On 11/10/11 5:13 AM, email@example.com wrote:
2397: How about a chock? The 16" handle means the cart guy doesn't have
to stoop as far to jam the point under the wheel, and the small part has
a "sole" of a material to keep it from sliding on a particular surface.
On trains, or on the rails on which they rode? I could see it
being used either to align the rails themselves, or the wooden ties on
which they rested.
Or -- on trains, perhaps it could be used as a chock to keep a
car from rolling -- especially depending on the coefficient of friction
between the fulcrum and the rail top.
2396: Not sure of the intended purpose of this particular multi function
hammer/hatchet device... however an OT thought:
It's my personal observation that the more 'things' a device does, the
less 'things' it will do well.
Largely holds true for people too...
2397 This is interesting. It is obviously a lever, but...
It is very robustly built, but only has a 2:1 mechanical advantage.
There is no way a person, even jumping on the long end, could apply
enough force to justify the robustness.
I'll guess this is a tool used by a rigger, or possibly a stone
worker/setter. Probably used in confined spaces. Another lever or jack
may be used to apply force to the long end.
Handmade for purpose, it would appear. It's not been abused enough for
stone work unless it was only used one time in its life. I don't think
the size looks at all out of place for a handmade piece--but a 200-lb
guy's foot on the back end would put a pretty decent lift on the other...
The thickness of the working end means it had to have plenty of
clearance under whatever was being lifted. The thickness of the fulcrum
and the flat end means it wouldn't have worked for doors although that
was my first thinking, too, unless there was a heckuva gap under one.
A built-for-specific-job tool methinks, but I've no clue precisely what...
Perhaps for uncoupling cars from the train (using US style
couplings)? I would not call this "inside" a train, however, so I may
Is the material wood or steel? it is kind of hard to tell.
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