While visiting with a customer on Monday of this week, I noticed this and asked how long he'd had it.
No one remembered how long; it has been in his shop for as long as anyone can remember.
Can you rescue it for its original purpose?
Yes Bill, It is a pan jig. It needs saved and put back to use as a pan jig if possible.... Nice find ...
It's just an old coffee table, but I'll give him $20 for it.
Boy, and I thought we were talking about the wrench on the vise....My bad....LOL
I have a feeling that T pan jigs wound up being used for a utility heavy duty shop table over time. This is just one of them.
After that they went to the scrapper along with no telling for scrap iron prices. When I take some aluminum scrap or whatever to our local scrapper I always take a look of the piles of old iron and see what's in there.
One day just maybe--------------------------!
John, I'll try.
get that anvil too
Buy a really nice vise stand, with room for the Anvil and trade... Or build him a newer design vise table with the anvil built in and trade
If you make a play for it be sure to look around for the other pieces. You never know, they might be sitting on a shelf.
Its just an old chop block, Dan Hatch has one just like it. KGB
This has happened more than once. My pan jig came from the Ford dealer in Lordsburg, New Mexico. Sometime in the '40s one of the mechanics from the T days retired and took it with him. Nobody else could see any use for it. He made it into a welding bench complete with a vise and anvil. It saw hard use as such. I bought it from his grandson on EBay. When I showed up to pick it up he was sure it was a mistake that I bid so much for a rusty chunk of iron. When I got it home I had to mill the entire surface of the deck and make all of the accessory parts. Still no regrets. I can't build an engine I can guarantee without one.
Somewhere I have a photo of one I tried to purchase for years from a marina - all the pins had been removed and had emery cloth fastened to the top and was being used as a "surface plate" to check outboard engine heads ! Last I recall inquiring about it was 15 years ago or better - as far as I know, it's still in the boat shop !