[hackerspaces] Let's Discuss Some Common Tools And Their Uses In The Shop
Hank The Curmudgeon
hkrishman at gmail.com
Fri Jan 15 01:37:45 CET 2010
A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar
stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings
your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which
you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.
Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the
workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-
earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say,
"Oh, shit!" Individual wires contain a nano sized homing device
deigned to guide them straight towards your lips, neck and chin once
they break off at operating speed.
A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short. Can also be used
to dull sharp saw blades and make pleasant smelling wood-based smoke.
Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-
An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs
into major refinishing jobs.
One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle...
It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and
the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your
Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If
nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense
welding heat to the palm of your hand.
Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your
shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub
out of which you want to remove a bearing race..
A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles
for testing wall integrity..
HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK:
Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed
your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the
A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good
aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash
can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside
TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST:
A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you
forgot to disconnect that is still attached to what you are lifting.
Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-
style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can
also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.
A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common
slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.
A tool used to crumple the $50 metal surrounding that clip or bracket
you needed to remove in order to replace a 50¢ part.
A tool used to make hoses too short.
Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as
a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the
object we are trying to hit.
Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons
delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such
as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector
magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially
useful for slicing work clothes, but only while wearing same.
SON OF A BITCH TOOL:
Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling
"Son of a bitch" at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the
next tool that you will need.
Please feel free to add your experiences to the list.
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