was amongst tools belonging to a carpenter/furniture restorer, so may be something to do with that trade. Beer bottle cap for size, ~5 inches total length; good condition, but must be at least 20 years old - could be much older. The metal part appears to be aluminium, which would be too soft for many tool uses, so perhaps it is something else entirely?
posted by AFII
on Jul 16, 2014 -
I often work on my family's cars, however I don't have a garage and have to work in the driveway or in a rented (by the hour) garage with lift. In my workshop I have the tools organized on pegboards and in drawers. That's all fine and dandy, but I've come to realize that 90% of the time I use my tools I have to chuck them in tool bags and boxes and either bring them outside or to the aforementioned garage. I want a mobile storage system where everything has its place and I can see at a glance if something's missing. Like the pegboards, I guess, only portable. [more inside]
posted by Harald74
on Mar 12, 2014 -
I’m looking into buying an air compressor that will work equally well with an airbrush and a framing nailer. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff
on Feb 24, 2014 -
Sometimes, one of the first pages of a library book will bear an identifying stamp made of perforations punched through by a special tool. This practice seems to have disappeared, and Googling for it has only frustrated me. What is the tool called and where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft
on Dec 2, 2013 -
Assuming a level of graphics competence at "low, but very willing to learn", what's the easiest method of creating inserts for audio cassettes? Level of quality around "punk/hardcore/straight edge" on the sliding scale. Preference slightly skewed to a 4 or 5 panel card, tools available are MS Office products, Photoshop Elements and of course GIMP. Access to printers and copiers, willing to lay out double digits for a tool, click-and-drag type template, or assistance. Thoughts/advice/help?
posted by ersatzkat
on Nov 18, 2013 -
I’m looking for a reasonably priced (GPS?) device that will remotely track an object's whereabouts and share that info with the public, online or via smartphone. [more inside]
posted by sixpack
on Aug 22, 2013 -
Say you had a team of three to five people working once per week over a year doing a gardening project on one acre of land and poly tunnels in a cold-to-moderate climate with clay and loamy soil (England). What tools would they need a weekly basis and what tools would they need on a once-per-year or quarterly basis?
posted by parmanparman
on May 6, 2013 -
Just scored the use of a mandoline slicer for the next week, and I'm totally excited but don't know where to start. Can you good people hook me up with your best mandoline-using recipes? Potatoes! Carrots! Turnips! I'll slice 'em all! [more inside]
posted by redsparkler
on Mar 21, 2013 -
I have a Challenge to all antique hand tool buffs. I'd really appreciate knowing what this tool
is and what it was used for...
The tool consists of a brass piece mounted to a wooden handle. The tool measures 6 3/4 " in total length. At the high point of the brass forefront, it is 1 15/16 ". The brass piece is 1 5/8 " wide. It has a tool stamp of 'IDEAL TOOL COMPANY' in raised letters on the reverse side of the upright brass fixture. I could not find anything like it on the Ideal Tool Company Antique website...
I would greatly appreciate your expert opinions as to what it is and was used to accomplish.
Thank you for your professional and generous offer to identify this hand tool piece !
posted by Jim Young
on Jan 6, 2013 -
Can anyone tell me what this
is? I've had this for many years but now am clearing out my "collections" so my kids won't have to. Before I send this off I'd like to know what it is, and that would probably help interest someone in having it. Only marking is "Germany".
posted by uncaken
on Jul 6, 2012 -
Looking for a social media tool that allows visitors to our website to sign & send a pre-written email (and to possibly add their own comments or edits as well, but that's not 100% necessary) to a group of local politicians. I've seen things like this many many times on social and political campaign websites, but have no idea if there's an out-of-the-box solution or if we need to hire someone to write it. [more inside]
posted by luriete
on Dec 9, 2011 -
This Newt Gingrich Mefi post
about paid Twitter followers had me looking at my own Twitter stream more closely. Now I'm concerned. I don't auto-follow, but I'm following Twitterers I don't remember choosing to follow at all! Help me get to the bottom of this, please. [more inside]
posted by misha
on Aug 2, 2011 -
I have a couple of mini knives/multi-tools (1 Leatherman and 1 Gerber). I like both of them a lot, but they are getting kind of old (1 is 13 years old and the other is about 4 years old).
I am looking for a way to clear them properly so that some of the minor rust spots are gone and get rid of all of the "stuff" that has accumulated in the knife over the years. However, where they are so small, I am finding this difficult.
Any tips/suggestions as to go about doing this?
posted by dbirchum
on Jul 6, 2011 -
Is there such a thing as a really nice, possibly handmade, credit-card-sized multitool? Examples of what I'm NOT looking for below the fold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 27, 2011 -
How much can you actually fit inside a Brooks "Challenge" Tool Bag? [more inside]
posted by cazoo
on Jun 25, 2011 -
I want to write a tool for multiple-searching a site that only supports single-searches. What's the best implementation language? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors
on Apr 4, 2011 -
Is my password safe after a "System Tool" malware infection?
Can malware (system tool) use a proxy or key logger or otherwise detect bank account passwords accessed with the
(hopefully previously) infected computer.
How can one be sure the infection is totally removed?
xp fully updated, avg free, scanned and cleaned following these instructions
posted by flummox
on Mar 24, 2011 -
I have a photo blog on blogger.com that I haven't posted to in some time and, when I just tried, got the following message:
"Blogger no longer supports FTP publishing.
If you are interested in continuing to maintain your blog on Blogger, use the FTP Migration Tool."
I cannot find the FTP Migration tool. Any advice?
posted by tangyraspberry
on Jan 20, 2011 -
I just got a steal of a deal on ebay for a precision mitre hand saw. What cool projects can I do with it?
posted by srboisvert
on Jan 20, 2011 -
I'm looking for an object I once saw a picture of. It was an antique tool that was, I think, described as a japanese jade vise, or something similar. It was rectangular in shape, and consisted of a number of stacked wooden wedges that could be slid in and out in relation to one another to form an opening in which a gem could be securely held by the pressure of the wedges.
posted by Jackson
on Nov 27, 2010 -
What's-this-tool-filter: Found this tool
in a kitchen drawer at a vacation rental at the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Anybody know what this is for? Something to do with crabs or oysters maybe?
posted by mqk
on Nov 24, 2010 -
What can I carry that will let me easily, consistantly and reliable make burning? [more inside]
posted by Quadlex
on Apr 6, 2010 -
What is this tool for, please? (1
) It was found in a kitchen drawer.
posted by Tufa
on Feb 28, 2010 -
FIREFOX/WINDOWS 7: When using Firefox, where is the bar that includes options of "file", "edit", "view", "favorites" and "tools".? It disappeared! When I access Internet Explorer, no problem, these options are all available and visible, but on Firefox (which I prefer) it seems to have disappeared.
posted by Lylo
on Feb 22, 2010 -
I'm trying to install a toilet. My contractor put a PVC pipe in the floor, but the end is too high for my toilet to sit level on the ground. So I need to cut the PVC pipe. There's only about a half inch gap around the pipe, so I started trying to cut it with a Dremel from the inside. But it seems to be too thick and overheats the Dremel. Is there another cheap tool I can use for this?
posted by scottreynen
on Jan 31, 2010 -
I've started writing too slow, thinking too much, not imprisoning the editor, etc. I'm looking for an online or osx tool that encourages writing. It might be as simple as a field that asks you to enter x words within y time. I am having trouble shifting my mindset.
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat
on Dec 15, 2009 -
A start menu for Windows 7 where I type i
for Internet and f
for Firefox to open that browser? [more inside]
posted by oxit
on Dec 14, 2009 -
I am looking for a leadership tool I used to use back in the late nineties, but can't find anymore. It was a flowchart intended to help a person determine which decisionmaking style to use in a particular set of circumstances. Essentially it takes the D1-D5 framework (where D1 is highly directive and D5 is highly collaborative), and sets up a flowchart process that helps the person determine which to use. So for example it would ask “Will other people be affected by the decision” (yes argues for collaboration) and “Will other people's acceptance of the decision be required for implementation” (yes argues for collaboration). [more inside]
posted by Susan PG
on Oct 22, 2009 -
How can I make an online tool to show someone whether an image they've uploaded is high enough resolution for print? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Jul 21, 2009 -
Watching the golf today, they showed a greenskeeper taking water out of a hole. He used what looked like a giant syringe.
What is this tool called, and where can I get one?
posted by Marky
on Jun 21, 2009 -
Looking for a gardening tool & have no idea what it is: seedling waterer? bonsai tool? It's a metal rosette like you'd see attached to a watering can, maybe 3" across, with a pencil-sized metal pipe leading to a squeezy rubber bulb on the end. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com
on Jun 5, 2009 -
Is there a way to change the options for the PENCIL TOOL in ILLUSTRATOR so that it just draws a new line once you pick it up and put it down again - (no matter how close you are to the previously drawn line)? [more inside]
posted by ChloeMills
on May 20, 2009 -