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    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Any more info on this, Paul?

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    all i know is that its about a hundred years old,

    and that you're looking at the bottom of it
    Last edited by Paul Pless; 05-13-2012 at 09:10 PM.
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    I followed the pic info back to the blog.
    Very Cool Blog!

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    I do like that! I think I'm going to have to learn to cut wooden threads.

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    You can make a tap to cut them.
    Edit- That would be a die for the male and a tap for the female but you can make them both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    I do like that! I think I'm going to have to learn to cut wooden threads.
    Hmm, from the article..

    The example is for sale at this Australian tool auction site. So if you live in Australia and buy it, drop me a note about how it works. The auctioneer’s description says it’s of “Scandinavian origin,” so if you’ve seen one in Europe, drop me a line. I’d love to learn more about this gizmo.
    Are you close?

    I agree.. looks very interesting, but I'm thinking I might not be harangued to badly for using metal threads. ;-)

    Cool blog.. I've book marked it & it's on my 'read more' list. Thanks, Paul.

    enjoy
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    So if it is pictured upside down I assume that it is clamped to the edge of the kitchen tabe and that only the crank handles are missing.
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    I wil bid on it, but do not expect to win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    I wil bid on it, but do not expect to win.
    I'd be inclined to bid on this lovey old Spiers.

    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    here's a shot of the top of the bench

    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    I wouldn't consider the bench a "user". More of a display item.
    As such, I'd be inclined to trade out that modern dog for a period one.

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    http://www.hansbrunnertools.gil.com....for%20Sale.htm

    There are some amazing tools there Jeff !
    Try to work out what the marketing guy wants you to do then do precisely the opposite.

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    The handles aren't missing (Necessarily), they are removable so that they don't get in the way while you're moving it. The clamp face seems to have been replaced, and there's something not right with the tail vise dogs....
    My guess is that it's been cobbled together from parts of this and that to make what we see now.
    Doesn't make it any less interesting though..
    I'd also guess that it's Austrian, German, or maybe Swiss.

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    I'd agree that the clamp face is new(er) but I don't see what you man about the dogs or the "cobbled together".
    'Splain?

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    There's some really interesting tools there too.......hmmmm.

    We don't know how lucky we are....

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    I like the slick, but I don't really need much else, I'm not collecting for collecting's sake. I inherited quite a few items and assembled a reasonable inventory almost by accident. The only tools I really looked for was building up a set of Marples chisels, mostly bought with dodgy handles at markets before they became 'collectable'. My old grinder(inherited) is not suitable to dress them all properly and I am considering a water stone grinder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botebum View Post
    I'd agree that the clamp face is new(er) but I don't see what you man about the dogs or the "cobbled together".
    'Splain?

    Doug
    The dog holes don't line up with the screw. The way it is,when the vise is tightened it'd crank over, or twist, and jam. The face vise screws don't land on solid bench face in both positions. One does, but the other is halfway over a dog hole. The cigarette (or cigar) burn on the bottom of the work surface indicates that the bottom may once have been the top.

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    Excellent points, Lefty. Thanks!

    Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrleft8 View Post
    The dog holes don't line up with the screw. The way it is,when the vise is tightened it'd crank over, or twist, and jam. The face vise screws don't land on solid bench face in both positions. One does, but the other is halfway over a dog hole. The cigarette (or cigar) burn on the bottom of the work surface indicates that the bottom may once have been the top.
    Agreed, it's design leaves a lot to of room for improvement. You have to wonder about its intended use, as its capacity is very limited.

    It would look nice hanging on somebodys wall, though.

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    Perhaps a piano repairman, or something that'd require a small but solid work surface.... If that's Beech (Which it looks like it is), it probably weighs 60 Lbs at least, so it's no B&D work-mate....

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    What? Go into somebodys house and clamp it to the dining room table while you fixed the pianer? Better bring some Olde English polish.

    It's difficult for me to imagine how it clamped to anything and became solid enough to work on.

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    I wonder if it was originally a test or demonstration piece? Maybe an apprentices work? To me, for it's age, it does not seem to have had a lot of work.

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    After you've flattened a badly marred bench top with a hand plane once or twice, you learn to not ding them up much if you can help it. It was probably clamped to a plank on a pair of saw horses. This wouldn't be the sort of bench where you'd be hogging great curls of wood off a rough plank, but more likely fine tuning a few small, critical pieces.

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    How could you possibly tighten those clamps sufficiently, them not being through-fastened, so that the bench would support itself with all that overhang and no supporting legs? What kind of wimpy-ass fine tuning would you be doing?

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    Piano....
    You do know that you can tune a piano, but you can't Tuna fish with that thing, dontcha Jim?

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    Pianer-shmianer...good luck trying to hold a piano key with that while you belt sand off a bit. In fact, try and think of something that it could hold...anything...assuming the whole kaboodle didn't fall on your toes first.

    Mebbe Swiss...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Ledger View Post
    Mebbe Swiss...
    For holding cheese whilst you drill the holes in it?

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    I was thinking more along the lines of chocolate..... This is clearly designed for creating shaved 80% cocoa dark chocolate on site, for discerning clients to put on their Raspberry dunkle Schokolade gefüllt mit Sahne und Kakao und rasierte auf der Oberseite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrleft8 View Post
    I was thinking more along the lines of chocolate..... This is clearly designed for creating shaved 80% cocoa dark chocolate on site, for discerning clients to put on their Raspberry dunkle Schokolade gefüllt mit Sahne und Kakao und rasierte auf der Oberseite.
    I like to discern a bag of Whoppers, myself...but the next morning my tongue usually has second thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Ledger View Post
    I like to discern a bag of Whoppers, myself...but the next morning my tongue usually has second thoughts.
    I always envisioned you as more of the "Sugar Daddy" type.....

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    Ouch!

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    The vise is not a vise. It appears to be for tensioning. May be for rigging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Ledger View Post
    Agreed, it's design leaves a lot to of room for improvement. You have to wonder about its intended use, as its capacity is very limited.

    It would look nice hanging on somebodys wall, though.
    .......and it appears to be quite old but hasn't had a lot of use.

    Apprentice piece, perhaps?
    We don't know how lucky we are....

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    The thing isn't very big and no one knows what it was for anyway. I imagine it worked well for whatever it was built for.



    62 This is a fantastic workbench extension with 3 wooden clamp screws and one spring loaded steel bench dog. The two brackets with the wooden screws on top clamp onto any boring old work table. Scandinavian origin with a lot of age and well cleaned. 31” x 9 5/8” x 1 5/8” or 790mm x 243mm x 42mm. G $ 100-200

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