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By Doug Mahoney | Popular Mechanics – Fri, Nov 9, 2012 12:49 PM EST
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Shingle Froe This tool is specialized for the task of making shingles. The strange name comes from the antiquated word "froward," which means "away," in reference to the direction that the tool cuts. To use it, place the froe, blade down, on the edge of a log length, then hit the top of the blade with a wooden club, forcing the froe into the log. Next, pull the handle toward you and[11/12/2012 5:02:52 AM] Bosch Cross Line Self... Stanley TRA706T 1000 Pack 3/8...

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.Yahoo! Proud American • 21 minutes ago Report Abuse 0 2 As an IT professional/PC Tech I can guarantee that I have tools in my toolbag that most of you commenting on here have never seen and wouldn't have the first clue what they are for. Reply Mrpeepeehead • 35 minutes ago Report Abuse 2 0 If you did use these. Reply SamuelClemensGhost • 30 minutes ago Report Abuse 1 0 My boss is a tool and he's not good for Be it Gerber. This chinese crap is not worth taking home. That is the life expectancy of chinese junk. everything and does very fine detail work.. The only people that dislike them are the people who don't own them.. I have over $30K invested in tools I bought over the years. you'd use them once.. Plumbers use the tool to replace faucets. 1 Reply William • 21 minutes ago Report Abuse 0 0 i have a stanley odd job try to use it whenever i can than i have other odd tools that i use.. He has many hand tools from carpentry's past. Some days I don't even use mine.t leave out the basin wrench. The Multi tool. 1 Reply Mary Pranksters • 1 hour 3 minutes ago Report Abuse 1 0 Roy Underhill uses adzes and froes on the Woodwright's Shop. any good carpenter needs one. but I'm glad it is here on my. 1 Reply Rand • 36 minutes ago Report Abuse 0 0 I see all of these comments about using a power chisel for finer work. Great show! Great host! http://shopping.html[11/12/2012 5:02:52 AM] .8 unique tools and their unusual uses . Reply Bruce • 46 minutes ago Report Abuse 1 0 Don. The USA built tools lasted forever. Leatherman. My dremel either corded or cordless with a tungsten carbide or cobalt bit cuts SOG. or even an oldschool Swiss Army.. More Reply Freddys • 52 minutes ago Report Abuse 1 0 adze's are an integal tool on the railroad when your chainsaw fails and ya gotta dap a bridge timber or a wall tie Reply J • 55 minutes ago Report Abuse 0 0 I have a Craftsman 'butt gauge'. Reply Alexis • 50 minutes ago Report Abuse 0 0 Lets talk about the most useful tool.

More Reply David • 1 hour 13 minutes ago Report Abuse 0 1 A maddox and an adze are extremely unique tools and their unusual uses . Same goes for the old Push/Pull(?) screwdriver with assorted screw and drill bits.html[11/12/2012 5:02:52 AM] ... Doesn't talk back and never lets me down.. 3 Replies Wide Awake 23 minutes ago Report Abuse 2 0 Do you two mean a "mattock. Some of my tools were my Grandfathers and are over 100 years old." The American Comment Guidelines Post Post Wooof • 1 hour 11 minutes ago Report Abuse 0 0 as an old school craftsman familiar with 4 of these tools. More Reply Jon • 1 hour 10 minutes ago Report Abuse 1 1 My favorite tool is my artificial vagina.. "if you take care of the work . 1 Reply Flubadub 39 minutes ago Report Abuse 0 1 I think most people call that a "hand.. They still come in handy in tight squeezes where a box or other wrenches can not get. You can buy a maddox at any good hardware store that sells Construction" which combines and axe (or sometimes a pick) with an adze? The American Comment Guidelines Post Post More Post a comment YAHOO! SHOPPING ALSO ON YAHOO! TRENDING NOW http://shopping.Yahoo! Reply Viperess • 1 hour 5 minutes ago Report Abuse 0 0 Almost all of these look like weapons for murder! YIKES! Reply Make MY Day • 1 hour 10 minutes ago Report Abuse 2 0 I still have a set of the OLD "S" shaped open end wrenches.

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