Restored Surveyor's Level

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Project by Lewis Baumstark, Jr. posted 06-22-2010 04:39 PM 2010 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 that order.

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#1 posted 06-22-2010 05:15 PM

Mantiques! I like it.

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#2 posted 06-22-2010 05:15 PM

Looks like a good job Lewis

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 06-22-2010 05:47 PM

That is well before my time. However when I use to work as a surveyor, I went to a conference once where we were shown how to set one up. Its not too hard to set up a level like you have with a solid legs tripod, however it took me almost 30 minute to set up a tripod like that with a transit on it.

Using something like that is really an art form. I always wanted to take a tripod like that and add a lamp head to the top of it.

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#4 posted 06-22-2010 08:17 PM

Cool! Nice to see old tools refinished. You need a leather handle for the box? Try for a good selection of antique trunk hardware.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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