“Ladieeees and Gentlemen…Master Tool Corporation, a subsidiary of Fly –By-Night Industries, has asked…Who? Me! ..to show you this revolutionary new kitchen device, and don’cha wanna know how it works? It’s not a slicer. It’s not a dicer! It’s not a chopper-in-the-hopper! What in the hell can it possibly be?......” -Gallagher
There seems to be this recurring, ever-present phenomenon in the handsawgeek workshop:
I will have a need for a certain tool or item, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere.
Every shelf, cabinet, toolbox, drawer, nook, and cranny gets thoroughly searched, but to no avail.
“Darn it! I know that thing is around here somewhere!”
It’s as if the item had disappeared into a small localized wormhole, and is now floating around in some other alternate-universe handsawgeek workshop…
In frustration, I am usually forced to abandon such searches and move on.
The bright side is that my quest always yields up another item that I had lost on a different occasion and had turned my environment upside down looking for it.
“It’s the Great Cosmic, Revolving Door Lost-N’-Found, Charlie Brown!”
Such was the case last night, when I needed to find my 6-inch Snap-On Philips screwdriver bit so I could reach a recessed screw in an appliance repair project.
It was nowhere to be found.
I became like Gollum looking for his lost ‘Precious’.
In my frenzied search, I happened to turn out the contents of a catch-all bin in the garage and found….
…an old wooden mallet.
I recall picking this gem up at a local yard sale two summers ago for a dollar. Or maybe it was fifty cents.
Anyway, this thing weighs what seems like three hundred pounds, and has the appearance of having been used in a couple of medieval-style battles. The tool is actually very well made, with a nicely shaped handle and solid construction. Not sure what type of wood was used…it is dark reddish brown and quite heavy. Rosewood maybe?
I don’t really know why I bought it other than it possessed a certain degree of aesthetic appeal.
Now, distracted from finding the screwdriver bit, I hauled this relic down to the Basement Annex.
Even though the faces are pretty roached, it doubtless will still see some use in the shop. At the very least it will look impressive hanging on the wall of the HTOZ.
And then again…who needs a stinking screwdriver bit when you have a big, heavy, rough wooden war-hammer such as this?
Perhaps it might be just the ticket for administering some ‘percussive maintenance’ to that piece of appliance junk I’m attempting to fix….