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«. It is very probable that If a suggestion were mdc to a tinware manufaotur t tLat he should util Z3 his tin Bcraps m the ' mannfaotare of nails, he would regard the party making the euegeation as a visionary crank, providing the manufacturer was not informed that this seemingly impossible feat waa already an accomplished fact. That the utilization oC tin scraps m the manufacture of nails is not • visionary scheme, we can attest, aa we have given them a trial, m an experimental way, and found them strong &Dd tough, far more so than woald be anticipated when the metarial from which they ara made is takes into consideration; The Inventor of the nail is Mr Geo H. Perkins, of Philadelphia, and the machinery with < whleh they are made 1b the product of tha Ferracute Machine Company, Brldgeton, N.J. The blank, cat and formed on a press In the usual manner, Is longer than the finished nail, and has rounded corners, and the edges on two opposite sides are slightly turned up. The object of the latter feature is evidently to Inenre the folding In of the edges of the blank when the nail is pressed Into Bhspe. The extra length of the blank forms the head of the nail, The finished nail has a single ereasa m the centre on one side and two smaller areases on the opposite side, while the remaining two sides of the square nail present the aama appearance aa a cut nail. The blank Is folded over m much the same shape aß a letter W, the edges of the blank being folded m, and the head is preesad on at the same operation. Other forms of nails can be made on the same machinery by substituting suitable dies A round nail is made with but ooe crease » f . the side In which the blank is formed pf double coil, with the edges of the blank folded In, and one coil surrounding the other. The Ferraoute Machine Company have built two machines for the manufacture of these nails from tin scrap, and they say the? are working well, and they are preparing to commence work on too permanent maohioea of more improved design. It Is the intention to make small foot preesee, to cut oat the. blanks from the Mn scraps, which will be furaisbod to tin shops and cunning factories, and they can oat their scraps and barrel them, and find a market for them at the neareat large cjty, where a number of the large maoh'nas for making the nallß will be located. This will enable the smaller factories to dispose of their scraps at good figures without the outlay for the large machinery. The nail machines will have an automatic feeding arrangement, requiring no attention but to keep them supplied with blanks, and each meohlne will produce from eighty to one hundred nalla a minute. One boy' can aUend to two or three machines. The principal uses for theso nails will be m cases and bojees whore thin timber 1b used, and for roofing purposes, and 1 doubtless maay other uses will be found 1 for^hem. They will not rust, and will 1 not split the wood, and they oan be boI--1 dered to. It is eatlmated that they will * cost less that cut nails, and bo far superior | to them for many purposes, and equal to wire nails. 1 Samples of these nails have been driven ' into hard pine and walnut, and are found ' to drive fully as well as a wire nail. The r metal Is so firmly compressed that they } seem to be as risjld as a nail mado from a [ solid piece. — "Iron Age. "

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NAILS FROM TO SCRAPS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2000, 29 November 1888

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NAILS FROM TO SCRAPS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2000, 29 November 1888