Mystery box solved

George Moon of Spokane Valley, Wash., took the mystery out of the mystery box that appeared on the cover of an August issue with the Route 66 flea market story. Moon said the box was, in fact, a nail stripper, as surmised by the box’s owner Kelli Goldsmith. He said he used one for years and told how it worked.
He said throw some four-penny nails into the box’s upper tray and as the workbench shakes, some of the nails fall into the metal tray with tin triangles in it. The triangles then catch the heads of the nails and the points swing down, sliding down the inclined triangle tray and leaving the nails lined up, or stripped, so one can grab seven to eight with their points hanging down ready for action.

-Compiled by QCS Managing Editor Ryn Gargulinski