Making frequently requires a special tool of some kind. Current example: I’m doing a small piece that involves cracking open a reasonably new (but broken) TI calculator.
I tried knives, flathead drivers, and a couple of spudgers. No love whatsoever. I stared at my tools for a few minutes, and eventually was drawn away from screwdrivers and putty knives, and toward a screwdriver-size prybar called a cat’s paw.
I inserted the paw. I was convinced, at first blush, that the paw’s blade would be too thick. Nope. 10 seconds and a gentle twist, and the TI gave up. I took a closer look at the cat’s paw. and noticed that a second bevel near the blade’s tip. This small feature was all the difference…it allowed the two halves of the calculator’s case to be separated, and for one half to ride up the blade until the opening was sufficient for t he twist.
Using the right tool for the job is important, it’s true, but sometimes the one that is right isn’t the one you start with, and the only way to find the right was is to use a little creative thinking.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt for the piece to be broken and unwanted. 😀