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My guess is you will know what this is or you will not. They are cheap, they work, what more can you want from a tool.

For 100 points tell us what this tool does or how you use it, and as always the points go to the first one who posts a correct answer.

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looks like a removable link from a wristwatch band....
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This tool was used to position and hold a rippled spline that was most commonly used in joinery on mitered corners. The rippled spline would be placed inside the hollow tool. The tool would then be placed across the two sections to be joined and you would drive the spline into the wood by hammering down on the sliding bar. The bar would place even pressure on the spline and drive the spline into the wood and flush with the surface.

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This tool was used to position and hold a rippled spline that was most commonly used in joinery on mitered corners. The rippled spline would be placed inside the hollow tool. The tool would then be placed across the two sections to be joined and you would drive the spline into the wood by hammering down on the sliding bar. The bar would place even pressure on the spline and drive the spline into the wood and flush with the surface.

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Wow,

I didn't know these existed. Reible, what I need to know is where can I find this tool? I am actually going to use these fasteners for the frame that I am making for my bathroom mirror and didn't know that there was a tool to hammer these in. I tried these fasteners on a scrap piece of wood and it really sucks just using a hammer if you know what I mean. So where can I get one? I'll check the hardware store. Later....

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Boricua,
I tried to locate the tool for you but came up empty handed. The actual fastner is manufactured by a company in Kalamazoo, MI. Midwest Tools. The fastner's real name has changed over the years. Originally they were called corregated fastners and came in a variety of sizes and each package of fastners came with a free tool. They were made out of aluminum and were pretty well worn out after a bunch of uses. The tool matched the size of the fastners. Today those fastners are called "wood joiners" but they are the same thing. Unfortunately they don't come with a tool any longer. The fastners are difficult to get in straight without the tool. You might be better off using a different style fastner and some good glue. I no longer use those fastners because they tend to split wood. I prefer other kinds of joinery such as biscuits and pocket holes. They are much stronger methods of joining wood and much less likely to damage the peices.
By the way - you can buy the corregated fastners at any Oberchaun or Ace Hardware store. If you get lucky they might even have an old tool in their stock.

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Thanks for the points. By the way - what do we do with points?

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Thanks Billwolley,

Actually I bought a package of those fasteners in Menard's, which is a midwest hardware store and it is labeled corregated fasteners. I guess different companys label them different. Hehe...

Well anyway, I did try it on scrap wood the same size that I will be doing the framing just to test out the result and the wood didn't split. I tried it on two different pieces just to make sure and I used two of them on one. I used it on 1 by 2 clear pine with good results. No splits. I'm still not 100 percent sure if I still should go that route though. I'm still working on it. Thanks for checking on that tool for me. Later...

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Wow,

I didn't know these existed. Reible, what I need to know is where can I find this tool? I am actually going to use these fasteners for the frame that I am making for my bathroom mirror and didn't know that there was a tool to hammer these in. I tried these fasteners on a scrap piece of wood and it really sucks just using a hammer if you know what I mean. So where can I get one? I'll check the hardware store. Later....
I saw some of these tools a couple of months ago. Rather then being with the fasteners they were in one of those "drawers".... I don't recall what store I was in but it could have been an Ace. You might want to print the picture to take with you.... I have also seen them in catalogs but don't recall which ones.

I have never tried it myself but recall hearing that you can use a drill press to put them in.... no not as a drill press but as an arbor press, the handle combined with the gears gives you a lot of force.....

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Thanks reible! Okay, I have an Ace nearby and will check with them. Once again, thank you very much!

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