Vintage gallery line shaft.

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Project by Arthouse posted 03-21-2014 11:49 AM 3271 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my 1890 butcher shop I remodeled into my own art gallery a pile of old wheels were laying around in a dusty corner. The rods were still in the rafters. With a little help from U tube I discovered I had all the parts for the historical Old line shaft that drove a multitude of machines . Meat grinders , sausage stuffers and whatever else. I ordered several roller bearings and figured out the rotation with a gear motor to slow the speed down and one special part called a love joy that hooked the shaft to the gear motor. I found some old wood casting parts we drilled a one inch hole and added to the shaft. We hooked it all up and luckily an old welder in town had the alligator clips to splice the cloth belts I had. It now drives the meat grinder and several old rounds for a great historical treasure patrons marvel at when they come to see my art work. I plan to add more later maybe fans or some other old machinery . All this an Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 03-21-2014 12:36 PM

That is just soooooo cool!!!

Good job on salvaging a little bit of history.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 03-21-2014 01:19 PM

Great work; I love the works of Old, those men were superior Craftsmen. Amazing the quality of work without the modern power tools we have access too. C & C’s were not even on the scene then. Thanks for sharing this beautiful display.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 03-21-2014 01:28 PM

Wonderful ressurection! Imagine if those wheels could talk…oh what stories they would tell. :)


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#4 posted 03-21-2014 02:08 PM

Outstanding save! Last year I visited a window and sash mill in southern Ontario that was built in 1850 and still operating its machinery via the original line shaft. It was a highlight of the trip.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#5 posted 03-21-2014 02:17 PM

Looks nice! Lovejoy is a brand name in couplings.

-- "Don't you hate it when people don't finish what they"

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#6 posted 03-21-2014 03:50 PM

that is so cool, to restore history in the shop that once was a butchers shop, i sure wish i was close, would love to see your gallery and all that remains from an era gone bye…very nice job here.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 03-21-2014 04:28 PM

That is really cool. Great to see this vintage stuff back in use…...

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 03-21-2014 04:37 PM

Fantastic way to spruce up your art gallery!

A video of it spinning would sure be nice to see… :)

Great job of putting it all together!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 03-21-2014 06:18 PM

Oh mann that is soooooooo kewl

I went to a art gallery for glass in corning NY and it had some working wet sanders that worked off this same type of system very cool.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 03-21-2014 06:49 PM

WOW, Dan! Great score and great rebuild! I so envy you with that setup. Would personally love to see it in operation. THAT is a great added plus (historical, functioning sculpture) to your gallery, for sure.

Maybe you can add a larger scale (belted) fan sculpture to this system… in the future.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#11 posted 03-21-2014 08:21 PM

That is just really cool. Good for you that you were willing and able to breath life back into it.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#12 posted 03-21-2014 08:37 PM

Wow this is unbelievable!

-- Alex

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#13 posted 03-21-2014 10:45 PM

Cool, I love that old machinery. I’ve seen old line shafts driving ceiling fans.

-- Malcolm Laurel -

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#14 posted 03-22-2014 03:17 AM

Glad to see you had all the parts

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#15 posted 03-22-2014 10:13 AM

That is so cool.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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