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Forum topic by WhattheChuck posted 08-10-2020 01:43 AM 273 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-10-2020 01:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: boxwood rules antique tools

Hi Folks,

I have in my possession a Stanley #5 boxwood rule. I’d kinda like to know what it was optimized for!

Any people that know?

Chuck

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA


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#1 posted 08-10-2020 01:50 AM

Can you post a picture?

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#2 posted 08-10-2020 02:37 AM

Made from 1855 to 1938
Has an arch joint and depending on age graduated in 8’ths and 16’ths up to 1859 and 8’ths, 10’ths and 16’ths till 1938. The later version, 1860 and later has an octagonal scale.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 08-10-2020 02:49 AM

Here’s a picture. I don’t understand the scale that doesn’t line up with the inch scale.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#4 posted 08-10-2020 02:49 AM

And yes, Oldfart—it has an arch joint and the scales you reference. Maybe what I don’t know about is the octagonal scale?

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#5 posted 08-10-2020 03:36 AM

It allows you to make an octagon from a square piece of stock. You use the scale to set a divider and step off the dimensions. I’ll post the exact method tomorrow.

Please post a pic of the Stanley name and I can narrow down the age.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 08-10-2020 04:42 AM

This, from Boxwood and Ivory:

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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