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#1 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted May 20, 2015 - 06:04 PM

I was just reading a piece that said the earliest stone tool they have found is 3.3 million years old(yeah, right!)!

 

But this got me to think; does anyone know when they first made wrenches? They must have made nuts and bolts at the same time, huh?


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Posted May 20, 2015 - 06:11 PM

AH here is an age old question. What came first: the nut and bolt OR the wrench?


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Posted May 20, 2015 - 06:25 PM

I know that in the early 19th century, a wagon wheel was held on w/ a nut.


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Posted May 20, 2015 - 06:58 PM

1835 the first patent for a wrench, 1851 the first monkey wrench was invented. that's all I know.                                                                                   Roger


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Posted May 20, 2015 - 08:30 PM

If a wrench could be considered to be a magnet used to throw off a compass needle , then that would add a little to the research possibilities .
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Posted May 20, 2015 - 10:25 PM

Here is an interesting article on the history of bolts / screws. Stuff I never knew.http://www.nord-lock...olt/           

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Posted May 21, 2015 - 01:35 AM

There were "tools" and bolts in the 1600s for matchlock firearms. I would bet that the Romans had bolts and wrenches. Its a good question. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted May 21, 2015 - 06:36 AM

Here is an interesting article on the history of bolts / screws. Stuff I never knew.http://www.nord-lock...olt/           

Roger

I get error 404.



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Posted May 21, 2015 - 07:55 AM

Sorry, I did also. I thought I had deleted this. I tried re-listing it but it still wouldn't work. My apologies. It was a good article though. I just goggled , nuts and bolts.

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Posted May 21, 2015 - 08:15 AM

Sorry, I did also. I thought I had deleted this. I tried re-listing it but it still wouldn't work. My apologies. It was a good article though. I just goggled , nuts and bolts.

Roger

I found it! But it is in a downloadable PDF Newsletter by those folks. I'll have to check with NUTNDUN to see if I can upload it here.


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Posted May 21, 2015 - 06:51 PM

http://www.nord-lock...ry-of-the-bolt/

 

 

 

http://www.boltscien...ages/screw2.htm


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Posted May 22, 2015 - 04:00 PM

Just got back from a little village called Old Salem. Its a historical preservation of a 18/19th century Moravian town. I was very lucky to get to visit with one of the Joiners. His name is Jerome Bias, we had a nice discussion on handmade furniture and tools. He has a great collection of moulding planes. Some of them dated back to the 1700s and are still in use today. The tools and techniques are absolutely amazing. The furniture he builds will outlast anything made today.

 

I also got to see homesteading gardens. I think I will take some of the things I saw there and incorporate them into my gardening technique.


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Posted May 22, 2015 - 04:51 PM

Hmmm . . .    Between the 16th century and the 19th century they must have had pretty strong fingers.



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Posted May 22, 2015 - 04:58 PM

Wikipedia says that wrenches were around a long time before they were patented. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrench






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