Life’s best adventures arrive without warning. I recently heard from a scrap metal recycler in Albany, OR that they had a strange antique bicycle machine I might be interested to see.
A few messages later and I was speeding down I-5 to Burnhams Metals, a treasure of recovered devices from many industries. Bearings from helicopters, hospital computer stations, fasteners, robotic sub assemblies, fasteners galore, tools, vises, wow.
My goal was a device Tom Barnes correctly identified as an antique rim drilling machine. “NE Cycle Supply” on one side, “Keene, NH” on the other. What era? Who can tell. Likely it was manufactured for decades after its inception. Looks as if it drilled metal rims, lacking the angle required by wood.