View Full Version : Cool tool box finds. A whazzit and a cute little B&S layout gauge.

10-12-2013, 11:15 AM
I picked up a small oak machinist's chest at an estate sale last weekend.
It's a nice leather and wood box, I haven't found any makers marks yet, but it'll be useful good looking storage.
I paid a little more than I would have liked ($200) but it was full of older rust-free tools. Lots of Starrett spring calipers and the like. I'll probably be able to flip most of what I don't need and get at least half of that back.


I did find this interesting whattheheckisit tucked away.
Looks to be shop made by someone who knew their way around a surface grinder. It's got a high polish finish and the edges are hollow ground to a razor edge.
Measures about 2 x 3 x 7/16. Any ideas what it might be?


I also found this Brown and Sharpe 3" marking gauge. I haven't identified it yet, but I'll definitely find a place in my boxes.


A.K. Boomer
10-12-2013, 11:27 AM
Poor attempt at making some dice without really thinking things through???

10-12-2013, 11:29 AM
Could be a knife edge square and straight edge.

10-12-2013, 12:14 PM
I'd say for removing burrs. It would function as a scraper with four edges and a way to hold it and provide some down pressure.

Mike Amick
10-12-2013, 02:55 PM
Poor attempt at making some dice without really thinking things through???

Damn it .. now I have coffee spray all over my monitor.

10-12-2013, 05:54 PM
Could be a blade for a shaper head.

10-12-2013, 06:59 PM
It is a little square for use on a granite plate . I have one similar.

10-12-2013, 07:17 PM
It is a little square for use on a granite plate . I have one similar.

A square you say? Can you say a little more about it. Would that be like a precision square with two adjacent knife edges? I would have expected one flat and one knife edge or maybe two adjacent flat and two knife edges so you had a choice of features.

10-12-2013, 09:38 PM
The item with the knife edges is a Die sinker's square.

10-12-2013, 09:48 PM
Spongerich, great find, nice box, and tools.

10-12-2013, 10:15 PM
The Brown & Sharpe item is a "Universal Bevel No. 499.
From their 1929 Catalog No. 31 - "The case is 3" long and solid on top for 1 5/8" from the square end, which forms a rest under the blade where work may be placed and accurately fitted."
Used to get angles from items being checked.

10-12-2013, 11:37 PM
I have the same tool box but it no longer has the metal sheathing over the wood. I bought it from an 'Old Timer' about 30 years ago for $5 and completely refinished it. Mine has wooden bottoms to the drawers and the worst part of the rehab was scraping the felt from the wood. I managed to get them cleaned off and then reapplied red felt. It's a nice little box.