Nice! I immediately tried clicking "this archive," and was treated to
just the sort of object I love -- something that looks like a cross
between a pistol, a clock and something else. They should work that
baby into the next Myst game! :-)
I also stumbled onto a link that led me to your Neatorama page, and
then a certain object, that's actually a puzzle, that currently goes
for $229.95. (I guess I shouldn't say the name of the puzzle, in case
someone wants to solve the Neatorama "What Is It" puzzles first...?
And your links also led me to a whole thread full of people talking
about how to solve the $229.95 puzzle. I can't believe there are that
many people who can comfortably spend that much cash on one puzzle!
(although I can believe that, once they've spent the cash, they'll
then be able to find each other to talk about it!)
Hmm, how to start a subthread about this $229.95 puzzle without giving
away the "What Is It" in the process... ?
Your comment reminds me of an experience I had a long time
I have been a serious guitar player for more than fifty
When I was about 18, I had the occasion to visit with a
prominent surgeon who lived in Ohio.
I had with me a very fine guitar that was made in 1927, and
after dinner my host asked if I might play a tune for him.
As I took the guitar from its case, he looked at it for a
moment, and said "That looks like it might be something
rather special. Is it?"
I told him a bit about the instrument, and he gently asked
"Might you tell me what a guitar of that sort is worth?"
When I told him its value he frowned. Then, he said "Perhaps
I should not tell you this, but I am a much older and more
experienced man, and I believe that you have grossly
After a dramatic pause, he then added "Don't you realize
that for that amount of money, you could have bought a
All the best,
Thanks, I used blogger's label feature to make the archive, you can add a
descriptor to each post and then all related posts can be seen by clicking
on the label. I was planning to go back and label every applicable post
with these terms: Best, Woodworking, Metalworking, Science, Gunpowder, and
Fire; but I only got about half way when I realized that some of the
categories were starting to contain too many posts.
There are over twenty posts in the woodworking set, in which at least one
tool in the post is related to this category, it can be seen at the link
below but you might want to pass on it unless you have broadband:
Over a dozen posts related to gunpowder, weapons, or explosives are in this
I haven't decided yet if I'm going to continue adding more labels, since
most of the categories have enough posts already.
One possible problem I see with labeling in that way is that you're
kind of giving away the answer. With the ones I've most enjoyed, you
look at them and say "Is that a weapon? Some kind of time piece? A
That's another good reason not to continue with the labels, I'll probably
hold off using this feature for a while.
An update on the barrel maker's tool: someone who has used this device sent
me an email saying that it was for champhering the head of a barrel so that
it would hold in the groove around the top.
Time to dust off the thinking cap...not sure it's much help this time,
1239 -- It's fairly obvious how you'd use this tool; the pointy bit gets
stuck in something, and the other end swung around to describe a circle
or arc. The diameter is adjustable within some limits. It's much less
clear what the circle-describing end is intended to do on its course;
the rounded mustache-shaped metal foot seemingly slides along the
surface, and presumably the vee-shaped trough does...ummm...something.
If it's sharpened at one or the other end, it may cut a groove or mark
where cutting is to be done; or perhaps it's somehow used to check the
roundness and evenness of wheels. Pure guesswork, in both cases.
1240 -- Well, you put the top edge in the flap at the back and follow
the instructions along the side to accomplish whatever it is you need to
do. Print a bookmark?
1241 -- No idea what it does, but it's an exquisite tool.
1242 -- A woodworking jig for drilling holes at an angle; I presume this
may be used to make screw holes to attach table tops to their rails.
Presumably, the bit-guiding portion is actually perpendicular to the
base, and the apparent angle in the first picture is caused by the
1243 -- Possibly strapped around one's knee when doing something like
1244 -- Strange things. They are fairly roughly finished and not too
precisely cast, so they cannot be precision weights or measures or
standards. The holes suggest perhaps they rock on a shaft; possibly
parts of some mechanical control system? (I'm thinking along the lines
of the mechanism used until relatively recently to synchronize the locks
on the Panama canal. I tried and failed to find a picture online, but
it was essentially a PAL assembled of rocker arms, levers, and cams.)
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
Oops -- I'm late again.
Anyway -- posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as usual.
1239) This looks like a tool for cutting a circle from cardboard or
leather. The vertical spike defines the center, and the
horizontal handle puts pressure on the arc-shaped cutting blade.
Looks as though there is a hook to lift up the work stock
outside of the circle as you go -- to make sure that you have
cut all the way through before you get away from an area.
1240) Magnifying viewer for something. The format is wrong for
microfiche. It uses a rather intense illuminator inside based
on the ventilation louvers. Perhaps it is some form of opaque
1241) Looks as though it is meant to hold down meat while it is being
cut, and not to lift it to the user's mouth.
1242) Hmm -- screwed to a tabletop of some sort. The clamp holds a
workpiece and the two angled setscrews hold it down to the
bottom, perhaps to assure that it is at a constant height for
some other tool to work upon.
1243) At a guess, it straps just below the knee to allow one to
kneel on ice without slipping.
1244) A set of screw-on (or snap-on) cams -- marked for how much
lift they give to a follower roller. Not sure what the units
are. Maybe 0.001" increments, too small to be mm of lift.
Now to see what others have said -- and you probably have
already posted the answers page by now.
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