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#21 Ryo



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Posted 19 March 2021 - 07:05 PM

Mine arrived too.. but USPS delivered it at the wrong house.. luckily my neighbor was talking to another neighbor and picked it up from them ang gave it to me.  Good to be friends with your neighbors.


Very happy with the book. Thank you again for signing it.

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#22 mnshooter


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Posted 21 March 2021 - 09:42 AM

To anyone who could somehow still be on the fence about purchasing.


My opinion:


TD's comments (see post #16)       X100

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#23 rpbcps


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Posted 21 March 2021 - 02:34 PM

Having started my working life as an apprentice tool maker, in a factory manufacturing locomotives, ‘Gaging the Thompson’ was of particular interest to me, memories of my youth, when it came to the daily use  gauges etc.


It was a miracle that those gauges were found, and recovered from that scrap yard in New York; and decoding everything to put the information together in this book, must have been a time consuming jigsaw in itself.


Over the years, I have read through many Thompson handbooks, as I added different editions to my collection, but the chapter on ‘Understanding the numbering system’, is very revealing. Indeed, I had missed the numbering system in the handbooks Plates II and III, so that is something else I have learned from this book.


‘Gaging the Thompson’ may not be everyone’s ‘cup of tea’, but congratulations are due to Tracie, for a great piece of work, which is very well put together.


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#24 Taliaferro


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Posted 22 March 2021 - 05:17 AM

Thank you for your comments. In fact the gage book was my mental salvation during the covid-19 out break. 

I too use gages even today in my real job. So this was fun to look into the mind of the tool makers at AO and Colt's. 

The first major break through was figuring out the gage numbering system and realizing that the numbers changed

over the years and with different manufacturers. 


The two greatest moments during this process were the discover of the WD-40 Rust Soak that made cleaning and restoring the

gages to new a simple task. GREAT product highly recommend it.


The other was putting together the wood gage box with it's gages after 50 plus years. The wood box I had for decades and

really wasn't totally sure it was real. However, when I was putting the book together I was trying to think of other items in my

collection that might "look" good in this book when I remembered the box. So I pulled it out and was photographing it when

looking through the view finder I reread the label inside the box lid. The gage numbers that were to be housed in the box looked familiar. 



A light bulb went on and I realized I had those gages. When they were slid into place in the box it was an incredible feeling.

"It was like they were made for each other." which of coarse they were...after 74 years they were back together. WOW



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Posted 22 March 2021 - 09:42 AM

What a cool “ah ha” moment when you were able to see that you had the correct box for the gauges! Sometimes a different perspective (camera viewfinder) is all that is necessary to make the discovery.


Experienced a similar moment with my daughter when she was photographing an original set of ships logs from the late 1800’s for the USCG Museum. The cover of the log books was that swirling green/violet/grey pattern and there was an inscription hand written on the first logbook’s cover.  It was illegible until viewed digitally on the file she uploaded...” ‘89 and Go!” inscribed by a member of the quartermaster watch crew.  The museum staff was very excited by her hidden discovery!

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Posted 25 March 2021 - 03:34 PM

I'll definitely have to eventually (sooner than later) pick up a copy of Gaging the Thompson!

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