Answers to May 2010 Mystery Tools

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D. Boring machine. “My uncle built timber-framed barns in the very early 1900s and used a drill like the one pictured (I still have it) to drill or auger holes in timber for the wooden pins to be driven into,” writes Bernard Geisel. “You would put the correct size bit in for the size of wooden pin, set the machine on the timber, sit on the tail and turn the handles. It was a must for timber barn framing.” Photo submitted by George Benge, Jamestown, Ind. See patent 22,379 for a similar piece.
D. Boring machine. “My uncle built timber-framed barns in the very early 1900s and used a drill like the one pictured (I still have it) to drill or auger holes in timber for the wooden pins to be driven into,” writes Bernard Geisel. “You would put the correct size bit in for the size of wooden pin, set the machine on the timber, sit on the tail and turn the handles. It was a must for timber barn framing.” Photo submitted by George Benge, Jamestown, Ind. See patent 22,379 for a similar piece (next image). 
Photo submitted by George Benge, Jamestown, Ind.