Attacking the Center
I’ve been sneaking in a few shop hours a night and finally went after the clutter in the middle of the shop ala Gen. Longstreet. This unveiled several potential gloat-worthy tools so here we go…
Gotta get my Gloat in
My Father in Law has a good friend who is slowly moving back to Mississippi and is unloading some excess tools. First thing I got from him was this 80s Craftsman shaper of which he is the original owner, only ran it 2-3 times, is in near mint condition, and threw in 12-15 cutter heads, all for $100
He also gave me four 24” and two 48” pipe clamps and lots of lumber (cherry, walnut, maple) but I don’t have any pics so y’all will think it a dubious claim at best!
I also found a workbench on CL (White Gate brand). I’ve been using a craftsman workbench with MDF top and drawers underneath but there is limited clamping ability, no vise, and no dog holes. The new bench is a bit lightweight, has a veneer top, front and end lightweight vise, dog holes and dogs included, and just needs some scrap 1/2 to rebuild the doors and shelf. I got it for $40 which is as much as two cheap vises will run at HF/Lowes.
One of my main goals in cleaning the center was to get this thing free and under its designated window. Now if only I coulda kept the clutter from following it around, but that’ll ease up once I put in a cleat storage system (i hope)
Tonight I secured a tool I’ve been looking for since Black Friday 2007. Tis a shame it had to come at the misfortune of a friend at church and fellow woodworker who had to sell his business. His new boss bought most of his tools but didn’t need a compressor and I’ve been stuck with a budget that couldn’t get past the Craftsman 30 gallon ones. Here his dilemma solved my problem, 60 gallon Porter Cable with a mostly new DeWalt motor for $250.
I’m getting the info on the DW motor on Sat, but the old PC motor was 7HP with 12.3 SCFM at 90psi and I don’t think he’d have gone much smaller. This has been a badly needed upgrade because in addition to woodworking we have two large tractors that I badly need a good impact driver for the > 1” bolts (especially on the ‘39 Ford which have decades of paint and rust which have caused countless busted knuckles)
Working on some Machinery
In addition to moving things around I also got doing some important mods to my Grizzly G0490. I aligned the motor and installed the link belt, then I got to tackling the foot on the fence. The foot rides on the outfeed table and heavily concerns me (and others) about it causing damage over time. The solution found on the SMC forums was to file it down and add a strip of UHMW, so the lemming that I am I followed suit.
Now that I have bench dogs and a vise I put them to use to hold the fence while I filed.
You can barely see the new UHMW strip.
I trimmed the UHMW down to the width of the foot I left which might have been a mistake because at 45deg I think the cast iron is touching the table again. I don’t expect to be using it at anything other than 90 but I’ll keep an eye on it. At 90 the UHMW just barely touches the table and slides effortlessly. Got out the 5” Incra I got for Christmas and now it just needs me to close the open dust chute, expand the chip collar to accept 6” hose, and give it some juice. I’m really looking forward to seeing this thing in action.
Can I get a trunnion?
Another gloat is a delta 28-575 I have on long-term loan from an uncle that was sitting idle for a few years, except in the move the trunnions cracked. I picked up a Woodslicer and a two other blades for $25 from a fellow in Atlanta and my next steps are to add some cool blocks and replace the trunnions. I can’t wait to get this thing tuned up and see how well it can perform now versus the shape it was in before we moved it here.
Enough showing off, what about all the hard work you were supposed to put in?
The most important thing is, how’d I do on attacking the center floorspace? Here’s a reminder of how the space looked not three nights ago.
Now here is the space as of tonight.
I think things are looking up (except for the Shaper which is going by the main door where my working electrical setup is currently residing, I can live with that tradeoff)
Best for Last
I’m not even gonna call this a gloat, this is flat out a wonderful blessing that comes from my wife’s uncle which belonged to his father. As the story goes, the Jack plane was one of his tools when he worked on the USS Alabama at the Norfolk Naval Yard.
These are going in a safe place until I have some time to read up on restoration. Once I can get to fixing it up they’ll go straight into use as I want to incorporate more handtools into my work, it would be a crying shame just to put them in a shadow box never to taste freshly exposed lumber again.
Next weekend I plan on picking up a planer and have an optimistic goal of connecting my new 40 Amp subpanel, stay tuned!