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Thursday, September 01, 2005

442. 1-3/8" long






443. 12-3/4" long








444. 10-1/4" long as seen in the first photo















445. 5" long







446. 12" long









447. Made of light cast iron, this tool was found in the woods on the site of a former barn in the southern part of the province of Quebec. The barn was razed probably 80 to 100 years ago. The owner is looking to find out what this is, 19" long:









Answers

22 Comments:

  • It isn't an ice tong. Looking at the design, it appears to be designed to force the curved tip together when force is applied to the handle.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/01/2005 5:14 AM  

  • It could be used to pull two ends of wire/rope together that is around a bundle or a bale...allowing it to be banded more tightly.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/01/2005 5:17 AM  

  • oops, the prior two commnets were about item 447.

    442. looks like a short or borken 'easy-out'. Used to take out a screw or bolt with a broken head.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/01/2005 5:19 AM  

  • 443 - sinking hammer or top fuller, hard to see face of tool.
    445 - eraser, used in past to remove ink on drafting film.
    446 - foot warmer

    By Blogger Canem, at 9/01/2005 5:25 AM  

  • 444 - Tool used to reload shotgun shells

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/01/2005 6:36 PM  

  • 442. I also think it's an "easy-out " tool designed to remove a broken screw.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/02/2005 12:00 PM  

  • >It could be used to pull two ends of wire/rope together...

    Haven't been able to verify what this is yet.

    >442. easy-out...

    Correct

    >443 - sinking hammer or top fuller, hard to see face of tool.

    Similar to a sinking hammer, but this one goes by another name.

    >445 - eraser, used in past to remove ink on drafting film.

    Yes

    >446 - foot warmer

    Incorrect


    >444 - Tool used to reload shotgun shells

    >442. I also think it's an "easy-out " ...

    Both correct

    Rob

    By Blogger Rob, at 9/02/2005 1:57 PM  

  • >443 - ...hard to see face of tool.

    Forgot to answer this one, it's just a rounded face.

    By Blogger Rob, at 9/02/2005 4:19 PM  

  • 442. This particular easy-out appears to have been designed for a specific purpose: to remove a piece of threaded pipe that has broken off inside a fitting.

    445. Izmel or circumcision knife.

    446. Ice cube tray.

    - Edward

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/02/2005 6:08 PM  

  • >442. This particular easy-out appears to have been designed for a specific purpose: to remove a piece of threaded pipe that has broken off inside a fitting.

    Not sure but you could be right about that.

    >445. Izmel or circumcision knife.

    Incorrect

    >446. Ice cube tray.

    Yes

    By Blogger Rob, at 9/02/2005 6:34 PM  

  • I'll go with puncture test tool on the first one, and don't have any idea on the second tool.

    By Blogger Canem, at 9/02/2005 6:55 PM  

  • 447 - This is quite possibly a release mechanism for a drop door on an old farm dump wagon.
    The T like casting would be fastened to the side. The handle is offset to allow clearance for your hand when operating.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/02/2005 8:25 PM  

  • 447. Looks log a log roller from a sawmill.

    By Anonymous Russ, at 9/03/2005 2:33 AM  

  • 443. Looks like a bodyman hammer for tapping out dents.

    By Anonymous Russ, at 9/03/2005 2:36 AM  

  • >>446. Ice cube tray.

    >Yes

    What keeps the water from draining out of the curved slots in the side of the container?

    By Anonymous Sawdust, at 9/04/2005 8:04 PM  

  • >447 - This is quite possibly a release mechanism for a drop door ...

    Sounds reasonable, and explains the bracket on the back.

    >447. Looks log a log roller from a sawmill.

    I'll see what I can find on that.

    >443. Looks like a bodyman hammer for tapping out dents.

    It could be used for that, but was made for a similar but slightly different purpose.

    >>>446. Ice cube tray.

    >>Yes

    >What keeps the water from draining out of the curved slots in the side of the container?

    This was used to make ice cubes before people had freezers in the home. As seen in the second photo, the plug is removed and hot water poured in; the plug is put back in and the tray is placed upside down on a sheet or block of ice. The slots are to let water and air out as the hot tray melts into the block, cutting cubes as it goes.

    Rob

    By Blogger Rob, at 9/04/2005 8:59 PM  

  • #466 Looks like a tool called an Adz or Adze. I believe it was used for wood carving.

    By Blogger Millwright-Al, at 2/04/2006 10:42 AM  

  • #458 Wooden needle for making and or repairing fish nets by hand.

    By Blogger Millwright-Al, at 2/04/2006 10:47 AM  

  • #457 is an ice saw.

    By Blogger Millwright-Al, at 2/04/2006 10:55 AM  

  • #442 is an "easy out" or some call it a screw extractor. used to remove broken off bolts or pipe nipples.

    By Blogger Millwright-Al, at 2/04/2006 10:58 AM  

  • #449 is carpet edging.

    By Blogger Millwright-Al, at 2/04/2006 10:59 AM  

  • 456 archery release
    457 hay knife
    464 cattle de-horner
    466 coopers adz for making wooden barrels
    465 logging peavy

    By Blogger blackoak, at 11/30/2012 9:49 PM  

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