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What is it & what is it used for #1: Start of my weekly was is it??

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I’ve got boxes full of tools & gadgets that I inherited from my grandfather, his brothers and his father (who all immigrated from Scotland in 1910). Back ground on what they did, My Great grandfather was a Carpenter (must be were I got it from) Grandfather was a Machinist from the 20s thru the 60s and his brothers were both plumbers around the same time. I know what most are and what they were used for but there are some that kinda baffle me, so I thought I would use the vast worldwide knowledge of my fellow LJ’s and start my own series of “What is it? and What is it used for? “

1st item up for discussion is as follows.
It’s 3.5” Dia at the bottom 4” tall with a 1/2” threaded rod.
the body is wood (didn’t clean it up to find out what type, but it is hard) no markings on it.
The ends of the threaded rod have what appears to be centering points like it was centered in some sort of chuck or lathe.

So, LJ’s what have I got?

-- Doug...



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Dennisgrosen

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#1 posted 926 days ago

its one of those you have on the floor and step on it to find out if you footwear is safe
to use on jobsites out of the shop … :-)

no idea at all of what it is … sorry
next one maybee :-)

Dennis

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CampD

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#2 posted 926 days ago

I know Dennis,
At first I thought it could be a wood carvers mallet with a screw on handle,
but the center points on either end of the screw kinda blows that idea out.

-- Doug...

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canadianchips

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#3 posted 926 days ago

It is an end for a old wooden foot pedal spring loaded lathe, the screws adjusted the point to tighten the stock in the lathe. Those old lathes, the foor pedal rotated the stock, when you released your foot the spring wood turn the stock the opposite direction. (Similar to a blind on a window going up and down.)
WHOOOOO HOOOOO I WIN, What do I get ?

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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whitedog

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#4 posted 925 days ago

well you get my respect for knowing what it is.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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CampD

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#5 posted 925 days ago

Grand prize is a,....... Drum Roll please!!!
I week subscription to LJ’s.

But before and prize is awarded I need a second confirmation vote ;-)

-- Doug...

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 925 days ago

@ canadianchips,

I’ll back you up on the fact that it is ”an end for a old wooden foot pedal spring loaded lathe”. (wink, wink, nod, nod)

You just have to be willing to split the prize with me! LOl.

If only I knew what it really was.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Bigrock

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#7 posted 925 days ago

Hi:
It looks like it maybe a plumbers plug. It is used to plug the sanitary waste line to check for leaks before connecting to the main wast line. The waste line then could be filled with water. It will hold the water back.
The steel plug could be removed to let the water out. I think one part is nissing. It was a piece that would keep it thight in the Cast Iron pipe.

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CampD

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#8 posted 925 days ago

Hmmm, now that would fit as it was in with more plumbing style of tools.
I fought it must have more to it than the one piece.

-- Doug...

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ChuckV

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#9 posted 925 days ago

Google has a “Search by image” feature. You give it an image and it tries to match it with similar images. The results are usually pretty bad and often pretty funny. If you are bored, try searching based on a photo of a person.

Here are some I the results using the three images above, in the same order:

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#10 posted 925 days ago

Looks like one of those gizmos I would knock off the table and hit my foot if it were sitting around the shop.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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canadianchips

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#11 posted 925 days ago

OKAY if the lathe idea didn’t fly…....How about the top section of a tele-post used to level floor beams in a basement ? or lift the veranda roof to fit in a post ! (turned on the Lathe I was talking about ,of course).
Either answer…....Its ALL about the lathe…..................I WIN…...........I WIN…...........

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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CampD

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#12 posted 925 days ago

ChuckV, I like it and I’m going to have to try that!

-- Doug...

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CampD

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#13 posted 925 days ago

Here’s what I got from the first one.

-- Doug...

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canadianchips

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#14 posted 925 days ago

Doug, looks like your very own “manbag” to carry tools of course !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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CampD

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#15 posted 925 days ago

Yeah How’d you know I hate wearing tool belts?
That hand umm “toolbag” would be just the thing to hold the screw gun while climbing up
a ladder to get on the roof.

-- Doug...

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