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Rare, expertly-restored Greenlee variety woodworking machine

A woodworking machine built more than a century ago has been expertly restored and is now on display at the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The 4,230-pound Variety Woodworker, from toolmaker Greenlee, was built in 1910 and is the only machine of its kind to still exist. The machine was named ‘Variety’ for a reason – it can plane, joint, square, bevel, tenon, raise panels, and do a multitude of other things.

Longtime woodworker Steve Williams recently purchased the machine from a cabinetmaker who acquired it from the Montana-based Anaconda Copper Company in a liquidation sale in 1979.

Here is a photo of what Steve purchased:

Original Variety Woodworker

 

And here is what Steve did with his ‘find’:

Greenlee variety woodworking machine

 

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