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Forum topic by gawthrrw posted 02-13-2013 07:21 PM 590 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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gawthrrw

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02-13-2013 07:21 PM

http://lansing.craigslist.org/atq/3523312607.html

Found this local on Craigslist today. I’ve seen one of these on the Woodwright shop but never in person. Seems like a good price but I wonder about getting chisels for it. Anyone out there know anything about these?

-- Rob, Dallas TX


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#1 posted 02-13-2013 07:25 PM

I don’t think you could walk into Woodcraft and get chisels for that beast.
A modern dedicated hollow chisel mortiser would be a better purchase. I paid less than that for my Delta benchtop mortiser. It’s no Powermatic floor model, but it works.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 02-13-2013 07:30 PM

Lol very true. It is a beast but am partial to antique WW tools. Thought maybe I could save a piece of history as long as it doesn’t cost an arm and leg.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#3 posted 02-13-2013 07:30 PM

If you are a collector, it might be a decent price. As a user, not so much.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 02-13-2013 07:34 PM

Rob – im with ya buddy, id scoop that beast right up and bring her home. There’s gotta be someone out there that can make you chisels for it. That machine is worth the asking price in scrap. A new mortising machine will run ya at least $250. You could probably get away with 2 or 3 chisels to cover the majority of any mortises you will make. You got $150 to play with as far as im concerned.

http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=395 – some company history
http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=1942 – pics of another

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 02-13-2013 07:49 PM

That’s what I’m thinking. I’m about to pull the trigger on it. Just wanted to be sure I would be able to actually use it. Ol Roy Underhill made using these things look super simple.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#6 posted 02-13-2013 07:52 PM

Yeah, go for it, Rob. That thing is a beauty.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 02-13-2013 08:00 PM

It’s nicely priced. It won’t be as fast as a modern
electric mortiser, but it may be kind of fun to use.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#8 posted 02-13-2013 08:02 PM

Take a piece of scrap oak or another hardwood with ya and give it a test run. I for one, will be mighty jealous if you bring that home. Vintage American made iron, it dont get no better IMO.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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gawthrrw

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#9 posted 02-13-2013 08:06 PM

Thanks guys. I’m going to give the seller a call and see if I can go look at it tomorrow. I know it might just be me, but I would think if nothing else I could re sell it down the road for more than he is asking. I would think these are few and far between these days.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#10 posted 02-13-2013 08:32 PM

Just watched a segment on the “Woodwrights Shop” about a month ago where one of these machines was being used. It was way cool.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#11 posted 02-13-2013 09:09 PM

I’d love something like that. Just have to convince my wife to keep it in the living room.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#12 posted 02-13-2013 09:55 PM

the seller will low that beauty to $100…..for sure!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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