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Laker

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Sep 18th, 2017 05:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The first pocket calculator with full scientific and trig functions like a slide rule, the HP-35, came out in 1972 at a price of $395, which is equivalent to $2,262 now."

I was studying for a degree in electronics in '74 and purchased an HP-35 and, after learning to work with the four memory stacks, found it a real shortcut for calculations. The real bummer of the situation was I wasn't allowed to use it to take exams; I had to use a slide rule.

Another mechanical device that is missing today is a distributor with mechanical points in your vehicle's ignition system.

stevesmith
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Sep 18th, 2017 06:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Slide rule, pair of compasses, astrolabe, theodolite, clockwork trains, clockwork wind-up toys, Edison wax cylinder player....

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

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Sep 18th, 2017 06:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Whoa! Talk about old machines we don't use anymore! Hey Steve!! ;o)

hushnel
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Sep 18th, 2017 08:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use many hand saws, back saws, flushcut, fret saw, jeweler's, jig saw, cross cut, pruning, bow saw. Drills and a brace. Planes, chisels.

I enjoy working wood with hand tools. I have and use power tools too but for smaller one off projects I'll grab a handtool.

Dadzmad

USA

Sep 18th, 2017 10:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I collect the old mahogany body K&E slide rules.

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Sep 19th, 2017 03:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi Chris, nice to be visiting again. And hi to reverendrob and the few who would remember me.

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Mass., Amerika

CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Sep 19th, 2017 03:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi Steve -- welcome back.

Like some others, I use my hand tools -- saws, planes and chisels regularly. I have had to break out my files to sharpen some of my saws because I can no longer find someone locally to do it.

I do not enjoy sharpening saws.

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

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Sep 19th, 2017 06:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was in Math club in Highschool. Imagine that, math club then off to rock band practice... The slide rule. I had not thought of that or the circular rule in decades. I never ever mastered either and that's why.. rock band!!!..

(This message was last edited by jay1vinton at 08:08 PM, Sep 19th, 2017)

hpete

USA

Sep 19th, 2017 08:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got an old singer that I bought at goodwill intending to use for rewinding pickups. Nice walnut finish, looks good in the corner.

009
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USA

Sep 20th, 2017 05:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My father had a scythe when I was very young and too small to use it. We had a couple of small fields next to our property, and he used this to trim back the tall weeds along our driveway and the garage, where the dog coop was. We got a rotary lawnmower around 1960 or so, and the scythe never saw action again. The small fields became "lawns."

I wish I still had my first slide rule. Starting college with no money, I bought it at GC Murphy Five & Ten Cent store. It cost a dollar. I still have the Post slide rule that I bought not long after, but man, I sure wish I still had that dollar slide rule. It would be so cool.

(This message was last edited by 009 at 07:54 AM, Sep 20th, 2017)

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Sep 20th, 2017 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Items listed in this thread that I still use at least occasionally:

pitch pipe
cassette recorder
house telephone
Pencil and paper for calculations (just for the fun of it)
Microfiche (at work)


hushnel
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Sep 20th, 2017 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I still have and occasionally use my original tuning fork that came with the violin in 1961. How I didn't loose it is beyond me.

Taildragger
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USA

"toxic masculinity personified"
Sep 20th, 2017 08:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Stevesmith is back?

Prepare yourself for some erudition, kiddies!


Your mention of compasses reminded me of something I used to use alot...

...the ruling pen:

hushnel
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North Florida

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Sep 20th, 2017 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is my oldest machine, The cast iron bed is inlaid with Abalone and trimed in Gold Leaf.

1870 Superba B

Taildragger
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USA

"toxic masculinity personified"
Sep 20th, 2017 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"This is my oldest machine"

That thing is beautiful!

wborys
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Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Sep 20th, 2017 02:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

uh, what's this plastic gun-shaped thingy with two cables attached with spring clamps on the ends. Has some kind of small lightbulb on the end?

I found it in my dad's old auto tool box, right next to some kind of multi-bladed gizmo, where each blade is a different thickness. Hmmm.
Maybe for measuring guitar string sizes?




Taildragger
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USA

"toxic masculinity personified"
Sep 20th, 2017 02:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How'bout...

...this:

hushnel
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North Florida

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Sep 20th, 2017 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tools are cool. I've been picking up hand vices when I see them.

A corner of my living room. The Great Wheel. 1740s, I restored a few years back

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 04:45 PM, Sep 20th, 2017)

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Sep 21st, 2017 03:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Mexican Grandmother on my mom's side was a seamstress by trade. She had one of those huge, foot driven Singer sewing machines with the big iron foot plate. I loved the thing for it's sound but was terrified of those needles. She could wail on that thing. My lady has 5 Baby Lock sewing machines.. they are her Fenders...

hushnel
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Sep 21st, 2017 05:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My grandmother, my mom and her three sisters were all acomplished seamstriss'. If was common 50 years ago for women to make their families clothing.

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