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MWTCA Jaunuary 2020 'What's It' Project (m-13)

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"What's It" Basic Rules Reminder


For a full run down on this project and rules please go to: "The Patriot Woodworker and MWTCA "What's It" project"

  • Only Patriot Woodworker Members are eligible to participate and receive the award.
  • The MWTCA only accepts a verified source to support your answer, so one should be submitted with your answer, such as a patent, catalog entry, tool book reference, or a respectable website on the subject. Do not let these requirements prevent you from having fun and submitting educated answers on the subject without verification, we can worry about references later. All answers are welcome, as well as healthy debates regarding "What's It".
  • If a verified and referenced answer is not arrived at by the end of each month's "What's It" project, a random draw will be performed for a "One Year MWTCA Club Membership".
  • Only Patriot Woodworker's who participate in this "What's It" topic will be included in the random draw.


Additional What's It Rules

  • Unless you are completely sure what this item is, please avoid "definitive statements" that appear that you are without a doubt claiming that you know what the item is. For example stating, "this item is called a "widget xx" used for "insert purpose here". If you are making a definitive statement you must accompany your statement with evidence or proof from a secondary source.
  • An example of acceptable statements within the realm of having fun and educated guesses would be something like this, "I believe it could be", or "It appears it's made for this or that", etc etc etc...


Ok ladies and gentlemen, we now have our "What's it" live and ready!

The image(s) below is a MWTCA "What's It" image for you to research, and tell us all here in this topic post, just what the heck is it!


Project Details

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2 hours ago, Cal said:

political reporters so that they might pick out nuggets of truth from an endless flow of bull

Unfortunately Cal, those reporters no longer exist (I wish they did), they now pick out the massive flow of bull and report on it as truth instead, today.

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A clamp used to hold brake shoes in place while installing springs and hold down pins.  This would have been strong enough to hold the two shoes together so they stay in place while doing a brake job.  Early model vehicles came with 4 wheel drum brakes, took a minute to do and you have at least 5 springs plus hold downs and then equalizer bar etc etc.  


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35 minutes ago, steven newman said:

A cable ran between the "spring" and the calipers.  Cable was looped to allow a chain hoist's hook to latch on.....Powered or just chain hoist....can then lift an item off a pallet/flatcar/flatbed/wagon.


Can even be used to move Railroad rails to where they are needed..or...railroad ties...

Too small for that, Bandit.  I’d put the total length at less than 12”.

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