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    unimat 3

    Once upon a time... I owned a Unimat 3. I made all sorts of knife components, pommels, guards, threaded rods and folding knife locking devices. I even made a heavy duty cutter assembly for a small manual pantograph to cut inlays and a puzzle Cryptex for my daughter's 21st. The poor little Unimat was often thrashed beyond intended limits and a cordless drill supplied a makeshift power feed. Annoyed to change the angle on the compound by winding the slide back to access the nut as we do on most modern mini lathes I made this new compound for it. Didn't have a mill back then so the task was quite laborious with hand tools. Hard to see in the pictures but just to the right you can just make out a part of an el cheepo watchmakers screwdriver with a lever on the end. This was attached to a pinion which turned a cog underneath the compound. The other pic is a failed attempt to cut a cog via the engraving machine, the final cog had a thread and was O1 tool steel.

    I sold it in 2015 after 24 years for about the same price I paid for it. Determined to get a no-nonsense sale the lathe was gib adjusted perfect and running like new. After suffering a few tyre kickers (people who winge about insignificant faults trying to get the price closer to zero) a man rang up, said "I'll pay your asking price, I'm on my way". He arrived with his enthusiastic 12 year old son, I gave him a road test, he gave me the money and left.

    The joy of the sale pales at the thought that this man and his boy was going to learn to use the machine together. I often ponder what wonderous things they may have created. As parents we tend to guide our kids away from gaming, anti-social media, drugs and all the other crap this modern world has to offer. I hope it worked for them, the machine of course but most of all...the bond.

    cheers Stevoh

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    Thanks Stevohdee! We've added your Unimat Compound to our Lathe Accessories category,
    as well as to your builder page: Stevohdee's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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    I enjoyed the account of your Unimat 3. I have the very same model that I inherited from my dad. I recall the day we both "bit the bullet" and went to downtown New Orleans to get some equipment to finally get busy making things. This was back in about 1976.

    We each spent over a month's pay on tools. He bought just about everything he could afford to make the Unimat 3 a usable addition and I bought nearly every other tool (in its miniaturized version, of course) which included a Dremel drill press, scroll saw, table saw, drill, vise and many other tools and accessories - tools that I STILL use to this day - though I save those tools for projects more suited to their limitations.

    I have always bit my tongue when people trash these tools! If you have nothing but a hammer, dull hand saw and a small set of screwdrivers, wrenches, re-claimed screws, nuts and maybe a box full of re-straightened nails (No sockets, mind you!) then you scored well beyond belief with these tools. With these you can do things, otherwise, not practical or at least very awkward. For example, I actually cut a top for a workbench inside my apartment at the time from a full sheet of 3/8" plywood - one long 8' cut and another 4' cut on that tiny Dremel table saw!! I could only see the blade, my marked line and the surrounding floor during that cut while slowly feeding the sheet.

    I have only recently thought of selling that machine to get tools I need now, but I always stop short after recalling the memories associated with those tools!

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    Hey joe, yes its amazing what we can do with very little when we have to. Nowadays we can go buy a tool without breaking the bank but back then we used whatever we had. Nice vision of you cutting 8' of ply on a miniature machine, something i would have done. My son asked to use the unimat one day and dropped it breaking the clip on the drive cover and bent one of the wheel handles. His nickmame became Dennis after Dennis the Menice so everytime he broke something he would announce "I dennised it".


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