We’ve talked a lot about the standard toolbox essentials, from hammers to linesman pliers and Kevlar scissors. But what about those tools that are anything but basic?

Here we present a fun look at some tools that are “outside the box”, so to speak…

Shingle Froe: this unique tool was specialized for making roof shingles. The name “froe” derives from an old word, “forward”; it means “away”. The froe was used by placing it blade-down on a log. The handle of the froe was hit with a mallet, and then the handle pulled to pry off a slice of log – a shingle!


Shingle Froe

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Halligan Bar: a tool used by fire fighters and other rescue workers. It is used to pry open doors or smash through walls. It is heavy and comprised of titanium or alloy steel.


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Stanley #1 Odd Jobs Tool: from 1888 to the 1930s, Stanley manufactured this “ten-in-one” tool that incorporated a steel ruler, inside square, try square, miter square, T-square, beam compass, spirit level and plumb, depth gauge, marking gauge, and mortise gauge. It was designed to fit in a man’s pocket. A version is still available, made by the Garrett Wade Tool Company.

Stanley #1 Odd Jobs Tool

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Adze: a tool dating to ancient Egypt, the adze was used to shape and square tree trunks into beams. It looked similar to an ax; however the blade was orientated on the horizontal as opposed to the vertical. T is still used in woodworking for smoothing and carving.

adze tool

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Nail Kicker: the nail kicker is to a nail what VAMPLIERS linesman pliers are to a stripped screw. In other words, a nail kicker is used to retrieve a nail, like a nail gun in reverse. It allows nails to be removed from wood effortlessly and without damaging the surface surrounding the head of the nail.

Nail kicker

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Alternatively, a Cat’s Paw is also a nail-removal tool. Use a hammer to hammer one end under the head of the nail, and then leverage it out.

Cats paw

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