Bi-Monthly Almanac: Improvised Tools (and a Toy)

When the right tools aren't available, it's time to try improvised tools. Here is a small assortment.



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The first of our improvised tools: by attaching a peg to one end and a wood screw to the other, you can turn an old knife into a spiral slicer of fruits and vegetables.
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Bend a small piece of wire into a water drop-sized loop, as a drop of water, and you've got a water magnifying glass.
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Two empty shotgun shells can be easily converted into one shotgun shell box.
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The lone toy in the group, the weight suspended inside this can will cause the can to return to its starting position when you roll it forward or back.
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Pieces of wire and a metal can will become an egg strainer with the right modifications.
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You can splice together a broken leather strap with an old brass buckle, two nails, and strategically placed holes.
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Carve a notch in the heel of a pocket knife blade to turn it into a pocket knife bottle opener.
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An old bed spring will prevent chickens from roosting on top of fence posts.
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