Metalworking

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An Antique Machinist Level

This small, seven inch machinist’s level is a fascinating bit of history.  It has a cast iron body with a glass vile topped off with a brass plate.  The alcohol bubble is still intact.  It has a heavy coating of black Japanning. There is no manufacturer’s name.  It’s unmarked...

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Typewriter & Fishing Reel Oilers

Up for this week’s discussion are these diminutive oil cans used for typewriters, fishing reels, sewing machines and other mechanical devices requiring lightweight oil in tight spaces.  The oilers are both distinctive and well made.  When found in antique stores and flea markets, these little oil cans, like other...

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J. Stevens Arms & Tool Company Outside Calipers

I’m partial to Lancashire pattern calipers and have spent a number of years trying to build a complete set of sizes.  However, I occasionally run across other unique designs that beg to be part of my collection.  This week I want to share one such unique specimen with you...

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Applying Victorian Steam to a Horizontal Bandsaw – Part 2

In Part 1 of applying steam to a horizontal bandsaw, I began the steampunk “restoration” of a new in the box horizontal metal cutting bandsaw to give it the late Victorian look.  The last post showcased the basics of restoration and some basic machining.  In this post, I’ll tackle some new issues, do the last of the painting...

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Giving the Machine Lathe Some Steam – Part 1

I especially like projects where I can take a new item and through a little work and some minor additions give it some Victorian Steam.  My recent post about applying steampunk design to a horizontal bandsaw is a good example.  So when I look at any tool, new or used, I’m...

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Chapter 1: The Antiquarian’s Early Years

I thought it might be fun to cover a little of my relevant history for you faithful readers and for my son’s future reading.  What follows in Chapter 1 covers the early years of my antiquarian ways and gives some credit where it’s due.  A lot happened during this era, especially hand...

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1/8" Ring Turn with coil and sample ring

The Evolution of Design

At one time, I was gainfully employed making reproduction chain mail armor for one of the leading historical armor retail sales businesses.  Chain mail is made by linking individual rings together to form a metal fabric and tailoring the shape to fit the human form.  It is time consuming...

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