Here’s a very, well, Toolmonger way of opening a beer sent to me by a friend today and found originally on the awesome There, I Fixed It site. Once I finished yukking it up (and wondering why he didn’t just whack it carefully on a workbench), this got me thinking about other improvised tools.
It doesn’t take a shop full of computer-controlled mills and waterjets to make (or modify) a tool to render it perfect for the job. A great example: A while back Sean and I salvaged an old BMW bike, which we hoped we could return to working order. Sadly we didn’t, as the expense of straightening the frame was beyond our meager wallets. But in the original toolkit we made an odd find: a large Craftsman socket with about 2 MM milled from its circumference. We didn’t think about it much until we started to remove the forks and discovered that normal sockets and wrenches didn’t fit. I’ll give you one guess what socket fit just right.
I’m willing to bet that as Toolmongers you do this kind of thing all the time, too. If you get a chance, drop us a picture of some of your quick (or intricate) tool handiwork in the TM Photo Pool. We’ll be watching (and posting our faves).
Necessity Truly Is The Mother Of Invention [There, I Fixed It]