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Forum topic by williamt posted 07-31-2014 03:05 AM 1147 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2014 03:05 AM

Really stumped on what this is used for. Overall length is about 12”, thickest part is about 4” in diameter. The center piece is tapered on one end so that it slides in about half way and stops. Any ideas?

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#1 posted 07-31-2014 03:31 AM

String line holder? mason’s line reel? Twine would be wound around in a figure eight, using the piece that slides in and out.

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#2 posted 07-31-2014 03:34 AM

The wedge obviously holds something in the slot. Now to decide what…....

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#3 posted 07-31-2014 03:49 AM

Could it be for making skeins of yarn???

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#4 posted 07-31-2014 01:41 PM

Sorry, Randy, I don’t know what this is but I do know to make a skein of yarn you use a niddy-noddy. DAMHIKT, but I have had to make a few. Google it. There’s a whole world of strangely named tools out there.

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#5 posted 07-31-2014 02:25 PM

I looked up niddy noddy. It’s an interesting tool. I guess you learn something new every day. Obviously the spell checker doesn’t know what one is either.

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#6 posted 07-31-2014 03:35 PM

It looks like a decorative piece to me. The line across only one side of it hints at that. Maybe something used in a sailing motif.


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#7 posted 07-31-2014 03:51 PM

My first thought is something for the kitchen. The wedge would hold a blade of some kind that would be easily removable for cleaning, probably with a curved cutting edge because of the shape of the piece.

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#8 posted 07-31-2014 04:07 PM

It looks like a kitchen tool. The slit could accept a knife blade and the peg would wedge it in place. Maybe a pastry tool.

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#9 posted 07-31-2014 04:31 PM

I’ve never seen anything even similar to that in kitchens or any of my vintage cookbooks. Double handles with a perpendicular blade/whatever held in the wedged slot, leans me towards some type of draw knife tool, maybe a wheelwright or something? Whereabouts did you find it, any local history leads?

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#10 posted 07-31-2014 06:01 PM

It’s a handle for a pit rip saw!

The guy in the pit pulls on the handle while the timber being ripped is over his head. A second man, or a wooden plank spring pulls the saw back up.

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#11 posted 07-31-2014 10:06 PM

Thank you Paul. I’m guessing mine didn’t get much use. I did pick it up at an estate sale with alot of neat old woodworking tools and saws. A couple of table saws their had cast ornate legs with a wheel on backside that hooked up to a motor via a large belt.

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#12 posted 07-31-2014 10:17 PM

I kept thinking that thing looked familiar. My first guess that it was ornamental was based on the mistaken view that there was a wide mark on one side. When I understood that to be a slot, I figured it out.


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