Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Tuesday Triumph: Attachment for T-Squares

Continuing our Tuesday Triumph series I have another new old invention to share. Each Tuesday… at least for a while… I’d like to present an invention from the early 1900’s that I have pulled from old World’s Advance magazines. This was the publication that bought out and is now Popular Science. Inventions remind us to stay clever and innovative. These inventions were becoming popular alongside many events that still affect us today. Put yourself back to the time of World War I, and the sinking of the Titanic. Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity was published, and the first pop-up bread toaster was invented. It was a time before zippers and right at the start of the movie industry. I think the innovative creativity can still inspire us today, so please enjoy this Tuesday’s Triumph: Attachment for T-Squares as published by the New York Modern Pub. Co. in Vol. 30  of the World’s Advance (1915).

Attachment for T-Squares  T-Square Corner Invention from 1915

“A Pennsylvania inventor has recently secured a patent for an attachment that may be fastened to any T-square and that serves to hold the end of the T-square firmly against the board and insure accurate work. A spring member as well as a clamping screw forms part of the attachment; the device being clamped at the desired place on the T-square while the spring firmly holds the T-square in place on the board. This device is quite simple and inexpensive to manufacture. Accordingly, it should have a very ready sale among draftsmen who will immediately appreciate its merits.”

 

Finally one for the woodworkers! Come up with accurate and straight lines each time- especially when engraving or gluing on small pieces. I think this is just talking about the end screw thing but I certainly "appreciate its merits". Maybe I could come up with something like this for those more delicate pieces where I need a steady hand when gluing on small pieces.

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