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, November 23, 2006

Set 145

Something new this week, the web site Neatorama is posting a couple of my photos and offering a t-shirt for the correct answers. I've been visiting his site every day for quite a while and highly recommend taking a look, it's filled with lots of interesting and humorous articles.

829. Approximately 16" long, the tool on the left end is about 1/2" thick:

830. 5'-7" long:

831. 7-1/8" long, 5/8" thick, thanks to Stan for allowing me to photograph this unidentified piece of hardware:

832. The devices on top of these light poles are used for a different purpose than regular cameras:

833. 12-1/4" long:

834. 2-3/8" long:


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

More discussion and comments on these photos can be found at the newsgroup rec.puzzles.


  • 930 - Ice saw

    By Anonymous rfp, at 11/23/2006 9:10 AM  

  • 830. I agree about the ice saw
    834. the jaws from the chuck of a bit brace.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/23/2006 10:55 AM  

  • 832 looks to me like the survalence cameras that are become more and more familiar to us in this day and age....Geo.Orwell was right..LOL

    By Anonymous fengelman, at 11/23/2006 3:52 PM  

  • 829 looks like an old fence hammer. The original "multitool".

    830 As stated above. Ice saw.

    831 If you had two, I would say it's some kind of lumber dog for holding one log secure on top of another one while sawing or chopping. Drive them into the lower log, then place the other log on top. Hammer or drop the upper log to secure it.

    832 Too easy. Big Brother is watching!

    833 serving trivet with a rather artistic design. Keeps hot plates and pans off the table.

    834 Brace and bit jaws.

    By Anonymous Dave, at 11/24/2006 3:45 AM  

  • 832. I disagree with the security camera answers. In my town we have infrared detectors to sense emergency vehicles, and change the traffic signals to speed thier progress.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/24/2006 10:36 AM  

  • Correct answers so far:

    830. Ice saw
    834. Bit brace jaws

    Please see the answer link for the rest of the answers except for number 833.

    By Blogger Rob, at 11/24/2006 5:11 PM  

  • 831.For some reason"rope fitting" comes to mind,like for temporary splicing or rigging a harness.

    833.Either a specialty plane of some sort or a type of wire stripper,evidenced by the bevel edge at bottom of slot.

    Hard to judge these two w/o scale reference.

    By Anonymous Yupper, at 11/24/2006 10:44 PM  

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