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    Brace id required

    Thanks for that link Claus, the AUROWA logo shown is different from that on Richie's brace, which reinforces my opinion that the head on my example is a replacement. Cheers, Geoff.
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    Brace id required

    Hi Richie, I've got a small brace with the same logo, in a similar position to yours, no other marking visible. But when I removed the head to repair a crack in the wood I found on the underside of the quill "D.R.G.M. AUROWA". Why anyone would put their branding out of sight like that is beyond...
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    Tools and woodworkers

    I was an owner driver in the concrete game, my first truck was a 1976 Ford Louisville we purchased in 1980. We ran that truck for over twenty years. Somewhere about 1999 - 2000 someone commented "who'd you upset to be driving that old piece of carp?" "The bank manager" I replied. In 2002 we...
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    Charles Nurse & Co

    Thanks Argus, that's very helpful. I'd seen the prancing horse trade mark on the cover of an online 1902 catalogue but no sign of John Bull. Cheers, Geoff.
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    Charles Nurse & Co

    Hi all, I came across this centre bit branded C. Nurse & Co, which on relevant threads here informs me it is Charles Nurse of Walworth Road, London. There is another mark on it that I initially thought was a fat guy with OHN BULL below it which took to be John Bull. Am I on track? Apologies...
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    How to use this old wire fence tensioner? All the gear and no idea!

    Hi K10, I've posted three photos to try to demonstrate how your strainer should grip the wire, which I hope will help. As the others have mentioned you'll need a chain to walk the strainer along. Cheers, Geoff.
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    Joke thread

    A bloke I worked with told me he'd worked in a boat yard and was sent to the store to get a bucket of "propeller pitch". The storeman sent him back to the workshop to find out what degree of pitch was required.
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    Joke thread

    Todays news paper contains an item "Judges in the UK are being urged to drop the term 'postman' in favour of 'postal operative'...." This is going to play havoc with a poem I learnt about 50 years ago, which will now go like this: Postal operative out on daily run, thinks he'll stop and give...
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    Terms and Conditions for buying car tyres

    In the early 70's I drove a low-loader transporting bull dozers etc in a very hot Pilbara Region (google it) of WA and got on average three punctures a day running tubed tyres. You couldn't handle them with bare hands they were that hot. I got so good at it I could swap a wheel out on the side...
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    metal grinding /cutting in workshop

    Your English summer weather is similar to what we get in Australia in the winter so my comment is totally irrelevant to most of you. We have had some disasterous fires caused by angle grinders cutting metal outdoors in the summer. One, two or three years ago, in the Perth Hills took out a number...
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    R. Lloyd & Co. Birmingham

    Richard, he could be your ancestor, you never know. Thanks Adam. Cheers, Geoff.
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    Mystery Tool

    Morty, what you have there is an Engineers Ratchet drill, which held a Morse Square Taper bit in the square socket, they were reliant on having something to back them to force the bit into the workpiece. I've posted a photo of one of mine mounted in a pedestal, to show what I mean. As you pull...
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    Mystery Tool

    "well Boss, there'll be dopey collectors buying them in a 150 years......."
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    Mystery Tool

    Adrian, I don't think the angle device was very convenient to use, maybe it needed two operators? There were quite a few manufacturers made them, Millers Falls, Stanley (via John Fray) Goodell -Pratt are ones I know of. Backus also made a non-adjustable version of the angle borer. Triton, what...
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    Mystery Tool

    Backus' branding is frequently quite faint, usually found on the chuck shell, including his address as Winchendon or Holyoke, Mass, or Chambers St. NY. I like the style of his chuck where the two lugs grip the shaft of the auger bit and hold the tang firmly in the square socket in the base of...
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    Mystery Tool

    Made by Quimby S.Backus in the USA in the 1870's. http://oldtoolheaven.com/biography/backus.htm Cheers, Geoff
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    R. Lloyd & Co. Birmingham

    Hi, I recently picked up this traditional iron brace branded (I think) R. Lloyd & Co. Research has led me to Richard Lloyd & Co of 135 Steel House Lane, Birmingham, England. With a possible manufacturing date of 1862 to 1873. Am I on the right track and can anyone add any info to this...
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    Joke thread

    I asked my Dad "what's an Oxymoron?" His reply "someone who doesn't know how to use a gas axe".
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    Brace sweep sizes

    Hi Mike, James Chapman of Sheffield were making braces, in sweeps of 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, and 14 inches. After their take over by Stanley in the mid 1930's the range was reduced but the 5 and 6 In continued for a while. I have a 6 In Stanley branded No 73E MK 4 with the plastic handles that...
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    Things you say that got you into the dog house.

    In the 50's my parents renovated the kitchen in our farm house, When they uncrated the new wood burning stove they found that the fire box was on the opposite side to what had been ordered. Rather than muck around waiting for a correct replacement they decide a slight amount of adjustment and...
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