craig says it's an oliver scroll jig saw

Man, that's a biggun. :eek: My guess is that it'd be used for fretwork, but on a large scale and in a production environment.
Oliver made some big stuff. Back in the day, There were houses and River boats covered with large fret work, what you suppose they used to cut it out?:huh: Oliver to the rescue with an industrial sized saw for whatever you could throw at it.

You can venture to say it was not used in Craft Shows.

Oliver also made some hugh bandsaws but bandsaws can't do the internal cuts for fret work. So....

You going to buy it? :thumb:
Redmond machine in Atlanta had two, not nearly as nice, sitting in the warehouse section with all the old machines a couple of years ago. They are ever bigger in person! I had no use for one but I was absolutely fascinated by them. Just kept going back and looking.
They are a great saw to use

I opted for the slightly larger Colladay , which comes in at 38"
reach , but the table doesn't tilt like the Oly does .




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sorry that one wasn't suppose to be included with the other

but since you asked

It's a 1853 Bentel & Margedant Universal Wood Worker

The first Patent for the Jointer as we know it today .

It came with over 30 heads when I got her.Still runs on
babbits , but was converted from line shaft (as the Colladay was too)
to use a motor.this is the most complete example of this machine
knoiwn to exist today .

its infeed table can move up or down 6 inches, tilt up to 1 inch
and in and out 8 inches for smaller or larger heads , the outfeed
table is also able to move in and out , as well as the
fence table is able to move up and down 4 inches .

you can also driff joint , shape with this machine
It takes about 2 min to change one of the heads

I also have pictures of this (B & M ) type of machine , before it was
turned into a jointer by adding the outboard spindle support .