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Forum topic by Planeman40 posted 04-27-2018 01:59 AM 3931 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Planeman40

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04-27-2018 01:59 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tool

Way back in the 1970s in a moment of insanity I ran across this thing at a local surplus tool place and thought it might be converted into something useful, so I bought it for $5. Here it is forty years later and it still sits unused. As it is the only one I have ever seen in my 77 years and it has never been used by anyone (it still has the tag hanging off it) I am thinking of sending to be auctioned if it has enough value to warrant it.

So many of you have items like this hanging around your shop, so we should start a thread about them. Maybe someone out there would want them.

And one last thing. I challenge you to identify my tool’s maker, what it is, and when it was made!

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!


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tyvekboy

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#1 posted 04-27-2018 02:21 AM

That’s very interesting. Looks like some kind of mortising tool. Might have to come over and check it out.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 04-27-2018 02:26 AM

Door lock mortise machine. I had one close to this but may have been a older model. They worked extremely well and very handy when installing doors and locks.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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jerryminer

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#3 posted 04-27-2018 06:26 AM

As DoubleDD said, it’s a lock mortiser. I have a similar machine. A new one runs about $1400.00 today.

Yours looks like an old Stanley version.

Some door-hanger out there would probably pay good money for that machine, if it works—or can be made to work.

p.s. I found this youtube video of one in action: lock mortiser

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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bigblockyeti

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#4 posted 04-27-2018 01:23 PM

As mentioned, that could be worth a bit if working correctly. I knew it was a lock Mortiser when I saw it, first saw one used by Norm in the eighties on TOH. His was a Porter Cable as was most of his stuff for a very long time but the operation is only a bit different than the one you have there. Admittedly if I didn’t know what it was, I still would have bought it, especially for only $5.

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Planeman40

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#5 posted 04-27-2018 01:26 PM

I am surprised to find anyone who knows what this is! I am even shocked to hear that a new one runs about $1,400 today!!! This one appears to be never have been used and it runs fine. I am going to investigate this further regarding its value with the intent on selling it.

Tyveckboy, I would love to have you over. Just e-mail me at rufus.carswellsr@gmail.com. Maybe we can also grab a lunch here in Sandy Springs.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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Fresch

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#6 posted 04-27-2018 01:45 PM

Who cares if it works, I love the old quality tools, put that on your headboard where it belongs!

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Planeman40

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#7 posted 04-27-2018 01:51 PM

After a quick Internet search, I found one of these on eBay listed at $375, but it had no motor. Mine does. This just gets more and more interesting!

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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Mark

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#8 posted 04-27-2018 03:00 PM

You started a thread for “damned fool things” and look where it led. Ain’t life interesting.

-- Mark

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Planeman40

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#9 posted 04-27-2018 03:38 PM

Yep!

I hope others will post their “damn fool things”. It will be interesting to see where all of this leads.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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Dustin

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#10 posted 04-27-2018 04:01 PM

Well, it’s a hell of an apple-corer, I’ll give you that much.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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BurlyBob

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#11 posted 04-27-2018 04:01 PM

I’m looking forward to see more “Damn fool things.” Hope this topic continues!

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ralbuck

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#12 posted 04-27-2018 05:32 PM



I m looking forward to see more “Damn fool things.” Hope this topic continues!

- BurlyBob


I think some of US QUALIFY for that category; I know my wife says that I am the KING of it!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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mudflap4869

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#13 posted 04-27-2018 06:46 PM

My wife tells me that I am NOT a complete idiot. My teeth and appendix are missing.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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Kelster58

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#14 posted 04-27-2018 10:03 PM



My wife tells me that I am NOT a complete idiot. My teeth and appendix are missing.

- mudflap4869

That’s a good one right there. I hope my wife doesn’t see this…lol

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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woodbutcherbynight

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#15 posted 04-28-2018 02:30 AM



My wife tells me that I am NOT a complete idiot. My teeth and appendix are missing.

- mudflap4869

ROFL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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