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French has posted a number of shaker boxes he has made. Thought you would like to see the machine that John Wilson of shaker box fame uses to make the copper nails out of thin guage copper sheet. No, it is not a gattling gun but a great piece of 19th century machinery.

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Very interesting….
 

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Jay, at the front right you will see the copper strips. A strip goes into a barrel and the nails come out at the funnel back left into the bucket. In between tthe machine folds the strip over, puts a head on it (another fold) and points the nail - sharp little devils that they are.
 

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I want one
 

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I watched a pbs show that featured John Wilson using that machine. What a relic of the past!
 

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I've been to John's shop more than once and loved the experience every time! Never got to see the tac gun run as he as always been occupied trying to make sure everyone's experience was a good one, but I have sat and studied it up close. It looks like it could bite if you were not being careful.

Reminds me I'm out of #2 tacs and should place an order.
 

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Stanley,

Thanks for sharing, this is very cool. You gotta post more pics of this thing and the nails please. This is terribly interesting.
 

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I checked John Wilson's website and regrettably he has nothing on it about his nail making machine. I don't know if folks who take his class get to see it in operation. If you like old machines this is one for the list, all right.
 

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I'm a slow learner, so I've been to the class twice and up once for 'old timers' day and never got the pleasure of watching it in operation. I'd assume his lawyer would require everyone to sign a waiver just to look on.

It would certainly make for an interesting 5-minute video on YouTube!
 

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My….........at first I thought that thing was actually going to shoot the nails out at something…...........LOL

Quite the machine. I also would like to see it in operation.
 

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Mark, if you're a repeat student and visitor to John's shop why not ask him to make a video. He should also post info on the old woodworking machine's site (www.owwm.com) because it is a very rare item these days.
 

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This is a seriously frightening looking machine… I would love to see / hear it running… I bet it's quite a thing to watch.
 

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There are more photos of the tack machine on John's Facebook page: John Wilson, Boxmaker
 
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