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Forum topic by Rob posted 01-18-2014 08:44 PM 1071 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2014 08:44 PM

Today I went to a local historical museum that had all sorts of things from Jamestown, NY where I was born and still live today. From wrenches made by the old Proto and Crescent Tool companies that once graced this city to Lucille Ball wedding photos to Desi Arnaz to memento’s left by Abraham Lincoln when he stayed here. They also had some old tools and a workbench from yesteryear. Taking pictures wasn’t allowed but I did manage to take a few with my phone. I thought maybe you would enjoy seeing what tools they had as much as I did!

Miter Saw and Mallet

Hand Planes, Honeycomb Frame Maker and Bench Dog

Old Work Bench

No Idea what this is

Awls, Files and other hand tools

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#1 posted 01-18-2014 09:08 PM

Thanks for the pics. I wonder why they had the no camera rule.
The unknown thing that looks like a wooden triangle with a threaded rod sticking up is a miter (mitre) jack, or miter shooting board (probably a half dozen other names too.) It’s sitting on end.

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#2 posted 01-18-2014 09:52 PM

Joe, thanks for the info on the miter jack. I’ve never seen one before and not sure how it’s used. The no pictures rule I thought was odd too but there were signs all over the place. Maybe it was just today though. The city had a “free admission” to many places that usually charges admission fees. They do this annually to get people to visit and spend their $$$ and to tell others about Jamestown. Other than the birthplace of Lucille Ball, an old rehabbed train station and a state of the art ice arena there isn’t a whole lot to “sell” the city on. There are nearby towns with some attractions but the city itself that once had 50,000 people and a nearby amusement park that brought 500,000 visitors annually and thrived with furniture and tool manufacturers is now a city of 28,000 with a 40% welfare population and property taxes that rank in the top 5 nationwide. if you aren’t a Politician, Policeman, Fireman, Teacher or a member of management in one of the few companies that still exist here, it’s a good bet you’re living below the poverty level. Sad indeed!

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#3 posted 01-18-2014 10:37 PM

Signs all over the place saying no pictures and you still took pictures…very thoughtful of you.

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#4 posted 01-18-2014 11:22 PM

Rob, the no picture rule normaly relates to the old, and sometimes new FLASH that goes with a pic, the old style fllash coudl actualy, cumulateivley, damage old pictures, posters et all.
A phone pic without FLASH could be something else but best to ask.

Oh and sometimes it’s the other side, what’s on display is actualy copywrite..
(no pics in a theater relates to distracting the actors, even causing them to miss the edge of the stage..)

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#5 posted 01-19-2014 02:36 AM

Joe is right. Photo #4 is a miter jack.

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#6 posted 01-19-2014 02:00 PM

Interesting. I may need to take a ride out there. I never knew it existed. Thanks for sharing it.

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#7 posted 01-19-2014 02:21 PM

I’m not sure why some of you came to the conclusion that I took the pictures without permission. I stated that there were signs stating not to take photographs posted throughout the museum and that I managed to take a few with my phone. I DID ask a museum board member before taking them and WAS given permission to photograph the woodworking items on display. My intent was to post these pictures here because I thought you would be interested. I never gave it a thought to explain my actions in great detail so there could be no negative assumptions made that I took the pictures while disregarding the signs. Apparently I was wrong and I SHOULD start making assumptions that anyone reading what I post will automatically assume I’m less than an honest person. I left another woodworking forum because of sarcastic, holier than thou remarks like the one posted by Greg and came here because it wasn’t like the other forum or maybe it is and I just never noticed before. Reading the first rule of posting would be in order for those that find a need to post comments like Greg did! 1. Posting Rules – Play nice. Keep it civil and respectful and appropriate for all ages. Personally, I don’t find his remark civil OR respectful. It’s disgraceful and breaks the rules of this website forum.

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#8 posted 01-19-2014 05:19 PM

Rob – I’m from Chautauqua County originally and know what you mean about the economic downturn of that area. There are still some gems, the Chautauqua Institute, lots of Amish farms, Roger Tory Peterson site…If you haven’t already been go to the Steam Power show they have in August at the fireman’s grounds in Stockton. Lots of neat old timey stuff happening there. Cheers

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#9 posted 01-19-2014 06:33 PM

dhazelton, I travel the county for my work and have spent countless hours at Chautauqua Institution and talking with the Amish. I also occasionally buy lumber from them! The Steam Power show, I haven’t seen yet. I’ll put that on my “to do” list this summer. It would just be nice to see something of value come here to boost the economy. Beautiful area. Just hard to get business to invest here.

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#10 posted 01-19-2014 07:08 PM

got it….got it… it…..want it…...want it.

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#11 posted 01-19-2014 08:59 PM

Also go to the Farmers Museum in Cooperstown if you haven’t been. You could spend days there.

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