Old + Older = New

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Project by woodrookieII posted 01-06-2013 03:45 AM 2474 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got Mrs. WoodrookieII a new sewing machine for Christmas. It’s called the Singer 160 and is modeled after their early 1900s machines, only it’s all electronic but it’s black and decorated with all the gold filigree of the old machines. However, she was going to need a table to put it on.

Found an old rusty Singer treadle base, had it sandblasted and then powdered coated a satin black. Handpainted the side decorations, rebuilt the wood (yes wood!) pitman arm that connects the treadle to the flywheel and then hand painted the Singer name in the middle.

The top is repurposed quartersawn white oak from an old cabinet that just couldn’t be saved. Salvaged what wood I could, cleaned it up, glued it up, planed it down, routered the edges, sanded it all smooth, stained it with English Chestnut and then applied 3 coats of gloss poly. So it has a new life. (You can see some of it’s old life in the bottom left corner of he photo of the top itself.)

So there’s some new math for you: Old + Older = New

(Oh yeah, she loved it!!)

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#2 posted 01-06-2013 04:26 AM

Nice work! I’d like to do something like this to use with a belt driven scroll saw, and/or hand crank grinder

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 01-06-2013 12:14 PM

I’m not surprised it is great
I’ve an original working one
Made in Clydebank Scotland
Do you know where the casting is made?
p.s. they made great treadle lathes (don’t tell the missus)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 01-06-2013 02:18 PM

lookk good bet i have done 10 of those…


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#5 posted 01-06-2013 04:38 PM

Great job. I love that top.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#6 posted 01-06-2013 04:54 PM

Nice job! We have 2 of those bases, use ‘em for end tables in the living room. One was the wife’s great-grandmothers ( we actually have the head for that one) and the other has the original cabinet on it. I bought it at a yard sale about 35 years ago and refinished it.

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#7 posted 01-06-2013 09:43 PM

great looking restoration. Both the base and refinished QSWO top look great.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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