A journey into the workshop. #78: My 8 piece Stanley screwdriver set finally has 8 pieces again!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 12-07-2010 04:54 PM 1601 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For the most of you that have never met me in person, I should tell you, I wear carpenter jeans most of the time. My office is fairly casual as we tend to dig around in raised floors and server racks a lot, and I attend very few meetings and interface with the customer pretty much only on the phone.

Now why am I talking about fashion here? Me of all people. I mean the shortest book in the world is the Engineer’s Guide To Fashion, and the second shortest, the System Administrator’s Guide to Fashion. And I am a System Administrator that knows a lot of engineers… But this is relevant to woodworking, and without a doubt relevant to my shop…

You see this past spring, I noticed the #2 phillips head screwdriver from my Stanley 8 piece screwdriver set was missing. Not a huge loss, but annoying. I like sets to be complete… I had a single #2 that is Stanley, but it had the older fluted style handle that took its place but looked really bad. (I have no idea where the old Stanley #2 came from by the way…).

Now over the months that passed, I have spent quite a bit of time and energy looking for the missing #2. More than the dumb thing was worth… Asking LOML on at least 3 occasions, if she had seen it… Now this is an example of Men are from Mars, and Women are from Venus. To her way of thinking it appears, that when I ask…

“Have you seen a Phillips screwdriver laying around anywhere?” that means to tell me no, even if she say it, in a pocket…

Yep. I had the thing in a pocket of one of my pairs of carpenter jeans when it went to the laundry… She plucked it out. But wait, there’s more!

It would appear that instead of setting it on the dryer where most the rest of the forgotten pocket stuff goes, she needed to use it. Fair enough… But where, oh where did that screwdriver go now?

Long story short, the new-ish shop dog around the house has been going bonkers lately, the weather is too danged cold for us to want to be out walking him, and truth be told, he doesn’t want to go out in it either… So all that energy has to go somewhere right?

So I go to the dog’s toy box to see if I have any rawhide chews for him to play with… Lo and behold! A yellow and black handle peeking up at me from the bottom of the box! After carefully inspecting the handle for teeth marks (thank God there weren’t any!) and washing it from second hand dog slobber, back in its rack it went.

Upon seeing it in the box, LOML exclaimed “Oh yeah, THAT’s where I put it…”

It’s so good to know that I’m not the only one in the house that forgets things like that…

We had a good laugh about it. And kept about our housekeeping. I just now know to look in the dog toys when tools come up missing!

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 05:21 PM

Did you ask the dog whether he wanted his own set of screwdrivers?........this is not only the season of hope and good cheer, it is the season of giving. Perhaps he was using that screwdriver regularly. Seems to me you made a lot of assumptions here.

I am missing one socket out of my ….......... I don’t know what you call them, but they are used a lot in electronics work, you know, they have different color handles like a screwdriver, but have a socket on the end, going from 3/16 to 1/2 inch. My set came with a stand. Made by Vaco. I bet you have a set at work. Well my 3/8 one took a permanent hike somewhere, and got lost, about 7 or 8 years ago. I couldn’t find a Vaco replacement, but I found an Xcelite. Of course the handle is a different size, I had to modify the stand, and it is taller. Those things are rather expensive for some reason. So I really don’t want to replace them. They work fine, even with the odd ball Xcelite in the group.

I blamed myself….....I keep thinking I will find it some strange place in the garage, perhaps behind my set of cabinets from the old kitchen remodel. Of course, some itinerant workman, like the furnace man or some such may have purloined it, but I don’t think so. Every year or so, I go on another hunt to no avail.

It has left an empty spot in my soul. Yup, even checked Kermit’s cage.

I think I’ll look for it again today…..............(-:


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 07:10 PM

I totally understand, in my shop it’s 9/16” wrenches; right now I think I have 4, but at any given time I can only find 1, maybe 2. The really odd part is that all of them magically appear when I go out and buy a new one; then they drift back into the land of lost socks.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 08:44 PM

For starters, I need to post a correction, it’s a 10 piece set, not an 8 piece set. My bad…
They still sell them at Home Depot HERE. Except mine didn’t have the tape measure… I do have THAT model tape measure, it was just a separate purchase from the screwdrivers… And amazingly enough, I quite like this Stanley set. The tips hold well, and the grips feel good in my hand. Most cheap screwdrivers tick me off to no end. These don’t

I actually need to go to a pawn shop to see if I can locate…

12, 14, and 16mm (no kidding) Snap On polished handle combination wrenches. The “Flank Drive” type… Those were stolen several years ago, I have a good idea by whom, but can’t prove it without breaking and entering…

I also need to get on to a Snap On Truck to swap out a 14mm deep well 6pt socket that I managed to split doing brake work on my Saturn… I’m surprised the bolt didn’t break first!

There are some sets I no longer care about though. Like the Great Neck Torx bit set. The kind that slips in to a 1/4 screwdriver drive… They never were dead on, and they break too easily. HOWEVER the Great Neck torx sockets that were given to me work fantastically, on par with my Snap On allen sockets…

And of course there is the loaner set, the piece of junk that I got at Black Friday sale @ Home Depot about 3 or 4 years ago with way too many pieces to be really useful. I think they are Workforce brand. Maybe that came from Lowes, who knows… Those dumb things that I don’t like, and loan all the time, they keep coming back to me… It’s the good stuff people want to keep!

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#4 posted 12-08-2010 01:07 AM

well glad to hear I´m not the only one thats attacked by the teasing Gnome thats hide everything….LOL


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#5 posted 12-08-2010 05:03 AM

Yep. Same one that hides the single sock each time it goes into the dryer!

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#6 posted 12-08-2010 06:29 AM

For me it is 10mm wrenches, and 1/4” drive ratchets. I think I have purchased a dozen of each, and when I was tuning up my bandsaw the other day I could not find a 10mm wrench! Well, I now have a new one – let’s see how long it lasts.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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