Anyone know a source for repair/restoration of vintage rules?

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Forum topic by summerfi posted 11-14-2013 04:11 AM 1147 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-14-2013 04:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: interlox rule measuring

I have an old Interlox collapsing (sliding) rule that I inherited from my grandfather many years ago. I believe it was made in about 1910-1920. It’s not in good shape and some of the section joints are kind of falling apart. If I knew someone who specializes in repairing this type of measuring instrument I’d send it to them to be restored. Anyone know a source?

Note this is not your typical folding rule. The sections slide upon one another rather than folding.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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#1 posted 11-14-2013 04:28 AM

what a beautiful piece of history

put it away and let it sleep

restoring it is merely removing it from a well oiled drawer from a tool cabinet…. with abounding wonder

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 04:33 AM

Yes, I do plan to store it away. I’m working on getting all my old tools in the best shape possible before permanently retiring them to an oak tool chest built by my grandfather in the early 1900s.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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#3 posted 11-14-2013 04:41 AM

just file it away with a tag on it showing the provenance. And grok the memories from time to time.

Much better than blotching an attempted restoration.


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#4 posted 11-14-2013 04:43 AM

I would be fearful that clean this would take away the patina and perhaps the paint on the numbers. Let it be.


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