Gristmill What’s It

Gristmill What’s It 2024

Gristmill What’s It 2024

Gristmill What’s It 2024 From 2024 Issues What’s Its From the March 2024 Issue 195-1  This device is a Bizline cable cutter:195-2  This tool is a leather belt punch, according to the patent: "The nature of this invention relates to improvements in punches for punching...

Gristmill What’s It 2023

Gristmill What’s It 2023

Gristmill What’s It 2023 From 2023 Issues From 2023 Issues What’s Its From the December  2023 Issue 193-1  This tool is a ring inserter for use with an Alfa Laval milking machine teat cup. It is part of this set of teat cup liner assembly tools. The fourth piece of...

Gristmill What’s It 2022

Gristmill What’s It 2022

Gristmill What’s It 2022 From 2022 Issues What’s Its From the December 2022 Issue 189-1  A tool for threading wood screws, and a hole threader   189-2  A dentist’s finger guard so he does not get bitten.   189-3  A hog scraper from Europe with a hook for...

Gristmill What’s It 2021

Gristmill What’s It 2021

Gristmill What’s It 2021 From 2021 Issues What’s Its From the March 2021 Issue None submitted What’s Its From the December 2021 Issue 183-1 A frame for supporting dead ducks as decoys, patent number 230,600 https://patents.google.com/patent/US230600   A similar...

Gristmill What’s It 2020

Gristmill What’s It 2020

Gristmill What’s It 2020 From 2020 Issues What’s Its From the December 2020 Issue 181-1 This tool is a wire twister for making picket fences. The second photo shows a small recessed wheel, the other side of the tool is symmetrical to the one shown.  The two wheels...

Gristmill What’s It 2019

Gristmill What’s It 2019

Gristmill What’s It 2019 From 2019 Issues What’s Its From the December 2019 Issue 177-1  This is part of a woodworker’s Roubo workbench vise.   177-2 A microtome, used for cutting very thin sections of material for viewing under a microscope.   177-3 This...

Gristmill What’s It 2018

Gristmill What’s It 2018

Gristmill What’s It 2018 From 2018 Issues What’s Its From the December 2018 Issue 173-1 A Disston Saw Set Raker Gauge   173-2 A Corn husk shredder, the shredded husks were then used to fill mattresses   173-3 No answer yet   173-4 Possibly an old lock...

Gristmill What’s It 2017

Gristmill What’s It 2017

Gristmill What’s It 2017 From 2017 Issues The Gristmill What’s It Column for December 2017 169-1 This is a carpet stretcher, patent number 28,858:     169-2 This is a Can Soldering Machine, it’s for holding a can while soldering on one of the end pieces,...

Gristmill What’s It 2016

Gristmill What’s It 2016

Gristmill What’s It 2016 From 2016 Issues   The Gristmill What’s It Column for December 2016 165-1   8″ long, text on it reads  “CS-2 Universal, Voss Mfg & Dist Co, Downs Kans”, no answer yet for this tool: 165-2  This tool is one of a two part wire fence...

Gristmill What’s It 2015

Gristmill What’s It 2015

Gristmill What’s It 2015 From 2015 Issues   The Gristmill What’s It Column for December 2015161-1  3-1/4″ long:   161-2   A Tectool Two-Cutter Plough Plane     161-3 This is a mold for making glass lenses.   161-4  This tool is a shoe maker’s...

Gristmill What’s It 2014

Gristmill What’s It 2014

Gristmill What’s It 2014 From 2014 Issues   The Gristmill What’s It Column for December 2014 157-1This is a drag shoe or ruggle. It’s a type of brake to prevent a heavily loaded wagon from overpowering the horses on a steep downhill grade, when attached to a...

Gristmill What’s It 2013

Gristmill What’s It 2013

Gristmill What’s It 2013 From 2013 Issues   The Gristmill What’s It Column for December 2013 153-1. 8-1/2″ tall, the owner’s description of it: “there are 2 holes containing metal rods running from top to bottom. This was in a tool trunk of my father-in-law’s...

Gristmill What’s It 2012

Gristmill What’s It 2012

Gristmill What’s It 2012 From 2012 Issues The Gristmill What’s It Column for December 2012 149-1         149-2. This is a wine bottle cleaner       149-3. A watchmaker’s tool:     149-4. From the 2005 Decatur meeting:...

Gristmill What’s It Pre 2011

Gristmill What’s It Pre 2011

Gristmill What’s It Pre 2011 From Earlier Issues & Others The Gristmill What’s It Column for December 2011 145-1 6” long, from the Wisconsin What’s It presentation:  145-1aText on the handle says “Lutz File and Tool Co. Cinti, O” but that probably refers to the...