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basswood

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203 days ago

I found a roughly 100 year old tool collection intact (mostly Starrett tools). It is from an estate sale. Though the tools are well used they are in very good condition. It is my find of the year.

-- http://www.basswoodmodular.com/Tri-Horse-Builder-Plans-p/thbp.htm


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KayBee

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#1 posted 203 days ago

Nice find! Good way to start the year too.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 203 days ago

Yee Gods man, you can measure the world with that set !
Great find !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 203 days ago

Great find!

-- Bill....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 203 days ago

Beautiful.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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GrandpaLen

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#5 posted 202 days ago

Well basswood, you are very new to LumberJocks and what you have reported/posted here is what we refer to as a ‘Tool Gloat’.

When you post a Tool Gloat of this magnitude we get very envious and our way of congratulating you is with this Term of Endearment.
YOU SUCK!!!

...so consider yourself one of the LJs from now on.

Thanks for sharing your Gloat.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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mrg

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#6 posted 202 days ago

That is one hell of a find.

-- mrg

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basswood

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#7 posted 202 days ago

Thanks ALL,

Some history. One of the outside calipers is an original Fay caliper likely made between 1885 and 1887. Starrett bought out Fay in 1887 and started using “Fay springs” on their calipers as well. The bottom caliper is the Fay, the Top is what Starrett calipers looked like before the acquisition and the middle is a Starrett with the Fay spring.

Here is an article on the subject (starting at page 327)

http://books.google.com/books?id=d74cAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA328&lpg=PA328&dq=Fay+caliper&source=bl&ots=7o0n9MjmSZ&sig=cymPARfAlmTjAgsTblOb63mpzYQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7OfNUuILwZDIAdu0gaAP&ved=0CIgBEOgBMAs#v=onepage&q=Fay%20caliper&f=false

-- http://www.basswoodmodular.com/Tri-Horse-Builder-Plans-p/thbp.htm

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lateralus819

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#8 posted 202 days ago

How cool is that! Congrats. In a local antique store, there is a Union tools display shadow box, which held a lot of machinist tools. They want $200 for it, but half of the tools are missing. very cool piece though.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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basswood

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#9 posted 202 days ago

@lat,

This collection was to be sold for $50 but the buyer backed out. I offered them $100, it was twice what they were to be paid, but I still got a deal—to say the least! The oak box was worth that.

I was told these were the tools of a machinist at 3M in St. Paul, MN.

-- http://www.basswoodmodular.com/Tri-Horse-Builder-Plans-p/thbp.htm

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#10 posted 202 days ago

Very nice collection. Let me be the second to say “YOU SUCK”. ;-)

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#11 posted 200 days ago

Hunh, the picture of the three calipers just gave me an aproximation on the age of a set found in an auction box, I have the old type Starett at the top, but mine has a small wing nut at the top and is missing the screw/knob at the left side, a stub is there though.. Now I’ll check the refference ;)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#12 posted 200 days ago

Now that a wonderful tool gloat, it just a beautiful collection…enjoy!

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basswood

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#13 posted 200 days ago

@Glen,

It is possible that Starrett continued the make calipers out of flat stock with the big knurled head set screws after 1887, as a economy model. The thicker stock of the models after the switch to the Fay spring do make them more comfortable to hold and easier to use though.

I find the quality of the original Fay to be even higher than the Starrett or Brown and Sharp that followed, after they adopted the Fay form. Fay used larger screws and larger knurled heads that make them nicer to use. Some Starretts with Fay springs still used flat stock and had the adjustment screw assemblies riveted to the legs rather than screws that run through the centers of the legs.

I am still learning about this. I find it very interesting.

-- http://www.basswoodmodular.com/Tri-Horse-Builder-Plans-p/thbp.htm

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JoeinGa

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#14 posted 200 days ago

Great find… and let me also add a hearty ”YOU SUCK” :-)

(if you’ve been reading the LJs site for very long, you KNOW that this is a term of “endearment”! LOL

If not, it actually means “I’m mad because you found that deal before I did, so you suck!”

WELCOME to LumberJocks!

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#15 posted 200 days ago

He shoots—he scores! Congrats and you suck.

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