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    Posted 2 years ago

    TNflowergirl
    (3 items)

    Has 87 x inscribed weighs 3.6 pounds
    Found in garage full of old tools and machine type items.
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    VINTAGE MARBLES AXE HANDLE GOAT FOOT AXE HANDLE nos MARBLES GLADSTONE MICH AXE
    VINTAGE MARBLES AXE HANDLE GOAT FOO...
    $13
    Stanley No. 171 Router Plane     Excellent Condition
    Stanley No. 171 Router Plane Ex...
    $124
    Veritas Large Shoulder Plane
    Veritas Large Shoulder Plane...
    $165
    Stanley No. 71 Router Plane
    Stanley No. 71 Router Plane...
    $80
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    VINTAGE MARBLES AXE HANDLE GOAT FOOT AXE HANDLE nos MARBLES GLADSTONE MICH AXE
    VINTAGE MARBLES AXE HANDLE GOAT FOO...
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    1. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 2 years ago
      adjustable mount (slides up and down a bolt) for some sort of tool,i.e. saw.A square headed nut or bolt would set in the end(single hole)Hope this helps!
    2. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      Thick metal with a vented handle that long reminds me of a grate shaker for an antique coal stove.
    3. SSBN641, 2 years ago
      I believe this is part of a lathe tool rest assembly. Here's what a modern day one looks like: https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/JooAAOSwiQ9ZVwPJ/s-l1600.jpg
    4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      SSBN641 I considered that also as I have three lathes out in the shop. I failed to see it that way but one never knows.
    5. patchas, 2 years ago
      Looks like a motor belt tension adjuster. a carriage bolt would fit in the grove and another in the single hole on the other end. Possible a pedestal grinder tool rest adjuster bracket.
    6. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 years ago
      I'm kinda agreeing w/patchas, maybe some sort of motor-mounting part for a machine tool of some kind. (not so much w/SSBN641's lathe 'toolrest' idea, as it isn't 'machined' enough on its own for that, is it?) Perhaps the square hole or grooved slot could have also held a "square nut" instead of carriage bolt? My initial thought (when you first posted it) was a handle for some kind of large valve (gas tank? pipeline? boiler?) but if it was an actual handle for something, why would it need the grooved slot?

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