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French has posted a number of shaker boxes he has made. Thought you would like to see the machine that John Wilson of shaker box fame uses to make the copper nails out of thin guage copper sheet. No, it is not a gattling gun but a great piece of 19th century machinery.

-- Phil in British Columbia





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#1 posted 03-16-2009 12:48 AM

Very interesting….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 03-16-2009 12:53 AM

Thats cool would love to see it running

-- Jay in SW Missouri

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#3 posted 03-16-2009 01:07 AM

Jay, at the front right you will see the copper strips. A strip goes into a barrel and the nails come out at the funnel back left into the bucket. In between tthe machine folds the strip over, puts a head on it (another fold) and points the nail – sharp little devils that they are.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#4 posted 03-16-2009 01:20 AM

That would be fun to play with LOL

-- Jay in SW Missouri

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#5 posted 03-16-2009 01:24 AM

I want one

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 03-16-2009 02:24 AM

I watched a pbs show that featured John Wilson using that machine. What a relic of the past!

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#7 posted 03-16-2009 03:05 AM

I’ve been to John’s shop more than once and loved the experience every time! Never got to see the tac gun run as he as always been occupied trying to make sure everyone’s experience was a good one, but I have sat and studied it up close. It looks like it could bite if you were not being careful.

Reminds me I’m out of #2 tacs and should place an order.

-- -- Mark in Fort Wayne, IN

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#8 posted 03-16-2009 03:37 PM

Stanley,

Thanks for sharing, this is very cool. You gotta post more pics of this thing and the nails please. This is terribly interesting.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#9 posted 03-16-2009 05:19 PM

I checked John Wilson’s website and regrettably he has nothing on it about his nail making machine. I don’t know if folks who take his class get to see it in operation. If you like old machines this is one for the list, all right.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#10 posted 03-17-2009 12:51 AM

I’m a slow learner, so I’ve been to the class twice and up once for ‘old timers’ day and never got the pleasure of watching it in operation. I’d assume his lawyer would require everyone to sign a waiver just to look on.

It would certainly make for an interesting 5-minute video on YouTube!

-- -- Mark in Fort Wayne, IN

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#11 posted 03-17-2009 01:05 AM

My….........at first I thought that thing was actually going to shoot the nails out at something…...........LOL

Quite the machine. I also would like to see it in operation.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#12 posted 03-17-2009 01:05 AM

Mark, if you’re a repeat student and visitor to John’s shop why not ask him to make a video. He should also post info on the old woodworking machine’s site (www.owwm.com) because it is a very rare item these days.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#13 posted 07-18-2010 06:07 PM

This is a seriously frightening looking machine… I would love to see / hear it running… I bet it’s quite a thing to watch.

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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