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Forum topic by dustbunny posted 04-19-2010 05:40 AM 1699 views 0 times favorited 53 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dustbunny

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04-19-2010 05:40 AM

I was thinking about this today as I used my screwdriver drill bit for a countersink.
(Hey, it worked…so what’s the big deal…it was loaded and I needed to countersink before
planting the screws in pine.)
What have you used a tool for that it wasn’t supposed to be used for ?

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com


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woodsmithshop

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#1 posted 04-19-2010 05:44 AM

ok, it took a minute the realize what you were saying,lol, yeah, whatever works.

-- Smitty!!!

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#2 posted 04-19-2010 05:52 AM

my dad taught me to use a hammer instead of a screw driver to drive screws! ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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dustbunny

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#3 posted 04-19-2010 05:57 AM

I have used my scratch awl to stir my coffee : ).....more than once.

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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JuniorJoiner

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#4 posted 04-19-2010 06:16 AM

electricians have a saying.
“everything is a hammer , except a screwdriver because it’s a chisel.”

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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Kindlingmaker

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#5 posted 04-19-2010 06:26 AM

Speaking of drill motors…. when I was a kid my mother’s kitchen mixer died so my father went and got his drill motor out of the garage and put one of the mixer’s beaters in it and my mother was able to finish mixing the cake she was making.

A 3/8” mechanic’s speed handle with a hex bit works great for the power up and down of my Freud table router.

...an orbital sander works pretty good for shaping the wife’s nails.

A Veritas smoothing plane does NOT work well as a cheese slicer!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Moron

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#6 posted 04-19-2010 06:26 AM

do shower curtains count?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 04-19-2010 07:41 AM

Jr, yoiu got it right ;-) Al a good electrician needs is a pair of Kliens (side cutters) and a screwdriver!

I use everything I have for a hammer depending on what size I need. Screwdrivers are definitely used for chisels! Screwdrivers are used to drill, especially in drywall. Screwdrivers are used as punches to drive lock nuts. Any pair of pliers can be used to close a circuit ;-) So can screwdrivers. Screwdrivers along with what ever you happen to be using to hammer with make pretty tin snips.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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BOB67CAM

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#8 posted 04-19-2010 08:47 AM

the oddest 1 i can think of off hand that ive used is a makita 4 inch hole saw bit for a pipe bender, the results are shown on the barnwood table project i posted ;)

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#9 posted 04-19-2010 11:02 AM

I can’t remember how many times, that I saw my dad use something for what it wasn’t intended for. He was a mechanic all his life untill retirement.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Chase

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#10 posted 04-19-2010 12:48 PM

Similar to the mixer story from above I have chucked up a fork in my drill to mix something.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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skeeter

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#11 posted 04-19-2010 01:41 PM

my latest off label use of a tool that could have been disasterous. It was to my project anyway.
http://lumberjocks.com/skeeter/blog/15011

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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Craftsman on the lake

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#12 posted 04-19-2010 01:46 PM

When I was a kid we used a half inch drill with a large socket in the chuck to start a very finicky lawn mower. We had welded a large nut on the pull plate after removing the pull cord mechanism off the top of the thing. It may have been the first electric start push mower. You had to really know when to pull away though. It was sort of like starting a bi-plane by kicking over the propeller.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#13 posted 04-19-2010 01:57 PM

my father who wasn´t even a desent DIY man said to me use your head if you have a problem
and I did , WRONG don´t do it , it hurt a lot, aauuch

Dennis

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richgreer

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#14 posted 04-19-2010 02:05 PM

I have a set of cheap open-ended wrenches hanging near my lathe. They make great feeler gauges when turning to a specific diameter.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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JJohnston

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#15 posted 04-19-2010 02:13 PM

For shaping the handle of my large mallet, I used a jointer and an F clamp as a shaving horse.

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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