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2012-11-11 10:51:57 PM
My dad had a froe. And a somewhat similar zop (which dug potatoes). And a fence crimper (hard to describe) and a doo-hickey that undid the dastardly clips that held mid-60s GM door and window handles on.
 
2012-11-11 11:03:50 PM
unique tools you'll probably never use


*grabs crotch* Hey! What have you heard???
 
2012-11-11 11:05:16 PM
Used a super saw a few times. Kinda fun, kinda scary.
 
2012-11-11 11:06:34 PM
My grandfather had a stash of logging/rough woodworking tools from the days when farmers built their own barns. Taught me how to use an adze and timber scribe, among other things.

Pretty sure he had one of those Stanley Odd Jobs too. Wonder what happened to it.
 
2012-11-11 11:13:49 PM
What Is It? 

"I've been collecting unusual tools and other objects for quite a while, and several years ago I started this project of posting them on the web as puzzles for visitors to figure out what they are."

Fun!
 
2012-11-11 11:27:28 PM
I have an adze. It's good for taking out shrubs and roots.
 
2012-11-11 11:29:02 PM
Son, when I am gone, awl this will be yours.
 
2012-11-11 11:31:55 PM
I've used a power chisel before - pneumatic, not electric, to knock the heads off of rivets to disassemble metalwork.

It'd be nice to have a super saw, which looks much more convenient than the unpowered version (a crook-handled cut-off saw).
 
2012-11-11 11:49:57 PM
Scraper planes are really awesome for certain applications, even if you don't use planes much.
 
2012-11-12 12:04:08 AM

phlegmmo: Son, when I am gone, awl this this awl will be yours.


Step 1: dredge up cheesy joke
Step 2: ruin cheesy joke with bad word placement
Step 3: fail
 
2012-11-12 12:05:19 AM

kmmontandon: I've used a power chisel before - pneumatic, not electric, to knock the heads off of rivets to disassemble metalwork.

It'd be nice to have a super saw, which looks much more convenient than the unpowered version (a crook-handled cut-off saw).


In the days before power rescue tools, we used power chisels to cut open cars for rescues
 
2012-11-12 12:07:47 AM

phlegmmo: phlegmmo: Son, when I am gone, awl this this awl will be yours.

Step 1: dredge up cheesy joke
Step 2: ruin cheesy joke with bad word placement
Step 3: fail


He'll cope.
 
2012-11-12 12:14:40 AM
www.thestranger.com

Obscure on Fark, nothing is.

/Hot, however still happens.
 
2012-11-12 12:55:49 AM

quatchi: [www.thestranger.com image 500x296]

Obscure on Fark, nothing is.

/Hot, however still happens.


those are mine, he stole them!
 
2012-11-12 12:58:23 AM
Some folks call it a kaiser blade. I call it a shingle froe.

l.yimg.com

/mmmhhhmmmmmmmmm
 
2012-11-12 02:49:55 AM
Some interesting tools in there, but then again, I bet a lot of Farkers use a number of tools most people would scratch their heads at.

i.imgur.com

My mother has no use for this, and never will.
 
2012-11-12 03:13:48 AM
I used those tools before they weren't cool.
 
2012-11-12 04:51:26 AM

BarkingUnicorn: What Is It? 

"I've been collecting unusual tools and other objects for quite a while, and several years ago I started this project of posting them on the web as puzzles for visitors to figure out what they are."

Fun!


That's a cool link. Thanks for sharing. I have a couple of boxes of old tools that belonged to my grandfather and some that belonged to his father. I don't know if any of it is worth any real money, it's just cool stuff to have. I've been thinking I should clean up the two sets of hay hooks and use them as coat hangers by the front door because...well, what the hell else am I going to do with nearly 100 year old hay hooks?
 
2012-11-12 05:20:20 AM
lol. Could have really used the fluorescent light tester today. Wasted a couple hours helping my cousin fix his lights. He said he had recently swapped bulbs so we figured it was the ballast. Eventually figured out it was a different set of bulbs he had swapped out but that made it a heck of a lot easier than trying to understand how the heck they wired the darn ballasts on this thing.

/end csb?
 
2012-11-12 05:25:51 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-11-12 05:33:07 AM
Yeah, the adze is neither unique nor unusual. Just old. Same goes for the brace and bit, made obsolete by power tools, but it's still useful for that one-in-a-million occasion when you need to drill a hole without using electricity.

Given the first one I would expect tools like the jig pick and tube guide (for lack of a better term), but they just went old.

BarkingUnicorn: What Is It?


I've never seen one before. No one has, but I'm guessing it's a white hole.
 
2012-11-12 06:08:29 AM

MisterTweak: phlegmmo: phlegmmo: Son, when I am gone, awl this this awl will be yours.

Step 1: dredge up cheesy joke
Step 2: ruin cheesy joke with bad word placement
Step 3: fail

He'll cope.


I saw what you did there
 
2012-11-12 06:20:48 AM

quatchi: [www.thestranger.com image 500x296]

Obscure on Fark, nothing is.

/Hot, however still happens.


hunh I just brought up Cronenberg in another thread about 10 mins ago, weird.
 
2012-11-12 06:38:48 AM
I was looking for a Super Saw for a couple of my house projects (or rather, the concept of one...I didn't know they existed until this article). Always had to make due with other, less elegant approaches.
 
2012-11-12 06:51:02 AM
Pff, I grew with violin making. There ain't nothing weirder than that with respect to tools.
 
2012-11-12 07:20:13 AM
Who the hell thinks an adze is obscure, or that you'll never use one? It's been a standard woodworking tool since like 8000 BC, and will remain a standard woodworking tool long after no one remembers that "Popular Science" used to be a magazine or periodical of some kind anymore.

//Admittedly the standard design isn't quite what is pictured in the article anymore, multiple parts make it easier to design a smaller planer in the age of machined steel.
 
2012-11-12 07:37:18 AM

Parmenius: I have an adze. It's good for taking out shrubs and roots.


I'm pretty sure what you have is a Mattock, then. Two adze blades, with one turned 90 degrees. One of the most useful garden tools I've ever come across.
 
2012-11-12 07:43:57 AM

Radak: Some interesting tools in there, but then again, I bet a lot of Farkers use a number of tools most people would scratch their heads at.

[i.imgur.com image 550x413]

My mother has no use for this, and never will.


heh.

This reminds me. I need to get a new fox and hound. The one I have is a piece of shiat.
 
2012-11-12 07:49:34 AM
What a froe!

moviequoter.com
 
2012-11-12 07:50:29 AM
You can adze me to the list of people who find it a useful tool... I used one recently to help dig out and lever the lid open on a septic tank. I also used a scythe often when I was in my teens.

Here's a tool no guy should ever have to use on an animal:

i50.tinypic.com

The Elastrator. It's used to stretch open a tiny, heavy duty rubber band about the size of a cheerio so you can slide it over an animals nuts or tail. After a week or so the part drops off. We also had a special pair of pliers meant to dig out the horn buds on lambs so they never grew horns.

Farm life is a lot less fun than portrayed in popular culture.
 
2012-11-12 09:14:00 AM
Froe, Adze, scribe, and a lot of others you wouldn't know.
I had to skin a truck load of slippery elm logs once with a draw knife.
Not fun.
Used to split wood with a sledge and wedges.
One day, I said, dad, someone should invent a wedge that goes on the sledge handle.
Oh, they make those son, they are called mauls.
WHY THE HECK DON'T WE HAVE ONE!?!?!?

One day, he had me pulling studs out of winter tires so he could legally use them in the summer. the studs were worn to the treads, and he gave me pliers.
How's it going?
Well, dad, if someone would invent pliers that locked in place, this woul be easier.
Oh, they make those son, they are called vice grips.
WHY THE HECK DON'T WE HAVE ONE!?!?!?

I think he was trying to tick me into spending my allowance on tools he could borrow.
It worked, too.
 
2012-11-12 09:16:57 AM

Gortex: Parmenius: I have an adze. It's good for taking out shrubs and roots.

I'm pretty sure what you have is a Mattock, then. Two adze blades, with one turned 90 degrees. One of the most useful garden tools I've ever come across.


Fact: A mattock will murder the crap out of any plant that dares stand in your path. Mattocks are boss as hell when it comes to manual yard tools.
 
2012-11-12 09:25:44 AM

Monkey2: what the hell else am I going to do with nearly 100 year old hay hooks?


I could find a buyer.
Jeesum crow.
 
2012-11-12 09:28:06 AM
Spent one summer getting a tan using a dibble bar.
Planted three forests I can see from google earth now.
 
2012-11-12 09:45:18 AM

vudukungfu: ...
Planted three forests I can see from google earth now.


Epic brag
 
2012-11-12 09:59:19 AM

Nuclear Monk: I was looking for a Super Saw for a couple of my house projects (or rather, the concept of one...I didn't know they existed until this article). Always had to make due with other, less elegant approaches.


Home Depot used to rent jamb saws, probably still do. I would advise care in use, they have no guard.
 
2012-11-12 10:04:42 AM
Most guys have no use for a Hitachi Magic Wand.

I use mine a lot!
 
2012-11-12 10:15:44 AM
Considering there is only one of each, I doubt I will ever use them.
 
2012-11-12 10:16:55 AM
Has anybody mentioned yet that an adze is not an unusual tool and lots of people, myself included, have one?

I also have a timber scribe, but I don't use it. It's a knick-knack I took out of my grandfather's tool shed after he died.
 
2012-11-12 10:35:19 AM
I've used, currently use and/or own everything but the rescue tool and the light tester. An adze is so useful, not just for timber framing...
 
2012-11-12 11:21:55 AM
I have an adze rescued from service as a garden tool, found at a garage sale a long time ago. Since I'm never going to do any timber framing anyone who wants it is welcome to it. You can reimburse me for postage after it shows up. (I'm thinking this will wind up being around $15-ish). It's definitely an adze, not a mattock, because it has a poll.

Email in profile if you're interested.


Phil Moskowitz: Pff, I grew with violin making. There ain't nothing weirder than that with respect to tools.



Shipbuilding? Carriage making? Coopers?


BarkingUnicorn:


Photobucket's blocked at work but I'm definitely going to have to check that out when I get home, it's right up my alley. Me, I haven't been around my old haunts much lately but I was a Neanderthal, a porch-dweller, a Galoot in days gone by, in case those terms ring a bell. I still sort of have a "saw problem"...
 
2012-11-12 11:35:44 AM
" ... for the most part the adze has gone the way of the dodo."

I disagree. It is a great tool for digging in an area where you have a lot of tree roots. Cuts right through the roots without slowing you down.
 
2012-11-12 11:39:30 AM
I've used an adze more times than I care to think about. We had a farm when I was young, and it was one of my jobs to go out and chop thistles and mullen (noxious weeds that you could get fined for having too many of on your property, and they'd spread like crazy if you didn't fight to keep the population down). You could spray for them, but it was not that effective, and you couldn't really drive the sprayer through most of the cattle grazing land.

i used to go out with an adze, an empty bag (the big 40-lb dog food bags), and a pair of gloves, and not come back until I had a bag full of thistle heads. In the summer, in Kansas, where it was regularly 100 degrees.

Throwing square bales was relatively easy in comparison to those days.
 
2012-11-12 12:43:31 PM
Hiliarious. I own a froe, an adze, and a timber scribe. I've only used my scribe twice, but the froe & adze get regular use. The froe is for more than just shingles - it's a great way to split planks from rounds, if you're in a hurry - and the adze is a great way to strip bark from logs prior to cutting them into rounds.

The froe is essential for certain types of shingles - a skilled user can crank out shingles pretty damned quickly, and if you're doing an entire house that way, well, it's actually much cheaper to use a froe than it is to buy shingles. In the same vein, there would be quite a few folks here in the Pacific Northwest that would laugh at the "the adze has mostly gone the way of the dodo" quote.

I suspect the author doesn't have a damned clue, and just drummed up a mishmash of odd tools hoping to get paid by the word for this silly-ass article. There are tools that are far odder, more specialized, and less used, than at least half of the selection he chose...
 
2012-11-12 12:45:43 PM
So I sez to him, that was no spokeshave, that was my drawknife.
 
2012-11-12 12:50:22 PM
Should've read closer - the author really doesn't have a damned clue. The description for the timber scribe is inadequate. The point of a timber scribe is to transfer shapes from one piece of wood to another - for example, to trace lap joints for log cabins. Curved edge for circles, straight edge for lines. You can use it to plan rough timber joints on site, so you can use hand tools, like an ax and auger, to do rough framework. That's what I used mine for, twice.

The amusing part, of course, is that the explanation the author gives happens to be from the first hit on Google for "timber scribe." It's not a common usage - in fact, it's not the obvious usage, either. I get the impression the author assembled the info in this list from the first Google hits he could find...
 
2012-11-12 01:33:07 PM

love_alice: Most guys have no use for a Hitachi Magic Wand.

I use mine a lot!


Pictures or GTFO!
 
2012-11-12 01:49:35 PM

BarkingUnicorn: What Is It? 

"I've been collecting unusual tools and other objects for quite a while, and several years ago I started this project of posting them on the web as puzzles for visitors to figure out what they are."

Fun!


thanks for wasting my afternoon :P.
 
2012-11-12 01:50:07 PM

maxheck: You can adze me to the list of people who find it a useful tool... I used one recently to help dig out and lever the lid open on a septic tank. I also used a scythe often when I was in my teens.

Here's a tool no guy should ever have to use on an animal:

[i50.tinypic.com image 370x370]

The Elastrator. It's used to stretch open a tiny, heavy duty rubber band about the size of a cheerio so you can slide it over an animals nuts or tail. After a week or so the part drops off. We also had a special pair of pliers meant to dig out the horn buds on lambs so they never grew horns.

Farm life is a lot less fun than portrayed in popular culture.


Funny on are bull calves we just used a razor blade. Same on pigs
 
2012-11-12 01:58:08 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: maxheck: You can adze me to the list of people who find it a useful tool... I used one recently to help dig out and lever the lid open on a septic tank. I also used a scythe often when I was in my teens.

Here's a tool no guy should ever have to use on an animal:

[i50.tinypic.com image 370x370]

The Elastrator. It's used to stretch open a tiny, heavy duty rubber band about the size of a cheerio so you can slide it over an animals nuts or tail. After a week or so the part drops off. We also had a special pair of pliers meant to dig out the horn buds on lambs so they never grew horns.

Farm life is a lot less fun than portrayed in popular culture.

Funny on are bull calves we just used a razor blade. Same on pigs


We used to use rubber bands as well, on the Edwards farm. Nothing this special, though - just good old rubber bands, that's it.
 
2012-11-12 02:01:03 PM

BarkingUnicorn: What Is It? 

"I've been collecting unusual tools and other objects for quite a while, and several years ago I started this project of posting them on the web as puzzles for visitors to figure out what they are."

Fun!


Cool site - I'm a fan of precision hand tools. It's amazing what kind of work went into some hand tools, before the addition of power.
 
2012-11-12 02:03:09 PM

Radak: Some interesting tools in there, but then again, I bet a lot of Farkers use a number of tools most people would scratch their heads at.

[i.imgur.com image 550x413]

My mother has no use for this, and never will.


Looks like a crimping tool. I have some rather odd looking crimping tools for various applications.
 
2012-11-12 02:08:22 PM
Parmenius: I have an adze. It's good for taking out shrubs and roots.

Ohh snap, you got the adze.

// and the power chisel, seems like it would be very useful in getting rid of old tiles.
 
2012-11-12 02:17:11 PM
i50.tinypic.comi49.tinypic.com
 
2012-11-12 03:16:34 PM
Can't you download apps for most of those?
 
2012-11-12 03:35:53 PM
I have an axe with an adze on one side, it's actually very useful as someone said for cutting/digging up roots and the like.
 
2012-11-12 04:10:09 PM

Intoxoman: Nuclear Monk: I was looking for a Super Saw for a couple of my house projects (or rather, the concept of one...I didn't know they existed until this article). Always had to make due with other, less elegant approaches.

Home Depot used to rent jamb saws, probably still do. I would advise care in use, they have no guard.


The Super Saw is much less finger hungry due to the offset, opposing handles. I used to know a carpenter who said 'it's called a jam saw because that's what it does right before it takes your hand off'.
 
2012-11-12 05:15:06 PM
thrasherrr:

Intoxoman: Nuclear Monk: I was looking for a Super Saw for a couple of my house projects (or rather, the concept of one...I didn't know they existed until this article). Always had to make due with other, less elegant approaches.

Home Depot used to rent jamb saws, probably still do. I would advise care in use, they have no guard.

The Super Saw is much less finger hungry due to the offset, opposing handles. I used to know a carpenter who said 'it's called a jam saw because that's what it does right before it takes your hand off'.


And then it's raspberry jam all over?
 
2012-11-12 05:51:24 PM

quatchi: [www.thestranger.com image 500x296]

Obscure on Fark, nothing is.

/Hot, however still happens.


I'm not sure, but if I had to guess I'd say they were gynecological instruments for operating on mutant women.
 
2012-11-12 06:13:20 PM
Tyrosine:

quatchi: [www.thestranger.com image 500x296]

Obscure on Fark, nothing is.

/Hot, however still happens.

I'm not sure, but if I had to guess I'd say they were gynecological instruments for operating on mutant women.


Dead Ringers, if you want to spend a very disturbing evening.
 
2012-11-12 06:18:10 PM
Tyrosine:

quatchi: [www.thestranger.com image 500x296]

Obscure on Fark, nothing is.

/Hot, however still happens.

I'm not sure, but if I had to guess I'd say they were gynecological instruments for operating on mutant women.

Dead Ringers, if you want to spend a very disturbing evening.


I'd also add that if you invite your sweetie over to watch that with you, don't expect to get any for a few days.

Just saying.
 
2012-11-12 06:41:34 PM

love_alice: Most guys have no use for a Hitachi Magic Wand.

I use mine a lot!


With the right attachment you can use it as a power chisel.
 
2012-11-12 06:44:15 PM
love_alice:

Most guys have no use for a Hitachi Magic Wand.

I use mine a lot!


Your boyfriend sucks. There are many uses for Hitachi Magic Wands.
 
2012-11-12 08:28:07 PM
A good Scrabble word: a seaman's tool for working large rope (hawser). Usually a wooden cone you use like a marlinspike on larger material... It's called a fid. A more 'specialized' tool is used for ply-split braiding - a gripfid.

Before I changed jobs in the Navy, I was stationed on an amphib ship. They were getting ready to change the rules and stop 'frapping' lines the old fashioned way. It wasn't my department, but I volunteered - I was one of the last to get to do it. You put on a safety harness with a line tied to you, and you step over the rail and straddle one of the triple lines that go down to the pier (On our ship that was about 90' up off the fo'c'sle. There's a safety rope lashed under - and in a good wind/waves the ropes are opening and closing (trying to crush your junk) and you're getting swung up/down/sideways. You slide down the line to the pier - making half hitches every 8-10" with 'small stuff': nylon line so you can gauge/adjust the lines so they're all taking the same strain, losing a good chunk of skin/meat on your inner thighs... Good times :)

/been decades since I touched a draw-shave, froe, or adze. They were really good at what the were designed for - and built to last. My parents had a bunch of old farm and carpentry tools when I was a kid... wish I'd paid attention to where they put some of them - like the lard press.
 
2012-11-12 09:26:04 PM

SmokeyS: Epic brag


My cousin has been planting them all his life.
Our family made millions in coal and Iron.
He inherited 6.5 mil. and reclaims strip mined land with the money.
 
2012-11-12 09:27:30 PM

SteelDraco: and not come back until I had a bag full of thistle heads


I got paid by the unbroken roots.
 
2012-11-12 10:57:58 PM

Gortex: Parmenius: I have an adze. It's good for taking out shrubs and roots.

I'm pretty sure what you have is a Mattock, then. Two adze blades, with one turned 90 degrees. One of the most useful garden tools I've ever come across.


I had to check - you're right, it's a mattock. Good call!
 
2012-11-12 11:13:04 PM

vudukungfu: SmokeyS: Epic brag

My cousin has been planting them all his life.
Our family made millions in coal and Iron.
He inherited 6.5 mil. and reclaims strip mined land with the money.


Now you're just rubbing it in!
 
2012-11-13 01:12:29 AM
This thread made me take down the scythe and dance around with it a bit, probably scaring the hell out of the neighbors. After a few tweaks on the secondary handles I found out two things:

A) it requires a hell of a lot of upper body strength.
B) whoever curves scythe handles has at least as much talent as piano benders.
 
2012-11-13 03:15:42 PM

Tired_of_the_BS: A good Scrabble word: a seaman's tool for working large rope (hawser). Usually a wooden cone you use like a marlinspike on larger material... It's called a fid. A more 'specialized' tool is used for ply-split braiding - a gripfid.


Similar tools, with the same names, are used in leatherworking - I use a fid when I'm braiding leather, to pick & tighten braids. Comes in handy.
 
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