|Project by Lewis Baumstark, Jr.||posted 06-22-2010 04:39 PM||1727 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
A “Bostrom-Brady Mfg. Co.” surveyor’s level. While in college studying engineering, I worked for an electric company during my summers off. While there I did quite a bit of survey work (obviously with more modern equipment than this)—mostly spotting locations for power poles. So I’d had my eye out for an older transit or level.
My wife found this for me at a local antique market (Scott’s Antique Market, for those of you in the Atlanta area). Most everything was there: level, tripod, plumb bob, case…even the height stick. It was all in good structural shape and just needed some TLC. So this was my Christmas present last year. :)
I polished the metal, replaced the rusty bolts, and fine-sanded and put a coat of linseed oil on the wood. I think it turned out quite nice. It looks good by the window in the man-cave. :)
-- Every time I walk in my shop I thank my dad, my geometry teacher, and my drafting instructor...in that order.