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1527A gear blank Wheel architectural salvage industrial U.S. Steel vintage foundry Pattern table

1527A gear blank Wheel architectural salvage industrial U.S. Steel vintage foundry Pattern table

Regular price $295.00 USD
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1527 A gear blank Wheel architectural salvage industrial U.S. Steel vintage foundry Pattern table.

Yellow pine.  @ 70 LB

Though these patterns represent the mass and heft of the steel industry, they are surprisingly light since they are constructed from yellow pine.

I have sanded where needed and clear coated this piece preparation to upcycle to a table. 

 I am selling it here as is.    I can provide a 1/2 thick glass top and 2" flanges and  black pipe cut to order.  I can also finish it to your required height.  Inquire for a price quote.


Disregard any shipping prices quoted here. Shipping will be quoted based on your address via common carrier or our truck.  Please inquire at 814-243-5744

 (Deliveries to the Washington DC area are especially reasonable.)

Free pick up in Johnstown, Pa

 Over the years, I salvaged a large inventory of painted patterns from my customers at US Steel and also natural wood patterns from Bethlehem Steel. We had both mills here in Johnstown. If you would like a pattern in the raw to use as decor or to create furniture or sculpture, we have many to choose from. They range in size from the size of a pop can to a rowboat.

Interior designers, architects, makers & builders can easily spend a day perusing the inventory.

I discount for quantity.  

 Along with the foundry patterns, I collected original photos of the plant and its products, and employees, plant documents and catalogs of the machines and rail cars the that patterns were used to build.

Dr. Zaborowski with the Digital Public Library of America has been working tirelessly to digitize much of the ephemera for posterity. So, if you like further connection to these works, visit:


 In its' heyday, USS Johnstown Works employed @1400+ workers. The engineers designed and drew the plans along with a pool of draftsmen. They melted iron ore, converted it to steel, shaped it, rolled it. Expert carpenters made the wood patterns for the foundry pieces they poured.  Then skilled steelworkers fabricated and assembled machines, industrial railroad and minecars. They shipped the final products to sister US Steel plants and third-party customers in Pittsburgh, nationally and worldwide.

  When the jobs went overseas, they left their clothes, gear, old spice and girly calendars in their lockers and walked away from their family sustaining jobs.    I have attached  photos that roughly parallels the sequence of events that the drawing subject followedSome I shot & some are vintage that I purchased. I spent 16 years servicing the mills and mines as a Westinghouse  representative. The last 4 photos are me in my time on the job and later salvaging remnants of my customers as they faded into rustbelt brownfields.

These are remnants of Big Steel that remind us why the Pittsburgh football team is called STEELERS!


United States Steel Corporation, more commonly known as U.S. Steel, is an American integrated steel producer headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with production operations primarily in the United States of America and in Central Europe. The company produces and sells steel products, including flat-rolled and tubular products for customers in industries across automotive, construction, consumer, electrical, industrial equipment, distribution, and energy. Operations also include iron ore and coke production facilities.[2]

Once the largest steel producer and largest corporation in the world, (after the Mafia re: The Godfather Part II) It was the eighth-largest steel producer in the world in 2008. By 2022, the company was the world's 24th-largest steel producer and the second-largest in the United States behind Nucor Corporation. Though renamed USX Corporation in 1986, the company was renamed United States Steel in 2001 after spinning off its energy business, including Marathon Oil, and other assets, from its core steel concern.

Pending regulatory and shareholder approval, US Steel is set to be acquired by Nippon Steel, Japan's largest steel producing company, for US $14.1 billion. The deal, announced in mid-December 2023, retains US Steel's name and headquarters in Pittsburgh.


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