your needs. As you load up a side of paper, it can simply
be torn off to reveal a fresh surface. And if all has gone well fitting the paper
to the stick, you’ll always have a crisp corners exposed
as you tear off the old paper. Make one for each grit stage that you use, and then put them somewhere convenient for
easy access. For those parts that need a harder backing
to the emery paper, an alternative is to use something a little
more solid, like this shop made brass polisher. The harder backing will reduce its tendency
to round edges. Spray Adhesive is perfect for bonding the
emery paper in place, and then it can be trimmed to size. Now it’s not quite as convenient as the wood
backed version, but it’s perfect for those parts where you
really want to avoid rounding the profile. The hard backing can be scaled to suit the
size of the parts that you work on, and be sure to always fit a proper handle
to it when using it on the lathe. Thanks for watching, I’ll see you later. If this is your first Clickspring video, welcome. I post regular home machine shop project videos, as well as videos on a longer term clockmaking
project, so be sure to hit that subscribe button. If you’re looking for some new projects for
your lathe or mill, then take a moment to visit clickspringprojects.com where you’ll find a range of articles on shop
made tooling, as well as plans for some of the projects
available for download. Thanks again for watching, I’ll catch you
on the next video.

Spare Parts #10 – Making A Set Of Reusable Emery Sticks
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87 thoughts on “Spare Parts #10 – Making A Set Of Reusable Emery Sticks

  • December 7, 2015 at 2:51 pm
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    great idea…but the wood your using is no where near flat better to use MDF

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  • December 7, 2015 at 2:54 pm
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    I have missed several of Your Video,s Chris, I don't normally do that..lol… Good Stuff…enjoyed

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  • December 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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    I do not do wood work, nor do I do metal work. But I watch your videos because of the attention to detail in the making of the video and in the work. There are not many people who go through the pain of making sure their videos are pleasing to watch. Its very nice to see someone take the time and explain things they way you do.

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  • December 7, 2015 at 5:09 pm
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    Which ISIS terrorist gave this great video 2 downvotes?

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  • December 7, 2015 at 6:38 pm
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    Very cool. I was hoping this video would get made/posted eventually 🙂

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  • December 7, 2015 at 9:19 pm
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    I would just like to comment on how very much I enjoy your videos!

    I have no access to a shop nor tools at the moment, so I'm left with viewing videos such as yours.

    You take high pride in your work, I can tell, and you should! And this is why I get so much enjoyment out of it. The level of craftsmanship is impeccable, and a work of functional art no less.

    Keep up the great work, and I'll eagerly await any new video you put out for us to enjoy.

    Cheers from the cold North, Norway.

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  • December 7, 2015 at 9:59 pm
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    The end should say "And if this is your first Clickspring video, welcome and congratulations because you just won the youtube jackpot!"

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  • December 7, 2015 at 10:26 pm
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    Really nice benchwork mate, bravo. I have a whole range of "backers" for polishing knives. Wood, leather on wood, aluminium…just watch out for cheap abrasive papers made in China. Their nominal 320 grit ( as an example ) can have particles which are something like 180 embedded in them or even worse.

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  • December 8, 2015 at 1:55 am
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    great tip, thanks for the info
    jeff

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  • December 8, 2015 at 3:53 am
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    Such a good idea.

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  • December 8, 2015 at 8:17 am
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    Great to see you posting again mate

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  • December 8, 2015 at 11:45 am
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    Very useful tip!

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  • December 8, 2015 at 4:13 pm
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    Now I feel almost experienced! I made an emery stick similar to this one from an old and worn out file that I forged mostly flat and milled. Works wonders though I use double sided tape as adhesive simply because I've got a few rolls.

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  • December 8, 2015 at 4:53 pm
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    what type off camera set up do you have I find your post  pleasing to the eye I think has something to do with your back lighting ?thank you Richard Westerfield

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  • December 8, 2015 at 4:58 pm
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    you're a clever mofo!

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  • December 8, 2015 at 7:55 pm
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    You always seem to have a unique way of creating a solution to an issue.  This is yet another example – one that I'll adopt and use as well!

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  • December 9, 2015 at 12:13 am
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    fantastic!

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  • December 9, 2015 at 1:55 pm
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    Enjoyed…. 😉

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  • December 9, 2015 at 11:15 pm
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    I put off watching this thinking " did he really make a video about putting sandpaper on a stick?" but this is actually a brilliant tip thanks for this.

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  • December 10, 2015 at 2:19 am
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    The Labels and holes to hang up sticks are brilliant.

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  • December 10, 2015 at 8:27 am
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    this is the most ridiculously simple thing that I am a mad at myself for not thinking of this. I am going to make some sandpaper ones for woodworking. thanks a million for the tip

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  • December 10, 2015 at 10:03 am
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    I'm a huge fan of all your videos and you're so meticulous with everything else you do, so I have to point it out: you should really put a rag or something down over your lathe ways when you're using polish or emery sticks on your lathe; the fine grit that is left over will include broken abrasive chips which are surely harder than your lathe ways and will do a number on them if they get clogged between the way and the carriage, or even if they get caught up in the carriage way wipers. A clean rag sprayed with some WD40 or CRC will do a great job of catching the fine chips and keep your ways in top condition.

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  • December 10, 2015 at 5:18 pm
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    Brilliant! Just what I need.

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  • December 10, 2015 at 8:20 pm
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    am i the only one that looks at these vids bcs of his voice and the final product

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  • December 10, 2015 at 11:25 pm
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    I subscribe to a good many channels on Youtube, but I'd trade them all in for more Clickspring. Keep up the awesome work.

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  • December 11, 2015 at 12:47 am
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    Two things, 1. I love this channel. 2. What's with the dislikes, what do people honestly expect when they click on a video that's titled: "Making a set of reusable Emery sticks"?

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  • December 12, 2015 at 2:56 am
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    Works fantastic… but the production quality of the videos really is amazing!

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  • December 12, 2015 at 7:10 am
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    Awsome tip!!!

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  • December 12, 2015 at 12:11 pm
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    You always make such charming, informative and enjoyable videos to watch. Keep doing what you're doing and have a nice day. 😀

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  • December 12, 2015 at 3:33 pm
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    Hey Chris, I've watched all your videos three or more times. I find that I learn something on every video, so thanks. You make it look so damn easy or possibly your that damn good. When I make a part, most of the time I make three. Two that I fucked up and one that's perfect. But it's the learning part that I enjoy. Thanks for sharing all your videos.

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  • December 12, 2015 at 11:05 pm
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    another winner, thanks!

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  • December 12, 2015 at 11:10 pm
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    Great videos! Makes other machining videos hard to watch.

    The quality is top notch and you don't sit and ramble on wasting everybody's time. A++++

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  • December 13, 2015 at 7:11 am
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    Thank you. Your videos helped alleviate the tedium of my recent, month long, hospital stay.

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  • December 13, 2015 at 10:42 am
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    9gag anyone ?

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  • December 13, 2015 at 6:52 pm
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    What lathe do you have?

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  • December 14, 2015 at 12:33 am
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    +Clickspring – I sense a silver play button, coming your way in the immediate future 😉

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  • December 14, 2015 at 4:11 am
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    ever try making a lathe with a lathe?

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  • December 14, 2015 at 7:29 am
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    Congrats on 100k!

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  • December 14, 2015 at 10:29 am
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    Hi Chris, all your video are so interesting and never boring i enjoy watching them and always learn something new, a big Thank you…

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  • December 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm
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    Congrats on 100K man! I love your videos and they're extremely well made! You deserve every subscriber! Thanks for all the awesome videos.
    -Michael

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  • December 18, 2015 at 1:16 am
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    congrats on 100k! ive been around since 10k haha!

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  • December 18, 2015 at 3:40 pm
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    You can get grit size upto 15000 grit with Micromesh stuff. Used it myself and it's really very good. fabric backed rather than paper or card so it's easier to fold without tearing, not cheap though

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  • December 21, 2015 at 12:20 am
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    Cada vez que veo un vídeo tuyo me da un orgasmo visual ! jajaja

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  • December 22, 2015 at 10:29 pm
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    These videos are so damn relaxing to watch! Thank you for posting this cool stuff!

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  • December 24, 2015 at 1:40 am
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    My sister loves your videos, especially that you take the time to properly caption them. Let's just say she doesn't need hearing protection in the shop, she's got nothing to protect!

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  • December 25, 2015 at 3:31 am
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    From my family to yours a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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  • December 25, 2015 at 5:42 pm
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    Clickspring, Great videos. I've watched all of them andlearn a lot. The emery sticks are a great idea. Thanksand keep them coming. Brian

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  • December 26, 2015 at 7:06 am
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    I just want to say how much I enjoy your videos, the tools, clock parts very interesting and just love the process, thank you!

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  • December 27, 2015 at 9:26 pm
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    I love these videos, especially since i'm working with brass and steel myself daily at a school of Watchmakers.
    I have one question, what do you do to keep your tools sharpened? We work by hand, and our cutter is a piece of hardened steel we sharpen on a stone.
    If you ever feel like making a video about your tools, i would surely be the first one to watch it! 🙂

    I love learning, and especially your channel have given me tips for tools, i would otherwise never have thought of, that make great use for me on a daily basis. Thank you very much for that. 🙂

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  • December 29, 2015 at 5:21 pm
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    Awesome tip.  This my first time viewing your channel.  I'm going to use this tip for sharpening my kitchen knives. Thanks for making this video.

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  • January 2, 2016 at 4:46 am
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    I have been using similar systems in my woodshop for a few years, although I usually make them out of some aluminum channel or "T" stock to guarantee straightness. I have also used 1" thick MDF, which stays straight. Excellent video. 🙂

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  • January 3, 2016 at 1:47 am
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    thx for this tips !

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  • January 11, 2016 at 5:47 am
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    A bit more sophisticated approach than what I worked up some years back for doing fine polishing while making plastic models… The masking tape and scoring the back side of the paper are the improvements…

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  • January 13, 2016 at 8:21 pm
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    I've been doing something like this for a while. I use plexiglass with wet/dry paper glued to it, and soak the sticks in water. Lasts MUCH longer than a typical emery stick. usually gets better results too, because the wet paper doesn't allow particulates to stick to the pad.

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  • February 5, 2016 at 9:03 pm
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    dude so happy I found your videos. thanks for all the small tips that make the shop easier!

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  • February 12, 2016 at 8:05 pm
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    Cool! I need to make some. 😉

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  • March 1, 2016 at 10:46 am
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    Thanks for making these in 50fps, it really helps with these types of videos.

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  • March 9, 2016 at 8:09 am
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    MUY BUENO 🙂

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  • March 27, 2016 at 2:12 pm
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    very helpful tips!

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  • March 31, 2016 at 2:23 pm
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    Excellent tip, thanks!

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  • April 4, 2016 at 3:14 am
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    Such a simple and clever idea, I will definitely be replicating this one. Thanks so much for sharing all your beautiful work, and for the clarity of your footage and explanations. It is an inspiration for makers everywhere 🙂

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  • April 6, 2016 at 8:48 pm
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    You're a lefty!!!!

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  • August 15, 2016 at 11:22 am
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    What a great channel, well worth a sub. Thanks for sharing.

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  • October 15, 2016 at 8:34 am
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    Nice Video man. From where do you get the music

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  • October 31, 2016 at 6:54 pm
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    ممتاز

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  • January 22, 2017 at 10:18 pm
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    I know this is probably a stupid question, but is emery paper the same as sandpaper?

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  • February 4, 2017 at 4:37 am
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    dude
    your fucking amazing
    at the end of a long day at work your soothing voice and well thought out projects and videos are to be watched and enjoyed

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  • March 19, 2017 at 5:03 am
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    Love your beautiful work and videos

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  • March 28, 2017 at 2:34 pm
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    jaja und mal wieder das Schleifpapier made in germany 😀

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  • July 16, 2017 at 8:58 pm
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    fantastic tip .. thanks a lot

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  • December 24, 2017 at 3:45 am
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    This is so fucking awesome i need to copy this… right now gonna be the king @work

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  • February 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm
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    I will definitely remember this next time I have a project. Thank you.

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  • March 27, 2018 at 10:06 am
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    Excellent Tutorial on Aussie Cricket fielding practice!

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  • August 18, 2018 at 8:52 pm
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    goole

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  • August 18, 2018 at 8:53 pm
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    goode

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  • September 28, 2018 at 11:46 pm
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    I think I have watched every single one of your videos at least three times, some even more

    Still not getting old!

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  • October 16, 2018 at 8:13 pm
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    Gday Chris, well I Know what I'm making tomorrow, cheers TFS G:)

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  • December 23, 2018 at 12:38 pm
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    Sandpaper on a stick

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  • December 28, 2018 at 11:44 am
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    This is not my first Clickspring video. But for some reason this video makes me glad your a machinist and not a serial killer. You are just a machinist? Please say yes.

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  • January 30, 2019 at 7:53 am
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    See ya loita

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  • March 22, 2019 at 3:05 am
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    Made up my set of micromesh polishers. Steel offcuts found in a bin at work, not pretty but they work.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 9:34 pm
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    I'm so glad you're making these videos. I have to write my favourite line from The Road Warrior, "Last of the V8 Interceptors. Woulda been a shame to blow it up! " . Is that small lathe enough to cut a bore in steel?

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  • September 12, 2019 at 4:30 am
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    On the hard backed version don't use glue. Instead warm up the handle in an open flame and melt some bees wax on it and stick on the paper.
    If it needs replacement just warm up the handle again.

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  • September 20, 2019 at 11:04 pm
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    Matador , made in Germany sandpaper , Matador means Killer, weird combination. Germans don't have Bull rodeo.

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  • October 6, 2019 at 9:22 am
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    Fantastic idea, I'll be putting this into practice, thanks.

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  • October 6, 2019 at 5:54 pm
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    Very smart and easy. Good job 👍

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  • October 7, 2019 at 7:21 pm
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    How do you like that matador sand paper?

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