Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Unexpected tool porn

Had the camera on while I was putting on a test coat; background video and all that.  While editing, I noticed what I did while on camera...


wait... is that what I think I did?!?


no... really?!?


Ghads! Used a Blue Spruce chisel to open a can of finish!?!?  I thought only NWWMOTHs did that (non-woodworker members of the household).

Ah, but it's okay!  :)

So last week, I was for-real putting on coats of finish on the Angle Madness panels. When I went to open the can of finish, I looked for the church key on the bench, but there were a bunch of Blue Spruce chisels cuz of a separate project.  I thought, "you know, it would be funny to have a Blue Spruce paint-can opener so I could open cans in style and freak out viewers when they see it happen".  Yeah yeah, I know, I need to get out more.

I sent the idea to Dave Jeske, owner of Blue Spruce Toolworks.  He replied quickly with:

Well, he liked it... back to finishing...

Then today I go to the mail and find a nice unexpected package:



Thanks, Dave, for what has to be the first and only Blue Spruce paint-can opener!  For the record, it required no honing before use.

Best I can tell, this is a by-request product so let him know if you want one by sending mail to Dave!

Think about it: put it by the paint cans so when your family need to open a can, naturally they'll reach for your "chisel" (-wink- -wink-) and find that indeed a chisel works wonderfully well at opening cans!

Your chisel stash will stay safe.  A stylish decoy, in Cocobolo.



9 comments:

  • pmelchman said...
     

    I freaked out Paul, I recogized the handle....

  • Paul-Marcel St-Onge said...
     

    It worked! :)

  • Anonymous said...
     

    Hi Paul,
    My first time to comment here, so I'll start by saying your blog is terrific. I wanted to add that Dave Jeske is as well. He's just made me two custom burnishers with 10" carbide rods. It turns out that some professional chef's like to touch up there knife edges on smooth, hard surfaces rather than abrasives. One for my chef friend and one for me!
    Tom

  • Paul-Marcel St-Onge said...
     

    Nice idea, Tom! Most knife block sets seem to include a burnisher (at least back when I was looking for some). Just straightening the wire edge after use helps a lot between sharpenings.

  • craigt said...
     

    Genius :)

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