Sharp’s Automatic Framer!

The name reminds me of something from a snake oil medicine show…..come see Sharp’s Automatic Framer!

A few weeks ago my dad was visiting his old high school shop teacher Mr. Buckner’s workshop, he is long since retired but still builds the occasional cabinet.  While visiting, Mr. Buckner was showing him something in an old tool chest when my dad noticed a strange object.  Asking what it was Mr. Buckner said that it was given to him over 50 years ago and that if my dad like it then it was now his.

The strange object had the markings on the side of Sharp’s Automatic Framer.  Basically, it is an adjustable framing square with rafter calculations on the side and rafter pitch can be adjusted by lining up the pin in the side window with the appropriate pitch.  I spent much more time online researching the tool than I would have thought and in the end the only information I could find was the original patent letter and a great sketch from 1938.  Very interesting to read and the sketch is wonderfully done.

I can’t imagine that many of these tools left and especially in as good condition as this one is in.  


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2 Responses to “Sharp’s Automatic Framer!”

  1. September 9, 2013 at 2:12 am #

    I have one that was my father’s.
    I do not have the instructions on using it,but it looks like it is for doing a hip roof.
    Why not just use a framing square?

    • highrockww
      September 9, 2013 at 3:04 am #

      Jan, I agree. A framing square will do anything that this will. One advantage it does have is that you can lock the angle with faster marking of something like rafters but I will normally just cut one and then use it as a pattern so even that is not a huge benefit.

      Sometimes it is just cool to find old told that are not seen everyday….but then again rare tools are often rare because they were never really used a lot.

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