View Full Version : garvin/tree rebuild

05-17-2012, 08:17 AM
For those of you who are interested I will be posting my pics/progress on the mill in this thread.

this machine is pretty interesting I can see why it has lasted all these years.

On to the photos (these are 800x600 for those who said my last ones were too small to see properly)

got the knee tore down cleaned and painted. I like how this design protects the knee gear and screw from chips and makes the knee itself very rigid
it also has a top and bottom lock screw on the knee gib



got both the knee gear shaft and the y axis leadscrew out interesting rod
screw and plunger dial locks (need to make a new thumbscrew for the knee gear dial lock) had to very carefully heat the dials with my prestolight torch to get them free after decades of being in the same spot.


Got the saddle cleaned and painted this mill has a rotating table thus a 2 part
saddle (second part still being cleaned)


limited to 4 pictures per post so i will continue below

05-17-2012, 08:22 AM
very interesting setup on the saddle gib the disc with the spanner holes fits into the slot on the gib. the gib is tapered. you adjust the gib and then lock the adjuster the adjuster housing also is the nut for the saddle. this hasn't been cleaned yet so you folks can see what pretty much the whole mill looked like when i started


is it wrong that I'm enjoying myself doing all this work?


05-17-2012, 08:37 AM
Hi Wayne,

No, it's not wrong to enjoy bringing a piece of macninery back to life. Sometimes, I spend time making chips, other times I work on my machines. Can't really say which I enjoy more.


05-17-2012, 03:06 PM
Today's work got the knee back on saddle slid back in place and the knee screw
and gear assembly re installed


J. R. Williams
05-17-2012, 03:37 PM
It is great to see the OLD iron brought back to life.

05-17-2012, 04:08 PM
it is old :) patent date on the door is 1903

05-17-2012, 11:51 PM
Keep up the good work.. Thanks for posting it.

Helpful hint just in case - paint markers make quick and clean work of raised cast lettering.

05-18-2012, 04:31 AM
If there's anything you need to know about it, connect up with IRBYJONES on the PM Antique Machinery forum. He owns some Garvins and is very knowlegeable about them.

Rick A.

05-18-2012, 06:56 PM
Thanks for the comments fellas .
I will keep updating as I go

seikosman thanks for the info I will have to contact him

stay tuned for more

05-20-2012, 12:25 PM
well this weekend has been busy
Got all the main parts back together
Now just waiting on the mill head and then i can adjust everything up for the first manual run.

Still sorting out the power feed


looks pretty good for a early 1900's mill that sat neglected for a few decades


05-20-2012, 12:33 PM
Looks to have been a cone pulley/flat belt machine originally. Do you have the parts for the original horizontal spindle,arbor support, etc.

05-20-2012, 12:50 PM
unfortunately no Rosco-p I do have a universal head made by tree milling products that goes on it. all the old drive gears pulleys ect for the horizontal were long gone when it came to me