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Mystery Machine, Lathe? Shaper? Tobacco Pipe Maker?


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Default Mystery Machine, Lathe? Shaper? Tobacco Pipe Maker?

I think this would be a wood shop machine, but I'm just not sure. 2 of these machines showed up in this mornings scrap pile, and I'm trying to figure out what they are, and if they are worth saving. One of the machines had a roughed out tobacco pipe in it, but in looking at all the cutter heads I'm not sure if this machine was just used by previous owner to make pipes, or it had another purpose originally. No makers marks, or data tags. It was flat belt driven and one pulley is the free running pulley, and other fixed. My right foot is in lower corner of the pallet of cutter heads to show size and range of cutters.

Anyone know what this is?
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Default Re: Mystery Machine, Lathe? Shaper? Tobacco Pipe Maker?

Last pic. The long handle moves carriage to/away from spindle. There is a crossslide type arrangement, but very short travel.

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Last pic again.
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3rd times a charm, maybe....
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Default Re: Mystery Machine, Lathe? Shaper? Tobacco Pipe Maker?

Dgirl, you come up with some of the most unusual stuff.
They look like an assortment of molding or wood trim cutters.
Ways are shiny, seem to show recent use.

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Default Re: Mystery Machine, Lathe? Shaper? Tobacco Pipe Maker?

They look like some kind of production wood working machines to me and could probably make many different things including pipes. Unless you had a specific use for them then I would say that they are not worth saving.
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Default Re: Mystery Machine, Lathe? Shaper? Tobacco Pipe Maker?

Totally worth saving! If for no other reason then trying to figure out what they did. Two ways to look at them - either they are worthless junk or they are a really interesting puzzle! I would opt for the latter - it's problems like this that keep the mind working.
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Depending on the price Id buy them and then figure out what they are ! cool stuff..
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Default Re: Mystery Machine, Lathe? Shaper? Tobacco Pipe Maker?

Went by the yard again this morning and got some better pics, and a better idea how these might work. The jaws that hold the workpiece are on a plate that can be turned left/right, and I presume locked down, I see no provision to turn that plate while working. The jaws are on a common screw shaft, 1 end RH thread, the other LH thread, so that when turned the jaws move in/out together. The cross slide has no feed either, you would just loosen screws, move it to get the offset, then lock it down again. The only "feed" is the lever that would push workpiece into the cutters.

One machine has the boring head looking piece and may have a carbide cutter (the shiny piece in pic). The other cutters are all HSS, most have a radiused cutting profile on OD. The larger flat cutters all have the HSS blades at an angle, I think these would be used in facing type cutting. Last pic shows the jaws that previous owner made, the freshly turned tobacco pipe was held by the stem in those jaws. Some of the cutters had cardboard pieces pressed into blades with numbers on them, not sure if its a profile number or to indicate radius the blades are ground to.

Tobacco pipe may not have anything to do with these machines and was just clamped in jaws? The pallet of cutters may not go with this machine, they just happen to fit it? Nobody recognized the seller of the scrap, and there were other woodshop related items in his load, the rest of the stuff was obvious junk, these appear to have been better taken care of.
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Default Re: Mystery Machine, Lathe? Shaper? Tobacco Pipe Maker?

More pics showing machine.

And the flat belts appear to be new.
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