Heh, I was out in the Temple of Tools a bit ago doing the usual moving shit around searching for the tiniest glimpse of concrete to put something else on when the Wifely Unit yanked the door open and extended a long thin package at me, along with “That Look”.
“For Me?” I says.
“Isn’t it always?”
“Not always honey”.
But yes, she’s right, it’s normally for me.
So I snagged it out of her hands and took a quick look at it.
The name of the sender didn’t ring any bells.
Whoever it was wrapped the shit out of whatever it was that was inside but after a minute of wrangling I finally got it out.
“Oh yeah, I forgot all about this”.
Yet another moment of weakness while on Ebay had come home to roost.
Thankfully the damage wasn’t too bad. $8 and $5 or 6 for shipping.
What now you may well ask?
Why another Wall Hanger of course!
Not just any antique threader either.
The seller claimed it was a Finchum Organ Builders small tube threading die from the late 1860’s.
From when they built Pipe Organs by hand.
Pretty unique piece if true.
Either way it’s older than hell obviously but still in decent shape, the handle even unthreaded easily by hand.
So into the bath it went and by tomorrow it should be a pretty easy task of polishing the thing up.
While I had the bucket open I dropped the 5 inch chuck off of the Smithy in there to marinate for a while too.
It’s pretty rusty and manually getting some of it off out of the crevices was going to be near impossible anyway.
Have I mentioned lately how much I love that stuff?