Whats the most unusual tool you have had ?

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Blog entry by a1Jim posted 11-10-2009 07:41 AM 7709 reads 0 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thinking back, I thought about some of the more unique tools I’ve owned and thought that others might have some to share also. Here are a couple of German planes that I’ve sold on E-Bay, only because I already own 50 or more. Let’s see what your most unusual tool was.

Long best plane

med side 2


top med plane

long handle

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#1 posted 11-10-2009 07:50 AM

How about a 1” finger plane?

I used it for the violin I am making.

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#2 posted 11-10-2009 07:53 AM

cool plane, cool that your making a violin Hope to see it soon Gary.

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#3 posted 11-10-2009 08:06 AM

The violin is like my 10 year harpsichord project. I started it about 5-6 years ago so I should be done in another 3-4 years. :-)

In other words, don’t hold your breath.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 11-10-2009 08:06 AM

Not a woodworking tool, but the oddest tool I have owned, and I bet I still have it, is a 10mm, double jointed, extra shallow 1/4” drive socket.

It is a specialty tool that was used to remove the timing belt cover on mid to late 1980s Ford Escort / Mercury Lynx 1.9L 4 cylinder gasoline engines. (The free spinning ones, not the valve smashers).

These were only available through Ford, and Snap On Tools. And Snap On was cheaper! I used it for 4 jobs. Honestly, it paid for itself the first time I used it (and then some).

Second strangest tool I have is an emergency made 3/8” allen head socket, sort of. We needed the socket, had a worse than harbor freight quality set of sockets missing a lot of pieces, found a bolt with the right size head, and had a welder. Do I need to go further with the explaination? It is probably still in my toolbox….

I do have some specialized stuff, like the, what is it, 54mm I believe, axle nut sockets for swing axle Volkswagens, sline nut removal tool for Warn hub equipped Dana Spicer model 44 front axles (International Harvester, some Ford Bronco, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep J-10, etc…)

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#5 posted 11-10-2009 09:40 AM

Beer fridge painted turquoise not unusual but maybe bestest and strangest…

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#6 posted 11-10-2009 10:31 AM

I have an 1/8” drive set made by Snap On with the tiniest sockets you’ve ever seen that fit on a driver handle. The smallest is 1/16” to less than 1/4”. Had to have it. I also have some clutch head drivers that fit screws that had an opening that looks a bit like a figure 8. One last thing, I inherited from my dad a saw set with one handle and 6 blades that were for ripping, crosscuts, meat, keyholes, metal and branch trimming.

I’ve got it bad…

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

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#7 posted 11-10-2009 11:52 AM

Wow Jim, those planes are really unusual. They certainly don’t look like something from a factory. Being relatively new to woodworking (14 years)I don’t have anything particularly different or interesting. I guess the most unusual tool in my shop is probably the toggle clamps I designed and made myself. I do use them a lot though. Here’s one mounted on my sanding segment sanding jig. Sorry I haven’t got anything better to contribute.


-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 11-10-2009 01:05 PM

Had this for a very long time, not woodworking but deffinitly fits this thread. This is a bleeder, used by Vets to bleed animals back when they believed letting blood out would lower pressure or removed infection. You asked for strange, Jim. LOL

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#9 posted 11-10-2009 01:19 PM

Gary I remember reading a few years ago about a Norwegian who has made quite a few violins. He had made a lot of different sized very small planes, probably about the size of yours from pieces of aluminum profiles and brass with shop-made blades. They were very simple, but apparently effective. He used electronic equipment rather than just his own hearing to get the thicknesses just right for the best sound quality.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 11-10-2009 02:57 PM

dbhost – I also have a 54mm ? socket for the VW axle. I owned a bug as my first car. My dad and I took two bugs, best parts from each, body of one & frame of the other, tarred the frame and floor pans, and built a great running car. Still have the specialty tools for it, as years later I was fixing up a ‘74 Karmen Ghia which I sold after I had my first child. No time to work on it. Great memories.


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#11 posted 11-10-2009 03:30 PM

wow thats some weird looking handplanes

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#12 posted 11-10-2009 03:57 PM

Well from produced tools I’ve got a Porter Cable profile sander.

A tool still waiting for a job to use it for.

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#13 posted 11-10-2009 04:08 PM

I think that the most unusual tool that I use in the shop is my brain. I don’t have a picture to post, but it’s a trip. It rarely works but when it does, I can use it for all sorts of tasks.

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#14 posted 11-10-2009 04:23 PM

Well Kristoffer you stole my answer. I guess I’ll have to think of another one… as soon as my brain starts working again.

Funny thing Jim, when I first read the title I misread it and thought it said “What’s the most ‘useful’ tool…” Then I saw your plans and thought to myself “Wow, if those are Jim’s most useful tools he’s really old school”.

Most useful would be a good forum topic too, I think.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#15 posted 11-10-2009 06:00 PM

Those are some interesting items .
Wow Gary I wish I had the patience to work on a project for 10 years, but the time you’ve spent on your projects always shines through with an amazing finished project.
Larry Not every one would consider having a fridge painted turquoise. Did you pick the color before or after raiding the contents?
Mike that looks like a very useful clamp. Couldn’T help but wonder what you were making with all those cubes.
Dan bleeder would have stumped me in a game of what is it.
Karson I have one of those profile sanders and never thought about how weird it looks until you posted yours.
Kristoffer come on can’t you get a CAT scan?
Thanks for input on the sockets guys

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