Went to this barn sale today and found these old wooden clamps and two boards.
The guy said it was oak. One is lighter than the other. The one has a reddish hue to it. Could it be red oak? You decide.
Paid $2 for the boards and $3 for the clamps.
I have some old clamps similar to yours. In my case, one side is adjustable like a pipe clamp head, and the other side has two holes in one side for screws. Both pieces have very similar shape to yours. They were designed for true 2in x 4in rough cut lumber.
Yea I'm thinking red oak to. Although I haven't had much of that in the past. The clamps work really good to. There is one that has a broken piece where the screw is. I've seen these at antique flea markets for $20-$30, so for a $1 a piece I was excited. Thanks.
Look at some very clean-cut end grain. If the boards are ring-porous, quite likely one of the oaks. Hickory and the Ashes are possibilities also but there, the pores (aka vessels) are so big in diameter, you can almost look down inside them!
You got a great deal for sure. I'd give $5 in a heartbeat for any of the single items.. Awesome score.
I saw a couple of those clamps at an antiques store a couple of weeks ago and they were asking $40 each for them. And each was missing one of the metal jaws. They were cool to see but I passed on the "deal".
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