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First Mod: The Pocket Workshop? 786

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First Mod: The Pocket Workshop?
« on: February 05, 2021, 10:57:58 PM »
Some of you may have seen my plea for help with drilling new pivot holes last weekend.  My carbide bit finally came, and my first mod is now complete!  :climber:

My goal was to make a better (for me, of course) MiniChamp and Pocket Tool Chest.  There were a few things in the MiniChamp that I never use, and a few things in the PTC that I wanted to bring over.  Since the PTC is a larger Wenger, I had to cut the tools I wanted down to size and drill new pivot holes (the last part being where I got held up). Side note: for every .1mm I drilled, it seemed I lost .5mm off my carbide drill bit.  I only got one, and have but a stub left.

The tools I removed from the MiniChamp were:  cuticle/spatula thing, ruler/screwdriver, and nail file, plus the scales and their tools.
The tools I added from the PTC were: the awl and the fine screwdriver.
Edit: Also took a flat screwdriver from a Mate.
One tool I made from scratch was a CBN sharpening blade with 350 on side and 600 on the other.  I cut it from a credit card version I already had.
I also made the scales.  I'm not sure, but I think they are cocobola.  It's one of of my favorite woods.  This looks like it, but worked a little differently.  More brittle/hard or something.  Much to my amazement, they freakin' snapped on!
The whole thing is held together by 1.6mm stainless screws with nuts, with the screws acting as pivots as well.

I will do this again and refine and fix a few things.  There are two main issues.  The first is that I installed the tools in the order that I wanted them without regard to nail nicks.  I might rethink the layout to better accommodate them.  The second was a manufacturing defect.  One of the PTC tools and the CBN blade both stuck up a little when closed.  I mistakenly thought this meant their bottoms were to low/thick vertically - meaning too much on the tool along the bottom from the pivot-line towards the springs.  So I ground some off.  Turns out, I was wrong. :rant:  They now stick up more.  That's especially painful on the CBN, as that was not easy to make.  I went through two saw blades cutting that little piece off the end of the card.

With no further ado, what I am calling the Pocket Workshop (hope it's not taken)...









Feedback would be appreciated!


« Last Edit: February 05, 2021, 11:41:38 PM by DavZell »

My Mods: 58mm Workshop, 91mm Picnicker, CyberCompact

Some Fav's: 74mm's in general, Salesman, Pocket Tool Chest, MiniChamp, CyberTool 34/M, Compact
Likely to pick up soon:  Cheese Master, something with a pruner blade
Always keeping an eye out:  stainless with guilloche, interesting inlay logos
If I had a few extra hundred $:  91mm with long file, Wine Master
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Re: First Mod: The Pocket Workshop?
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2021, 09:43:38 AM »
Looks really good, cool mod!

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Full Member Posts: 175
Re: First Mod: The Pocket Workshop?
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2021, 01:12:41 PM »
Great mod, although I have to say that I cringe every time someone destroys a PTC  :-\
Full Member Posts: 176
Re: First Mod: The Pocket Workshop?
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2021, 04:28:53 PM »
Great mod, although I have to say that I cringe every time someone destroys a PTC  :-\

It was a damaged PTC.  I have another on the way which I will try to redo the bad parts from.  Otherwise, I agree.  I have one decent one, as well.

My Mods: 58mm Workshop, 91mm Picnicker, CyberCompact

Some Fav's: 74mm's in general, Salesman, Pocket Tool Chest, MiniChamp, CyberTool 34/M, Compact
Likely to pick up soon:  Cheese Master, something with a pruner blade
Always keeping an eye out:  stainless with guilloche, interesting inlay logos
If I had a few extra hundred $:  91mm with long file, Wine Master
Full Member Posts: 176
Re: First Mod: The Pocket Workshop?
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2021, 05:41:01 PM »
For those who are interested or inquired about the knife, here are pictures of how the PTC screwdriver and CBN file stick up a bit, and also how they rub a bit.





The PTC driver are on the far right, touching:


David

My Mods: 58mm Workshop, 91mm Picnicker, CyberCompact

Some Fav's: 74mm's in general, Salesman, Pocket Tool Chest, MiniChamp, CyberTool 34/M, Compact
Likely to pick up soon:  Cheese Master, something with a pruner blade
Always keeping an eye out:  stainless with guilloche, interesting inlay logos
If I had a few extra hundred $:  91mm with long file, Wine Master
Newbie Posts: 5
Re: First Mod: The Pocket Workshop?
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2021, 11:45:15 PM »
Thanks for sharing the process. I enjoy modding 58mm, but haven't taken the plunge in using pivots and drilling out parts.
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Re: First Mod: The Pocket Workshop?
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2021, 02:16:13 AM »
Nice work!

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Sr. Member Posts: 313
Re: First Mod: The Pocket Workshop?
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2021, 06:50:33 PM »
Very nice. The wood makes it look really classy.


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Newbie Posts: 24
Re: First Mod: The Pocket Workshop?
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2021, 01:21:40 AM »
I was just thinking about a mod like this! I have a minichamp and love it, but yeah, the nail file and spatula are essentially useless to me. I just recently learned about the PTC  :whistle: (yes, I do live under a rock) and thought these two would make the perfect marriage. I did not think of the blade sharpener, though. Neat idea.
Sr. Member Posts: 371
Re: First Mod: The Pocket Workshop?
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2021, 02:00:57 PM »
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