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How can I sharpen a round leather punch?

The approach is the same. You remove metal from the outside of the periphery of the punch end, at an angle roughly the same as it was originally. The contour of the round punch adjacent to the ...
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What can I do to make my simple hooks more comfortable?

Pencil grips work! If they don't fit because your crochet hook is too thin, you can wrap your hook handle with tape (masking tape is easy to remove) or paper (but you have to use glue then) up to the ...
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Is there an easy way to sharpen a wire loop carving tool?

This answer is not based on first-hand knowledge of sharpening wire loops, but is based on extrapolating what works for paint scrapers. Many years ago while performing one of those early-marriage ...
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Are there pencil extenders for charcoal pencils?

I'll assume you're talking about Conté pencils (Fusain Charcoal, which often come in sets with grey and white Conté). Caran d'Ache has a pencil extender with a 9 mm diameter, which should be ...
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is there such a thing as a wide belt sander attached to a flex shaft?

The basic issue is the required power. Belt sanders are designed for aggressive removal of material. The larger the surface area that is sanded, the more power it takes. At 1/2" to 1" ...
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Removing the clip on Rotring 600

The clip can be removed by gently spinning it to loosen it a bit, then pushing it over the top of the pen. This removes it without damaging it, and it can be re-added by just pushing it back over the ...
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How can I make a regular corner punch from a fancy one?

If you are just trying to remove the hearts feature, or any feature for that matter, from the punch then you would have more luck disassembling the punch and cutting off those portions. I don't know ...
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What can I do to make my simple hooks more comfortable?

Not (easily) removable, but you can give it any shape you want: polymer clay. Baking temperature is not extremely hot, so I think your hooks can handle it, and then you can put the clay in the oven ...
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What can I do to make my simple hooks more comfortable?

I had the same problem with crochet hooks when crocheting. Personally, I used foam pencil grips with the addition of some band aids to thicken the hook. Alternatively, try using Coban self adhesives ...
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What are the dimensions of the joint between the tools and body on a Leatherman Surge?

I was one of a few machinists that made the main pivot pin that links the Leatherman tools in the holder. Because the (stainless steel pin) material was very difficult to work down to the +-.0005 ...
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Why is my sharpening stone producing a lot of dust/paste or crumbling?

This knife needs either a different angle for sharpening or you'll have to grind the ridge right at the sharp edge away. Also, you have a rather coarse grinding stone. The cross-section of the blade ...
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Why is my sharpening stone producing a lot of dust/paste or crumbling?

To me this sounds like either the stone is of poorer quality or it has been over-soaked prior to use. Given the build up of residue, there are a few things you could try. A shorter soak time would be ...
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Why is my sharpening stone producing a lot of dust/paste or crumbling?

I do not have experience with the product you are using (I mean, the stone). For kitchen knives, I use a much coarser stone, with a satisfying level of success. I never noticed any of the wet dust ...
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What do I need to buy to run an airbrush on this compressor?

You've pretty much answered your own question. The obvious parts are sufficient length of hose, a water/oil trap at the compressor and one close to you and the correct fittings to convert from the ...
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Rerooting dolls; needle keeps breaking?

You can try a long, somewhat flexible needle for basting beads. I think it's less likely to break.
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How can I sharpen a round leather punch?

the drill press is a good idea for being able to get the same angular cut or grind on the tool in question I would also suggest getting some needle files. you can usually pick them up at Harbor ...
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