| >I build railroad-themed dioramas and the current project is a 3'x4'
| >(1:87) scene of a Maine seaport. Several of the buildings will be small
| >"factories" -- like a "Dory Manufacturer" -- and I'm trying to get some
| >information on the prototype power tools and working conditions of the
| >woodworking industry in the late 1930's or early 1940's (ignoring the
| >historical fact of WWII because it just complicates things too much).
| >Anyway, if anyone has firsthand knowledge of the type of machinery used,
| >references to books with pictures (or even better, websites), I'd be very
| >appreciative. Working conditions are also of interest as it relates to
| >depicting people at work.
| Follow the link to http://www.spikesys.com/EBT/Shops /. There are internal
| on this page to machines used by the East Broad Top Railroad in
| Although the equipment shown is probably not specifically related to boat
| building shops in Maine, you will get an idea of what how a belt driven
| facility is laid out and what old machinery looks like.
| This shop complex is still in existence, albeit not working. It was closed
| in 1956 and has only recently seen serious renovation efforts.
From what little I do know, belt-driven machinery is more typical of the
1900-1920 era and by the end of the '30s we were getting machines with local
electric motors. I suppose that some of the shops would still have the old
equipment and this is a fabulous resource.
Thanks much for the link