David Richards' 1920s Steam-Powered Machine Shop



Here's a gem from hackaday that caught our eye. In the spirit of their Retrotechtacular series -- featuring David Richards' steam powered (and period-accurate) machine shop!

....It represents approximately what a 1920’s machine shop would look like in America. Not a single tool is newer than 1925. The whole shop is powered by a line shaft using steam power. A massive boiler provides steam for a Pennsylvania built 5 by 5 steam engine, dating back to approximately 1895. Using belts and clutches, it powers a few lathes, drill presses, a mill, and even a shaper — an identical machine to one in the Edison Museum!

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