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    Default FW Reynolds Imperial Drilling and Mortising machine

    Just committed to Rescue this Reynolds "Imperial" Hand Drilling and Mortising machine. Thanks to Stew for the heads up.
    Reynolds Hand Mortiser 001-1.jpgReynolds Hand Mortiser 001-4.jpgReynolds Hand Mortiser 001-5.jpgReynolds Hand Mortiser 001-2.jpg
    I haven't collected it yet but thought I would get the ball rolling on some research. Has anyone got one of these? From the pictures, it looks like the Collet that takes the chisels is missing. From what I have seen on line I don't think it would be that hard to manufacture a replacement. I would like to give this old girl a full restoration, if I can, as you don't often see machines from pre1900 and I think this one may be pre 1880. Everything is seized as you can imagine so will take a bit to get going again... Should look awesome when done though. I will add more pics after I collect it and share the restoration for those that are interested.
    Things that I am wanting to know
    1. Any images and or measurements of the chisel collet parts These will be the same as other models I am thinking
    2. Any info on the types of drills these take. The images in the catalogues look as though they are auger bits not sure if they are tapered shank or round. If tapered what sort
    3. Any pics and measurements of the handle on the drill Not sure if it was metal or timber.
    4. Any thoughts on colour scheme I am thinking that they would have been Black Satin with gold Embellishments.
    Thanks
    Gaza

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    Nice!!

    I can't help with the colour scheme, except to say that black, or oiled bare cast iron are most likely - unless of course you find evidence suggesting Reynolds had their own livery.

    I don't have a Renolds, but I do have a Carron solid chisel mortiser: Carron Solid Chisel Mortiser It takes boring bits as well, but none came with the machine.
    It's still sitting at the back of my workshop/garage awaiting some love (and covered in timber blanks for the woodlathe ), but if there's anything I can help with, please let me know.

    Cheers, Vann.
    Gatherer of rusty planes tools...

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    Thanks Vann ..... I was wondering about those Broach type tools you referred to..... the FW Reyonlds catalogue they talk about the machine coming mortise chisels, core drivers, augers and reamers. The last two in association with the boring attachment...I have no idea what core drivers are and wether the broach tools you refer to might be such a beast...just a thought
    Gaza

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    I thought I would add a few Images from the pages Of Mathieson and WF Barnes catalogues that show chisels and Drill information that maybe relevant.
    Mathieson Machine Bits 001-1.jpgMathieson Mortiser Chisels 001-1.jpgWF Barnes Chisel Moritcer Chisels 1896001-1.jpg
    It's interesting that Mathieson was selling both the solid chisels and those with a hollow back.
    Gaza

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    And some more info.
    This is an extract from The journal of the Society for arts 1874
    Journal of the Society of the arts 1874-6.jpgJournal of the Society of the arts 1874-7.jpg
    Last edited by Gaza58; 20th May 2019 at 05:24 PM. Reason: add image

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