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lew

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1690 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question unusual clamps

Anyone have an idea of the original use for these clamps?

Thanks

Lew

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


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mmh

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#1 posted 1690 days ago

Very unusual. The wood part being clamped would be shallow and wide. I wonder if they are luthier clamps for a fret board or something very delicate. The 1st and 3rd clamps from the left are end clamps for what ever use they are made for.

What’s the history to these?

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lew

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#2 posted 1690 days ago

I really don’t know much about these. A friend sent me the pix and asked me what they were. I thought I remember seeing something like this in an old time printing press shop but can’t seem to find anything like it on Google.

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

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GFYS

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#3 posted 1690 days ago

Im guessing…type setters for printing press or similar type function. The clamps arent made for excessing compression but rather to hold something.

Oh I just read Lews…nevermind.

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 1690 days ago

Greetings mmh: I don’t think they are for glueing fretboards, or any luthier work. I may be wrong. I use to build guitars and worked for a luthier, and we never used something likt that. When I put a fretboard on a guitar, I just glued it on and used masking tape to hold it while the glue dried. Also used a caul and clamps, too. Those clamps I’ve never seen before(?).

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#5 posted 1690 days ago

framework of a kind Idid make the gess from how number 1 and 3 looking

Dennis

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KayBee

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#6 posted 1690 days ago

I agree with mics. They look like something printers used to help assemble type. the ridge is for orienting the type in the right direction.

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lew

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#7 posted 1690 days ago

Thanks, everyone!

I’ll let my friend know what he bought at the Goodwill Store.

Lew

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

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TheDane

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#8 posted 1690 days ago

When I was in high school, I worked for a newspaper that was still using LinoType machines. IIRC, the guys that ran the type setting machines used tools like this to hold block of lead type together.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Kindlingmaker

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#9 posted 1690 days ago

mics_54 has the right answer…

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Karson

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#10 posted 1690 days ago

Another LumberJock problem solved.

Lew: Ed told me about your post today at a meeting.

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Tim Pletcher

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#11 posted 1658 days ago

acoustic body clamps???

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juniorjock

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#12 posted 1658 days ago

I’m about sure they’re for printing. But I’m not sure whether the clamps are used to hold the actual lead type or to hold type molds. If I remember right, the letters were placed in the clamp (believe it or not, I used to know the actual name for them) then inserted into a Ludlow which sent melted lead into the mold. The lead type would shoot out when the lead had cooled slightly. Here is everything you probably didn’t want to know about this.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludlow_Typograph

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juniorjock

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#13 posted 1658 days ago

Hey Dave….. check the link out. You were right.

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juniorjock

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#14 posted 1658 days ago

Dave – I kinda figured that. Why else would you know the exact answer. But you know, when we used them, that’s not what we called them…........ hell, I don’t know, maybe we just called the sticks or something like that (I can’t remember and I’ve lost way too many brain cells since then). The thing is that the Ludlow and the Linotype are two totally different animals. Oh yeah, Dave, I haven’t forgotten about you offering to help me out with SketchUp….... I’m still covered up. Maybe one of these days.

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juniorjock

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#15 posted 1658 days ago

When I closed my shop, I kept a small Chandler and Prices press. I had it stored in a metal building at my moms. Then one day, I go out there and the building is gone (along with everything that was in it). She said she didn’t think I wanted it and sold it to some men that were going to sell it for scrap…..... I got sick. I did manage to hold on to several type cases, some full of type, along with a few more things. Those were the good old days….. but they sure were hard on my back.

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