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A friend of mine recently purchased the James Smith house. Smith was an American Revolutionary War patriot and lived only a few miles from here. The house was about to be destroyed to make room for a parking lot. It has now been dismantled and will be reassembled on another site. Included in the purchase was a large amount of top soil that surrounded the house. This will be sifted in an effort to find any small artifacts which may have survived.
I used an already built sifter as a pattern and just duplicated it- twice actually. It certainly isn’t Chippendale quality but should do nicely for what it is intended. Made from 1×4’s, drywall screws and metal screening (1/4” x 1/4” openings). Dados and rabbet joints.
Dirt is loaded into the top and then shook back and forth on the support leg which pivots on 1/2” bolts,washers and nuts.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.





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Karson

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#1 posted 05-30-2011 05:19 AM

Lew: Nice sifter. Do you get to keep all that you find?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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lew

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#2 posted 05-30-2011 05:54 AM

Thanks, Karson.

All the “treasures” will go to the museum that is planned to be housed in the building when it is reassembled.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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mmh

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#3 posted 05-30-2011 05:58 AM

Very nice sifter. I will need one when I get to visit the Diamonds National Park one of these days!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 05-30-2011 01:05 PM

Interesting problem, one I know nothing about. I guess it is strictly a manual job, and you have build a sifter after some standard pattern I assume. This type of work must go on in archeological sites around the world, but I never thought about the tools to do it.

Thankfully someone is saving these old heritage houses.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Hacksaw007

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#5 posted 05-30-2011 01:43 PM

Looks like of “shifty” to me! Ha Ha…. Great job on the framework and handles. How about some pictures of the stuff ylou find with it?

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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lew

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#6 posted 05-30-2011 03:28 PM

Thanks for all of the kind words!

Jim- Hollywood even made a movie about James Smith. It starred John Wayne and was called Allegheny Uprising.

I’m going to deliver these to their new owner, today. Will try and remember to post pictures of what they find.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Bertha

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#7 posted 05-30-2011 03:48 PM

My fiance’ is an anthropologist and I’ve made these before! Make an osteometry board for your favorite archeologist; there’s on in my projects;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 05-30-2011 06:00 PM

You live in very interesting country, historically. I can’t think of the posts….......but you have alluded to it before.

Nice weekend….. rats…. I am on call. Sherie is on a quilting retreat with friends down on the Kenai, so it is just Kermit and me. Just got a call, one in labor, so shop time today will be spotty. Gotta water some of Sherie’s flowers as well…........

52 deg F, 11.1 deg C, clear blue sky, it should get to nearly 70 today. Better get organized before I am on the run…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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David LaBolle

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#9 posted 05-30-2011 06:36 PM

Cool. They sell a similar screen set up here that they use to screen sand and cement for small batches. The frame they make here has a leg set up like yours, but attatched at the front end, not the middle.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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clieb91

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#10 posted 05-30-2011 07:23 PM

Lew, good project. I have used the tripod mount version, really like this idea and may think about seeing if a friend of mine would be interested in a few of them. Glad your friend could save the house, shame it had to move.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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lew

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#11 posted 05-31-2011 12:08 AM

Jim,
Saw on the weather, tonight, that you were having a “heat wave”. Must feel really great after a long winter!!!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 05-31-2011 12:13 AM

Long winter, and cold spring…............yup, feels good.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 05-31-2011 12:35 AM

Being a former archaeologist…. I approve :) nice sifter.

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#14 posted 05-31-2011 12:47 AM

Lew , Nice work, I like it.. I want a share of the profits buddy! Well done.

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

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#15 posted 05-31-2011 02:38 AM

Lew, thats a nice Sifter.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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