|Review by gamygeezer||posted 01-27-2014 05:53 PM||2549 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
I installed a bunch of drawer slides yesterday. You know, the full extension, ball bearing steel kitchen cabinet slides where you are upside down in the cabinet with your head twisted to one side, holding the part on your marks with one hand while you try to find the screw you dropped with the other hand so you can put it in with the driver in your other other hand?
Well, actually I don’t do it that way. I double-stick supports on the cabinet side, set the slide on the supports, adjust with a magnetic level, and bang in the screw locations with my handy spring loaded center punch. The punch leaves a nice dimple in the wood, so if the slide moves while you are getting your driver ready, you just realign the hole and the dimple and zip the screw in. The dimple is also a decent starter hole so the screws start easier.
It occurred to me that not everyone knows about this handy helper. You can get them at home centers and hardware stores for 5 or 6 bucks. I have had mine for decades. There is no maker name on it, just the letters USA on the red handle. Not all of them have that handle, most are just grip and push. Most are adjustable; by unscrewing the top, you can lessen the impact of the punch. The picture shows two dimples, min and max impact on red oak. I’d be careful about using full strength on soft or brittle wood, it gives quite a bang. I’ve noticed one brand that had a sharper point than mine. Mine might be designed for metal working.
I keep it in the drawer beside my power driver. Great little tool.
-- What's a vibrant young guy like me doing in a broken down old body like this?