Welcome to our "tool of the week" resources page!
We don't even know where this whole tool thing started, but we do know that there's a whole bunch of cool and interesting and unusual and really specifically tasked tools out there that we want to know more about!
We love to share these tools in our weekly newsletters with our friends and members, but we thought we'd give them a more permanent spot right here on our website.
So let's find out some fun tool facts shall we? Another fun fact for you, our very own Priscilla has drawn all of the tools you see below - what a talented lady she is!
Have a tool/s that you'd like to find out some more about and feature, then reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
Rebeka & Kribashini!
The Paint Mixer!
Now here's one for some therapeutic fun! Made from heavy duty steel and typically mounted on a shaft which can be inserted into a motorised drive for the purpose of quickly and thoroughly mixing your paint!
Similar to a blending stick in the kitchen, turn it on, move it up and down slowly inside the paint can, making sure the mixer touches the bottom of the can before moving it upward. This ensures you bring the paint solids up from the bottom for a thorough mix.
Repeat a few times or as recommended by the instructions on the side of the can and finally - Enjoy!
The Utility Knife!
AKA "the Stanley Knife".
Such a handy tool to have on a construction site, around the house AND in the office! Our favourite use of it is to unbox exciting deliveries. Whoop whoop!!! Is the one exciting thing about Covid restrictions packages?
PS - If you have one, this is also a great time to remind us all to snap or replace that blade for a fresh new cut. Who else forgets to do that regularly???
The Spirit Level!
Speaking of slowing down, when it comes to building it definitely pays off to take the time at the start of a task to get things straight and level!
Introducing the Spirit Levels (slightly different than spirit fingers). Also referred to as that "straight edge with a bubble" by Kribashini at one of her first ever site meetings - LOL (where was the 'Tool of the Week' back then she asks?).
Yes that bubble, when floating in the middle of the 2 lines in the tube indicates that your surface is level. Trust us, take the time to do this BEFORE you start and you will save yourself a world of pain (and re-work) later on.
Shovel & Spade!
OK, so generally the terms space and shovel are used interchangeably. BUT, have you ever stopped to think "what's the difference"?. So we turned to the good ol' Cambridge Dictionery to settle this.... drum roll please!
SPADE: A tool used for digging especially soil or sand, with a long handle and a flat blade.
SHOVEL: A tool consisting of a wide, square metal or plastic blade, usually with slightly raised sides, for moving loose material such as sand, coal or snow.
An easy way to remember it - Spade is like the deck of cards. It has a point bit and is flat to make digging easier. A Shovel is square shaped with a slightly raised edge - like a scoop for moving things!
The Plum Bob!
It's basically a weight, usually with a pointed tip on the bottom, suspended from a string and used as a vertical reference line, or plumb-line. Think of it as the vertical equivalent to the spirit level!
It's a great tool for getting it straight when it comes to wallpaper - as walls are rarely truly square or perfectly vertical. Simply, let the plumb bob swing freely until still, pencil the wall behind the plumb line (basically the string!) adjacent to where the first length is to hang. Repeat for every wall and voila!
The Electric Planer!
It shaves, shapes and smoothes wood like a hand plane, a belt sander and a jointer all rolled into one. What a super tool this one is!
It is armed with hardened, rugged knives made of steel. Based on the level of depth you set for the planer, it can remove a little or a lot of wood.
Use it for levelling joists, making stubborn doors close easily, flattening walls and any other home project you have going in the workshop that involves wood!
Have you got one already? What do you mostly use it for?