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# 98447 28-Feb-2012 16:34
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Purely out of interest we would like to know what this thing does.
It was found in my grandmothers house. Her husband/man friend (weird relationship stuff blah blah blah) used to be a cabinet maker and often made caskets too. I believe he used to make model boats as a hobby but have never seen any.

It wouldn't have been touched in over 20 years since he died and appears to slide over something. Moving the central 'cage' moves the arm across the scale from 0 to 10. 


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  # 587919 28-Feb-2012 16:52
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I tried Google Goggles and it is either a Galaxy Tab or the last picture in this series.

http://www.slashseconds.org/issues/001/003/articles/mohinata/index.php

So that's sorted then.

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  # 587920 28-Feb-2012 16:53
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Maybe some kind of scribing tool as there seems to be a sliding blade on the arm. Purely a guess though.

 
 
 
 


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  # 587921 28-Feb-2012 16:56
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kiwitrc:  or the last picture in this series.

http://www.slashseconds.org/issues/001/003/articles/mohinata/index.php



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  # 587928 28-Feb-2012 17:00
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kiwitrc: I tried Google Goggles and it is either a Galaxy Tab or the last picture in this series.

http://www.slashseconds.org/issues/001/003/articles/mohinata/index.php

So that's sorted then.


I clicked on that URL on my work Laptop, Just waiting for HR to call me and take me off to the nut house!

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  # 587929 28-Feb-2012 17:01
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johnr:
kiwitrc: I tried Google Goggles and it is either a Galaxy Tab or the last picture in this series.

http://www.slashseconds.org/issues/001/003/articles/mohinata/index.php

So that's sorted then.


I clicked on that URL on my work Laptop, Just waiting for HR to call me and take me off to the nut house!


See you there.



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  # 587931 28-Feb-2012 17:02
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k1w33d: Maybe some kind of scribing tool as there seems to be a sliding blade on the arm. Purely a guess though.
The silver arm has no sharp edge. The small slider ends in a point, not sharp enough to cut anything. It seems to purely be an indicator arm along the scale. The whole device seems like it would slide over a ruler or something. The four small pin-like arms are connected to the central cage which further connects to the indicator arm. 

There doesn't seem to be any relevance between the distance these pins are from the end of the device and the scale. I thought it might measure 10ths of millimeters but that's not right. I'm just presuming its not imperial due to the scale only reaching 10.  



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  # 587933 28-Feb-2012 17:02
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Jaxson: Well, that's 10 seconds of my life I'm never getting back.
Agreed... odd.

 
 
 
 


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  # 587959 28-Feb-2012 18:19
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My fella is a cabinetmaker (old school).. I have sent him a pic in the hope he knows what it is. It actually looks quite familiar to me, but my history is in steel.

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  # 587965 28-Feb-2012 18:34
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Hmm, dunno, metronome maybe?

Does it sit up? or screw onto a wall?




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  # 587967 28-Feb-2012 18:36
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vinnieg: Hmm, dunno, metronome maybe?

Does it sit up? or screw onto a wall?
Nah, it appears to slide over something. It is slightly stiff to retain the angle on the arm. It doesn't have any counter weights or the like. 



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  # 587969 28-Feb-2012 18:37
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SandyJ: My fella is a cabinetmaker (old school).. I have sent him a pic in the hope he knows what it is. It actually looks quite familiar to me, but my history is in steel.
Thanks SandyJ. It's not the end of the world but it'd just be nice to know heh.

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  # 587972 28-Feb-2012 18:41
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Disrespective:
vinnieg: Hmm, dunno, metronome maybe?

Does it sit up? or screw onto a wall?
Nah, it appears to slide over something. It is slightly stiff to retain the angle on the arm. It doesn't have any counter weights or the like. 


Hmmmm, where it has two screws, are they for possibly attaching wires?

maybe a thermostat, or an old light dimmer?

are you able to photo the back?  


This is awesome!!! Most inventive thread of the year! 




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  # 587973 28-Feb-2012 18:43
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Looks like something an engineer custom made to indicate blade height or something similar on machinery.

Anyway, what is the distance the carriage travels between the indications of zero and ten?



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  # 587975 28-Feb-2012 18:54
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gzt: Anyway, what is the distance the carriage travels between the indications of zero and ten?
2.8mm, give or take a few hundredths. 



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  # 587976 28-Feb-2012 18:57
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vinnieg:
Disrespective:
vinnieg: Hmm, dunno, metronome maybe?

Does it sit up? or screw onto a wall?
Nah, it appears to slide over something. It is slightly stiff to retain the angle on the arm. It doesn't have any counter weights or the like. 


Hmmmm, where it has two screws, are they for possibly attaching wires?

maybe a thermostat, or an old light dimmer?

are you able to photo the back?  


This is awesome!!! Most inventive thread of the year! 
There are no electrical contacts on it at all. It's made entirely of metal except for the white panel which looks like formica or melamine. 

The rear is totally uninteresting except that you can see that the numeral 9 has been stamped onto each piece I presume for manufacture.  

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