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Old 11-30-2008, 05:19:01 PM
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Picked this up a few months back at a retired machinists sale. Son was selling everything off and picked up stuff I never thought I would get a chance at. This was in one of the sheds. It came "literally" in a box. Dad used to use it to make dripedge and soffit. I was hoping I can rebuild it and start making my own gas tanks. Can anyone help in the assembly? I have NO IDEA where to start putting the pieces. Maybe someone has one like it that can share pics. There are no maker names but some main castings have a small diamond with a "P" cast in.

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It looks to melike you have what is left from an old wooden brake. I've only ever seen one once before and it looked to be pretty good shape till we tryed to move it . Well it had grown roots and was all dry rotted. I think these brakes were made for very thin sheet metal.
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Frank I did sheet metal for 26 and a half years. P==may stand for pexto they made a lot of sheet metal tools.--John
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Ok, so maybe when you get so frustrated with something and keep coming up with the stupidest way to put something together and trying new things something actually comes out of it.

I think i may have put this thing together...mostly. I sat down one evening and just started looking at the pieces and the worn points. Sanded some rust off and it came together. Now I just need to add wood. BUT I can tell you that I never used a brake much less a wooden one so I still dont know where the steel "bending" pieces go. Can someone enlighten me here? I still cant exactly see how the thing works. I know the smaller rod and ball acts like a clamp of sorts and the big rod and ball is the Balance.
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