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Mystery item / jig

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John F13/05/2020 14:10:25
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Hi a pal has been clearing out his Dad's workshop, he was a woodworker/DIY chap and he came across the item below, asked me did I know what it was for -- no idea ! So wondering if the team has any input ??

It is about 20" long and the two timber parts are 2.5" square, it seems to be commercially made rather than home made. It may of course have nothing at all to do with woodwork but ????

Thanks in advance.





Mych Dubil30/05/2020 15:54:19
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It looks to me like a book binding press. See one I found on ebay

Or just search for book binders images in your favourite search engine.

John Baddeley14/06/2020 11:32:55
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I have no idea of its intended use, but wonder if it would be useful when hand sharpening saws (not that I've done that!) You could clamp the blade between the blocks, and the channel might hold a guide, possibly.

John F14/06/2020 12:00:28
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Thanks for the replies and Mych it seems is correct, I posted it on the sister forum for Model engineering [very active forum] and several came back with the same answer so passed the info to my pal.

Thanks again for taking the time to reply.


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