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I was fortunate to have the opportunity to purchase a 7" Rhodes Shaper. At least John York, (Benmychree) thinks he remembers it as a Rhodes.
I won't be able to pick it up until Spring. Just curious how many are out there.
It is in very good condition.
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TLAR (that looks about right). It looks like the one you bought, Jeff.
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You know Bob, that stand looks right too. I have seen other pictures and I think it is the real deal.
Can't wait to have both items closer to home!!
 

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There's a fellow on youtube "chirpey's tinkerings" who has one and makes vids here in Ohio.
 

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Thank you Downwind, interesting reading.
 

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Mr. Costello,
Please show us your #830 or some such.
I'll post when I pick it up.
Been reading through Downwindtracker dood's articles.
Enjoyable.
Most people would find these shaper articles incredibly boring. Not me.
 

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watch out, you'll only want to play with your shaper when you get it home! :grin:
 

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Hi Janderso
I have a 7" Rhodes thats torn down for a complete rebuild. If you need pic's of any assembles I can check my files.
The original scraping was done in a basket weave pattern. Looks nice but after measuring the components I found
the scraping was done more for looks than fit. Some parts are out as much as .004"/ft.
It may be that some scrapers did the job well and others just did it for looks.
Mine doesn't have the oil pan.
What I see of your base looks original. My base has an extension for the motor mount that looks factory made.
Looking forward to seeing your machine.
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Hi Janderso
I have a 7" Rhodes thats torn down for a complete rebuild. If you need pic's of any assembles I can check my files.
The original scraping was done in a basket weave pattern. Looks nice but after measuring the components I found
the scraping was done more for looks than fit. Some parts are out as much as .004"/ft.
It may be that some scrapers did the job well and others just did it for looks.
Mine doesn't have the oil pan.
What I see of your base looks original. My base has an extension for the motor mount that looks factory made.
Looking forward to seeing your machine.
JimView attachment 281873
Scraping in patterns like that is meant for oil retention pockets (and to make it pretty), not for making the surface flat and planar. If they were doing it strictly for oil retention, it would be better done on the bottom surfaces of the upper parts. When it is on the bottom surfaces, facing up, you pretty much know that aesthetics was with major concern.
 

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I did better than that!!
Beautiful shaper Mr. Costello
 

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Beautiful indeed mcostello!
I see you even have the original vice.
 

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Yes, all the drive parts were scrounged. The electric motor came from a company junked Atlas drill press. The big pulley came from a customer return. Bearings were takeoffs. The step pulley was fabbed up from parts. I used to make belts professionally. Would tell You all what I paid for the basic shaper but it would ruin several keyboards from being soaked with tears. :) . Have made more money with it than it cost, so I am in the clear, let alone the satisfaction of running it.
 

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I have a Rhodes with the vertical attachment to make it a slotter. I am on the road right now and don't have a pic handy

here's one from http://www.lathes.co.uk/rhodes/
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As I may have mentioned, the scraper I purchased is about two hours away. The seller has it in his shop along with the B&S 618 Micromaster I bought.
I have been keeping in touch, I sent him a Christmas card and he responded with a Christmas card and letter.
In the letter, Pete Sr. said, "Jeff, I scraped off some paint.." I panicked!
Keep reading Jeff... "I scraped some paint off the scraper, it looks to be a Rhodes".
I was pretty positive it was because Bemnychree (John York) remembers it and told me he thought it was a Rhodes 7".
I can't pick up the equipment until late spring due to a soft spot in front of the roll up door. (It's going to be a long winter.)
The Surface Grinder is HEAVY.
I'll share pics when I get it.
Bob, I won't pimp it up.
 

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Karl_T , Those vertical shaper attachments are more rare than hens teeth.
 

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I guess its for sale. But I have never tried.

I have another slotter, a bridgeport, so this one never gets used anymore.
 

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I am picturing the vertical shaper attachment in a lower old wooden shelf with cob webs in a dark place.
When Grandad dies, the kids will clean out the old shop.
It takes an interested eye to spot it at an Estate sale.
Think of all the beautiful old iron tools that went by way of the junk man.
I guess I’m feeling nostalgic this Christmas morning.
My Grandpa had an unattached garage in Chico, Ca. The home was built in the 20’s with an alley out back.
I loved spending time out there. I can see some rusty old things nobody knew what they were.
I miss him.
 

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Picked one up this weekend. At least I think it is a 7".
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That’s beautiful madmod
I will be picking up my Shaper in June.
The gentleman I bought the b&s surface grinder from also sold me the Rhodes 7” shaper. I just got a letter from him as we are making arrangements to pick up the equipment.
He said he has a surface plate for me also.
Can’t wait till June.
I have a spot picked out for each in my garage.
 
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