Emily
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Asked on Oct 24, 2017

What was this item used for?

EmilySidney Rippy McLaughlinDianacirce70
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we found this item on the wood pile at our town transfer station . . .there were also some great shutters there too, but we don't need them. I always wish that every DIY'r had the resource we have in our town. Anyway this was intended to open up.
q what was this item used for
This is about 30 inches long and 2 inches wide. The screws are frozen in place but could be loosened after soaking in a solvent of some kind.
q what was this item used for
there is a diamond shaped opening in each end, and then the slit which is obviously meant to hold something but what? We have no clue. Based on the response to it of my game playing friends I would say it would be a good item to just display but still would like to know more about it.
18 answers
  • Peg
    on Oct 24, 2017

    The picture isn't real clear but from what you describe and from what I can see, it looks like part of an oxen yoke.
  • Bamagirl63
    on Oct 24, 2017

    Could it be a piece of the plow that farmers used when plowing with horse drawn plows? Or on their wagons to keep the horses in line? Just a thought...

  • Nancy Turner
    on Oct 24, 2017

    If it is a farm implement, the people to ask right now would be someone who is Amish. They still use a lot of the old type farm implements.
  • Ginny
    on Oct 24, 2017

    Don't get rid of the shutters if they are in good shape. If you don't, someone else may want them.
  • Emily
    on Oct 24, 2017

    I don't have the shutters. They were at my town wood pile. At the transfer station. There is always something good there.
    I doubt my wood piece (which is oak) could be a farm implement for oxen. It is only 30" long and 2" wide. Tis a puzzlement!

  • La Dame aux Camélias
    on Oct 25, 2017

    Great piece of timber. You could reclaim it, turning it into a light fitting...as I did!


    • Emily
      on Oct 26, 2017

      Yes, your piece is great! Not my style though and too little to work with here if it were my style!
  • Clök Concept
    on Oct 25, 2017

    Don't know what it is, but I want one!! ;)
  • Flipturn
    on Oct 26, 2017

    Is there a disused railway nearby? The piece has definitely been fashioned to accomodate something square shaped, on both ends, like square dowels. I am wondering if it is part of some sort of a lock?
  • Bak7499711
    on Oct 26, 2017

    I can't really tell how large it is, but could it be part of an old quilting frame?
  • 8carol.loh
    on Oct 26, 2017

    When I first saw the pic I would have said it looked like the same thing I found in one of my barns and it was a barn trim. Put where two boards came together but the other things you pointed out on it didn't go with that..I think the gals that think it could have been attached to livestock for working are right...
  • Monique Gobbo
    on Oct 26, 2017

    it looks like a fence post. You dig a hole, cement this into it and then hang the fence onto it.
  • Dianacirce70
    on Oct 26, 2017

    It does look like some sort of yolk. I would love to see the shutters!!!
    • Dianacirce70
      on Oct 31, 2017

      I was told it is part of an old trouser press. Maybe not this specific model, the one the lady posted to me looked more like that piece you found.
  • Hipshot1960
    on Oct 26, 2017

    It looks like a tapestry /rug frame. The square holes in the ends would have held long wooden rods with square ends. The run is attached to the rods and rolled up so the rug can be worked on while sitting. The wingnuts allow for the rug to be advanced/rolled and then held in place as the project progresses.

    • Emily
      on Oct 26, 2017

      this does sound like a plausible explanation. But I'm not sure I understand, the wing nuts release the two long parts of the structure which make a clamp when closed. But the length of the screws would mean that nothing too thick could be held. Of course a tapestry is worked on something and maybe that something would not have been very thick. Maybe I will try a textile museum.
  • Emily
    on Oct 26, 2017

    Thanks everybody for their thoughts and suggestions! I really appreciate it! We have found many a strange and wondrous item courtesy of our town "dump"! Here is another such find my daughter discovered in our town wood pile. I know what this one is, but can anyone else guess?
    • Dragon Lady
      on Oct 27, 2017

      I would say if turned horizontal it would be the top of an old desk or maybe office furniture piece. Places for files and paper... ?

  • Dianacirce70
    on Oct 26, 2017

    I have a yoke, its about 30" wide... I am asking on a facebook group I am on, someone there might know. Its called Dusty Old Thing. I misread your original comment, I thought you found it on your wood pile. I wish we had a place like that here. I'd be there all the time!
  • Sidney Rippy McLaughlin
    on Oct 28, 2017

    Your item kind of looks like a wooden wrench. I don’t know if there ever was such a thing, but maybe?
  • Emily
    on Oct 28, 2017

    Debbie, you are right. It was the insert in a slant top desk (at least my desk which has one is slant topped!) My daughter found it in our town wood pile.
    A couple of weeks ago I bought this one at an estate sale for $8 and then painted it. I collect blue and white china and this holds some small items.


  • Emily
    on Oct 28, 2017


    Dianacircle we did find it at our town wood pile! You would love it for sure. We drive in, leave the recyclables and the trash then next stop is wood pile, then stone pile and glass place then best of all swap shop! My daughter and granddaughter love it too! Maybe the best thing we ever found was this six board chest. Inside it says something about sending Winchester rifles west. We found this before we had a fancy "transfer station" then it was truly a dump where everything was just tossed into a big pile!



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