I don't use a lot of nails (I usually screw around!), but I have used a pair of needle-nosed vice-grips to hold the nail on days when I just don't trust myself not to whack me (usually when I'm tired and should have taken a break, I admit.)
Carla Burke wrote:Oh! Oh! Oh!!! I wannit!!! No more smashed thumbs!!!
Drew Moffatt wrote:I suppose this was before they could magnetise a specific piece of the head or insert a shatterproof magnet hence the balls and springs.
Pearl Sutton wrote:Jay Angler: I do that too, and I also use needle nose pliers of any sort to hold tiny nails straight while I whack them, keeps them going exactly where I want them.
I usually use vice grips for bigger nails (I have some 4 and 6 inch needle noses that work great for that) and regular needle nose for small things as I can get them out faster and easier.
Gerry Parent wrote:Hi Jordan, Boy, we sure do need you to post more what-is-it photos because afterwards we get such a great history and background that I find very educational and helpful ! Thank you for your contributions!
Shea Loner wrote:I just found this thread and a very entertaining and educational evening was had while canning up some sweet corn. I definately have some whatsits that deserve to be named but thought I would shed some light on Pearls humingbird stake first.
Now I wasn't able to track down an image for you but it was part of a bird feeder with a tray/plate/bowl in front a loop to slide over the head and it would have had the birds body and wings as a counterbalance on the other side. A neighbor had one when I was a kid it was fascinating.
Tereza Okava wrote:is it the size of an ear of corn?
my friend wrote:
I had told her it looks like it’s for corn on the Cobb, she has 6 of them, but doesn’t think that’s what it is. I told her I was curious so I was going to post pictures and see if anyone on my side knew.
She posted the measurements. they are 8.5” long 4.5”across and about 1.25” tall but has a rectangular base about 3/8” thick. The bowl is curved and 4 ribs running length. I feel they have something to do with food. Maybe someone will solve the mystery
Nicole Alderman wrote:My friend posted these pictures on facebook, wondering what this is. Anyone have any ideas?
(You can click any of the images to make them bigger)
That's what I thought, but in a quick search I couldn't find one like that on the web and I'm not sure where the "thread" would go unless you put it through the hole each time. I suppose if it goes through together, you can withdraw the sharp core, push the leather binding through then withdraw the outer part to pull the leather binding through?
Carla Burke wrote:Looks, to me, like a leather stitching awl.
Judith Browning wrote:[
I wonder if it's an ashtray?
OK, I vote for using it to putting ear tags on cattle (or maybe pigs).
Drew Moffatt wrote:I did find an old awl but knew that would be too easy.
You're on the right track kind of.
Minus the thread.