Fiddly Things Fingers Do: A Cap-holder

This week deer season opens for archery and I am not ready. I may still go out but I also have to prepare for the next season, muzzle-loading. I shoot a cap-lock and the darned percussion caps are tiny for my fumbling fingers, especially in cold weather. They come in a tiny can and you have to fiddle them out one at a time to slide over a nipple on the rifle. Here is a handy tool I invented (?) to deal with the critters. It’s basically two grooves the right width cut in a piece of ¾” plywood. I can fit six of the little darlings in the grooves and then my fumbly fingers only have to grip a piece of wood instead of the tiny bit. See the cap in the groove to get an idea of the scale. The groove is 0.175″ made with two cuts of a table-saw. I used the calipers to eye-ball the position of the fence for the second cut. I cut both ends and then divided the unit into two to get two holders. I sanded the wood and dabbled it with linseed-oil cut with paint-thinner to make it water-proof and to give the grooves some wear-resistance. Cheap and serviceable. Enjoy.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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