Weekly-ish access to tools, techniques, and shop tales from the worlds of DIY
There are, of course, exceptions. The most frequent is that you need "X" now; it will take 30 minutes to make it , and 2 hours to try and find one to buy.
Making hand tools for yourself is fun, for a while. If you are like me and have to make the shop pay for itself, you find there is a cost/benefit analysis that you do sub-consciously. It comes down to "never make something you can buy, cheaper." Your time is money, after all.
Re: tying shoelaces - on the first part of the knot I take the left string around the right one twice, like tying a surgeon's square knot. That helps keep it in place better when doing the second part of the knot. To keep the knot from coming loose, I simply take the extra step of tying a knot with the two bows. I'll have to try the clockwise vs. counterclockwise tip to see how it works for me.
I was fascinated to learn "How to Store Shop Tape." Most very excellent!!!