So after the house was completed in March of last year, I began replacing the tools I had lost.
I found a table saw, thickness planer and drill press that was in a shop being sold off by a widow. It appeared the poor fellow had not used a lot of the equipment for a while. There was lots of rust, and some makeshift fixes to the equipment.
First was a 10” Craftsman table saw. I spent some time and a lot of elbow grease doing what I could for the surface of the table. I used a lot of Scotchbrite pads, and some PB blaster to get the what rust I could off the table. I managed to get it so that there was a dull gleam to the surface. The extensions are pretty much impossible to do anything to since they kind of a grill. I might replace the them eventually with a better table. The miter slots are parallel to each other and to the blade, which I replaced with a Freud blade I picked up at Home Despot. I adjusted the rip fence to be a parallel as I could to the blade, but the micro adjustment is miserable. There’s a kind of rack and pinion system which doesn’t work. I read a set of posts here on Lumberjocks about retrofitting a Delta T2 fence to a Craftsman saw which is what I will do.
The thickness planer in the estate was not in much better shape. I sent it off to Sears to have it reconditioned and they replaced the blades (Which I was unable to do as the bolts holding the blades were corroded badly) It works well enough now, although I don’t like the infeed and outfeed tables. I wish I knew how to adjust or otherwise upgrade those.
The drill press is a large thing – full floor set up, and a craftsman model as well. The rack that holds the table in place had been broken off partially, and a hose clamp had been fitted to hold the rack in place. I got a new rack from Sears, but had to take the drill press post off its stand to replace the rack. After a lot of sweating, cursing, lifting and other exertions, the new rack was installed and the drill press fully functional. The table is standard and metal. I see lots of examples of drill press tables with miter slots, etc. Not sure what the point of those are. For now I’ll keep what I have.
Other items I have: a large air compressor, an old Ingersoll-Rand affair capable of running most any compressed air tool, a 6” Grizzly jointer I picked up second hand, and a cheap miter saw from Harbor freight that needs a table.
I’ve put the larger tools on rollers, the table saw being a completely self built affair and the least successful one. The drill press still needs a set of rollers, but that’s a little more difficult since it’s so top heavy.
What I’ve found is I have no storage space for things like hand tools, wood stock, etc. so I’m working on ideas there, in between starting the work on a purple Martin House for my wife’s enjoyment.
I also am working on getting some dust collection set up, I picked up a collector from Harbor Freight and am going to upgrade the 5 micron filter bag with a 0.5 micron filter from Wynn Environmental.
Update, see the workshop, such as it is:
Not very good pics, but better than nothing. Got a lot of work to do to get the place just so.