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2012-11-11 11:13:49 PM  
2 votes:
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!
2012-11-12 04:10:09 PM  
1 votes:

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 02:03:09 PM  
1 votes:

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.

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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 12:50:22 PM  
1 votes:
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 12:43:31 PM  
1 votes:
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 11:39:30 AM  
1 votes:
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 09:16:57 AM  
1 votes:

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 09:14:00 AM  
1 votes:
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 07:50:29 AM  
1 votes:
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 07:37:18 AM  
1 votes:

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 06:51:02 AM  
1 votes:
Pff, I grew with violin making. There ain't nothing weirder than that with respect to tools.
2012-11-12 05:33:07 AM  
1 votes:
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 02:49:55 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:58:23 AM  
1 votes:
Some folks call it a kaiser blade. I call it a shingle froe.

l.yimg.com

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2012-11-12 12:14:40 AM  
1 votes:
www.thestranger.com

Obscure on Fark, nothing is.

/Hot, however still happens.
2012-11-12 12:05:19 AM  
1 votes:

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
2012-11-11 11:49:57 PM  
1 votes:
Scraper planes are really awesome for certain applications, even if you don't use planes much.
2012-11-11 11:31:55 PM  
1 votes:
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 11:27:28 PM  
1 votes:
I have an adze. It's good for taking out shrubs and roots.
2012-11-11 11:06:34 PM  
1 votes:
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.
 
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