Again, I apologize for posting at the wrong place in the thread... I
still don't see RH's initial post.
2386 I'll make a wild guess... The brackets are to keep the cart on a
guide rail. I guess this is an assembly-line cart. I imagine something
about the size of a washing machine being assembled on a line, one unit
to a cart, pushed from assembly station to station.
2383 I like WK's answer, an employee time clock. The employee number,
one to one-hundred, around the periphery. The wheel at 3:00 would be
the day of the week.
I hadn't thought of the assembly line possibilty, the owner thought it
looked like a mechanic's creeper with a bracket that might be for train
rails but I don't know if the train mechanics used creepers or not.
Haha, I hope that's not the answer. The owner of it had this description of
where he got it:
"I have about twenty of them. They were in a pile of junk at a house I'm
cleaning out. I'm wondering if they're some sort of construction component.
Something that gets used when building a house or fabricating something.
Because there's so many of them and they're all the same, I'm thinking they
are used repeatedly for some application."
First thought, they -might- be a boot dryer, A cousin of, e.g.
They might be book-ends. similar to these;
Libraries use ones that are symmetric -- in the middle of a shelf of books,
so that he whole shelf doesn't tilt sideways when you take out a few in
one place. see: <http://www.flickr.com/photos/amandahope/1778772704/
I've seen things that look somewhat like 2384, but several times bigger,
with 'stuff' on the base -- sandbags, concrete blocks, etc. -- to hold
them in place. sometimes standing alone, sometimes with 'safety tape',
or something similar, strung between them, but these aren't big enough
2386: The brackets appear to be bolted through metal straps on the top,
as if to be sure they weren't torn loose.
The planks on top and bottom suggest it was made for rigidity.
The length is about the same as from a man's butt to the top of his
head. The wheels would support his hips and shoulders.
What if a cable, rope, or chain ran under the cart, and a mechanism
clamped it securely to each pair of clamps? If somebody was being
pulled on it and the cable broke, he could still be pulled out the other
way. The clamps seem well positioned to steer without putting much
stress on the cart.
It might be used for access where there wasn't much height. I wonder of
low passages in mines could have smooth floors.
2384. 10" tall, this was sent in by a visitor who would like to find
out its purpose:
is this a hanger holder? like retail we had something similar that
held hangers in a neat pile.
kiki.sorensen @ gmail dot com
Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
2383) Looks like a target in some kind of carnival game. You hit
the arm, either in the center, or near the outer end, and it
pokes into a numbered hole -- presumably recording the hit in
some way. There are 100 numbered holes, and two spaces where
there *could* be holes but there are non, increasing the odds
for the game master.o
Looking at the clock and the arm, it suggests that they move in
parallel, but I would actually expect it to be a bit faster so
someone would not have to wait up to an hour for a shot at a
2384) Well ... *I* would use it as a bookend when a shelf was not
totally full and the end books were likely to topple over on
their sides. Not a very decorative version, but it looks quite
functional for the purpose. At 10" -- maybe for LP records
instead of for books.
2385) I would like to see a photo which showed the blades fully
extended. It looks a bit dull for cutting leather to strips,
but it might work for cutting meat to thin strips, perhaps in
the process of making jerky.
2386) The brackets appear to be to guide it on a a central rail, and
perhaps to keep it from leaving that rail, while the rollers
allow it to move along the rail with relatively little friction.
I don't see any provisions for seats or straps, so it is not
likely to be an amusement ride.
So it is likely for transporting some product or other. Perhaps
carcasses in a slaughterhouse?
2387) Interesting that the wire bails on the two sides are at 90
degrees to each other.
I could imagine it being applied to something like a mildly soft
cheese to allow some dip or something to fill in the slots.
2388) A strange combination of pieces.
What looks like the stock and action of a rifle with a shortened
The ends of the rods are also interesting.
And a holder for a can (and two spare cans) under the barrel.
At a guess, this is intended to launch one of the rods, with a
string tied to it, between two ships, or to cross some other gap
which cannot be easily walked over -- like a canyon.
One end of the string is tied to the eye in a rod, which is
placed into the barrel, and a blank cartridge from the
compartment at upper right in the box is chambered.
In the can is string wound in a pattern so it can pay out
quickly without having to spin something up to speed, so sort of
a zigzag wind.
Hmm -- perhaps the wood piece is placed into the end of the
barrel, and the rod with the eye is fitted into the brass
ferrule in the end of the wood piece, and the combination is
launched to carry the string across to the other side.
Once across, the string is normally used to pull over a stronger
and heavier line, perhaps to allow a person to ride a suspended
chair between the ships.
I would like to see the capped end of one of the cans to see
whether it has an opening appropriate to pulling string out at
Now to post this, and then see what suggestions have been made
2386 The heavy construction, hand holds on the sides, and cross ribs
to brace ones heels on make this appear to be a small one or two
person "man skip" for transporting miners down an angled shaft. The
brackets would be for attaching a pair of lift cables.
2384 is a chicken roaster stand the vertical part of the frame is
inserted in the cleaned chicken and stood in a baking tray and placed in
the oven ,all the fat collects in the oven tray instead of around your
Othe types have a holder for an open can of beer that goes inside the
chicken while cooking
"I'm not young enough to know everything."
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