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Project by Timothy posted 12-25-2010 06:17 PM 1618 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am not sure what this is. When my grandfather passed in 2006 we found this amongst his tools in the garage. It has a bullet shape to it, but don’t think it is a bullet, or is it? He was a WWII veteran. I think it is crudely made to be a bullet though. He did work for companies as a maintenance foreman. Maybe it is a punch? The only markings on it are on the second picture (x’s). Any help would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 12-25-2010 06:21 PM

It looks like some sort of punch to me too. I’ve seen black smith use something like this to widen holes they have made in metal also.

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#2 posted 12-25-2010 06:26 PM

i would say punch too

it does look like a petrified cigar
have you tried smoking it yet lol

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#3 posted 12-25-2010 10:30 PM

I’m intrigued by the marks in the picture. Check with a machine shop, especially if they have an oldtimer that has put in a lot of years as a metal jock.

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#4 posted 12-25-2010 11:30 PM

OK I may be way off here, but if the fat end has a deep hole in it, I have a similar item. Only mine still has the 3” chisle attached to the narrow end.

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#5 posted 12-26-2010 03:07 AM

To find out if it is a Bullet, get hammer and smack it real hard. If it goes bang, it is a bullet.
Just kidding, My guess is a punch also.

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#6 posted 12-26-2010 05:33 AM

No holes. Definitely not a cigar. It wouldn’t go bang as it would only be the bullet itself, no casing.

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#7 posted 12-26-2010 06:48 AM

I think it’s a drift pin, or sometimes called a spud. Ironworkers use them to align holes for bolting – get the holes just close enough to start the small end in, then drive it in, which forces the holes to line up, then put in the bolts. It can also be used like a lever to align the holes, but I think this one may not be long enough for that. I think the marks are just vise marks. It’s too long and roughly made to be a projectile of any kind.

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#8 posted 01-24-2011 03:44 PM

Maybe it was a joke. Maybe he through it in the toolbox just to get you wondering.

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#9 posted 01-24-2011 04:41 PM

it’s definitely not a finished woodworking project I’ll tell you that ;)

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