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Cleaning out house in North Adams, MA

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    Lifer
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    Cleaning out house in North Adams, MA


    Hi - we are working with my parents to clean out their house. I know they have a wicker set (for a screened in porch, not for outdoors), various living room chairs and tables, a twin bed set, and some very old wood shop power tools like a lathe (there's probably more, I could get details). If anyone is interested let me know and we can figure out the details.

    My mom also has dozens of bags of sewing material which needs a home. I may donate it to MassArt but if there are any seamstresses out there let me know!

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    Re: Cleaning out house in North Adams, MA

    Could you get more information on the wood working tools? My mother's significant other is a wood worker and lives in Windsor which is not far away. I can ask him if he would be interested in anything.

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    Re: Cleaning out house in North Adams, MA

    OK. These would be at least 70 years old. I'm pretty sure there is a belt-driven lathe, but I'll ask for photos and more info.

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    Re: Cleaning out house in North Adams, MA

    Depending on the brand, the older tools are often better.

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    Re: Cleaning out house in North Adams, MA

    I'm still half on the hunt for an old radial arm saw on the cheap

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    Re: Cleaning out house in North Adams, MA

    Drill Press?

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    Re: Cleaning out house in North Adams, MA

    I've asked my sister to figure out what is down there. I'm taking the drill press and band saw and the lathe is spoken for by a family friend. Not sure what else is down there but will report back.

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    Re: Cleaning out house in North Adams, MA

    Any Pic of the lathe.

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    Re: Cleaning out house in North Adams, MA

    The lathe is spoken for by a freind of the family. I hoped to have gotten out there by now but the blown achilles has me sidelined.

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    Re: Cleaning out house in North Adams, MA

    OK - turns out the lathe is available, and there is also an ancient scroll saw. Next time my sister is out there she will take detailed pictures. She says she flipped the switch on both momentarily (I am 100% sure they should be re-wired) and they fired up. As soon as I have more details I will post them.

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    Re: Cleaning out house in North Adams, MA

    Here is some more info from my sister: Sears craftsman lathe, vintage 30’s or 40’s (trying to get a clear pic of the head badge). Motor works but it throws sparks so clearly it needs to be rewired. The body of the lathe needs cleaning but is pretty free of rust, and the paint is intact. The bed (or ways) are straight, about 36” long. The headstock turns freely. The tail stock moves freely. There’s a dead center in the tail stock. The ~8” tool support is included on the banjo. A 6” faceplate is included. I wasn’t able to knock the spur drive out, so there’s clearly some cleaning that needs to happen there.
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    Re: Cleaning out house in North Adams, MA

    Here are pics of the Homecraft scroll saw. It actually works - pretty cool for something that hasn't been used in decades. I'll start researching its age tomorrow.
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