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Blog entry by 559dustdesigns posted 03-03-2010 01:02 PM 3561 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just wanted to share a site that I found that may be interesting to some here on LumberJocks.

The site is by a man named Shane Whitlock. http://www.shanewhitlock.com/index.htm

This guy is IMHO a machine restoration genius.

He also does some very nice photography as you will see on his web site.

This topic is not only interesting to me but its good to see someone take an old machine and give it new life.

Some of the machines out there are being scraped to make new, cheaper, modern day stuff that has no chance of being used for generations like some of the machinery used 40 plus years ago.

I say, save old Iron when ever possible.

What do you think?

What is the coolest old machine you have used?

Can anyone direct me to other sites or information about restoring machinery that may help others too?

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"



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EEngineer

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 02:52 PM

Excellent site!

I like the old machines, too. I am currently restoring a 1951 Westcraft drill press. Next in the queue is a 1952 Rockwell 4” jointer. Both will replace newer machines that just can’t compete in terms of durability and quality. They just don’t build them like they used to anymore.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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John Stegall

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 03:03 PM

That is a good site. I have that same Delta BS and that my give me the impetus to restore it. As for other restoration sites, google Old Woodworking Machines. They…never mind. Here is the link: http://owwm.com/

-- jstegall

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559dustdesigns

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#3 posted 03-03-2010 03:04 PM

EEngineer, Your exactly right. I’d like to see pics of your restored machines once you put them back in duty.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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559dustdesigns

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#4 posted 03-03-2010 08:33 PM

Wow. I’ve never heard of one of those foot powered mortisers. That would be neat to have as a decorative item in my house with all the detail work you described. Thanks Autumn

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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F Dudak

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#5 posted 03-04-2010 02:16 AM

Just bought a 10” Delta Homecraft bandsaw on E-bay from the 50’s in excellent shape. I love the old arn and it even looks better when some one restores back to it’s former state.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#6 posted 03-04-2010 02:23 AM

Shane is active on the owwm.org site, a great restorer.

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