Over the weekend I ran into an old treadle jigsaw the likes of which I have not seen before. It is wobbly, damaged, lopsided and perfect. I have never seen quite like this. Part of it looks like maybe it was factory made. But then other parts are totally make do fixes. Maybe it was a kit from an old catalog?
I am thinking I would like to fix this saw up and use it in my shop. Everything moves freely and the only thing that seems to be missing is the top blade mount. However, There are no real bearings and I think the friction losses on this baby will be severe. I will probably make some changes in the way some of the moving parts connect.
Speaking of moving parts, check out the great castings on the drive train:
I think this is probably from the late 1800′s, maybe 1880′s? I want to find out more about it before I start making changes. If anyone has information about this model I would be very glad to hear it.
Here are a couple more photos. I cannot find any identification or markings anywhere on the saw.