Wright Bros Woodshop

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Blog entry by DanW posted 08-11-2010 03:23 PM 2433 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was reading through my e-mail at work, when I came across one that mentioned The Wright State University Library (I work for an Ohio Library). Anyway, they have digitized all of their Wright Bro photos and being a plane (or is it plain?)fanatic, I checked it out. I found the following photo, and thought that this would be a good place to show it.
Corner of woodworking department

-- "Let he who does not work in wood, find something else that's half as good." (can't remember who I'm quoting)

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 03:27 PM

Cool picture!

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 03:55 PM

Love the drive system. What do you think primary power was?

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 04:08 PM

primary power was gerbils ;P

love the picture dan!! just goes to show that they knew what they were doing back in those days :) unlike me and unlike now ;)

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 04:56 PM

That is a big electrical panel next to the window. They must have has 220v. The table saw is interesting..looks similar to the new Delta saws with both controls in front. I am drooling over those huge stacks of lumber.

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 05:12 PM

that is not a table saw it looks like a shaper

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#6 posted 08-11-2010 05:56 PM

Great photo Dan! I live here in Dayton,Ohio and my sister has worked for the Dayton and Montgomery county Library for about 35yrs and I used to always bug her about photos and stuff, she would always say just come and look. So I’m an avid Library user and thank you guys for all your hard work. They need to lay off all the stupid budget cuts.
WE NEED OUR LIBRARYS! I go to the Wright Brothers Grave site quite often and I just sit there and think WOW! where would the world be right now without these guys? And almost all of the time, A plane will fly over out of Wright Patterson A.F.B. Its like Wow they are still around! Thanks for the picture and the link.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 08-11-2010 06:18 PM

Man, I love to see those old places with all of those shafts and belts in the ceiling. BTW, check out that steam powered sawmill on Roy Underhill’s site, The Wood Wright Shop, if you like this sort of thing. It a very interesting video about a restored sawmill which runs off of a steam engine with plenty of old equipment that still operates.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 08-11-2010 07:43 PM

that is a cool photo. I also like this one from Chris Schwarz workbench book. Maybe they worked on one of their planes.

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#9 posted 08-11-2010 08:07 PM

I’m a sucker for these sort of photos. Thanks for sharing.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#10 posted 08-11-2010 08:39 PM

I really enjoyed looking for what machines they had. And yes, that is a shaper in the foreground. It’s even a 2 spindle shaper. If you look real close, you can see a table saw (I think) behind the thickness planer and in the background there is a crosscutting saw. Kind of looks like my radial-arm but upside down (the blade comes up through the wood from below). I really have to hand it to the Wright University Library for cataloging and preserving these photos. Look at what we would lose if they hadn’t!

-- "Let he who does not work in wood, find something else that's half as good." (can't remember who I'm quoting)

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#11 posted 08-11-2010 09:13 PM

Very Cool photo.Thanks for sharing. Love the old overhead belt systems. If any one gets a chance to visit Harper’s Ferry WV they have an old shop there all powered by overhead belts.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#12 posted 08-12-2010 12:01 AM

Thanks. I’m a pilot so really enjoyed the photos.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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