The Anarchist’s Gift Guide, Day 3
We woodworkers work hard to put stuff together. But we suck eggs when it comes to taking things apart.
Every woodworker – no matter how skilled – needs an “iron crow.” It’s a thin-bladed pry bar that can actually get inside of cabinets and lever parts apart. I used to have one made from an old automobile spring. But I don’t know where that went.
The pry bars at hardware stores are too thick and big to be helpful in woodworking. You need to sneak into tight spaces and slip into a hairline gap.
And that’s why I was thrilled to see this stainless steel pry bar at the checkout counter at my local Rockler. It’s 9” long and is ground to a thin profile at both ends. I use it all the time.
When I bought the tool last year, I think it was $5 or $6. Rockler has a set of them on its web site for $16. And… ah-ha, here is the 9” one on Amazon for less than $5. If you want to do a web search for a better price, look for the “Grip” brand. They are stainless steel and 9” long.
— Christopher Schwarz