2635 looks like a slide action banger, rather than slide action puller. I'd
guess maybe a hole maker, for planting seeds.
2636, looks like it clamps on the table, pushes, and cranks. Beyond that,
nothing comes to mind.
2637 bottle stopper, for some rather high cost something or other.
2638, nothing comes to mind. Is the V shaped metal to the right rigid, or
2639, seriously no ideas.
2640, probably farrier.
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I need some help with the fourth and fifth items this week:
2637: barrel plug for muzzle loader. It's feasible to carry a modern
rifle pointed down. Muzzle loaders often had longer barrels, and I'm
told the bullet could fall out of a smoothbore. Moisture in the barrel
could cause a misfire, which was worse with a muzzle loader.
Some really intriguing tools this week! : )
2636: For reloading (ammunition)
#2640 For a farrier (a little light, but would be easier to tote than an
#2639 Is Really Interesting!
Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
2635) A slide hammer with a spike for punching into sheet metal
or for breaking glass (perhaps windshields after an accident?)
2636) Not sure -- it depends on the surface of the pin rotated by
the crank. It could be that the end grips a piece of wood or
other workpiece and the fork on the lever turns a bevel on the
other end. Or it could be that the fork prevents rotation, and
the end of the rotating pin cuts a particular shape (possibly
just flat) on the end of the workpiece.
2637) One of the two tuning adjustments of a flute. This one goes
on the other side of the mouthpiece from the fingering holes.
The knob moves the cork towards or away from the mouthpiece
hole to optimize the performance of the vibrating air column.
The other adjustment is a slide between the mouthpiece and the
2638) It sort of looks like something to slip over the head of a
small animal to make it difficult for it to go through brush.
2639) Looks as though its function is to hold two rectangular rods
(steel, wood, whatever) at one of five different angles, one of
which should be parallel, based on the looks.
2640) I believe that this is a vise specifically for sharpening a
It is held closed by a foot on the pedal, released by relaxing
the foot, at which point the saw blade is slid to bring another
area where it is supported by the jaws.
I don't think that the grip is strong enough for much beyond that
-- just for holding the saw blade while it is sharpened with a
Now to post and then see what others have suggested.
Well at least we solved one of the two unidentified items this week,
unfortunately it wasn't the wooden tool, I'd like to hear the answer for
that one. The solutions for the rest of them can be seen here:
I can imagine a use for 2639. Suppose you have a chicken pen with a
framed doorway big enough for a person to walk through. Every day, the
hens and chicks go out to feed.
Suppose you have a mesh panel to fit that hole. A hinge pin sticks up
from the center of the top of the panel, to engage a hole in the bar
along the top of the pen. The mystery latch would serve as a hinge at
the center of the bottom.
The latch would be bolted to a strip of iron, through the bottom slot.
The iron would be fastened to the sill at the bottom of the doorway.
The center of the bottom of the panel would be another iron strip, with
a hole big enough to go over the bolt head in the upper groove of the
latch. Stick the iron in the groove.
Now the latch allows you to keep the door closed or to swing it 11 or 22
degrees each way, keeping the hens in but allowing chicks up to a
certain size out.
Hens are good at incubating eggs and keeping young chicks alive, but
chicks raised by hens may not be tame. Perhaps removing chicks would
increase egg production, too.
In a flock where hens incubated eggs, there would be chicks of various
sizes. The sill height could keep the youngest chicks in the pen. The
door might be put in place once a week, to separate the older chicks.
Perhaps one notch would normally be just right. The farmer would open
it to the second notch if some chicks were a little too big that week.
I've learned that about 14 days (2 ounces), hens are ready for chicks to
leave the nest and follow them into the flock to feed. Typically, they
chase their chicks away at 5-1/2 weeks (15 ounces). That sounds like
the age when we used to put machine-hatched chicks out on the range.
Apparently, removing chicks early can ensure tameness. Some hens hang
onto them for months. Another reason to separate chicks would be to
sell them. Smaller birds are cheaper to sell and ship.
Going into a flock to grab certain birds can be a hassle. Chicks could
be injured. The excitement could impact egg production. Mother hens
can be aggressive. The practice could result in a wilder,
I don't know how farmers separated chicks in the days before mechanical
incubation. If the flock was used to going through an opening, an
adjustable temporary panel may have been just what a farmer needed for
removing chicks without upsetting the flock. Where's my 1900 Sears Catalog!
For those of us familiar with a slide hammer, I doubt it. One
of the things which I had suggested it being for was breaking glass in a
car windshield for rescue purposes. Breaking ice is not that different. :-)
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