May Monthly Assignment: "Tools" (cwgrizz's choice)


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May Monthly Assignment: "Tool(s) (cwgrizz's choice)
A tool or tools used for a particular job or task. If you would like, you may add what it is used for if there is doubt.


Let's get shooting! CREATIVITY/TECHNIQUE rules in this challenge, but there are a few guidelines:

1. Any photo submitted for a monthly assignment must be taken using a Nikon Camera! All submissions must be taken during the month specified in the assignment thread and taken by YOU!

2. If the EXIF does not show using a browser EXIF app, listing the camera and capture date/time below the photo is required. Listing exposure info, lens & focal length is encouraged so others can learn.

3. Other than that, it's all up to your interpretation of the theme. Any photo will be accepted, SOOC or edited, doesn't matter.

4. Photos must be posted in this thread to be considered. Links to photos will not be considered an entry (In other words, no Flikr, Photobucket, or similar links)

5. Only THREE entries per member for each assignment. Please post entries separately (1 photo per post) and number the entry.

6. Entries will be judged by the number of likes received.

7. The top 5 shots will be displayed in a separate thread and will be displayed in no particular order.

8. This is intended to be a FUN challenge. No critiques unless specifically asked. Also, please limit posts to just photos and brief
Any comments/discussion should occur elsewhere, PLEASE.

As listed in other challenges, please note: NO CASH OR PRIZES will be awarded for this Monthly Assignment.


*To clarify time for start of the assignment, it is 0000 UTC/GMT the first day of the month (similar to the weekly challenges) and ends at 23:59 UTC/GMT the last day of the month.


Staff member
This monthly assignment has started. Let's see your tool(s). It can be one or more of them.


Staff member
Super Mod
More than half the month is gone and no one has posted anything.

Guess I'll start.

Chris' metal lathe.

Three handheld shots stitched vertically.

Entry #1
Nikon D7100 May 17 2023 2:16pm
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Bob Blaylock

Senior Member

OK, so I lied. Actually, it is a drill. A rather unusual one. I found it, just today, at a “Trash to Treasures” event in Sutter Creek, California.

It appears to be an adjustable auger bit, that can range in hole size from ⅝″ to 1⅜″.


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I also found an interesting level, but it was in need of some serious maintenance. Right now, it's in pieces, glue setting on the wooden parts, and some rusted metal parts soaking in Kroil. I wish I'd thought to photograph it before I took it apart, Perhaps I'll get it put back together in time to photograph it for this challenge. I still have a few days. It is branded as being from the “Stanley Level & Rule Co”, which I have been able to determine is a progenitor of the current Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. I believe that this level was probably made in the late 19th century.

Bob Blaylock

Senior Member
This is a triptych of the level mentioned in the previous post, in pieces. Top panel shows all the pieces, the big wood piece, and the two actual levels that mount in it. Alas, I didn't think of it until later, but the two metal pieces are reversed with regard to their positions in the wooden piece.

The larger metal piece is the horizonal level, and it goes in the middle of the wood piece. The smaller metal piece is the vertical level, and it mounts near the end with the hole in it, so that its tube can be seen through that hole.

Most of the screws holding this all together were missing, and most of the holes in the wooden part stripped out. I'm filling all the holes with wood glue, and when that has set, I mean to drill them, and put this all together with brand new screws. Alas, the new screws that I found at Home Depot, otherwise the most similar that I could find to the original, are Phillips screws, which are not period-correct for this level, Phillips screws being from the 1930s, and this level cannot possibly be any newer than the very early 1920s, and is very likely from the late 18th century.

You can see that the adjusting screw for the horizonal level is somewhat damaged. Alas, it is rusted to immovability, which apparently did not stop someone from trying very hard and utterly failing to get it to turn. I have the relevant part soaking in Kroil, hoping to get it to free up. I was able to successfully resolve a similar, milder instance of this same issue, with the vertical level.


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I'm hoping to get this thing fully fixed and put back together, in time for it to be my final entry in this challenge. The biggest issue, at this point, is getting that horizontal adjusting screw free enough to turn.


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I used to love picking up old woodworking hand tools at flea markets. I would take them home, fix them up and sometimes use them. Product photography is not my thing, but perhaps I'll dig one out and take a shot before the end of the month.