Tool Restoration #9: Italian tradesman 90 +

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 06-18-2020 12:28 AM 1079 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My DILs Grandfather had two boxes of tools he wanted rid of.
Between No 1 son and myself we helped him out.

Most were just scrap metal however a few gems I got were of interest to me.

Of particular interest was what looked to be an adjustable bevel gauge

Being an inquisitive sort of person I wanted to know what it was used for (apart from the obvious)

So I set to cleaning it up hoping to find some Bob Sommerfeld marks to give the game away.

Sadly there were none, the base is stainless steel and the adjustable bevel section is mild steel.

Replaced the pivot bolt and gave it a coat of rust inhibitor and stashed it away, ... I wonder will my grandson find it when the time comes for my gear to get moved out.

Anybody got any clues?

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 06-18-2020 03:48 AM

..... So I set to cleaning it up hoping to find some Bob Sommerfeld marks to give the game away…..

.. I wonder will my grandson find it when the time comes for my gear to get moved out.

Anybody got any clues?

- robscastle

Yeah, Engrave Bob Sommerfeld on it’s side and confuse the bejesus further out of the grandson.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 06-18-2020 04:57 AM

You like auger bits, do you? I have a ton of them. And the braces that make them work. All old. Special? Don’t know. Probably not. There’s a furniture maker inside me that might need them someday. I also have old rabit planes that have nothing to do.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 06-18-2020 10:17 AM

G’day Rob.
I sent the post to an old carpenter friend and here is his reply:

The small adjustable blade has a 45deg angle, the main body has 30 & 60 degree.
My best guess is the main body was for setting out hexagonal shapes and the 45 blade is for odd angles.
The main body being stainless is odd which makes me think that just maybe a shipwright used it because old sailing ship steering wheels were based on a hexagon.
The mild steel small blade cis probably from a standard sliding bevel after the origan stainless one was lost.
All this is guesswork and supposition on my part.
Regards Ray


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#4 posted 06-18-2020 10:53 AM

Great work Peter,

Sounds very much like its intention, strange a simple item and had me intrigued , there was some other gear I didn’t show, a sort of lump hammer some bolt cutters and a big pipe cutter both of which pull big bucks if you bought them new.

All good brands too not Chinese rubbish, I better go take a picture now wait a minute and I will come back.

Bolt cutters are Record Made in England but not marked as Irwin Record?

The pipe cutters have no markings, apart from 1/8 to 2”

and the hammer is stamped 4 so I an assuming its 4 lb, has an unusually long handle?

Pity the bolt cutters have a damaged jaw but they still cut OK as I wandered around the house finding victims to test them on.

The hammer I wire brushed and gal sprayed to stop it rusting

The pipe cutter not sure what I could do with them but could not bring myself to scrap metal them.

Memories of Cool Hand Luke came to mind!

thanks for your research efforts!

-- Regards Rob

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