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Had the opportunity to visit the LSU Rural Life Museum yesterday. They have a small collection of antique wood working equipment as well as some pretty nice hand tools scattered about.

This Lathe and planer came from a shop about 10 miles from where I grew up and the steam engine came from New Orleans. I had the opportunity to speak to the Curator of the museum about them. It was apparent that he held the steam engine in high regard and said it's extremely rare being it is believed to have of American design and manufacture where most engines in that time were imported from England.

We also talked a bit about the New Orleans furniture industry with the introduction of industrialization.

The last picture is a treadle powered hollow morticer!

Had a great time!
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Nice, I bet you had a great time. I'm very interested in this kind of old machinery, too.

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Many years ago, I worked for Airs Furniture. They were still using an old molder that had bin purchased from the navy It had ben converted from belt driven heads to electric motors. Part of the old belt line still hung overhead. A 4 inch shaft.

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Many years ago, I worked for Airs Furniture. They were still using an old molder that had bin purchased from the navy It had ben converted from belt driven heads to electric motors. Part of the old belt line still hung overhead. A 4 inch shaft.
That's pretty cool. I need to find some info on those old belt shafts.
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Way cool equipment. There's gotta be more to this story. Not just some pics of what you saw.

Do they work? Will they be made to work? Can you touch the exhibits?
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Way cool equipment. There's gotta be more to this story. Not just some pics of what you saw.

Do they work? Will they be made to work? Can you touch the exhibits?
the lathe works! I was told I could use it any time... The other pieces need some work though.
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