Friday, December 07, 2007

Elegy to an Old Machine

I started a set of three massive exterior fir brackets this past week. They are 20" tall, 20" long, and 6" wide. Because fir timbers of that size aren't available to me, I assembled a bunch of dressed fir 2-by material and glued it together to make my stock. More about that process in a later post. For now, here's the basic shape of the brackets:

To create perfect glue joints, I used one of my absolute favorite old machines, a Fay and Eagan No. 429 Automatic Glue Jointer and Edge Molder, which we all just call "the tongue and groove machine." Check out the video below to see it in action.

Lastly, here are a couple of old pictures of this amazing machine. You know, this one is so ancient that it doesn't even have ball bearings--just very, very old (but still entirely functional) Babbit bearings.


Clay Blancett said...

Ha! You've got really nice music to go with your Youtube! Fancy!

The Wood Mechanic said...

Thanks, Clay. I did that music myself. I wondered if perhaps it was a bit grave for the subject matter, but decided it was fitting somehow to commemorate that machine's near-century of service.

Clay Blancett said...

Very nice!

Jamie said...

i like the cat in the background too. i imagine that it was playing the piano while you were on the guitar.