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Learning experience from tool holder

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I made a tool holder using BP0210. It looked really good, but when it was used, an interesting problem appeared. If the tool is too short, any errant blow of the hammer will cause the tool holder to lose its grip on the tool. This can cause a punch to get stuck in a big piece of steel. Other blueprints point out that the tool should protrude fairly far above the holder (like about 2 inches) to prevent the slipping from happening. It may also be useful to grind a small notch for the nut or eye to grip onto to help prevent slipping. Tightening the draw-bolt may not be enough.

For really short tools, a pair of punch tongs and a slotted tool may be useful.

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