1929 Workshop
This Maryland woodworking shop has a passion for Old Iron.

SHOP OWNER: Thomas Brown
Baltimore, MD
WEBSITE: http://thomasbrownwoodwright.com

    My business does custom and match-existing architectural millwork and some cabinetry and other miscellaneous work. Right now it consists of two full-time assistants and myself. We can make pretty much anything out of wood, and have made a bewildering variety of items. This Modern/Gothic entrance is an example of our more typical work.
    But the plan is to eventually ditch any and all machines, tools, and gear built after about 1929; we refer to this as the '1929 shop'. I've got maybe 90% of what it'd take... a lot of it needs restoration, but much is usable or in use now. So when you walk in, the carts, clamps, machines, hand tools, lights, fans, telephone, pencils, and even the delivery truck are those that could have been found in a working shop in 1929. Such a shop might well have included items, which were already antiques.

    Here is a list of antique tools I currently have:

    Band Saw - 35" C. M. Baxter "#2" ~1845
    Band Saw - 33" J. A Fay ~1876
    Band Saw - 20" Crescent ~1910
    Band Saw - 36" Tannewitz "GH" ~1927

    Chisel Mortiser - American Sawmill "No. 20" ~1913

    Cutoff Saw 12" - Heston & Anderson ~1928

    Disc/Drum Sander 26" - J. A. Fay & Egan ~1929

    Dowel Maker - W. S. Hawker "Challenger" ~1915

    Dovetailer - Dodds "SE15" ~1892

    Drill Press - Burke ~1910
    Drill Press - J. E. Snyder ~1895

    Drum Sander 36" - Egan & Co. ~1882

    Jig Saw 24" - Empire ~1886

    Jointer 6" - Oliver "133" ~1925
    Jointer 8" - J. A. Fay & Egan "502" ~1929
    Jointer 12" - J. A. Fay & Egan "61" ~1912
    Jointer 20" - Fay & Egan/M.B.Tidey "Number 195" ~1908

    Lathe 4' - American Sawmill ~1928
    Lathe 5' - Oliver "155" ~1916

    Louver/Groover - Rowley-Hermance ~1880

    Planer 16" - Walker Bros. ~1868
    Planer 24" - Newman "No. 600" ~1927
    Planer 20" - American/Monarch "Jewel" ~1932

    Rounder - Pettingell "109" ~1876

    Scroll Saw 36" - Oliver "61" ~1929

    Stroke Sander - Mattison "No. 138" ~1895

    Table Saw 20" - M. B. Tidey "Superior" ~1877
    Table Saw 12" - Pettingell ~1910
    Table Saw 16" - Tannewitz ~1919

    Variety Machine - Hutchinson "Beaver" ~1924


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    These electric fans are for eventual use in the shop.
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    Six out of a hundred or more clamps we have on hand.
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    A drawer of old hand tools in the shop.
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    This is possibly the only known example of a prototype jointer by M. B. Tidey.
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    Dodds Dovetailer - "SE15" ~1892:
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    This Walker planer is a recent acquisition.
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    I got this 1880's Rowley & Hermance louver/groover from Bill Kerfoot, and then located a matching contemporary Rowley & Hermance miter-chopper on eBay.
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    In the foreground is an Oliver's Patent, American Sawmill miter-chopper, #4, patented - 1896. In the background is an Empire scroll saw, patents - 1877 and 1886.
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    An American Sawmill mortiser ~1911.
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    J. A. Fay 32-inch Bandsaw, last patent - 1874.
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    Dowel Maker - W. S. Hawker "Challenger" ~1915.
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    Our workhorse bandsaw is this Tannewitz GB 36" patented in 1927.
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    This is one of our grander projects, a Welte Orchestrion cabinet restoration. Only about five percent of the original cabinet was salvageable. Here it is in our shop during restoration. The darker parts are salvaged original elements. The gallery is new; almost all of the spindles survived. It stands 13-feet from its bottom to the top of the finials.
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    We only fabricated the cabinet... all ebonizing, gilding, etc. was performed by others. Durward Center, the best living Welte restorer, did the organ itself. I designed the matching roll cabinet to the right and at over 6' tall, it's still dwarfed by the instrument itself. Guys from Manhattan have said, "I've rented apartments smaller than that!"
. . . Thomas Brown


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P.O. Box 493
Springtown, PA 18081