View Full Version : Another old mill in a natural habitat...

10-21-2007, 07:59 PM

I see everyone was interested in Evan's mill. Even Don!
Perhaps someone can identify this old horizontal mill I used to have.
I have since traded it to Jim C. on Grand Island NY for a manual for
my Hendey tool and gagemakers lathe. (trade a mill for a book?
I'm crazy I know, but oh well). The mill has
no nameplate but there is a patent impression that says
November of 1902. Enclosed are some pics of it. I have taken
it apart many times to marvel at the bits of engineuity that
was used to make this mill. The screws are 8 tpi square thread.
The dials are marked off so that one division is .0025 and the
numbers look to be very neatly hand stamped. The screws also
appear to be made from a forgeing or a fully spheroidized steel.
Gibs are cast iron. Ball and crank handles are cast and machined.
Any keys on the machine are retained with two small pins. Neat
idea. The machine spindle had a ...some 64th size... round, non-
tapered bore to fit a cutter. I made an adapter to use 1"
standard cutter saws. It is retained with a 3/8" drawbar and
a set screw. I found a huge forged wing nut for the drawbar.
It looks quite "of the period", I think. The timing belt
is of corse not "period", but it will make an excelent drive belt.
(not made a motor drive yet, want to use a lawn tractor tranny.)
You see the index wheel and the chuck. For making gears perhaps??
The index wheel and chuck can angle as a unit. Also the entire
X slideway you can angle. I think this might be useful for
making bevel gears? The Y screw and crank are removed at the time
picture taking, it is alongside the mill on the table. It makes the
whole cutter and elevating dovetail move in/out. And of corse
the Z screw moves the cutter and pulley up/dn. Thinking about
making the drive, pulley moves up/dn and also in/out. Considering
a drive pulley on a spline shaft to deal with in/out and having the
whole drive unit counterweighted on a hinge to deal with up/dn.
Well Jim C. from GI has it now, and not sure if he will get around to
hooking it up. Any thoughts on this appreciated.
If anyone knows what make or even what type of mill this is
called, please let me know.

Thanks-- Doozer in Buffalo

10-21-2007, 08:01 PM
Doozer, you need to resize the picture -- you've posted them as 1600x1200, and it's killing your IP trying to download even the first picture :)

10-21-2007, 08:09 PM
If the images do not load, try these links.


That is the size they were put in the drop box, some time ago.
Sorta difficult to change them at such a late time.
Sorry bout that.


10-22-2007, 09:15 PM
That is neat also .You should have kept it.

11-20-2007, 08:42 AM
You know if anyone needs any Hendey manuals, this guy has the biggest collection I've seen:

Ozarkwoodworker's Hendey Manuals (http://ozarkwoodworker.com/manuals/hendey/)

I don't know if this would have helped you out or not Doozer.

11-20-2007, 10:11 AM
Nice mill. It kind of looks like a hostage standoff though.

"Come any closer and the chuck gets it!!!" :D

11-20-2007, 02:04 PM
Man, I like the looks of that mill. I would have had a very hard time giving it up. I may never had used it but gosh, what a toy to have. I have a few toys that I may never use much but I love my toys. The real working machines get used a lot.

Your Old Dog
11-20-2007, 03:36 PM
Hey Doozer,
Very manly pictures you posted there. :D I know it's probably killing the guys on dial up but we got cable modem here in Strykersville (outside East Aurora)

11-20-2007, 05:03 PM
Cool Tool! Amazing that the rubber belt can grip the wooden wheel and not slip to the point of distraction. Nice machine!! Fred