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Shop journal #4: Repurposing sometimes makes a lot of sense

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Blog entry by Ron Harper posted 401 days ago 832 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This little guy is supposed to be a box opening hammer. In my shop, I open very few wooden boxes. I had this little guy on a shelf and one day, I picked it up and tried to make a fine adjustment to the lateral position of a plane iron. I found it to be the perfect tool for the job. I have never been able to develop the skill to get my plane irons where they need to be with the lateral adjustment lever. This little tool works much better for me. Tiny little taps is all it takes. I think I gave 2 bucks for this at a flea market. Obviously, you gently tap the side of the iron at the top of the high side.

-- Ron in Kokomo



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jordanp

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#1 posted 401 days ago

Cool discovery.. I made a little wooden Mallet out of some reclaimed wood and it was way to small and light for any chisel work. however about two months later i ended up picking it up to tap an Awl to mark center on a piece of wood so my drill press will center itself into the small hole..

And now I use that Awl and that tiny little mallet every time!

-- Jordan - Rockwall TX - ”Here’s what im talking about: tweaked nuts:” - Stef

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Mauricio

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#2 posted 401 days ago

Nothing wrong with that!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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