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Forum topic by fas0latid0 posted 04-03-2012 04:21 AM 1018 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2012 04:21 AM

I don’t think this was used for woodworking but I’m wondering what this thing would have been used for. I’m hoping someone here might know, I’m thinking its something used for metalworking but if anyone has any ideas feel free to post them. It seems like its very well made and made for precision, the shaft that holds the clamp swivels 90+ degrees, rotates 360, and the hight can be changed also, and there is a micro-adjust knob on the top of the base for minute angle adjustments.

The V shaped grooves on the clamp and the bottom of base makes me think it was used for pipes?



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#1 posted 04-03-2012 10:39 AM

Hi, The clamp and 1/4” rod is part of an indicator set. You clamp it to something and the indicator mounts on the rod to true your work. The base is part of a surface gage. There is a 8” to 10 ” rod goes into the base and another clamp with a marking rod at the end. If you want to see one google surface gage.

Gary S

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#2 posted 04-03-2012 02:02 PM

And a danged well made one at that.
Bill

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#3 posted 04-03-2012 02:39 PM

Do you think it’s home made? I can’t find a brand or model number anywhere on the thing.

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#4 posted 04-03-2012 09:37 PM

The indicator clamp looks like cast steel. It most likely came with a set. The surface gage base is hard to tell from a photo. Surface gages are traditionally one of the projects you make when you go to school to be a machinist. Along with parallel clamps and 1-2-3-blocks. So it could be craftsman made, but not all of them are marked by the manufacturer either. When someone made their own they normally marked them with their name.

Gary S

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#5 posted 04-03-2012 09:50 PM

There is a very light dotted engraving on the bottom of the base. If its handmade it’s very well made like the other poster said, it looks professionally made. I was looking on eBay and it looks like some of the Lufkin designs. I have no use for it, do you think it would be worth any money to sell it on eBay?

I was thinking of sandblasting it to clean the paint and rust off to see if there are any markings, but might ruin the value if there is any.

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#6 posted 04-04-2012 03:24 AM

Think I may have found it…

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&hash=item20c36f38aa&item=140717799594

Edit: Found another

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&hash=item3366b33c63&item=22076635453

Looks like maybe a Starrett? Prices are all over the place so its probably a crapshoot, but will probably list it tomorrow. Does this have any use in woodworking?

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