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    Yard sale?

    Spent $15 the last 2 days....and..
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    This is what I got...?
    Yard Sale Day, clamps and chisels .JPG
    2 styles of clamps, a pair of chisels, and a folding rule..


    C clamp from Cincinnati Tool Co. No.540
    ViseGrip Finger clamp....
    a 1/4" and a 1-1/2" Chisel ($5 each!)

    And..
    Yard Sale Day, Blue Grass Ruler .JPG
    A $3 Blue Grass Extension Rule, BG 46...to replace the cracked Lufkin X46 I had in the shop.

    Not too bad of a day?
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    Chisels have been cleaned up....1/4" does have a logo on the land/side of the blade..."Cut Easy"

    Wide chisel does have traces of a logo....readable part is at the bottom of the logo....."EXTRA"
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    Nice haul! I love those zig-zag rules. They're widely used in plumbing. One of my Ex-Fathers-in-Law was a plumber, and I was once helping him with a plumbing job in his house, and I remarked how handy that type of rule is and he rummaged through a drawer and handed me two brand new, still in the package, Lufkin Zig-zag rules. and said, "Here, put this in your box and save the other one for when the first one breaks." Nice guy!

    I still have the first one and use it all the time. The other, still in the package, is in one of my tool boxes where I keep fancy wooden rules and such things.

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    DC

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    Steven , years ago I bought an Easy Cutter 1/8 inch mortise chisel , and it was the best Ive ever seen about for staying sharp.
    Some narrow chisels dull fast . But Ive never seen a Cut Easy , I wonder if they are the same and name was changed.

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    In ‘70 when I began my UA apprenticeship I was told to report to work with a 9” torpedo level, Channel locks and a 6’ folding rule. The rule was a Lufkin L46X with a hook and slide. Spend enough time with them and like other things you can do a lot with them. I still use the 46x on occasion but prefer the inside measuring Lufkin today. It kinda created a problem though when on a job calling out measurements to a carpenter and give him a 6ft 22” measurement. You’d hear the perplexed and emphatic, “WHAT?”…

    Quote Originally Posted by David Carroll View Post
    Nice haul! I love those zig-zag rules. They're widely used in plumbing. One of my Ex-Fathers-in-Law was a plumber, and I was once helping him with a plumbing job in his house, and I remarked how handy that type of rule is and he rummaged through a drawer and handed me two brand new, still in the package, Lufkin Zig-zag rules. and said, "Here, put this in your box and save the other one for when the first one breaks." Nice guy!

    I still have the first one and use it all the time. The other, still in the package, is in one of my tool boxes where I keep fancy wooden rules and such things.

    IMG_4184.jpg

    DC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Frederick View Post
    In ‘70 when I began my UA apprenticeship I was told to report to work with a 9” torpedo level, Channel locks and a 6’ folding rule. The rule was a Lufkin L46X with a hook and slide. Spend enough time with them and like other things you can do a lot with them. I still use the 46x on occasion but prefer the inside measuring Lufkin today. It kinda created a problem though when on a job calling out measurements to a carpenter and give him a 6ft 22” measurement. You’d hear the perplexed and emphatic, “WHAT?”…
    I worked carpentry for several summers during school, mostly as a helper. One day a new guy, also a helper, but who claimed to have a lot of experience, came up to me and pulled out his tape and quietly asked me to show him where 3/8ths was on the scale. I did, but he didn't last long.

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    I did see a Metric version of that folding rule...passed.

    Metal tool box....with 6 Millers Falls Brace drills inside.....including the No. 1950 Buck Rogers....just like the one I have in my shop.

    Only saw ONE hand plane all day....wood Coffin Smoother...full of cracks, btw.

    I did see a Stanley No. 4-1/2...but, at $65 + tax...for a plane I already have and use? I have a #4-1/2c, Type 11 in the shop...
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    Another day, another sale....today's trip cost me $3....mainly for a set of Irwin screwdrivers..
    Yard sale, Handles .JPG
    Always liked those handles...these are a size I don't have in the shop..longest one is..6-1/2" long, counting the handle...these MIGHT come in handy?

    other item was a FREE hand saw...
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    8ppi, 26" long blade...WS medallion..
    Yard sale, W.S. Medallion .JPG
    3 bolt handle...straight back blade....Might be an IMP?
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    Will have to do a bit of research...

    Dad used to get a "bag" of those style chisels..about every other Christmas.....as he wore out most of the last set...
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    Nice, keep posting what you find.

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    Well, Andrew..this come home the other day...
    Pressure Washer, as arrived .JPG
    Price tag said $20....4hp, 2200 psi Pressure washer...
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    Also, in masonry. And most of the zig-zag rules on the marked these days aren't woodworker's rulers, they're too thick and too heavy. The brand that gets closest to what a good zig-zag ruler is Hultafors, but the scales aren't right. Today I'd do a lot for a proper zig-zag from my grandfather's box: a steel zig-zag ruler with etched and blackened scales on polished steel, both sides scales were mirrored one scale would have a zero on the left, another had a zero on the right, modern zig-zags have only one scale. It was probably just a quarter in width of a modern one, about that in terms of weight, it was tight so it stayed in any position (to be used as a proportional divider for ex.), but had a very smooth action and would lock once fully locked. It had a shorter segment length, so it would fit in an apron pocket nicely. For the life of me I don't remember the brand.

    Another less known fact is that a woodworker zig-zag is supposed to have certain proportions that would allow laying out some common measurements (I remember 1/2", 1" and 4", but there were more) without even opening a ruler. Most modern zig-zag rules allow only one: use the first segment as a fence and mark against the butt of a ruler, but you have to remember what size it results in. Remembering some basic triangular proportions allow laying out some common angles, e.g. a 3-4-5 triangle gives 30˚, 60˚ and 90˚, etc.

    So it's really a shame we can't get nice things these days.

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    The screwdrivers look like Grace USA, a gunsmith tools purveyor. If that's Grace - it makes the whole lot worth it.

    Why would you pick the saws up though? I've already counted like a dozen and a half in your photos, are you still looking for "the right one"?

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    I do have a Mason's Zig-zag ruler....by Lufkin....May dig it back out, and take a couple photos...

    Appears that Lufkin made the ruler for Blue Grass....as it matches exactly like the X46...even the ruler's markings line up perfectly.

    Screwdrivers match the Irwins I have...

    As for the saw...how can one turn down...FREE?

    Be back with a couple photos..I hope..Nope, must be out in the shed, with the rest of the Mason's tools....stored in a 5 gal. bucket.

    I did find a Lufkin No. 066.....it IS a tad smaller than the X46 or the BG46...both go out to 7"...the 066..6-3/4"...The Blue Grass has Blue ends..the Lufkins have red ends.
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    Remembering some basic triangular proportions allow laying out some common angles, e.g. a 3-4-5 triangle gives 30˚, 60˚ and 90˚, etc.
    Actually a 3-4-5 triangle is good for making a right angle. The other two corners will not be 30 & 60.

    From a quick search:

    3-4-5 Triangle.png

    This didn't occur to me until recently from reading Euclid's Door, and interesting read on how to make accurate angled tools.

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    Yes, I stand corrected, the 30˚- 60˚- 90˚ has 1 — √3 — 2 sides. The √3 side isn't a problem (even though we could mark a line exactly √3 long) , because my ruler locks at 90˚, so just need a short leg and a hypothenuse, which are even numbers. There also other triangles to get 30˚ and 60˚ too

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