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My 1950s Hobbies treadle fretsaw remade needs a new home.

Hi Folks.
I recently obtained a rather more modern electric scroll saw at a bargain price and as space is at a premium in my little workshop my 1950s Hobbies saw is looking for a new home.
I have considered offering in on one of the several the freegle groups I am a volunteer moderator of but as the Instructables community is close to my heart & I believe that there is almost certainly a maker out there eccentric enough to find it interesting to use I thought I would try to find it a home here first.
It has obviously seen better days & isn't really up to fine limit work but I have had some fun using it & it is more than up to the job of roughing out work.
I live in Hertfordshire England & as this thing isn't exactly a lightweight I really dont want to go to the hassle of trying to pack it for shipping so ideally it needs a home fairly close by, I dont have transport at the moment so whoever wants it would have to collect it themselves.
If anyone is interested please dont be shy, let me know ASAP as I really dont relish the idea of it languishing at the back of my shed.
It's going free so take the opportunity to give a loving home to a bit of maker history.
All the best.
NG.


quincy trott8 months ago

i will indeed take that off your hands

Nostalgic Guy (author)  quincy trott8 months ago
Sorry but unfortunately it went a while ago, to tell the truth I had forgotten I even posted this.
Kiteman1 year ago
Kitewife says I don't have enough space in my sheds to keep it...

:-(
Nostalgic Guy (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
That's a shame :-(
I did think about emailing you before I offered it as I think it's the sort of thing you would get a kick out of using (and modifying even further) but I thought it would be a bit far to travel to collect it.
If I can't find it a new home here I may contact the shop, they are proud of their history & may like to have something like this on display somewhere.
Have you tried Steveastrouk, or gmjhowe?
Nostalgic Guy (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
I believe Steveastrouk is in Manchester, I'm not too sure about gmjhowe but according to his featured author write up he spends a lot of time at Nottingham hackerspace, both those trips would be a bit of a trek although either of them would be welcome to it if they were interested.
To tell the truth if I had space I would keep it but I needed something that works a bit faster for some upcoming projects I'm hoping to make a bit of cash from so it has to go.
It's a shame we no longer have our pub, I would have made a nice big shelf & added it to the décor; of course when we had the pub I wouldn't have had time but it's a nice idea ;-)
True, but both have transport, and Steve had a huge workshop.
Steve has one :-)
Why am I not surprised?
:-)
Nostalgic Guy (author)  steveastrouk1 year ago
I wouldn't mind betting there are a few around the in workshops of 'ibles members.
I called the shop today to see if they would like it, apparently they used to have a couple on display in the old shop but when the relocated they had to put them in storage as they didn't have the space any longer, I guess you can fit a fair bit of saleable stock into the space one of these would take up & lost space is lost profit in retail.
I may get in touch with my local museum, they have had a few exhibitions over the years it would have fitted into quite nicely.
Nostalgic Guy (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
I still reckon that a 220 or 360 mile round trip may be a bit off putting :-) but as I said anyone who wants it & can make use of it is welcome to ask for it.
I must admit with the weather we have had recently if I had a decent bike on the road I would have been happy to drop it off to either of them or anyone else for that matter, I have a feeling my cardiac rehab nurse may have a problem with me taking a ride like that at the moment though ;-(