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Project by htl posted 12-22-2016 09:16 PM 767 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a good time a year to build a quick project that don’t take long but will be a great help to me with my bad back.
I seem to be dropping more and more stuff so need a tool to reach down and pick it back up while I’m in the shop.

This is one of Jack Houweling great projects that I copied and just using the parts on hand to get er done.
I really like his projects and just had to make this one.

I used some dowels with the center drilled out for pivots so the string would slide over the screws better.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.





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PaulDoug

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#1 posted 12-22-2016 09:49 PM

Great handy project. I had back surgery several years ago. My wife bought me one for while I was recovering from the surgery (three months of no bending or lifting). I still have the tool and use it often just because it is so handy. You will enjoy having this home made one.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 12-22-2016 10:41 PM

THE are a very nice item to have on hand I use mine everyday to pick the paper off driveway from the golf cart LOL …GREAT JOB : )

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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LittleBlackDuck

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#3 posted 12-23-2016 12:36 AM

Great on the back #4, but a killer for the hand ”arthur”.

You’ll build anything that doesn’t require headlights and mirrors!

PS. Merry Christmas and a pain free New Year.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 12-23-2016 04:06 AM

Good idea bad back or not!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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hunter71

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#5 posted 12-23-2016 11:41 AM

Neat idea, just hopeI won’t need it.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 12-23-2016 11:56 AM



Neat idea, just hopeI won t need it.

- hunter71

hunter71, you over 50 (years not Kg)?... You will need one sooner or later!... Use one now and you won’t need one later (HMM??).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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majuvla

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#7 posted 12-23-2016 02:51 PM

Nice work! When I was a kid, gun was no gun if something wasn’t lounched of it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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htl

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#8 posted 12-23-2016 03:33 PM

Would you believe I strained my back building this thing. LOL
I reached over the table saw to get some all thread buried under some clamps and wrenched my back, how goofy is that.
I didn’t even use the all thread!!!
The second I did it I knew I was going to have a bad next couple a days. SAD!!!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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bushmaster

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#9 posted 12-24-2016 12:59 AM

Something we all need. How does it do. With small stuff.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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htl

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#10 posted 12-24-2016 04:23 AM

It will pick up 1/4×1/4 wood with out a problem.
I added some sand paper to the tips so should be even better but haven’t been up to playing with it just yet.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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GnarlyErik

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#11 posted 07-04-2017 12:15 PM

Good job! My own ‘retrievers’ are probably the very most useful and used tools in my entire shop! (I have two so I don’t have to walk all the way to the other side of the shop)

Here’s a helpful hint: Glue or otherwise fasten a small magnet to the very end. You will find this a great aid in retrieving those small ferrous metal bits and pieces that always seem to fall and roll into the most inaccessible places – like your all-thread!.

-- "Never let your dogma get run over by your karma!"

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GnarlyErik

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#12 posted 07-04-2017 12:16 PM

GrR&*p8fh! Double posted, no way to delete – only edit!

-- "Never let your dogma get run over by your karma!"

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