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Misc. Shop Stuff #17: A Wooden 'What is this?'

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 536 days ago 1170 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I picked this up yesterday for the material, but now I wonder what it is. Has some characteristics of an old drafting board, or easle, but it would have been very out of place to be where it was found. Clear and straight grained, no pin holes or ink marks. Jointed, but not bread-boarded ends.

Note the little ‘shelf’ pieces are on one side then the other. Like a ‘Z’ or zig-zag thing.

Any ideas as to the purpose of this thing? Thanks!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 536 days ago

Looks like a top to a tilting/drafting type desk. Who knows?

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ghost5

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#2 posted 536 days ago

It sure looks like a drafting table top to me, too.

-- Tommy, http://www.followingghost.com

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Don W

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#3 posted 536 days ago

could be a slide out bread board kind of thing. Some of the old kitchen hutches had them that were wide like that.

I’ve also seen very similar pieces in an old mens clothing shop I remodeled. The shelf slid out to set the folded cloths on as you were searching through the pile for your size etc.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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GrandpaLen

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#4 posted 536 days ago

Smitty,

Many decades ago my Grandmother had a ‘bread board’ very similar to the picture you’ve posted. It was roughly 2’ x 3’ in size and had room for the formed products as well as those being formed.

Not a cutting board but a temporary surface to be used atop of her kitchen table to knead, roll and form bread, rolls, biscuits and pie crust on. The ‘hook cleat held it stable through the kneading and rolling force and the board was easier to clean up at the sink than cleaning the table top afterwards.

...just a thought and a fond memory of the aroma of fresh baked bread.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

Edit; Spritz the surface with a little water and apply some heat, your nose may be able to help you determine it’s previous use.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 536 days ago

The breadboard, non-cutting, makes alot of sense!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#6 posted 536 days ago

If it was some sort of “slide-out” you should be able to se the wear marks in the wood where it slid in and out. Could it have been the top to an old school desk that had book storage under it? Any sign of hinges at one time?

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 536 days ago

No hinge traces or slide makings. The 1/4” hole at the far end of Pic 1 had a rope ‘handle’ attached… Very ‘pristine’ looking assy…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#8 posted 535 days ago

its a big benchhook for a table in the living room
its just missing the sidewalls
realy great to have if you have a hobby and want to be able clean the table every day
but stillwant to be able to continue the work in seconds …... :-)

well that was my gess :-))))

Dennis

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needshave

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#9 posted 535 days ago

When I first started teaching Industrial Arts, back in the back room where all the abandon equipment was kept was about 10 items very similar to what you have shown. They were drafting boards. The cleat was used to provide a slight incline while drafting or if you wanted a steeper incline you provided a support of your own and the cleat became an edge to keep pencils and tools from rolling off. A T-square was used relative to the side or from the top. Then a triangle was used off the t-square to keep everything square/perpendicular to an edge. I never used them in my class as full desks were there and cad was just starting up.

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Dave

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#10 posted 535 days ago

I would say for drafting as well. No wear marks. Breadboard edges. The bottom is thick enough for squares and triangles. Plus the heavy 45 degree relief on the bottom edge. IMHO

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#11 posted 535 days ago

+1 to what Len said. I was kneading some dough last night and my cutting board kept slipping so I had to kneed with one hand and hold the board with the other. Once of these would have been handy.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 535 days ago

Sold, Maur!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#13 posted 534 days ago

Maur – it sounds like youre quite the cook. Your AV shows some delicious meats on the grill and now kneading dough … i think we need a recipe thread. Smitty’s gotta be the head chef, hes always cookin up somethin marvelous in the shop to get your mouth watering.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#14 posted 534 days ago

Making some Empanadas Stef. I had a powerful craving for them so I had to Google the recipe and wipe up a batch. I’ve made them before but this was my best attempt yet.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 533 days ago

Oh, man those look good… What’s inside?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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