Tool Time Tuesday – Let Your Tools Do the Work

Thank you all for the comments and emails of love and encouragement. I really do appreciate it. I know that things are going to be great in Washington. They are going to be great no matter where I go, because that is how we are. We can roll with the punches with the best of them. I was very excited to go to Dallas. I was sad that it fell through, but I am very excited about going to Washington. I have always LOVED the rain and the lush trees and forests. I never even thought that Washington would be an option to live in because my husband hates the dreary weather here in Ohio. LOL. We will have to see how he handles it in Washington. I hate to even think about it, but it might be another place that we only live for a few years.

Although I did tell him that if we aren’t going to settle down in Vancouver, that he has to move before Riley gets into High School and then we stay where ever that is until she graduates. It is only fair to her. But I am really hoping he likes it in Washington so I don’t have to move again…. after I get into my dream house that is.

So, did you think I would never do another Tool Time Tuesday again? It sure seems that way huh? Well, Before packing all my tools away I tried to make a couple of videos. So here is a really short one on letting your tools do their job, specifically the Flexshaft and drill press/drill bits.

It is a common mistake that I see people doing. By slowing down a little and letting your tools do the job they were meant to do, you increase the life of your tools and make things a bit safer for you too.


15 thoughts on “Tool Time Tuesday – Let Your Tools Do the Work

  1. Georgette

    Great clip, Melissa! Just what I needed, too. I have a used flexshaft and little experience with the various bits and burs, so I am grateful for any instruction I can find.

    I hope you will love your new home!

  2. Melissa Muir

    Thanks for the feedback! I was watching the videos and wondering if I should even post this one. I am so glad that it has helped you. If you ever have any questions, just ask nd I will do my best to get answers for you.

  3. Heather

    Hi Melissa,
    Just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I enjoy your posts and how much your tool time Tuesday posts have helped me to learn new techniques as well as just improve on the things that I already knew like this one for today has. I really appreciate all of your hard work and time that you devote to making this site to share with us.
    I also have a couple of requests. I know that you are right in the middle of a huge move right now and this is probably not the best time but I wanted to go ahead and ask in hopes that when you get settle in your new place maybe you could address my requests then. First of all I love your shop and wish that I could have one just like it. I really like the way you seem to have everything set up and laid out in sections. I have tried to do the same with my shop but things just really aren’t working for me. I was wondering if maybe as you set up your new work space in the new house if you could maybe document that on video and show how you separate your work areas and organize your tools and things according to what you commonly use together. It seems like you really have your stuff together and are really on top of things and I want that type of organization and flow to my space.
    Secondly I was watching your earwires videos on you tube and saw the small hammer that you talked about in the beginning of the first vid. You mentioned that you had some of those for sale at that time and I was wondering if you still sell those for about $11 like you mentioned in your video. If so I am very interested in purchasing one and would appreciate it if you could set one aside for me when you unpack and let me know how you go about selling. You can send me a paypal invoice or however you typically do it. Just let me know what info you need from me. Thanks so much.
    As I said I know you are in the middle of a big move and I have been there done that and I know how much work that is. So no rush. Just whenever you have the time is fine. Look forward to hearing from you soon. Hope your move continues to go smoothly and that you all will be very happy in your new home. Continue to keep us posted. Be safe and have a safe trip.


  4. Linda S

    Thank you so much for this very timely video. I’m trying to drill 22 ga brass sheet with a Dremel and so wish I had access to a press. Have been using the dry BurLife on the drill bit. Perhaps the liquid is best for drilling? I tape my piece down with masking tape so to free both hands to hold and control the Dremel. Thank you again. I have learned a lot from your videos. Can’t wait for more!

  5. Maggie Mehaffey

    Great video Melissa! I would love to show this to my students! You are my hero. Best of luck with your move and hopefully things will settle down quickly and you’ll be back to your posting, teaching and jewelry making before you know it. We’ll be waiting patiently for your return.

  6. Saree

    Thanks Melissa- very professionally done. Sometimes we all feel the “need for speed” and your video shows how that is not always the best approach.

  7. Dale

    I love Wednesday Tool Time 🙂 Down under it is the next day. I am so going to miss them till you get set up. Honestly, it is the highlight of my week. I was thinking of the movies I’ve loved, set in Washington. Cousins, Francis. May your time there be absolutely wonderful. My guess is lots of umbrellas and hand painted rubber boots 🙂

    Look forward to seeing you at the next Tool Time Melissa.

  8. Melissa Muir

    Hi Heather,

    Thank you so much. I am glad that I am able to help you in some way. That is the best kind of feedback I can get. I am sure hoping I can have a shop just like mine (only better next time) too. HAHA Yes, as I set up again, I promise do document how I set it up. I wish I knew what kind of space I will be working with so that I could have an idea of what I will be dealing with when I get there. It will be an adventure to say the least. I love that you say that I have my “stuff together.” I am not so sure any of my “stuff” is together. LOL.

    Yes, I do have more of those hammers. They are my favorite ones. I will hold one aside for you. They are already packed at this point, but I will get in touch with you as soon as I have them located and unpacked  again in Washington.

    Thanks again!


  9. Melissa Muir


    I don’t think matters what kind of lube you use as much as it is about the fact that you should use a lube. I also use the dry stuff. I really like the liquid lube because it seems to stay a little bit longer as it can pool into my divot and keep things cool a little longer. I don’t know if it actually does or not, but it seems to be that way to me.

    Good idea to tape your piece down. Euro just came out with a drill press vise that I will order once I get to Washington. Of course, I will document what I think about it and how to use it once I get it.


  10. Melissa Muir

    Thanks Maggie. Share away! I would love it if everyone saw it. I really do hope that things will settle down quickly too. I am already anxious to be back to a “Normal” state of living.


  11. Melissa Muir

    Thank you Saree. I know what you mean. But it was really funny. I had a friend over once and we were drilling a LOT of holes for some pierce work we were going to be doing. It took her about 4 times as long as me because she was trying to go fast and dulled the bit. Once I started on mine she was amazed at how much quicker it went when I slowed it all down.


  12. Melissa Muir

    Dale you made my day! Thank you so much! I am really glad you look forward to them. I sometimes wonder if people feel like I am spamming them when I do my posts. But then I have to remember, they are the ones that signed up for my blog feed. I didn’t make them do it.

    I am told that if I want to fit in, I won’t use an umbrella. Apparently, you wear hoodies. You get out of the car, flip your hood up, get to where you are going and flip your hood down. LOL. I think I will remain an outsider for a little while. HAHA.

    Thanks again Dale!



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