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Forum topic by TiggerWood posted 07-01-2014 12:24 AM 1437 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2014 12:24 AM

The quarter in tip is spring loaded. I got it in a big box of carpentry tools.


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#1 posted 07-01-2014 12:29 AM

That looks dirty.

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#2 posted 07-01-2014 12:39 AM

Spring loaded center punch…..... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#3 posted 07-01-2014 12:44 AM

That makes sense. Thanks Jerry

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#4 posted 07-01-2014 12:51 AM

Almost looks like the pin that goes into a hole saw arbor.

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#5 posted 07-01-2014 02:10 AM

What nubs said. It’s a real old one.

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#6 posted 07-01-2014 02:22 AM

I just don’t get why it’s knurled at the top. Usually it’s to hold it into a hole?
Kinda looks like a firing pin for a revolver.?
Last guess is a door hinge pin.
If none of the above….maybe it’s a punch.

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#7 posted 07-01-2014 02:26 AM

My Dad had one and I have it now. I’ll go see if I can find it and see if it has the knurling.

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#8 posted 07-01-2014 03:32 AM

It’s an automated, spring loaded centering punch. You can find them on Amazon, at HD, at Lowes, or any number of places that sell tools. Pretty common item.

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#9 posted 07-01-2014 03:39 AM

Still don’t believe it. How long is it?

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#10 posted 07-01-2014 03:40 AM

About 4”

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#11 posted 07-01-2014 03:45 AM

Well it’s long enough to be a punch….maybe

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#12 posted 07-01-2014 06:45 AM

It is about the same length, but looks bigger in diameter, as the automatic center punch I have!
Mine is adjustable for punch depth.

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#13 posted 07-01-2014 12:21 PM

Can’t tell from the photo – is the outside tube tapered at the bottom? If so it’s a punch for centering screw holes when mounting door hinges. Except the inside piece you tap would be sticking out at the top – not the bottom. The knurl has me stumped , too. There – I have no idea what it is.

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#14 posted 07-01-2014 01:32 PM

The mushroomed top also seems off to be a punch.

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#15 posted 07-01-2014 02:24 PM

I’m pretty certain that Nubsnstubs is right and dhazelton’s idea of it being for for hinges matches up with what I found in the box.

Here’s the story:
I went to a garage sale down the street from my house last summer and there was a young man selling all his tools before moving out of state. He seemed to just want to get rid of it all, or else trash(?). There wasn’t a whole lot there. After the first look through, I picked up a high quality caulk gun which he said he would give me for $1. That enticed me to give a better look at what was in the tool boxes and the 20” by 20” square box. The box had wrenches, screw drivers, files, brads, hammers, chalk lines, a small machinist vise, and door hinges jig things along with this^, as well as other various little stuff. As I was pondering on what I wanted to do, he said $10 for the box with the caulk gun. SOLD. The vise alone was worth at least that.

So, a lot of this stuff has been sitting in the box in the corner of my garage until a few weeks ago. I dug through and picked out a bunch of stuff to take to my friend’s garage sale. This hole punch failed to get the 25 cents I was asking. I was hoping someone would come along and say “Oh, you’ve got a blah blah blah. I’ll take it”. If it wasn’t sitting at my friend’s house I would probably be playing with it right now and give you guys better pics. Thank you all for helping solve this mystery.

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