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Forum topic by Ron Harper posted 02-26-2013 08:56 AM 1288 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ron Harper

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02-26-2013 08:56 AM

I found this at a local antique mall, complete with several chisels. Had a little trouble getting it adjusted, but now it works perfectly. Pretty awesome for a 170 year old machine.

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-- Ron in Kokomo


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grfrazee

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 09:10 AM

Nice. I saw one of those at a farm auction late last year, but couldn’t stick around long enough to see what it went for. Do you mind sharing the price you paid for it?

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 10:55 AM

What is it?
How do it work?
More pictures would be better.
Thank you.

-- Bert

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treaterryan

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 12:47 PM

Looks like a foot powered mortising machine.. Maybe?

-- Ryan - Bethel Park, PA

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 01:05 PM

Looks like “1930” printed on the face of the wood. Maybe missing a drive pulley at the top? Pretty cool. Would look good in my living room.

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 01:46 PM

Cool – how does the workpiece get clamped in? More pics, in use please. And is that RANDALL & SONE, or did someone misspell & SON’S? Did you do any googling about it?

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 01:55 PM

I love antique machines. That’s a beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 02:00 PM

That’s a classic. I love old machines as well.

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 02:14 PM

Very Nice!! I found one similer on craigslist here in MI but just didnt have the room for it.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#9 posted 02-26-2013 02:32 PM

No one yet says what it is! WHAT IS IT?

-- Bert

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#10 posted 02-26-2013 02:57 PM

Bert – it looks like a mortiser

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#11 posted 02-26-2013 03:00 PM

It is a mortising machine. Roy Underhill has a Barnes branded one at his school. They work well and leave a cleaner mortise than a power version.

-- "When and if the day comes a lion is on my roof, I am hiring a realtor." ShaneA

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#12 posted 02-26-2013 03:27 PM

Thank you for the information.
I never before saw a mortiser with a vertical shaft.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 02-26-2013 03:31 PM

Barnes foot powered mortiser. Complete and quite functional. I have yet to look for Randall and Sones. But I will. The machine is at least 150 years old and more likely 175. One of my to dos is to post a video soon of it being used. These things were developed for door and sash makers, and were meant to cut soft wood. They will work fine on hardwood, but you have to drill a hole so that the chisel has clearance. I really am not certain that they will save any time for an experienced hand tool woodworker, But they do take away the worry about accuracy.

-- Ron in Kokomo

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#14 posted 02-26-2013 03:34 PM

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-- Ryan - Bethel Park, PA

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#15 posted 02-26-2013 03:51 PM

Ryan… It was made closer to 1830. I assume that the 1930 refers to the user. Randall & Sones

-- Ron in Kokomo

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