Old Clamps #5: Wetzler 30

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 10-08-2014 04:16 PM 3174 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There is a place near me which several times a year holds a ‘sale’ of sorts. I’m pretty sure it’s a variety of vendors that participate. The items there are usually furniture, some electronics and HAND TOOLS. This is also the place we acquired our secretary desk.

I got the clamp pictured above about a year or so ago from this gentleman who had his wares displayed in 5 gallon buckets. It looked so cool with its patina of use and age that I picked it out and examined it to be sure it still operated. Imagining a double digit price tag, I asked the price…

It cost me three dollars.

Doing some research this morning I discovered that this clamp is a type much sought after. I’m glad I got it. The jaw opens to allow a clearance of just 13 inches, so I guess that makes it a 12 inch clamp.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 10-08-2014 04:50 PM

Nice find. I assume the described place near you is an “antique” shop? I’ve found many a great tool at such so called shops, even items need to more than a hundred years old to be considered antique. Got a great Stanley #4 smoother in fantastic shape, only needed to sharpen the iron to start using it, and it was only $18.00.
Anyway, great find on this clamp, it’ll come in handy.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 10-08-2014 05:11 PM

Oldtool, I think this place could best be called an occasional junk dealer. To me it’s the best of what you might find at a yard sale, big on furniture and tools, not so much on nicknacks and no clothing.

There was something on a smaller scale in a town nearby. We used to hit it on the way to my parents’ house. That guy sold us many garden tools. If I needed a rake handle, it was cheaper to buy the whole rake at that guy than to buy a new handle at the store.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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