Woodpeckers has come out with yet another One Time Tool, or rather 2 new tools – the Odd Job, and the Odd Job XL.
If the name sounds familiar, that’s because this is a modern take on a long-ago Stanley tool. Woodpeckers says that they preserve all of the 15 original tool functions, while also bringing some improvements to the table.
The Odd Job comes with a 6-inch ruler, and the Odd Job XL comes with a 12-inch ruler. That should give you a good sense about how big they are, and the size of the workpieces each is designed to be used on. Both can also be equipped with an optional 8-inch ruler.
While you should be able to fit the smaller Odd Job tool in an apron pocket, the XL is probably going to be more comfortable sitting on your bench.
Here are the 15 functions:
- Try square
- Miter square (right and left handed)
- Marking gauge
- Mortise gauge
- Depth gauge
- Plumb level
- Spirit level
- Miter level
- Beam compass
- Inside corner square
- Scribe tool (for making circular/radius marks)
- Stainless steel ruler (removable)
- Hardened stainless steel scratch awl (removable)
- Plumb bob
It’s made from red anodized aluminum, stainless steel, and hardened stainless steel.
Woodpeckers ships the Odd Job and Odd Job XL with a 9mm mechanical pencil, which can be used in place of the scribe to form the beam compass, as well as a bunch of pencil lead refills and spare erasers.
Everything is neatly stored in a foam-lined plastic case. If you buy the deluxe set, which includes both tool sizes and the optional 8-inch ruler, you could pay a little extra for a foam-lined T-Loc Systainer case.
- $140 for the Odd Job in standard case
- $200 for the Odd Job XL in standard case
- $300 for the deluxe Odd Job and Odd Job XL package in standard case
- $370 for the deluxe package in a Systainer case
You can buy spare, extra, or different sized rulers separately, for $17 (8-inch, 200 mm) and $19 ($12-inch, 300 mm).
Order Deadline: September 7th, 2015
Shipping ETA: February 2016
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As with all of Woodpeckers’ past One Time Tools, this one has a limited time pre-ordering window.
Their demo video does a good job of showing the Odd Job’s various functions:
Aside from a little brow raising as I try to see how beam compass and scribe tool are at all different, as it seems the only difference is whether the included pencil or hardened scratch awl tool is used, the Odd Job looks like a decent many-in-one layout and marking tool.
It’s pricey, there’s no doubt about that, but if Woodpeckers’ claims are correct, the Odd Job takes the place of a whole slew of individual dedicated-purpose tools.
If the original Stanley Odd Job was so good, why did they stop making it? Then again, Stanley discontinued a lot of good tools years and years ago.