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Jim Jakosh

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02-25-2021 05:29 AM

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Does anyone know what this tool is called and what it is used for? There may be pieces missing but it was very unique and cheap at a flea market and the guy selling it did not know what it was either. I guess out of over 309,000 members, someone would recognize it!! There are no names or numbers on the castings like you find on many old tools. It may or may not be used in woodworking.

Thanks…...........Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 02-25-2021 06:13 AM

A smal sheet metal Brake?
(but you would KNOW what that is… ??)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 02-25-2021 08:14 AM

I see a handle and springs. I assume there’s some level of animation to this thing? What happens when you do something to the handle? (Does it pull to the horizontal;; Does it rotate? These are things inquiring minds want to know.) Also, it has holes in the feet, obviously for bolting to a table or bench, so there must be some pressure or torque that occurs when it’s in action. The thumbscrews would indicate that some adjusting is applicable. The bar across the top seems to be simply a spreader of sorts, with no functional purpose, though the slots in the inner sides may indicate a missing part that may, or may not, be related to that bar. I just noticed the round object between the legs. May we see the underside, please? I will withhold any further conjecture until I see the underside. A straight-on facial shot from both front and rear (both, unknown, at this point) may also be helpful.

I’m not goofing around about this, Jim. I think that, at some point in my miserable life, I may have encountered a device like this. Maybe I saw one in an antique store, or something, and gave it little thought, though it left an imprint on my subconscious.

In a hundred years, no one will give a flying fig about this. But, in hundred years, someone may find your brain, or mine, in a jar, and fret over it. (“What is this thing? What’s it for? Did it have any purpose? Who did it belong to? Who made it? The internetweb will be abuzz. ABUZZ, I tell you!) When that inquiring mind unlocks the secret of said brain, he’ll find the remnants of this object, and HE will figure it out. We owe it to him to leave as much rudimentary evidence as he may find useful in his search for meaning.

“Eeee Pleb Neesta,” the text read. A whole society, an entire philosophy and ideology, was built around those words, though no one extant at the time had any idea what the words meant. They built their lives, and the lives of their progeny on those words. With a sacred devotion to duty, they raised their children on the wisdom of “Eee Pleb Neesta…”

Then, a guy from the long-forgotten past showed up, wondering what all the hubbub was about. Wondering, asking, why all the turmoil between different tribes of people over the meaning of the words, “Eeee Pleb Neesta?” The words sounded the same to all parties concerned. But, somehow, there were violently opposing opinions over what those words meant.

“May I see the sacred text, please?” asked the newcomer. After much hemming and hawing, chortling and guffawing, over the very notion that some “outsider” should be allowed to so much as cast a shadow on the most holy dogma, they consented, though with much reticence.

The man from far away and long ago studied the most revered relic of times long-forgotten, and lowered the parchment, staring straight ahead. He began to recite the sacred text, from memory:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

It may be more important than any of us can imagine.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 02-25-2021 09:39 AM

Can’t tell too much from the pictures Jim! What does the handle do – clamp down? How big a space is there in the middle? I was thinking of something like a manual die-cutter for the printing industry. I love that old stuff!
I talked a buddy of mine out of a yardsale find this summer. Turns out it is a bookbinder’s press! I spent my career in the printing industry so I took the time to get it working again and now I’m using it as a veneer press.

It is heavy as all get out!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#4 posted 02-25-2021 06:39 PM

Vino press

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#5 posted 02-25-2021 07:34 PM

Could it be something used in the printing/bookbinding industry?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 02-25-2021 11:26 PM

Still stumped on this one. It is not a brake or a wine press or a shear. I took some more shots of it ( below) and I had a videos of it take and sent to me but I can’t copy it but if you are interested, send me an E mail and I forward the Email to you with the video attached. ( [email protected] )

The handle come forward but for just a little ways. The rod with my finger on it is a roller. The screw on athe bottom lifts up the horizontal bar but not very far- it is an adjustment for something..

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 02-26-2021 12:31 AM

A linguini maker. Very interesting though. Try posting it on maybe some one on there seen it before

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#8 posted 02-26-2021 03:21 AM

Grommet closer? Like on a leather strap…

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