Roger Frazee

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9 minutes ago, Ronnie said:

 

I have some pliers like yours but they are slightly different by having teeth on the jaws. They also have teeth behind the pivot point at the ends of the handles that appear to be used for squeezing or crushing. They work great for cutting coat hanger wire.  Are these fence pliers too?

I also have some calipers that were given to me by an old machinist I worked with. They are pretty old too.

 

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Your pliers are also fencing pliers a little better to work with as the teeth make it easier to grip wire and pull it tight around a fence post. You use the nose of the pliers as a lever point, grip the wire with the serrated jaws and pull it around by hauling on the handles.

Nice nippers and calipers too!

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This is what i know as fencing pliers. The "claw" is for pulling staples. And you can also stretch fence by grabbing it without cutting it and pull by levering using the rounded bottom part against the wooden post. Also hammer staples in. An all-in-one tool.

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And have one of these type of fence stretchers.

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These are what we use for wire strainers on post and wire fences. The can also be used on deer netting fences.

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@mike6024 I notice you working on barbed wire. We don't use that much any more. If an animal pushes against it, they tear their skin = low grade hide later. Cattle like to push between wires for the greener grass over the fence (or the trees over there, or the flax).

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The big pliers in the photo above were commonly used to pull the nails out of horses hooves so their shoes could be replaced.

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These heirloom tools predate the automobile by about 50 years.One of my great great grandfathers was a foreman on a barn building outfit. We still have his broad axes (left hand and right hand) ,his adze, and an assortment of augers for drilling holes in the hand hewn beams to pin them together.

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The smallest wrench is a bicycle wrench from around 1902. The rest came from the family S. Dakota  farm that finely got power in the 1950s.

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4 hours ago, J.H.Boland said:

These heirloom tools predate the automobile by about 50 years.One of my great great grandfathers was a foreman on a barn building outfit. We still have his broad axes (left hand and right hand) ,his adze, and an assortment of augers for drilling holes in the hand hewn beams to pin them together.

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I imagine those hand operated augers could cause some serious blisters on your hands after a drilling holes in a few big logs.

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37 minutes ago, Ronnie said:

 

I imagine those hand operated augers could cause some serious blisters on your hands after a drilling holes a few big logs.

 

Imagine swinging those big broad axes all day too ! That was back in the day when men were men and women could tell the difference.

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5 hours ago, J.H.Boland said:

These heirloom tools predate the automobile by about 50 years.One of my great great grandfathers was a foreman on a barn building outfit. We still have his broad axes (left hand and right hand) ,his adze, and an assortment of augers for drilling holes in the hand hewn beams to pin them together.

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Very satisfying working with hand tools such as these. Have always avoided the hand augers, though.

Believe it or not, I built my house, many years ago, using the siding axe, adze, draw-knife and froe. And still have the scars to prove it. Very little money, no electricity, plenty of Eucalyptus trees and the boundless energy of youth. Pretty much the situation our rural fore-fathers found themselves in, I imagine. (But I did have a chainsaw).  I'm still living in it, 39 years later, but have had grid power connected for 20-odd years, so the hand tools just hang in the shed.

Use of these tools is enjoying a resurgence in this part of the world,  and mortise and peg building is not uncommon.  I imagine this is the case in the US, as well. Same driving forces that have us fancying antique vehicles and machinery, I guess.

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14 hours ago, J.H.Boland said:

We still have his broad axes (left hand and right hand) 

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Forgive my ignorance, but what is the difference between left hand and right hand broad axes? Or is it like right and left handed screwdrivers?

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1 hour ago, Ozstatman said:

Forgive my ignorance, but what is the difference between left hand and right hand broad axes? Or is it like right and left handed screwdrivers?

 

Ozstatman, these are siding axes. They are completely flat on one side, for finishing timbers such as railway sleepers and beams square and flat.  I only have a RH axe, but in the photo above, I believe the flat sides of both LH and RH are showing. Huge numbers of Red-gum sleepers, (railroad ties?) were cut  by hand in Victoria in the 19th and 20th centuries. I originally come from up the Murray, in Red-gum country, where my Grandfather was a fettler on the railroads. We built a lot of yards out of the Red-gum 'slabs' from the sides of the logs, after sawmills took over the work.   

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In addition to what Mick observes, the handles are curved left or right when looking at the axes straight on.

Jim

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I am lucky to have an understanding wife who likes old stuff so she doesn’t mind having my grandmothers old china cabinet in our living room which I have full of old tools.

The adjustable wrench shown in the picture is an interesting design.  Patent date is hard to read conclusively but the last 3 numbers are 7 9 7.  Most likely 1897 manufactured, did they have the ability to make something like that in 1797? Looks to be forged.

The pliers I have no idea what their purpose is but the patent date is quite clear on this one July 21 1803.

The wrench set has special value to me because they were given to me by a great guy that I had the great fortune to make friends with.  They are Canadian made Gray brand that he bought new in 1936 when he was just a young guy starting out in the logging industry in Lake Cowichan, BC.  They are in their original canvas pouch.  The tools are great but the story behind each one is what makes them special.

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Love the Rail Road locks with their keys. :)

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Today I opened my grandfather's automotive tool chest for the first time in many years.  Inside the box are some very interesting tools that challenge the mind, just trying to figure out what they were designed to do.  I'll post pictures of the ones that have be baffled in hopes that smarter minds than mine can explain their function.

 

The first one is, I think, a valve-seat grinder.  The unique feature of this tool is that the shaft rotates in one direction when you turn the crank from 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock.  The shaft turns in the opposite direction from 6 o'clock to 12 o'clock.

 

Does anyone know any more about this gadget?

 

 

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You are correct it is a valve seat reservicer, it has adapters that hold the valve by the slot or dimple in the valve head and rotate as you stated using grinding compound.

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I have several but the most interesting to me is the GI Ring Kit from WW2. One could find rings (cast iron) but not aluminum pistons (essential material) so this has a cutter to cut worn ring lands and grooves out to a size that is equal to the compression ring thickness PLUS the oil ring scraper thickness. Once cut you installed the compression ring along with the scraper ring and the ring fit without slop. Probably good for another 20k miles. As to a picture---maybe, since it is somewhere in a double decked 6000 sq ft shop and two 600 sq ft storage sheds. I usually only find something when digging for something else.

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