DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.
SKILL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.
PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.
BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major efinishing jobs.
HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle... It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.
VISE-GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.
OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race..
TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.
HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes , trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.
BAND SAW: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge.
TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect.
PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.
STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans . Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.
PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.
HOSE CUTTER: A tool used to make hoses too short.
HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit.
UTILITY KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. It is especially good for slicing work clothes, while being worn.
BUFFING WHEELS: Felt wheels attached to a high speed rotating shaft used for grabbing knives and out of your hand and throwing them either point first into the concrete floor, or point first into some portion of your body.
ARC WELDER: High voltage electrical device used to burn irregular shaped holes in metal that you are trying to join.
CENTER PUNCH: Pointed metal shaft used to mark holes for drilling that are a fraction of an inch from where they should be.
TONGS: Large pliars like devices used to allow red hot steel to go flying into some portion of your body when the steel is struck with a hammer. When this happens see “
ANGLE GRINDER: A tool with a high speed rotating abrasive wheel used for opening up the front of your shirt, removing skin and sometimes as an eraser for bad welds.
CRESECNT WRENCH: Device used to start the rounding process of bolt heads and also used to remove the skin from knuckles. Sometimes doubles as a hammer.
SAWSALL: Electric Saw that is used for locating electrical wiring and plumbing hidden in walls.
SHOVEL: Wooden prop with metal point used to keep municipal workers from falling over.
PICK: Pointed tool used to locate water lines, gas lines and underground electrical lines.
ELECTRIC DRILL: Hand held device used to make holes in wood, metal and plastic that are a fraction of an inch from where the need to be. Also used to burn up or break drill bits.
REAMER: Tapered cutting tool used to enlarge holes made by Electric Drill so things will line up.