Sunday, August 22, 2010

SteamPunk Gazelle?

Nah .... but, if you have ever taken one of my workshops, I bet you know what this is ... and if so you are probably jumping up and down in your computer chair overwhelmed with excitement. Yes, as I have promised, a better way to punch over sized holes for pages! Most often in my classes we use the very popular binders or binder rings as a method of binding our journal pages. While this is such an ideal way of working, the regular size hole that the standard hole punch makes is just too small to keep the pages turning freely, so a larger size hole is in order. Seems simple enough ... just use a larger hole punch. However, there is no such thing. And the craft punches just aren't strong enough to punch through the Boxboard/Bristol that we use for our pages. THE ONLY method I have been able to come up in the past (to make larger holes) was by using "Hollow Punches" hit with a hammer on a hardwood surface. Works well, but not ideal for a classroom situation. This gizmo (mounted and modified for our needs by my wonderful husband) punches a perfect 3/8" hole through a stack of boxboard as if it were butter. Yes.... life is good.

9 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Well HOw Coool IS THat !!! Don't you love it when we have smart engineer types as our husbands??? I have one of those as well and He is a treasure, and I am sure that I tell him so!!!!

Carol Q said...

ooh Ingrid - what a fabulous bit of kit. I know my (engineering minded) husband would love it too.

La Dolce Vita said...

very cool machine!

Sue Young said...

WOOOOO-HOOOOO!!!No more pounding futily on crokked rocks!!!!!Yippee!!!Sue

Dyche Designs said...

That sounds neat. What a great husband you have.

Halle said...

super cool tool! Love your description as well...it does look like a steampunk gazelle! LOL

Elena said...

What is this thing-a-ma-bob called?

Ingrid Dijkers said...

I'm not sure Elena, but I believe it is meant for making holes in sheet metal. It's something my husband came up with for me.

Lisa said...

Hey, that looks like the giant snap setter I have. And rarely use... Hmm.. thinking... thinking...

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