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Sometimes the answer to the famous “What is this thing?” shop question is as fruitful as it was for reader ghb624 who was cleaning out some old hand-me-down gear and came across this piece of tool history. As it turns out, some folks tracked it down for him.

This was among the items in a box of odds & ends which I inherited. It came to me along with an old Goodell Pratt lathe which had been in the family for 60-some years. I have no idea what it is used for, and am going to post a query on an appropriate discussion forum to see what I can find out.

I found a downloadable copy of the Goodell Pratt catalog for 1926, and here is the exact item:

All right: that is officially cool. Not only does he know what it is now, but it’s pretty clear that this is where it came from. For some reason seeing a direct link to the past like this always puts a smile on our faces.

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One Response to Antique Tools: Goodell-Pratt Bell Centering Punch

  1. joe says:

    That actually looks pretty nifty – does anyone make those anymore?

    I have several sizes of the typical (like this: http://www.woodcraft.com/product.aspx?ProductID=143559&FamilyID=4363) center finders, but I’m not particularly fond of them.

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