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MWTCA February 2021 'What's It' Project (m-10)

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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

    The information provided hereon is all the information that is provided, no further information on this item will be added.


    Item is around 5" long.








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    3 hours ago, steven newman said:

    Looks more like an Igniter for a torch....Squeese the flat disc into that slot, when you release it, friction sparks shower the inside of the igniter tube.   The 2 arms are more for "stand-offs" to keep your hand from getting burned...

    Except, brass don't spark?

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     Looks kind of like a cad welder. Some sort of sleeve on the bobbin, scratches on the bobbin, and wrap the wire around the sleeve. Secure the wire ends around the rods with the ball ends to hold tension. Maybe then an outer jacket over the wire spool. Adjust the screw out to let the bobbin move against the collar and into the cup, burn marks on the collar & slag on the bobbin base, to hold everything in place. Load the charge in the cup and any welding action I believe is happening at the base of the bobbin.

     As I remember old tube TV's had some sort of weird copper wound coil. 

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    • 1 month later...




    @Cliff has been selected as this months MWTCA Membership recipient.

    Since a verifiable answer was never arrived at for this item, we went to "close eyes and point at the computer selection" :D.



    Cliff, for your participation you have won a 2021 Calendar Year membership into the MWTCA.

    Please Private Message me your contact info, shipping address, spouse or significant others name (if applicable).

    Thank you all for your participation!




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