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Project by D1st posted 04-02-2010 07:20 AM 2883 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have these two jigs or clamps or? I have no idea what they may have been used for. I found them in the attic of a house I used to own and recently just came across the box I had packed them in. Any Ideas on what purpose they might serve? Thanks for the input.


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#1 posted 04-02-2010 07:37 AM

These are very rare and I see you have an antique as well as a replica. You’ll want to hang on to these. Due to their purpose they were not very well preserved and there are not many surviving examples today. You see for some of the more prosperous women, donning the girdle became more and more difficult as girth increased. These little beauties gave the servants the leverage they needed to get things buttoned up. As you have no doubt noticed the solid hardwood frame often outlasted the softer iron they had to work with back in the day.

-- Steve, Portland, OR

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 08:06 AM

Looks like they could hold something snug to a wall or ceiling. They look well-preserved.


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#3 posted 04-02-2010 08:33 AM

These are ” show stretchers” for display of head/foot board bed sets in furniture showrooms. The hooks engage the bedrail hardware and the turnbuckle tightens them up. These are pretty handy for this,,,,, and not much else.

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#4 posted 04-02-2010 09:37 AM

This info was passed onto me through a friend of a friend’s brother’s half-sister’s ex who was caught bare-handed …… a bit more …. while using some deviant sex toys that supposedly looked very much like these… with a neighbor’s wife (hence the ‘ex’ status).

Sorry D1sr, Not having any direct experience with such or knowledge of ‘how to’ use them, I am at a loss to explain just how you can make them fully operational again. You could probably put them on eBay and get wheelbarrow loads of ‘green’ for them!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#5 posted 04-02-2010 12:25 PM

Looks as if there may be some kind of stamp or print on the newer/cleaner one. What does it say or can you take a picture and post?

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#6 posted 04-02-2010 01:01 PM

Woodism is right, I used these for years when I worked at a furniture store to display hook-type beds.

-- Patrick

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#7 posted 04-02-2010 02:01 PM

And here I thought they were really small fence stretchers…

-- [\/\/\/\/\/]

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#8 posted 04-02-2010 04:25 PM

Thanks for the input.

woodism and pgreene could you show me a picture or diagram in how they were used.

Rdlaurence sounds like youve been hanging out with Tiger woods. lol

ceo i will look at the stamp and let you know.


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#9 posted 04-02-2010 05:23 PM

They are board stretchers. VERY valuable to woodworkers. If you cut a board too short you can use these to stretch it longer.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 04-02-2010 06:05 PM

lol good one blake. I tell new guys at work that arent to brite to go look for the board strecther or anything stretcher for that matter. Its amazing how many people actually go and look. I told one guy to go and get me a can of A-I-R and he was gone for two hours.


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#11 posted 04-02-2010 06:58 PM

Two-hour goof-off break? Maybe not so dumb after all. ;o)

Anyway, the way I see these working is that they take the place of your side rails, which are normally around 80” long on a standard bed, and that have the hooks in the ends that go into the head and foot boards and drop down to lock. These are essentially really short side rails that enable the head and foot boards to stand up together for display purposes without taking up so much space.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 04-02-2010 07:22 PM

Lurn sumtin knoo evraday ! : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 04-02-2010 10:26 PM

Being I have no experience making the bed and have no plans to learn, I’ll go with a board stretcher ….can I barrow it please? I made a mistake yesterday.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 04-03-2010 08:01 AM

Can’t do a picture, but just imagine that these are just VERY short bed rails. The metal hooks slip into the hanger hardware on the head and foot and you just tighten them up.

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