I just spent 10 days at my parents in law place, a little town 600Km away from where I live with a population of about 150 inhabitants.
Like every year I took a wood project to make there but I needed a jointer/thicknesser to prepare the lumber ( i'll post the project later).
A 75 year old man who's father was a coach maker and himself as well for a while and then shifted to some sort of carpenter with the arrival of cars was kind enough to let me work in his former shop and use his machinery that he hadn't used but ocasionally for about 15-20 years.
Getting in that shop was like opening a door to other times and needs, I saddened me to see tools so neglected and abused but the whole experience was somewhat indescriptible, with mixed feelings that I'm still trying to describe, see by yourself...
The door on the right is the entrance to the shop.
Inside, among other things there was this combined machine. Table saw, jointer and mortiser, it must be something like 100 years old because it was bought by his father.
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Both jointer tables could be adjusted in height. The blades were nicked and rusty.
The power was provided by an electric motor through a pulley system that had been adapted from a former leader belt ceiling pulley shaft.
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I do not know how someone managed to make those humongous nicks on the throat of the tables.
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Here you can see the drill chuck of the mortiser.
And this is the label of the machine manufacturer now dissapeared.
Comments are welcome, more pics tomorrow