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joesbucketorust 04-10-2012 11:54 PM

Whatsit, Whatwuzit, Whatsitgo2?
 
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It might be from a hand tool, it might be from a power tool, it might be from just about anything and it's probably trash. But I learned a hard lesson back during the Miter Box Disaster of '09 - you don't throw ANYTHING away until 17 independent observers have certified that it is not tool related, or that you sold the related tool at last five years ago.

So at the bottom of a white plastic bucket full of yankee screwdriver bits, a broken chalk-line (covering everything else in a nice dusting of fluorescent blue), one bent carpenters square and a pile of severely rusted auger bits come this little gem. 8" long, the prongs sticking out each end are 1.5" and the one in the middle that points in the opposite direction is about 1". I'm certain it's not part of a saw jointer/filer, and that's the extent of my guesses. I could make it easy - I could take it with the next load to the dump and that would ensure that the next white bucket I pick up would contain an almost complete Blurrfl missing just this one piece, but I was never one to take the easy road. Any guesses?

verdesardog 04-11-2012 12:58 AM

kind of wierd but could be a tool rest for a lathe

mackem 04-11-2012 11:20 AM

:no: No idea Joe, it does look like a part or parts
have broken off. Intriguing little piece, hope
you (we) find out though. Knowing the amount
of knowledge that is on this fine forum I'd be
very surprised if the puzzle ain't solved. :yes:

TS3660 04-11-2012 12:26 PM

Looks kind of like an ash jiggler for a wood stove. You know those things that you jiggle back and forth so the ashes at the bottom fall into a tray? Is it cast iron?

Jim West Pa 04-11-2012 04:58 PM

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Originally Posted by TS3660 (Post 327199)
Looks kind of like an ash jiggler for a wood stove. You know those things that you jiggle back and forth so the ashes at the bottom fall into a tray? Is it cast iron?

Yep, :yes:
stove related was my first impression.
Is it cast arn ?

Bob Willing 04-11-2012 05:50 PM

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Originally Posted by TS3660 (Post 327199)
Looks kind of like an ash jiggler for a wood stove. You know those things that you jiggle back and forth so the ashes at the bottom fall into a tray? Is it cast iron?


+1 to that! Does it have any smoke or soot on the part besides rust? Do you have a fireplace or an old house that may have had a coal furnace or a wood burning stove?

ACP 04-11-2012 06:59 PM

It looks like a long lost piece to Dr. Sten Von Ofelsinger's mythical Au Converter. He was a famous Swedish scientist in the mid 18th Century who was granted access to DaVinci's secret paper's by the Vatican as a thanks to their Swiss guards. He supposedly was able to translate and recreate DaVinci's famous machine that changed lead to gold. I think that you may have a piece of that machine! You need to dig around and see if you have the rest!










I looked at it again, and I think I was mistaken. I think the Au convertor's left and right ovals, which have different lengths like yours, are opposite what you have. I think you have something to do with a fireplace also, not a lead to gold convertor. Sorry.

joesbucketorust 04-11-2012 07:35 PM

But I don't have a fireplace!
 
It is cast iron, but I don't have a fireplace. Of course when you buy your tools site unseen by the pound, it's always possible a few unneeded gems will sneak in. I guess I need to knock out a wall and put in a fireplace.

TS3660 04-11-2012 07:59 PM

Or pan for lead

SteveEl 04-11-2012 11:47 PM

How about a burning log prop for a stone hearth fireplace?

lawrence 04-11-2012 11:58 PM

I would almost bet it's a guide for a plane or plane related device

joesbucketorust 04-12-2012 12:19 AM

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Originally Posted by lawrence (Post 327393)
I would almost bet it's a guide for a plane or plane related device

It does remind me of a jointer gauge, but if it is then it's missing every piece but the fence, and it's unmarked. I think I'll throw it in the back of a cupboard and forget about it for another year to see what happens.

Dominick 04-12-2012 12:54 AM

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By this picture here it almost looks like it was welded together at one point. Look at the tabs on top. Kinda looks like it was welded there. Look at the shape. Looks broken.

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Sorry no circle capabilities.

mveach 04-12-2012 01:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Bob Willing (Post 327285)
+1 to that! Does it have any smoke or soot on the part besides rust? Do you have a fireplace or an old house that may have had a coal furnace or a wood burning stove?

+2 That was my first thought

27207 04-12-2012 03:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Dominick
By this picture here it almost looks like it was welded together at one point. Look at the tabs on top. Kinda looks like it was welded there. Look at the shape. Looks broken.

Sorry no circle capabilities.

The two pictures are the same piece so it's not welded together, but it could have been welded to something else. I'm thinking it had a hinge welded to it. The two side prong things may have rested on something to keep it level, then maybe you could tilt it up for something. The middle prong looks like you either had a tool to fit into the fork, or perhaps a bolt or rod, or possibly it was some sort of latch so when tilted up you could keep it up.

Maybe the two side prongs pushed on a flap of some sort instead of my idea of holding it level.

Whatever it is Mott info would be great. Where did the bucket come from? What was close to it, who's was it, what did he do for a living or for hobbies?

Dominick 04-12-2012 08:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Dwillems26

The two pictures are the same piece so it's not welded together, but it could have been welded to something else. I'm thinking it had a hinge welded to it. The two side prong things may have rested on something to keep it level, then maybe you could tilt it up for something. The middle prong looks like you either had a tool to fit into the fork, or perhaps a bolt or rod, or possibly it was some sort of latch so when tilted up you could keep it up.

Maybe the two side prongs pushed on a flap of some sort instead of my idea of holding it level.

Whatever it is Mott info would be great. Where did the bucket come from? What was close to it, who's was it, what did he do for a living or for hobbies?

Baahaahaaaa lol dah lol thanks D for pointing that out for me. I guess I had a blonde. Moment. Lol.
Hey it sounded good.

Jim West Pa 04-12-2012 10:40 AM

It's a hank o' arn tossed into the bucket to add weight so the seller could git more money from Joe.:yes:

Bob Willing 04-12-2012 10:55 AM

Maybe you could put it on "Ask This Old House," what is it segment!

TS3660 04-12-2012 11:02 AM

Red Green probably knows what it is.

joesbucketorust 04-12-2012 11:19 AM

There is no fireplace or coal burning stove, but just cause I don't have one doesn't mean that's not what it's for. There was no soot on it, it was japanned at one time but that's all gone. No that's not a broken weld up top, just your average sprue (sp?) from the casting process. It should go in the metal recycling pile, but I'm just uncertain enough that it will go back in storage to percolate for a while longer.

I do tend to end up with a lot of pieces like this. I'm one of those guys who goes to an auction and digs to the bottom of EVERY box lot. If you've ever gone to an auction and wondered why that box of rusty broken screen door parts went for $30 instead of $3 - if there were two biddders with grease stains on their shirt and orange dust on their hands and foreheads - one of them was probably me, and you can bet there was a few planes or chisels or some other piece of treasure buried at the bottom of the box and you missed it...:yes:


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