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Blog entry by Roger Clark aka Rex posted 11-03-2010 12:29 AM 2518 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The holiday season is almost upon us and just about everyone’s broke and scratching around figuring what little gift that a woodworker would use and enjoy, but will be very reasonable to buy.
My middle name must be tight a** because I always find great deals and balk at “wish” prices given out by vendors – They seem to go way beyond my threshold of pain.

Here is a couple of items I have got and use more than I thought I ever would – and they are inexpensive.

The first little tool is a Nail Spinner: It allows you to “spin” a nail in not using a hammer – you can easily cause a split if the nail is whacked in without a pilot hole. With this little gem you fit the Spinner in your drill, insert a nail and “spin” or drill it in and it won’t split the wood. Great little tool. Costs $6.00 from Sears. MADE IN USA

Another tool I have – actually I have 2 of them, is a Safety Positioned Clamp. You use it to hold nails and screws so that you don’t involve your thumb in the fastener operation. Great tool, very well made – and tough, can hold a variety of nails, screw or pins VERTICALLY.

Not a midget tool, feels good in your hand, left/right

The tool costs $2.99 from Amazon – it’s on sale. It is not made in China!
So if you are looking for stocking stuffers these 2 tools are great gifts that will be appreciated. Oh, don’t forget to get yourself one of each, otherwise you’ll wish you had them.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 01:30 AM

I can see the idea in the first one Roger
but the second no
I have used peices of cardboards or thin masonite with a little cut in for years


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#2 posted 11-03-2010 02:05 AM

Some things to get for someone that has everything. Nice ideas.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#3 posted 11-03-2010 03:57 AM

The first time I saw a nail “drilled in” was in a frame shop in Albuquerque. They put the brads in the chuck of a drill and spun it in most of the way. Never split a frame. Also, a comb works well for small nails too. Neat tools.

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

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 04:19 AM

Exactly what I found using that Spinner – I was not having lots of splits.

I know you can use a comb to hold nails, but the Clamp Tool will keep the nail still and vertical as it has upper and lower jaws. I had another similar tool but it would not hold the nail still in position or keep it vertical, that’s what I particularly like about the Clamp. Looks like someone invented a more secure and perfect way to hold nails etc.

They do make a nice small gift that WILL get used often.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 05:57 AM

I’ve never seen a nail spinner before, very handy.

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#6 posted 11-03-2010 06:21 AM

Thanks Roger I use the nail twister to twist my shoe laces LOL
I think its cool thanks for letting us know about it bud.


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#7 posted 11-03-2010 12:30 PM

The Clamp seems like it would be a good thing for most folks, but I don’t have the problem.
I’ve discovered a perfect way to drive nails without banging my thumb.

I have my wife hold the nail.

Seriously though, you take my wife, – – – please.

Ouch, NO dear, I’m supposed to use the hammer!

To be seriously serious, I detest nails even though there are times they must be used. I would rather drive a screw because it can easily be backed out when there is no more need for it. I have many of them in the tray that have been removed from wallls when the pictures are taken down, from temporary jigs when they are no longer needed and so forth.

Not having a Nail Spinner, I will nip off the head of a nail and use it in my drill to make a perfect pilot hole for its mate.


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#8 posted 11-03-2010 03:24 PM

Those are two very cute little gadgets! And inexpensive is correct.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#9 posted 11-12-2010 06:05 PM

I could have used them nail grippers a thousand times. Maybe I wouldn’t have lost so many thumbnails!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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