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  • Digging in the new garage (more tool gloat)

    Howdy all,

    Got a chance to do some more digging in the new garage (mentioned here: Link) and found some more goodies....

    First up, a roll of copper sheet 0.022" thick x 20" wide x ~25' long and weighing in the neighborhood of 45 pounds. This got moved into the house immediately, for obvious reasons.

    Next what looks to me to be a device to roll beads into sheet metal:

    Some sort of bench-mount shear & punch tool:

    The biggest tin snips I've ever seen, along with what looks like a rotary shear. In the background there's the head and footboard for the 1800's vintage rope bedframe I mentioned earlier.
    Last edited by adatesman; 08-09-2011, 12:48 PM.

  • #2
    I had hoped this was some sort of forge or heat treating oven, but now that I got it uncovered I'm thinking wood or coal stove is more likely:

    And last but not least, a Peck, Stow & Wilcox number 130A foot shear marked 1907. Playing around with it a bit it looks like it's in perfect working order, which is very exciting.

    I doubt there's anything else terribly exciting in there, but will update if we find something.

    And yes, I suck.
    Last edited by adatesman; 08-08-2011, 05:55 PM.


    • #3
      Looks like it is time for you to set up a electrolytic de-rusting tank.


      • #4
        You're 100% correct on that, Macona.


        • #5
          The bench mount shear looks like a roofing slate cutter and the punch part puts in the nail holes.



          • #6
            Yer "device to roll beads" is a Roper Whitney 622 combination rotary machine, or something very similar.
            awful rusty, though.

            the big bench snips are really common- every shop had a pair back in the day- the lower handle has a sharp right angle on the end that drops into a bench plate, which is a plate bolted to the top of your workbench with lots of different holes in it. All kinds of stakes would also drop into a bench plate.

            I actually have a pair of those big snips- although mine are not rusty, and they cut pretty well. Often you can find em clean and sharp for ten to twenty bucks- they take some muscle to use. I think I paid ten for mine, and have used em about twice in twenty years.


            • #7
              Strong is The Suck with this one.
              Proud machining permanoob since September 2010


              • #8
                All that stuff and the roll of copper tells me some one was making copper gutters are flashing. The stove may have been for heating the solder irons.Now you can start a gutter making business.
                Every Mans Work Is A Portrait of Him Self


                • #9
                  +1 what Lane said...this has got copper gutters/roof(er) written all over it, guessing that bead roller could be used with different bits to do seams between sheets for the full roof . I sure could make use of that copper...
                  Last edited by RussZHC; 08-08-2011, 09:46 PM.


                  • #10
                    You guys are spot on... the garage was the previous owner's father's workshop and he was a roofer and tinsmith. He (the father) passed 10 or so years ago, at which point the garage was effectively left to deteriorate (with the flat roof falling victim to one of the record snowfalls we had since then).
                    Last edited by adatesman; 08-08-2011, 10:02 PM.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Stu
                      The bench mount shear looks like a roofing slate cutter and the punch part puts in the nail holes.

                      or an Asbestos siding shingle cutter. Unless you can modify the cutting angle of the blades and the frame can endure the additional stresses, it might not be very useful.

                      Sometimes old rusty junk is......just old rusty junk.
                      Last edited by Rosco-P; 08-09-2011, 03:15 PM.


                      • #12
                        You. Young man have a lot of de-rusting to do.
                        Get cracking.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by macona
                          Looks like it is time for you to set up a electrolytic de-rusting tank.
                          There is a lot of stuff there, did the house come with a pool? I am sure SWMBO wouldn't mind you co-opting it for the greater good...