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Dyverse Musings On Early Trades, Crafts & Industries
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Combination Coopers Jointer And Workbench Vise

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:23pm
Forget about preconceived notions of what a workbench top should look like. Toss out your ideas of how a bench vise is designed, where it should be mounted, and what it should look like. Dump that data on placement of bench hook holds. From one of my favorite blogs on the vagaries of workbenches, comes the combination coopers jointer, workbench and vise.
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A Simple Plank Bench

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 9:32am
It's not in English and I don't care. This is one of the most fascinating blogs that you should be following. Sometimes the content is translated into English, sometimes not but in all cases, the photos tell the story. A crazy simple plank top work bench set on two horses and with a side mounted Roubo style holding clamp. How not to overthink the process, in a handful of images. https://hyvelbenk.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/grov-planke-som-hovelbenk/ Till next, Gary
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Handy Andy Block Saw Set - Never seen one and have no idea how it works

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:53pm
A reader sent these two photos in about a saw set, the likes of which I have never seen. Which also means I have no clue how it works. His questions: "It has two patent dates shown on the tool, 1905 and 1906. I have not been successful so far in finding any information about this tool so I was wondering if you might be able to help. What I am looking for is the following information: a. How the tool was actually used in maintaining saw blades b. What kind of saw blades it was used on c. where...
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Some days you just have to monetize

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:00am
Look to your right and you'll see a widget that displays my current Ebay listings. While the term 'monetizing' annoys me to no end, it's what everybody uses. If it was up to me, I would write something like: Hey! I'm trying to make some cash! Lookee Here! But, too many words and too direct. Thus, we have Monetizing because, I guess, it makes people feel better about asking other people to buy something. Till next, Gary
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Salt Saw With Copper or Bronze Blade

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:31pm
This is one of those peculiar tools that I've read about but never had the opportunity to exam one, much less own one. I can't determine if the blade is copper or a bronze or brass alloy. The blade is fairly hard, has a decent spring to it. Any information on salt saws would be much appreciated! Till next, Gary
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A Different Lufkin Measuring Tool: Circumference Gauge

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 3:21pm
Not my photos, just borrowed from the auction listing, which means I'm waiting to receive this. While I'm not any kind of an expert on mensuration gadgets, so far from it that I'ld have to use a telescope to even think of being an expert, this Lufkin Circumference Gauge/Measuring device intrigued me. May guess is a wheelwrights gauge but it could have been used for anything that required a quick assesment of dimensions. If it's diffferent, I like it. If it's the same old same old, not so much Till next, Gary
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James E. Price on the history of old tool collecting

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:06am
Recently on the Facebook group I manage: Antique Tools Buy, Sell & Trade, I asked of the assembly this simple question: Today's pithy question: What will be the next tool that was a good tool, average price but will now be the Next Big Thing at elevated prices? (I have no idea but someone just might have and idea) Jim Price responded with what I consider to be the most well thought out, insightful and comprehensive response on the history and current state of the tool market for collectors and users. "Gary, Your guess is as good as mine concerning...
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If you're going to make a lamp out of a plane, at least be creative!

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:47am
This is simply too boring for words. I expect more from plane lamps!
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Notice: Upcoming Three Day Greenville, Kentucky Auction - Tools, Machinery, RR, Keen Kutter, Winchester, Firestone, Advertising, Padlocks, Blacksmithing, Industrial, Collectibles and so on

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 8:53pm
The coming June 11, 12, 13 2015 there will be an immense three day auction of the estate of a very discrete and discriminating amasser of everything he came across and liked over his lifetime as a Miner in Kentucky. At Greenville, Kentucky, on site with tents, food and musical guests (scratch that, no musical guests) at the long time family home of a Miner who collected an astounding array of trade, craft and industrial antiques and collectibles. For a brief glimpse of what the auctioneers are busily sorting through: There will even be a Dukes Of Hazzard lunch box....
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