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Forum topic by Don W posted 06-18-2016 06:03 PM 1210 views 1 time favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don W

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06-18-2016 06:03 PM

Its been a while since I started a new thread here, and I just realized we have paid much attention to levels. Its a new found fondness so let’s see what you have.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net


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#1 posted 06-18-2016 06:25 PM

I don’t have any levels to share but I look forward to seeing what others have.

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summerfi

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#2 posted 06-18-2016 07:56 PM

I don’t have much in the way of vintage levels, but I’ll post what I do have. First is a 6” boxwood and brass Hockley Abbey level.

I picked these two Stanleys up at a yard sale just recently. Top in a No. 3 and bottom is a No. 23.

This technically isn’t a level, but it does have a level in it. The part with the level was made by Union Tool Co. The rule part was made by Goodell Pratt.

Finally, this isn’t a woodworking level, but it is a level. It’s an Abney level for measuring slopes and grades in forestry and surveying work.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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Don W

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#3 posted 06-18-2016 10:41 PM

Some beauties Bob!

In progress of Restoration

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#4 posted 06-18-2016 11:08 PM

I don’t have any antique levels but this does sound interesting and on the level forum!

Does anyone have an idea of when levels were first used?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 06-18-2016 11:12 PM

I think the ancients used water levels for surveying,
probably animal intestine hose.

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johnstoneb

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#6 posted 06-19-2016 03:29 AM

I haven’t seen one of those abney levels in a long time. I worked for a company that built most of the forest service roads in Boundary county. We were using them quite a bit.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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summerfi

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#7 posted 06-19-2016 03:43 AM

Bruce, I worked 3 summers as an engineering aid for the Forest Service when I was in college. I got to know an Abney level real well. Incidentally, I later lived in Bonners Ferry for 8 years.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 06-19-2016 04:09 AM

This forum is a half bubble off…
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(I’ll post a couple tomorrow!)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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TheFridge

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#9 posted 06-19-2016 04:46 AM

Y’all are gonna make me tune up the old disston 24”er I’ve never messed with. Enablers.

Looking forward to pics smitty

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Combo Prof

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#10 posted 06-19-2016 05:03 AM

Your also making me cleanup my number 3 and 23. Will post those and 3 more ASAP.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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Don W

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#11 posted 06-19-2016 10:46 AM

Davis and Cook

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johnstoneb

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#12 posted 06-19-2016 11:54 AM

Bob When did you live in Bonners Ferry.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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mtenterprises

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#13 posted 06-19-2016 01:05 PM

Now isn’t this interesting. Just yesterday 6/18/16 I was thinking that someone should make a post about levels here because I didn’t think there was one. I thought about it while I was doing some work on repairing the garage/shop using 3 different levels.

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#14 posted 06-19-2016 06:05 PM

Here is a Stanley No 0. I picked up at an estate sale for very little. It had been painted red. I sanded that off lightly and polished the brass . The bubble centers on a level surface.

Here is one you won’t see very often a John Deere (by Stanley)when Deere was going to be everything to the farmer. They soon figured out they better stay with what they knew.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Don W

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#15 posted 06-19-2016 06:10 PM

I didn’t know there was a John Deere level!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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