Posting from my desk top PC in the living room
3133, perhaps postage stamp dispenser?
3134, some kind of cutter?
3135, slicer for ballistic launched hard boiled eggs?
3136, scoop of some kind, but for what?
3137, angle finder and C clamp combination.
Maybe for making roof truss?
3138, some combination pliers and cutter, but
no clue why.
Posting from the usenet newsgroup rec.crafts.metalworking, as
3133) This looks to me like a device for skiving leather belt
material to a desired thickness. Is there a spring under the
wooden block under the wing nut? If so, then the wing nut is
used to adjust the thickness. (The anti-rotation piece on the
back suggests this to me.) You could also adjust the thickness
by adding shims under the block, if there is not a spring.
Anyway -- it would be held in a vise, and the leather would be
drawn through it.
3134) At first view, I thought that the head of the bolt was polished
flat and I was seeing a reflection of a surface behind it, but
the larger images site shows me that it is concave instead.
Given the compound leverage, and the hefty return spring, I
think that it is a rather over-engineered nut cracker.
3135) Your own puzzler.
No electrical terminals, so a non-inductive resistor or heating
element does not work.
Two nuts at the top to stretch the wires tight.
Narrow opening at the top, and wide opening at the bottom.
I don't see where the ends of the wire (one on each side, or one
spanning both sides, depending) are attached.
So -- I have two pure guesses:
1) It is to stretch (and thus harden) music wire.
often seen when looking through two layers of window
screen -- especially if they at angles to each other,
but it can be seen from two sets of parallel wires. It
is somewhat evident in the view of the bottom of the
assembly. But would be clearer if photographed at a
distance so both layers of wire were equally sharp.
but not all systems will show extended ASCII
characters, nor show them the same on all systems, so I
describe it here. :-)
3136) Hmm ... perhaps for skimming dross (oxidized metal and
impurities from a pool of molten lead or solder?
3137) Hmm ... part 'A' is not wood, so given the apparent age
of the drawing (patent, I presume) it is more likely to be
metal, especially given the hex head on the clamp screw.
Plastics and wood would deform under the clamp. Part 'C' may be
The notch in the pivoting part looks designed for cutting wire,
but we never see it pivoted to an angle to expose the other
notch which should be there too.
So -- no real guess what it is supposed to do.
3138) It looks, in part, like a rather nasty spring-loaded trap,
perhaps for something like a gopher -- or a snake. Perhaps the
toothed jaws at the end are for gripping and extracting the
remainder of the victim.
Now to post this and see what others have suggested.
On Fri, 21 Mar 2014 01:12:22 -0000, DoN. Nichols =
Ok, DIY harp doubles as a cheese-grater.
I was thinking of a strainer, but cleaning would be difficult. I note th=
protuberances at the top might permit it to be held horizontally off a =
surface, but there's no equivalent on the base.
There appears to be a slot at the base that would allow a rectangular it=
to be inserted.
A picture to emphasise the moir=E9 effect?
Seems more likely
Unlikely to need quite so many passes of the wire
Works OK here!
It's a money /life balance.
3135 Since nobody has ID'd this yet, I'll venture a guess:
I think this is an Aeolian Harp. I couldn't find any like it, but I'll
speculate that with a lot of wires, all the same length, and all under
the same tension, if the wind blows through it, it makes a reasonably
Alexander Thesoso fired this volley in
I'd tend to agree that it's NOT a pasta cutter. There's no practical way
for a pasta cutter to be two-sided like that and get the bits out of the
The fact that it was indeed made-to-purpose, and not cobbled up seems to
indicate some commercial value, though. I don't see a lot of market for
Thanks! And thanks to Sonny for the link! Some weeks I don't have time to check
all of the newsgroups so I only check rec.puzzles, I didn't see his post there.
I've never seen that type of pasta maker before, I'll send this answer along to
the owner of it.
I'd like to ask everyone to remember to post their replies to all three
newsgroups, I'm sure that others and myself have missed numerous posts that only
make it to one of the groups.
Have a great weekend everyone!