Old Machine Porn

A Civil War era Bone Simple Metal Planer.

This thing is so cool I can’t find the right words.

Its 160 years old, still works flawlessly and if people take care of it it will still be making chips 160 years from now.

No batteries, no plastic, no electronic crap, just plain old mechanical goodness.

It is a perfect example of why I love old machinery.

13 thoughts on “Old Machine Porn

    • Just… wow. They were REALLY clever back then, I wonder what a guy from 1860 would think of a Cincinnati Milacron CNC mill of today? Probably think it was magic.

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      • More like “Work of the Devil!”
        That or throw their wooden shoes (sabots) into the works to jam it up so it wouldn’t take their jobs away.

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  1. Back in the 70’s, you could hear donkey motors running in remote parts of the oil patch. Was sort of a lonesome sound. Especially at night.

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  2. I saw something similar up in SD at an old Farm and Machinery swap meet and it wasn’t as old as that but at least early 1900’s and they were planing an aluminum block with it and the finish was right up there with modern machining finishes.

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  3. I think that is called a Scotch Link. The lever running on the big bull gear. You can get it backwards too. I saw a big one for sale locally last month, but 3 ton is above my weight class.

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  4. That is gorgeous. Love the line “International didn’t make no junk….” You’d need one helluva set of measuring tools (and the mad skill to use them) to get the workpiece exact in the vise.

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  5. Nice!

    I collect antique and vintage woodworking tools like planes, saws and spoke shaves.

    Knew a guy who would buy out old woodworking shops and refurbish the shop tools for resale. He mostly worked on old Rockwell Unisaws and lathes. He did have a huge vintage Do-All band saw he refurbished. As the name indicates, it basically will cut just about anything you can feed through it, except for ferrous metals.

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  6. We have a Civil War organ that still works with original upholstery.
    Parents were weekend antique dealers, auction/estate sale surfers during the 1970’s.
    Back when America wasn’t a third world Chiquitastan.

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