This Is The Forerunner Of The Units

You See On Roofer's Tool Belts

About the turn of the century, especially in California, the growth of commercial agriculture began to boom. Both fruits and vegetables were packed in wooden crates and lots of crates were needed. Today most of the boxes are cardboard or plastic. T were no nail guns or power staplers in those days as it was all done by hand labor. The crates were assembled and nailed by hand. When nails were purchased, they were furnished in kegs filled with bulk nails. If youâe(tm)ve ever tried to use bulk nails, theyâe(tm)re slow to pull out of the pile and they will wipe your hands out in short order. In 1913, a man named Dick Smith invented this nail stripper. You dumped a handful of the bulk nails into it, shook it a little and the nails dropped into several slots with the heads all up top. If you lifted the slotted unit up fast enough on its pivot, the nails would drop into two more slots ready to be grabbed and hammered into the crates. This is a simple idea, but when you look at this unit, youâe(tm)ll really appreciate the amount of precision fabrication and soldering that it took to build it. It even has an adjustment

for the size of the nails. The entire thing is enclosed in a self-contained folding box that measures
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