Then & Now

Brown & Sharpe's groundbreaking universal milling machine, 1861.

A metalworking lathe from 1911 showing component parts.


Old drill press designed to be driven from the power source by a flat belt.

The hand tools and specialty tools are to many to list or show, some being designed for different purposes that are only used by Nightowl's Gunsmithing Services and not seen by the public for patent reasons pending.

Geared head drill press

Geared head drill presses are commonly found in custom shops and special environments where a heavy duty machine capable of production drilling and quick setup changes is required. In most cases, the spindle is machined to accept Morse taper tooling for greater flexibility. Larger geared head drill presses are frequently fitted with power feed on the quill mechanism, with an arrangement to disengage the feed when a certain drill depth has been achieved or in the event of excessive travel.

Milling machine

Knee mill or knee-and-column mill refers to any milling machine whose x-y table rides up and down the column on a vertically adjustable knee. This includes Bridgeports.

Jig Borers are vertical mills that are built to bore holes, and very light slot or face milling. They are typically bed mills with a long spindle throw. The beds are more accurate, and the handwheels are graduated down to .0001" for precise hole placement.

Metalworking lathe

In a metal working lathe, metal is removed from the work piece using a hardened cutting tool, which is usually fixed to a solid moveable mounting, either a tool post or a turret, which is then moved against the work piece using hand wheels and/or computer controlled motors. These (cutting) tools come in a wide range of sizes and shapes depending upon their application. Some common styles are diamond, round, square and triangular.


Center lathe with DRO and chuck guard. Sizes vary for the operation being performed.


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