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Old 03-09-2010, 04:52 PM
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Finally getting around to cleaning up the back shed at the shop.
Found this yesterday.
Not really sure what it is.
Some kind of seamer?
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Looks like a bar folder.
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Old 03-10-2010, 06:47 PM
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Looks like a bar folder.
I agree.
It looks like a bar folder, and it has the same type of operation.
However, it has a weird shaped pocket that the top bar folds into.
Also, the top bar can be moved back and forth along it's length by the handle.
(Did that last sentence make sense?)
My daughter is coming home for the weekend, and she is very good with a digital camera.
I'll get her to take some close up pictures.
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Looks like a pipe lock seamer, I've got one and use it all the time.
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Old 03-11-2010, 03:43 PM
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Looks like a pipe lock seamer, I've got one and use it all the time.
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Makes sense after reading your post this morning, and having a good look at it today.
I think I could put this to good use.
Can you give me some pointers?
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Cool sheet iron folder

It's not a bar folder...It's a Wright's Patent Sheet Iron Folder. In the peck, stow & wilcox
catalog..reproduction 1800-1900.Is it marked PS&W ? They made 2 models
one folded 3/16" & 5/16" The improved model folded 3/16, 5/16, 1/2 & 5/8" depending on the steel insert. You could also insert a round rod for bending slightly if working a sheet longer than the machine..This was done in 2 stages..1st with the rod to get a slight bend. Remove the rod and finish with the correct width flat insert....The picture in the catalog is identical to yours.......
They came in these widths 30", 42", 62"
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Old 03-13-2010, 06:10 AM
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WoW, good information. Mine's a 30",bends 5/16. Makes a perfect pipe lock.
Dad, play around with the notching, trim the lock in half at the edge so you don't
have 4 layers,it doesn't matter so much with pipe,but sq. to rounds and fitting's,
it makes them easier to connect the collar or bend a key.
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