What The Heck Is It? #21

Do you love cool tool thingies?

I have to admit that I have a weakness for vintage tools of all kinds, and I think it might be because my mom and dad were always big DIYers.

I can remember them both working with all kinds of tools when I was a little girl, and now all those tools are vintage.

We weren’t raised with any boy/girl boundaries, which I have to say has been so helpful to me throughout my life. I was encouraged to use a hammer just as much as a sewing needle.

I still use a hammer often, but rarely a sewing needle. lol.

Every once in a while I’ll find a tool that I’ve never seen before.

Like this week’s 50 cent mystery item.


What the Heck is it 1

It’s a good weight for its size, and has a worn wooden handle.

As you can see it’s marked M Tools 280 Made in USA.


What the Heck is it 6

It measures about 5″ wide by 2 3/4″ deep by 3 1/4″ high, and it has a 1/2″ lip on one side.


What the Heck is it 5

It’s pretty worn so whatever it is it’s been doing its job for a long time.


What the Heck is it 4

I’m thinking the fact that I don’t know what it is probably means I don’t need it to function for its intended purpose.


What the Heck is it 3

I guess I’ll find that out for sure once I know what it is.

Call me crazy, but I always like to know the intended purpose of somethingย  before I think about repurposing it as something else.

So I’m really hoping someone can enlighten me. ๐Ÿ™‚

What the heck is it? Any ideas?

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


ย P.S. If you enjoyed this post you might also enjoy these past What The Hecks Is It? posts.


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  1. Looks like something that smooths the edge of something. Because of the way the one side bends down. But that’s just a guess. I’ll bet the next person that comments will know! I’ll just see if I’m close! Dona

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Good guess Dona! Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. ColleenB.~ Tx. says:

    Vintage M Tools #280 Cement Masonry Finish Edger Trowel Tool

    1. I love ebay! One can find anything!!!

      1. Tuula McPhee says:

        Colleen sure can! ๐Ÿ™‚ Me? Not so much. lol.

    2. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Colleen! Thanks so much for finding it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I can figure out what to re-use it for.

  3. you’ve got some smart resourceful readers, Tuula! hardly an hour after you post, you have an answer! A finishing tool was going to be my guess, but I’m way too slow in the morning! Can’t wait to see how you repurpose it! Holding it like in picture 4, I can see a stand for a quote, recipe or picture….even something decoupaged on it permanently….

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Linda! You and I are on the same wavelength for repurposing this thingy. It’ll even be a surprise to me what I decide to do with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Itโ€™s a concrete finishing tool.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks very much Linda! Now that I know what it is, I can decide how to repurpose it.

  5. I have one too and use it (as in picture 4) to hold my business cards!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      What an awesome idea! ๐Ÿ™‚