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A. No answers were sent by readers and we’re stumped too. Photo submitted by John Crombe, Rochester, N.Y.
B. No answers were sent by readers; we’ve no idea what this is. Photo submitted by Mike Boehmer, Devil’s Lake, N.D.
C. Wire fence gate fastener. No correct answers were received from readers. Photo submitted by Chad Winegard, Muscatine, Iowa. See patent 964,056.
D. Boring machine, as identified by Ken Hunter, Allerton, Ill.; Bill Carter, Lansing, Mich.; Stephen Clemens, Mazeppa, Minn.; Bob Wittersheim, Carleton, Mich.; Roy Archibald, Leavenworth, Ind.; Ralph Najarian, Manhattan, Kan.; Glenn Thompson, Penn Yan, N.Y.; Robert E. Bearor, Rutland, Vt.; Lyle W. Fallang, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Bernard Geisel, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; Raymond Garbee, Billings, Mo.; Robert Caton; Jack Revie, Kennan, Wis.; Robert C. Palte, Ottawa, Ohio; Julius Firmin, Hopedale, Ma.; Thad Heimburg, East Aurora, N.Y.; Ralph Najarian, Manhattan, Kan.; Clarence A. Buck, El Paso, Ill.; and Willard Ottman, Lemmon, S.D.
“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.
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