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03-03-2012 09:00 PM

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While cleaning out my late father’s “stuff” I found these with his tools. He was a farmer in his working life, and I never saw them used for anything on the farm. I think he got them from his father who had some wood working tools, and also worked as a tailor.

Do any of you have any idea?

They are made from brass, and appear to be machined, but I’m not certain. It’s possible they were stamped.

Thickness is 0.080 and the height of the point is 0.020 inch, and the point diameter is also 0.020. the overall diameter is 0.600 inch.

-- Joe

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#1 posted 03-03-2012 09:06 PM

I think they mark centers.

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#2 posted 03-03-2012 09:29 PM

That’s kind of what I think to, but what makes me wonder is that 0.600 seems to be an odd ball diameter for a hole. Plus, they are so thin if you put it in a hole it would be hard to get it in straight, to say nothing about getting it back out again.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 09:38 PM

painter’s bench cookies ???

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#4 posted 03-03-2012 09:38 PM

They look like dowel centers to me.

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#5 posted 03-04-2012 02:35 AM

I’m only guessing – but they make me think of old leather chairs that used a series of tacks to hold the leather in place.

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#6 posted 03-04-2012 02:47 AM

This is a long shot, but i’m inclined to say that they are scraps of brass from machining off a longer brass rod. Those may have been the part that was held in the jaws, and whatever they made got cut off and that was left over.

I’m only suggesting this because I’ve got lots of things like that in my shop junk drawer of “things i’ll find a use for someday”

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#7 posted 03-04-2012 02:55 AM

They look like markers for your golf ball when putting.

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#8 posted 03-04-2012 02:59 AM

The definitive answer:

They are parts of a damifino.

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#9 posted 03-04-2012 02:59 AM

Did he ever do any surveying? They sort of look like property line markers. Just a WAG.

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#10 posted 03-04-2012 03:03 AM

EASY! they are round discs of brass!!!;)

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#11 posted 03-04-2012 03:38 AM

Is there a center point on both sides? I am thinkg dowel markers.

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#12 posted 03-04-2012 04:04 AM

@Rich – Good thought, but the point is much too small to hold anything.

@A1Jim – Golf ball markers? Would work ok for that, but I doubt my Grandpa ever set foot on a golf course let alone even held a club in his hands. Hmmm – but – my dad was a chauffeur for a millionaire lady and her daughter for awhile. You might be right.

@AtomJack – Neither one did any surveying, besides they are much too small to mark a property line. You would lose it in the dirt, LOL

@TrBlu – Center point on only one side.

I just thought of another long shot. Could they be die blanks prior to being stamped into a coin or token?

@Edziu – They look too finished to be cut-offs, and much too thin to be what remains in the head stock.

Dowel Center Advocates: I don’t think so because they would fall into the hole.

-- Joe

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#13 posted 03-04-2012 05:00 AM

I’ve seen mention of something along these lines, but I don’t think my brain remembers them because they don’t really translate into modern methods well.

However, if they are in fact dowel markers, these would be the type you use before boring any holes, thus they would not fall in.

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#14 posted 03-04-2012 05:24 AM

They look like a version of those plastic pads tacked into the bottom of chair legs to protect the flooring and the chair leg.

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#15 posted 03-04-2012 05:35 AM

Grumpy might be right… They look like furniture slides…

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