"Gil- bilt" Alive and well---sort of !

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Blog entry by Bob Allen posted 07-20-2008 01:49 AM 14406 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a recent new member, so bear wth me. Their are probably a few of you that are close to my age ( 65 ) that remember a Company called “Gil-Bilt” tools that supplied componants to build your own wood working equipment. They had a kit for a table saw, lathe, band saw and belt sander. This Co. still exists and is now known as “Gilliom Manufacturing” . I have sent for one of their catalogs and am very interested to see what they still have and what their prices will be. I used the componants to build special jigs and fixtures for items that I had to reproduce in quantity. Will let you know. For you younger guys out there, this was well befor low priced home shop equipment was available.

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#1 posted 07-20-2008 03:26 AM

Don’t remember Gil Built but do remember American Machine and Tool in Royersford, Pa. They sold a lot of inexpensive stuff.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 07-20-2008 06:17 AM

Bob Allen- I remeber Gil built well. Made the band saw in 1973 was just married the first time and I could afford the parts and the wood. Used it alot, even helped a friend build a redwood canoe using the saw to cut about 100 14 foot 3/4in by 1/4in strips. Made the belt sander a year later and it worked great until I sold it to a fellow teacher she bought the band saw also. I’m glad that someone else has heard of Gil Built. They advertised in Popular Mechanics if I remember right. Thanks for the memory. bob

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#3 posted 07-20-2008 02:13 PM

I bought a lathe from AMT when I got out of the service in 1967. I still have it and still use it.
I also bought screw and thread cutters that I still use.
I once got the Gil-Bilt catalog but did not make anything from it

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#4 posted 07-20-2008 10:29 PM

I too remember the Gil Built tools, I am 62, and I wanted that saw so bad. It didn’t happen. Now i have a basement full of good tools, but i don’t have the health to enjoy them. But i can enjoy reading about is, and it brings back memories.

-- Saved, and so grateful, consider who Created it ALL!!!

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#5 posted 01-26-2009 12:59 AM

I have the Table Saw, Drill Press/Lathe Combination, and Band Saw and have used them since building around ‘78-79. I’ve largely replaced the Table Saw and Drill Press withCraftsman models but still use them for some stuff. Band saw is used often still.

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#6 posted 02-04-2009 07:47 AM

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