Category Archives: Specialty

Klein 11055 Klein-Kurve Wire Stripper

Tool: Klein 11055 Klein-Kurve Wire Stripper

As a carpenter, my job includes a little of everything but most of the wire pulling, stripping and connecting on a job site is left to the electricians. As a handyman, though, the tasks of the electrician are commonplace and buying the correct tool for a job increases one’s efficiency and productivity.

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Bostitch H2B Hammer Tacker

Tool: Bostitch H2B Hammer Tacker

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One of the best tools in my truck is the Bostitch H2B Hammer Tacker. This is such a great tool that it’s almost a shame it’s a stapler. If they stopped making the H2B, I feel badly for everyone that has to tack on house wrap, staple insulation or apply roofing felt. This is by far, the best hammer tacker I know of.

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Marshalltown Trowel Co. Tie Wire Twister

Tool: Marshalltown Trowel Co. Manual Bar Tie Wire Twister

Joy Joy, this tools brings memories! I got my start in construction in an earthquake city. Tying rebar became second nature work and was repetitive to the point of achy fingers. This bar tie twister has fixed dozens of spools of bar ties. I own a few of these twisters but, thankfully, they haven’t seen the light of day in years.

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Starrett Series No. 162 Precision Pin Vises

Tool: L. S. Starrett No. 162 Series – Pin Vises

Ok, I admit to having no idea what this tool was called until a few minutes ago. The small tool for this week on Toolboxblog.com is the American made L.S. Starrett & Co. No. 162B Pin Vise from Starrett’s Machinists’ Precision Shop Tools. It’s one of my favorite small tools and once you’ve got an assortment of Pin Vise Twist Drill Bits you’ll find it to be an indispensable part of your woodworking shop.

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REMINGTON 496 Powder Actuated Fastening Tool

Tool: REMINGTON 496 Powder Actuated Fastening Tool

The Journeyman Carpenter who taught me to use a ‘Ramset’* used to yell: “Fire in the hole!” BAM! into the concrete goes the nail. Firing nails with my Remington 496 tool never seems to lose it’s appeal, even when the recoil occasionally hurts my wrist.

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Bridge City Tool Works CT-1 Squevel

Tool: Bridge City Tool Works CT-1 Squevel
Date of Service: 1993

Wow! Really one of my coolest tools. At first I thought these tools were too beautiful to use but it didn’t take me long to break them in. Today my limited edition Signature Series CT-1 Squevel is in constant use, though writing this post has brought to my attention it’s need for some TLC.

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Bridge City Tool Works – TS-2 Master Try Square

Tool: Bridge City Tool Works – TS-2 Master Try Square
Date of Service: December 1990

Every woodworker has a few prized tools that are put to use often. A few of the finest tools In my shop are made by Bridge City Tool Works, including the TS-2 Master Try Square which is engraved with my initials, birthday and the year of 1990.

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Product Specifications:

  • 90 degrees, plus or minus 0.002″ over the blade length, inside and outside
  • 8″ (heel to toe)
  • 0.125″
  • 1.50″
  • 360 alloy, half-hard brass
  • Solid rosewood, faced on both sides with 360 alloy half-hard brass wear plates, rivets are anchored in solid brass seats, both sides

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Experience:

I received the Bridge City Tool Works TS-2 Master Square as a birthday present from a fine cabinetmaker and an influential person in my life. Unfortunately he died before I grew up enough to share woodworking stories, experiences and learn from him. As we talked during his last few days I felt like I was being cast out alone into the woodworking world with no teacher since we had lived on opposite coasts of America during my beginnings and I had just returned to the East Coast; “How will I learn to be a craftsman without you?” He replied, “You are going to have to go out there and learn it for yourself like everyone else.”

I don’t own a tool more accurate or more beautiful. I value these tools more than any other for obvious reasons… but still I use them almost every day!

If you like the TS-2 check out my Bridge City Tool Works CT-1 Squevel.

Links:

TS-2 at Bridge City Tool Works – Out of production.

Wood’s Powr-Grip N4950 – 8″ Flat Vacuum Cup

Tool: Wood’s Powr-Grip N4950 – 8″ Flat Vacuum Cup with Metal Handle
The Wood’s Powr-Grip Vacuum Cups are top-notch, American made, quality tools. It’s funny that I think of certain tools as ‘beautiful’ and say I ‘love’ them. My pair of N4950’s are beautiful! Though I may baby them and oooh and aaah over their quality, I stake my safety to their performance on the job.

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