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Thursday, February 03, 2005

260. 6" tall

261. 5" long

262. 10" long

The other end is a little smaller.

263. 3" long

264. 1 1/2" long

265. 7" long



  • 261. Corporate seal embosser.

    262. We used to call it a pointer. I used one to shape the mortar between bricks.

    263. Snake Bite Kit

    264. Masonry Nail

    - Edward

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/03/2005 6:04 AM  

  • #265 looks like a tool holder for a milling machine or machine lathe.

    By Blogger Roscoe, at 2/03/2005 11:47 AM  

  • 260 - A dowel tenoner.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/03/2005 7:15 PM  

  • I got here too late! I agree with all answers.
    #260 tapers a dowel or wheel spoke.

    By Blogger Canem, at 2/03/2005 7:30 PM  

  • >261. Corporate seal embosser.

    Embosser is correct, though this one isn't a corporate seal.

    >262. We used to call it a pointer...

    Yes, if that means the same as brick jointer.

    >263. Snake Bite Kit

    Correct again, and I just added a link to some of the instructions, see above.

    >264. Masonry Nail


    >#265 looks like a tool holder for a milling machine or machine lathe.


    >260 - A dowel tenoner.

    According to the seller it's for a different purpose, but if you have a good link I could be persuaded.

    By Blogger Rob, at 2/03/2005 7:33 PM  

  • >260 - A dowel tenoner.

    On second thought this is probably correct, it was marked as being a spoke cutter, which is similar to your answer.

    >I got here too late! I agree with all answers.
    #260 tapers a dowel or wheel spoke.

    Correct, as mentioned above.

    By Blogger Rob, at 2/03/2005 8:05 PM  

  • 260 - To be more specific, this is cataloged as a hollow auger. It's sole purpose is for cutting straight sided tenons on dowel stock and wagon spokes. It is not a spoke trimmer which makes a cone shaped cut.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/03/2005 10:15 PM  

  • 261. seal stamp, used by notary publics.

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 2/04/2005 7:30 AM  

  • 260 - It could cut away material from wood shaft before threads are cut, leaving head on end for wooden bolt or screw.

    By Blogger Canem, at 2/04/2005 7:46 AM  

  • 260. Since we are having an extended discussion on this tool: The end that does not have a cutting surface suggests that it is made for an industrial tool. Note the cut-out for a latching mechanism and the self-aligning surfaces. The weight of the working end also suggests that it is made for low-speed, high-torque commercial equipment.

    The large cutting surface implies that it is used for cleaning up the end of an almost finished spoke. Indeed, if it was used to cut a dowel out of stock shorter than the tool is deep, there would be no way to get the dowel out of the tool.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/05/2005 5:50 AM  

  • 260 - This is not for making dowels. It is only for applying straight sided tenons to the ends. I use the term dowel to mean any long, round stock. A carriage spoke end is similar to a dowel in some cases.
    The catalog cut I have is from Russell & Erwin Hardware, 1865. It is listed as a hollow auger. The tang end of the sample pictured in this forum is a typical tapered one for use in a hand brace. This one seems altered and distorted.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/05/2005 11:40 AM  

  • 262 is called a Schlick or slick by masons in this part of the country, used for striking off mortar joynts on brick & block work.

    265 is a parting tool or cutoff tool holder used in a lathe compound to hold the cutoff tool.

    By Anonymous Franz©, at 2/13/2005 5:00 PM  

  • Let me know how I can help with custom embossers.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/24/2007 3:05 PM  

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