What is it?

I've been collecting unusual objects for quite a while, and several years ago I started posting them on this site as puzzles for visitors to figure out what they are. Most of the items are mine but a few belong to others, if you aren't interested in tools there are plenty of other type objects that have also been posted.

For first time visitors I recommend this archive for a wide variety of some of my best pieces.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

624. This 72" tape measure is different from most others.

It has a 5" long strip of steel on the bottom which can move back and forth, the puzzle here is to name its purpose.

625. 15" tall

626. Probably 3-4" long, made of metal.

627. 6" long, another reader submitted item:

628. 12" long



Last week's set is seen below, click here to view the full post:


  • 629 - The launch knob on a pinball machine?

    By Blogger Roscoe, at 3/30/2006 9:06 AM  

  • 624 - The sliding section allows you to take inside measurements accurately.

    By Blogger Roscoe, at 3/30/2006 9:08 AM  

  • 625 Large wooden wheel hub.
    627 Bookbinders burnisher.

    By Blogger Canem, at 3/30/2006 10:01 AM  

  • 628 Scraper for babbet bearings

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/30/2006 5:13 PM  

  • 627 Gold leaf burnisher

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/30/2006 9:25 PM  

  • 625. A Ship's Capstan
    627. Book binder's bone folder.
    628. More accurately, an oil/grease channel cutter for cast in place babbitt bearings.

    By Anonymous LennyNero, at 3/30/2006 9:59 PM  

  • >629 - The launch knob on a pinball machine?

    >624 ...inside measurements...

    >625 Large wooden wheel hub.
    >627 Bookbinders burnisher.

    >628 Scraper for babbet bearings

    >627 Gold leaf burnisher

    These are all correct, 627 has several different uses.

    >625. A Ship's Capstan


    >627. Book binder's bone folder.


    >628. More accurately, an oil/grease channel cutter for cast in place babbitt bearings.

    I don't know much about this one but that sounds correct.

    By Blogger Rob, at 3/31/2006 4:32 PM  

  • 626 It hangs from a string. builders use it to get walls/corners sraight?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/02/2006 4:03 PM  

  • >626 It hangs from a string...

    Nope, please check the answer link under number 629 to see what it is. Thanks for the visit.

    By Blogger Rob, at 4/02/2006 6:26 PM  

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