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While I use the same tape / rule / square for a given project I still do other work outside the shop requiring different tape measures. Do I really need a 25 ft tape to measure most shop projects inside a 16x20 shop, hmmm no. But work outside doing forms for concrete, building sheds I do need one. Then of course we come to specialty tapes such as a center finder tape or a metric tape. Yes I know about the ongoing debate of Imperial verses metric. Not even going in that direction. Previously I had them laid out in a drawer and that worked well until I got a new 25 ft one and it just was too big to fit. Jammed the drawer more than once and said enough. While I was at it I also could use a place to put my glasses. On top of the oscillating sander was not a good place. Added some pencil storage because I always seem to be needing one and you can never have them close enough to what you are working on at the time. Small project, still takes several days to do finish work and let cure well before installation. It is all about the details. Used some rubber backed flooring turned rubber side up to protect the wood from the viscous tape measure ends. Also keeps them all canted at a slight angle. In theory this keeps them from falling down. Once done a great addition that will prove useful for years to come. We like pictures so I took a few as the installation went along.
Last weekend Beth and I left out on Friday for Nashville, TN to do a little Picking. Here are a few of the items I was able to pick while we were out. I will go into detail about them each in another post. Just wanted to update you a bit with what I was able to fine. I ran across this old bench vise late in the day and I am glad I did as it is heavy and I wouldn't want to carry it. Thankfully I had a fold up buggy I could put things in. The vise is a Richards-Wilcox from Auroro, Ill. Had a great time and left some pieces I really hated to walk away from, but as Kenny Rogers said, "You got to know when to hold them and know when to fold them." It was nice to be back out Patriot Picking
As hard as I try, I just have a hard time driving by a flea market and not stopping and just walking around. Believe it or not, there are times I come away with nothing. I know you all find that hard to believe but it is true. Tuesday I drove by one after dropping my wife off to work, (I am getting in practice for retirement). I walked around and was almost finished and I stopped at this booth and looked in a small wooden display case. You find some really good stuff in those cases. I ask the gentleman if it was okay to open it and look at something inside and he gave me permission. Inside almost hidden under other stuff was this great little level. This little pocket level came out in the late 1800's. It was made either all japanned, or with a brass top and japanned bottom or all brass. It is made to attach to a ruler and could have been and early combination square. When I took it out he said he had gotten it this past week and had no idea what it was. I ask him the price and he said 10.00. I offered 5.00 and he took it. I then explained to him what it was and about the age. I guess I shouldn't have done that after getting it for less. I have bought a couple of them for .50. This one has the vial in it and the bubble works great. Most of the time when you find them the loop where the screw is has been broken from being over tightened. This one was in great condition. Stanley make it with a leave or a vine design on the top. It has not marking on it, but the catalog says it had no markings. So glad I recognized it. There were two other men standing there when I got it out that ask what it was. Said they had never seen one. So I made my way on around to the last few booths before heading back to the truck. Then there is was sitting on a table all dirty and tarnished. Not really looking too good but I picked it up to see if there was a name on it. Expecting to see Stanley I was surprised to see H Chapin. I have found a few Chapin folding rulers but this was a first on the level. The guy behind the table said that is an old one. I played as though i didn't know much about it and said, "really'. He said yea it has a name on it. I said really, you know anything about the name. He said no, but it must be old to be wood and brass and have a name other than Stanley on it. Well he was right. H Chapin started in 1836 I believe. Later it became H Chapin and Sons then it became H Chapin's sons and then H Chapin's son and them Chapin-Stephens. He said he wanted 35.00 for it. I pointed out a chip on the bottom and one small bad spot on the brass and offered 15.00. He countered with 25.00 and I countered with 20.00 and he took the offer. I believe this ruler to be some where between 1836 and 1870 in age. I cleaned it off with some Murphy's soap and a little Brasso to see what was there. After the leaning it is stamped on the end, No.290. I told him a little of the history of H Chapin after making the transaction. I didn't get it at a steal, but it was a good price and for the most part in good condition except the spot on the bottom. Both vials work and the bubbles appear to be dead on after all these years. So a nice stop at the flea market and I walked away happy with two great finds from the 1800's that will get added to the collection. I got to find a little more room Lew!!! I love this Patriot Picking so until the next pick....
At the Flea Market this morning I also found this two awesome Stanley Boxwood Folding Rulers. Stanley made several type of Boxwood Rulers, imagine that, much like the planes they made. They made them with several different features so like everything you have to look at all of it. Both of these are Square Joint Rulers. Here is a listing of just some of the Stanley Boxwood Rulers. So I was able to find two, one is a Stanley No. 61 and the other is a Stanley No. 62. The first one is a No. 61 that is a Square Joint with 8th and 16th graduations. This ruler is from between 1907 and 1909. The second is a No. 62 this is also a Square Joint but with 8ths, 10ths, 12ths and 16ths. It is a Sweet Hart Logo. The thing about the SW logo is it went through several modifications. The one on this ruler is from 1922 to 1935. Notice the difference in the top of the heart. In the later version it stopped at the edge of the box around Stanley. In the earlier version the top of the heart went into the box. This is the latest of the SW logos. This has a little wider heart also. And this was the earliest of the SW logos. The heart is narrow and goes will into the box with the Stanley more rounded around the heart. These rulers fold open at the hinge. Then they open at the joint to make a 24" ruler. The older one has a joint that is out of line, but it appears to be solid. The newer ruler is nice and straight and in good condition. I think Lew was right, I am going to need a bigger display case. Happy Patriot Picking.
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