Examining clever mechanisms often provides ideas and inspiration for our own designs. This week's mystery tool was in fact a look at a partially disassembled adding machine. Here's the rest of that dissection.
All right, smarty pantses, give this one a go. Lately, you brilliant DIYers have been making shortwork of our Guess This Tool contest, so we're going to mix it up a little and see if we can't stump you for more than 10 minutes. This is a tool of sorts, but it's in the early stages of a PopSci Dissection. As usual, the first and most precise answer in the comments will win something from our friends at Stanley: a FatMax 24-inch level. Good luck.
When bending metal tubing, the ever-present issue is the inherent desire of that tubing to buckle and fold rather than stretch in just the right places and bend smoothly. There are a number of ways to overcome this when bending tubing, but this is one of the simplest and cheapest: bending springs. Read on to learn how and why they work.
A new year, new obscure tools, and more stuff to give away. The last installment of our contest proved way too easy, so let's see if this one is a bit more of a challenge. Tell us in the comments what this is and the first and most precise answer will receive a Stanley FatMax tape measure.
Your favorite DIY guessing game is back with another stumper and another piece of gear to give away. Toss out your best guess in the comments and the first and most precise answer will win a 20-ounce Stanley FatMax hammer.
This is a weld-on tank bung; a means of attaching pipe threads to a vessel. It is intended to be welded onto the wall of a tank or pressure vessel, providing solid pipe threads in a material typically too thin to be tapped for pipe threads. On some occasions I've used them for that purpose. On others, I've found that they make a great component in pneumatic cannons. More on this obscure part after the jump.
Yesterday's mystery tool is officially known as the Monitor model 107 "Patented Wire Stitcher" manufactured by the Latham Machinery Company of Chicago, IL. Bookbinding operations like the one that gave the machine to me used it to place those big staples in thick stacks of pages to be bound. I'm sure you've always wondered what kind of stapler it takes to make that staple. This is it.
Last week, we inaugurated a new challenge for you here on PopSci.com that lets you show off your deep tool knowledge and walk away with not only our abiding respect, but a less obscure tool of your own.
Here's how it works: We post a picture of a strange object from my shop, maybe a clue or two, and you guess what it is in the comments section below. The first and most precise among you to guess correctly will win the prize. This week, it's a 30-foot Stanley FatMax tape measure. Pretty sweet.
We’ve created a new challenge for you here on PopSci.com, whereby you can show off your obscure knowledge of tools and, well, win new tools!
Here's how it works: We'll post a picture of an object, maybe a clue or two, and you guess what it is in the comments section below. The first among you to guess correctly will win the prize. This week, it’s a 20 ounce Stanley FatMax hammer. Pretty sweet.