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    Does anyone recognize this small shaper and who was the builder? The round ram is unique. May go take a look if I can dig up some info on it.
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  • #2
    That 'V' on the side of the block is also something I've not seen before. ('Course, I don't get around that much...)
    "A machinist's (WHAP!) best friend (WHAP! WHAP!) is his hammer. (WHAP!)" - Fred Tanner, foreman, Lunenburg Foundry and Engineering machine shop, circa 1979


    • #3
      That down feed is a bit novel too!


      • #4
        The V on the side of the table I've seen before- there's several models that have that.

        The round ram is entirely unique though, and if it weren't for the bullgear recess cast into the chassis, I'd almost think it a repurposed horizontal mill.

        The downfeed looks shopmade, I'd wager that's very much an add-on.

        That boss at the front is interesting... a fixture for making internal keyways?

        It'd be interesting if it were a case (which I very much doubt) that the ram could rotate, and thus index to cut internal splines. The compound and clapper wouldn't allow that, of course, nor would the arm from the bullgear.

        Doc's Machine. (Probably not what you expect.)


        • #5
          The whole thing looks purpose built. Back not too long ago making one off patterns and gray iron castings were not that big a deal. Someone needed a purpose built machine , and built it.
          I few years ago I was gifted a very heavy duty die flier that a gentleman made from one off castings, Massive base, tower, table support arms , all cast iron.

          Joe B


          • #6
            Looks like the motor is in the base.


            • #7
              I think the machine is mounted on a stand or table and the motor is under the table top. A number of small shapers had the Vee to accommodate working on the end of round stack. I wonder if the machine was a casting kit. Maybe in-house castings.or a one-off. Years ago, some large shops would cast their own stuff as a one time project for apprentices. I agree, the round ram is unusual.



              • #8
                Yeah, the motor is down below. The stand doesn't look too complicated or industrial.


                • #9
                  I've got no idea of the name or if it's a casting kit. But it's very much in the small model maker's size range. Using the electric box for scale it's only about 16" high at the top of the ram castings. And the diameter of the ram is maybe 2.5" or just slightly smaller. That's on par with some of the bigger hobby focused hand pulled shapers I've seen. And again using the cover plate for scale from the first picture it looks like it might have a 4 to 5 inch stroke assuming that the clamp on block between the slider supports is the attachment point for the link yoke.
                  Last edited by BCRider; 10-06-2021, 12:27 PM.
                  Chilliwack BC, Canada


                  • #10
                    You'd still need the main casting, but it occurs to me that the round ram would be easier for a hobbyist to make if they didn't already have a shaper or mill, but only a lathe.
                    "A machinist's (WHAP!) best friend (WHAP! WHAP!) is his hammer. (WHAP!)" - Fred Tanner, foreman, Lunenburg Foundry and Engineering machine shop, circa 1979


                    • #11
                      Seems to me that a round ram would not last nearly as long as the normal ram, at least under heavy cuts.

                      Salem, Oregon