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Pounding things into submission with a sledgehammer can really work out your frustration, but that’s the only time it’s fun — repeatedly aligning walls with a sledge isn’t most carpenters’ idea of a good time.   It definitely wasn’t Keith Kennedy’s favorite pastime, which is why he invented the WoodRatchet.

The WoodRatchet looks like a chain binder with two spiked plates in place of the hooks.  You hammer one plate into the offending wall and the other into the floor — no additional screws or nails are needed.  Then just crank the WoodRatchet until the wall is in place.  Secure the wall with a few fasteners, and it’s off to the next wall.  It’ll also work for pulling the crown out of joists.

This tool falls in the “why didn’t I think of that?” category.  It’s simple, it’s a modification of an existing tool from an unrelated field, and it saves a lot of time.  Kennedy Manufacturing sells the WoodRatchet direct for $70.  For a professional framer, it’ll pay for itself in the first week.  Based on the lumber I’ve seen lately, I suspect it wouldn’t take a very large project for the WoodRatchet to be worth the price for the DIY crowd as well.

WoodRatchet [Official Site]

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  1. fred says:

    Hazet (Germany) makes a forged timber-framing tool that looks quite a bit like this – but sell for about $200 more.

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