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Ok this is my prototype being made in poplar.  I am making the final one in Walnut.

It was also my first experience hand cutting box joints....

Here is an ORIGINAL Wheeler & Wilson Curved Needle Handcrank Portable
[hand-crank-slab-base-number-1-sewing-machine]

here is the lower half of my portable so far...
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making the large under pulley was the best part
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Here it is without the head installed

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Here is a closeup of the end of the bar that i forged square
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here it is stitching on the belt
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Wow, you ARE very talented and clever. Lovely box with beautiful dovetail joints and clever mechanism. I had no idea there was such a crank box.
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Nice work, Steve! I didn't know that you sew the ends of the belt together, but it makes sense.
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Wow. Just wow!
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What Zorba said!

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This is only the prototype??? What Zorba said.
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Although it makes sense, I never knew there were early W&W handcranks. Nice work! Looking forward to seeing the walnut version too.
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Very nice work! It kind of reminds me of a jack-in-the-box [biggrin]
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Ok, that is beyond awesome!!
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Yup, BEYOND AWESOME fore sure.

Great job!

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Beyond Awesome, certainly!!!!  Are you sure poplar won't do just fine?  Considering your top notch skills, maybe you should have started with walnut!

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Steve, what I admire most is your ambition to actually work on and complete these projects. This applies to several others here as well, but I find myself sometimes lacking in that regard.
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Of course Poplar would "do"...  silly.. however the walnut will "do" better.  

I had NEVER done hand cut box joints like this so I would not use $60 worth of wood to test my "innate ability" when I could use $20 in Poplar and if it worked it would be "sellable" should the walnut also work, if not, I am not stressed about the $20.

I plan on making the Walnut a bit closer to original, but that will be using the mortising machine and the router table.

thanks for all the kind comments.  I was just as surprised as you hehehe

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Very nice work Steve!
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Did anyone say magnificent! yet?  A beautiful piece of work and in walnut it will be a stunning showpiece!  Nice NICE job!
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I got a test handle made.  I am working to make the square hole in the handle a bit deeper.  the handle "walks off" currently.

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Through the courtesy of Mike @ Wolfegangs I now have two pictures of an ORIGINAL W&W curved needle case showing the inside.
(The case style is clearly different from the other picture at the top of this thread)

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I am totally intrigued! I love the work you have done, Steve. I am curious as to what the bar looks like that connects the wheel to the outside square receiver.
The one that Mike sent you is even more odd. I am curious as to how that one was powered as it appears that the spoke wheel sits inside the box and connects to some type of drive system above the bed (?).

Curious minds . . .

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on mine the bar is a 1/4" diameter rod that i forged the last 1/2" into a square.

Not sure on the original.

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Oh wow! That looks great! I'm bowing to your craftmanship!

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Whatever it takes, bringing this machine back to function has to feel like conquering the world. Bravo!
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update:  

I have the Walnut that will be the "real" case.

I have my Mortising Machine back

I have successfully crafted a Box joint jig for my Mortising machine.

The proof is below.  Took 5 minutes to do the test pieces once the jig was built and tested.


The jig in the machine
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The Jig from the Woods point of view
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The jig out of the machine with a completed test piece set on it to show the interaction
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The two test pieces assembled.  Any bad fit is my poor (rushed) filing of the edges
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I think I am ready for the walnut....


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I would say so!  You do wonderful work Steve.  I am constantly amazed with the projects you do.  I can't wait to see the finished product!
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Very nice, keep the photos coming!
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great work, Steve, my best congratulations!


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Nice job on the hand crank project! I have a similar project underway to make a compact treadle for my 1870 Grover & Baker machine. It's nice starting with just a head and building it into a useful machine. 

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Very nice Steve.  I bet it'll be a blast to use portable.  Best regards, Mike
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