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    I've not previously taken much notice of the...

    I've not previously taken much notice of the thread characteristics of the thumbscrews of Spofford braces, so to now say I'm a bit confused is an understatement. I've got a few ranging from early...
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    Kenny, I've never seen that feature before....

    Kenny,
    I've never seen that feature before.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    I've got a couple missing as well, haven't...

    I've got a couple missing as well, haven't attempted to make a replacement. I think they're about 7/16" 14tpi.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
  4. Thread: Any ideas?

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    This guy reckons that's what it is YouTube...

    This guy reckons that's what it is YouTube
  5. Thread: Shed Time

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    That reminds me of the time my mates missus came...

    That reminds me of the time my mates missus came home and said "I've won lotto so pack your bags" old mate says "Yee har where're we going?" she says "I don't care, just get out!"
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    Great job, I can almost hear it running. Here in...

    Great job, I can almost hear it running. Here in WA we call that a "pig" trailer and you've got the long drawbar so you can jack-knife and tip the truck without unhitching.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Kenny, that style of brace was originally...

    Kenny, that style of brace was originally patented by Nelson Spofford in 1859 in the USA (US Pat 25984) In this patent he states "A slot, a, is cut into it, which divides said socket into two jaws,...
  8. Thread: Log tongs

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    VICTORIA I made a 44 gal'drum lifter many years ago....

    I made a 44 gal'drum lifter many years ago. Scissor style out of 100mm x 12mm mild steel flat bar. I imagine your logs are going to be heaps heavier than a 44 though?
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    I've never seen one with the wide slot like that...

    I've never seen one with the wide slot like that before, looks as if its been sawn?
  10. Thread: Brace bits

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    Kenny, the waist in the shank of the centre bit...

    Kenny, the waist in the shank of the centre bit in your first photo is typical of Wm Marples & Sons. I've attached a photo of a couple of theirs, the upper of the two has a lead screw which is fairly...
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    Handle cleaning guard.

    To avoid damaging the handle of the brace when cleaning the metal components on a wire wheel I made this guard. It is simply a small baked bean tin, or similar, ends removed and cut in half. The end...
  12. Thread: Brace bits

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    The first two of your photos are the ubiquitous...

    The first two of your photos are the ubiquitous Spofford brace patented by Massachusetts USA resident Nelson Spofford in 1859 (US Pat 25984).These were churned out initially by J S Fray & Co from...
  13. HEADS UP My copy arrived safely this morning, thanks Euge....

    My copy arrived safely this morning, thanks Euge.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
  14. Thread: Brace bits

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    Huon, I had a look for a brace that resembles...

    Huon, I had a look for a brace that resembles your No 909 and came up with two Stanley No 945's made in USA. Neither is exactly the same but in combination they fit the bill. One with chuck...
  15. Thread: Brace bits

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    Well this is pretty interesting. I'm not aware of...

    Well this is pretty interesting. I'm not aware of an English Stanley model 909 and off the top of my head I've also never seen one branded made in ENG with the ENG abbreviated like that. And that's...
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    Your brace looks like a Millers Falls No 32...

    Your brace looks like a Millers Falls No 32 maybe?
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Edinburgh Fringe: winning joke.

    Yesterdays paper reported that the "Funniest Joke of the Fringe Award" at this years Edinburgh Fringe went like this:
    I keep randomly shouting out "broccoli" and "cauliflower" -----I think I might...
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    Doug, I was barracking for the Wallabies last...

    Doug, I was barracking for the Wallabies last night........doesn't that count?
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    Dubious nature? If it was perceived as racist...

    Dubious nature? If it was perceived as racist because of the inference of what the kiwi farmer was up to that doesn't hold water because I was a kiwi once and the joke didn't hurt my feelings at all....
  20. Thread: Brace bits

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    That's the sort of thing I like to come across...

    That's the sort of thing I like to come across Cam.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Yowie, viewing your photos filled me with sadness...

    Yowie, viewing your photos filled me with sadness due to being only able to see 50% of the brace. Do you realise this is blatant toolism or perhaps you are pandering to the plane droolers in our...
  22. Thread: Brace bits

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    Your brace looks like a generic Japanese brace...

    Your brace looks like a generic Japanese brace frequently found here and quite usable but I couldn't put a brand name to it.
    The solid centre bits are Irwin pattern after the patentee Charles Irwin...
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    I've got some NOS Titan and Stanley Australia...

    I've got some NOS Titan and Stanley Australia bits. One has a copyright date 1982 on it, doesn't seem all that long ago to me. Jennings pattern claims "clean fast cutting action in all woods". Titan...
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    Yes a lot of them do screw on/off but also the...

    Yes a lot of them do screw on/off but also the wood may not have been fully seasoned at time of manufacture and over the intervening 50-100 years have tightened up considerably.
    Can you see a name...
  25. Thread: Auger bits

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    Ian, my fingers are trembling too much to...

    Ian, my fingers are trembling too much to actually type what I think of those butche...(ahem) modified bits, of course I realise you didn't do that to them, they were given to you in that condition....
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    Blast.... that was my stomping ground....50 years...

    Blast.... that was my stomping ground....50 years ago.
  27. Thread: Brace bits

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    Found this countersink in a 1931 Henry Boker...

    Found this countersink in a 1931 Henry Boker catalogue.
    Cheers.
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    I've been trying to work out what brand your...

    I've been trying to work out what brand your brace might be from the photos in your original post, I'm not game to hazard a guess.
    Got an early xmas pressie from BobL yesterday when he dropped off...
  29. Thread: Auger bits

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    Adam, that's a very generous offer from Ian, go...

    Adam, that's a very generous offer from Ian, go for it. BobL just dropped me a good handful of various bits from his late FIL's shed clearance for no charge which I thought was pretty good of him....
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    I would say the one on the left is a Russell...

    I would say the one on the left is a Russell Jennings bit in fact I think I can see a bit of his name on the shank and a part of the Stanley logo.Lance is correct about the purpose of the wings. ...
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    We had a good day yesterday with a lot of...

    We had a good day yesterday with a lot of interested visitors to our site. To the right in the first photo is the 14m mast of the "Willie" currently octagonal but will eventually be planed round....
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    The HTPSWA stand will have a conceptual replica...

    The HTPSWA stand will have a conceptual replica of a fence post boring machine that I made, more info available at the metalwork forum thread below.
    Cutting a coarse left hand thread. - Page 4
    One...
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    WA Wood Show 2019

    It's on again at the Claremont Showgrounds Perth. August 2,3 & 4 2019. The Hand Tool Preservation Society of WA will be there!
    Come along and say g'day.

    WA Wood Show

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    HEADS UP WA Wood Show 2019

    It's on again at the Claremont Showgrounds Perth. August 2,3 & 4 2019. See you there!

    WA Wood Show

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Good thinking Ian, TS if you want to tell us...

    Good thinking Ian, TS if you want to tell us what brand and model No they are I could look through my spare part cache and possibly help you out. They look like British Stanleys to me, but I could...
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    split nut brace?

    I bought this tiny brace thinking it might be a valve lapping tool but on arrival I'm not so sure. It has no ID on it, length 12" and sweep is 31/2". The business end is 1/2" dia, the two spurs or...
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    Ooh goody a brace thread...... and after reading...

    Ooh goody a brace thread...... and after reading Poundy and IanWs contributions I realise there is nothing useful I can add.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
  38. I've thought of one of those too, Arron, but now...

    I've thought of one of those too, Arron, but now that I know the pruning saw works ok it'll do for the few times that it's needed.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
  39. Saved time, money and gained exercise.

    We've this Marri that needs to be removed. To avoid damaging the surrounding shrubs and nearby grape vines it has to be lopped rather than just felled in one go. Normally I would drive down to...
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    I've been waiting for an avalanche of information...

    I've been waiting for an avalanche of information to arrive but no such luck, so thought I'd add my meagre knowledge on the subject. Knowledge, I might add, that is readily available by searching the...
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    It's a slippery slope, I got a couple of brace...

    It's a slippery slope, I got a couple of brace style automotive valve lapping tools then I got one with a side handle similar to a hand drill. You can guess the rest... I've now got about eight of...
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    Oh no you don't Ian....it's not a BRACE! I...

    Oh no you don't Ian....it's not a BRACE! I haven't seen one like that before either.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Apologies, I got that wrong, of course the axle...

    Apologies, I got that wrong, of course the axle is riding in the top of the housing, not the bottom, so it is right. This is the first of this type I've seen for probably over fifty years , the farm...
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    As the wheel turns and runs along the track the...

    As the wheel turns and runs along the track the axle rolls along inside its housing as Bohdan says. It looks to me, if the door is as far to the right as it can travel, then the axles are at the...
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    A few years ago, on a rail construction site, I...

    A few years ago, on a rail construction site, I ran into a friend I hadn't seen for awhile and we had a beer together at the wettie in the camp. He said he'd have a "Stella" (Stella Artois) which I'd...
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    I was researching Morse tapers a few weeks ago...

    I was researching Morse tapers a few weeks ago and I came across this interesting conversation on another forum. Well worth a read in my opinion, although it probably doesn't answer your specific...
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    Ahh thanks Ian, I really meant 3km /L, I'm not...

    Ahh thanks Ian, I really meant 3km /L, I'm not looking forward to getting old.
    The Louisville carried a concrete agitator which was driven by a petrol engine so the truck engine wasn't running all...
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    The lead screw being ground off probably means...

    The lead screw being ground off probably means they've been re-purposed from a hand operated machine to motorised. Has the top one got a pin holding the bit in the taper?

    Cheers,
    Geoff
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    I'm with you Chief, when I was working my truck...

    I'm with you Chief, when I was working my truck used 3 L/Km, the tank held 210 L so calculations were very easy. In the case of my first truck, a 1976 Ford Louisville, the fuel gauge didn't work so I...
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    My petrol fired Land Cruiser is a gas-guzzler.

    My petrol fired Land Cruiser is a gas-guzzler.
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