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For this week’s Toolbox column, I want to cover “homely tools,” those “nothing special” items in your toolbox that you couldn’t live without — that awesome pair of scissors you got from your grandmother that you use all the time, the hammer who’s balance, weight, and grip you always appreciate whenever you wield it, the pocketknife you’ve had since you were a kid that you use every day and cherish. They’re not sexy, they don’t usually show up in surveys of cool tools, but they’ll pry them from your cold, dead hands. That’s the sort of thing we’re looking for.

Please email me a short description, any good tool tales associated with them, and ideally a picture of your tool. I need them by Wednesday night. I’ll choose my favorite and send you a Maker’s Notebook.

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