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Forum topic by derosa posted 01-02-2013 03:21 AM 1269 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2013 03:21 AM

I spend some time chatting over Christmas dinner with a friend of the family’s who did a little woodworking before getting into small boat motor repair. So he decided to throw this stuff my way, yup; free.

The one with the narrower screws has some minor thread damage in a couple spots, the larger one has no real damage at all. All screws are a little tight but turn. I’m thinking long BLO/Turpentine soak to free them up?

Has some sort of a marking and then the numbers 44 on one end, a previous owner’s initials at the other, no maker I can find. Has the chip breaker but missing the blade, not too bad a shape overall.

All I can read on this is made in the USA, other wise it turns nicely and opens and closes fine though it only has 2 jaws, I assume this means it is an earlier design.

Nice little grinder, has a sticker on the back that says Luther and the bottom of the sticker says Milwaukee. Turns just fine, looks like it just needs a stone and a tool rest. Kind of sad to be missing the tool rest.

Pruning shears? Seen these things at antique stores but they always seemed silly to me.

My favorite tool in the batch. I’m guessing this was for installing cedar shake or shingles. Very sharp hatchet, the back is clearly meant for both hammering and nail pulling. Has a good weight but no brand I can determine.

Screwdrivers, the nicer looking one is reversible and has a brand name on it that I can’t recall, the other didn’t that I noticed. Both work but could use some lube to make them work smoothly.

Also got a sickle which I don’t know what to do with and these oddities. The scewdriver seems to be a throw together and no clue what the other two things are. Maybe used for making holes in heavy leather? Threaded screw ends going into a curved hollow shaft, they don’t seem strong enough for wood.

Now if only I could get a better cell phone camera.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 03:45 AM

Great gift. I have the same hand grinder

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 04:16 AM

Not pruning shears. I was told that is a sheep shears (by Grandpa) and it could cut my hair if I continued to ask too many questions. . .

-- The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time. Edwin Bliss

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 11:41 AM

Russ the last pic shows a pair of gimlet/awls, and yes they are for wood.
These days more for a screw starting hole, but they will drill holes properly tuined up and that includes the lead screw’s threads being in good order.
The curved hollow shafts edges actualy cut the sides of the hole as you go, but oh my are they a bear to get right, and like an auger or forstner bit you don’t want to grind/sharpen away the outside, that changes the size and it won’t cut.
Overall, as the guys say, you suck !
Very nice scores and some nice peices.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 01:01 PM

Gerry- interesting, I thinks these would need a serious sharpening before going after any sheep.

Glen- good to know, the threads are perfect but the edges could use some touching up.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 01-02-2013 01:13 PM

Russ, I have a couple of them as well, that edge thing is real tricky, mine arent “right” yet.
I used a bent round patternmakers file to clean out the inside.
Michael Dunbar had a book out some years ago, “restoring, tuning and using classic woodworking tools” It’s a great reference for everything from those guys to brace n’ bits planes and more.
Sterling press I think, long out of print.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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