A workshop out of the floodplane #2: Cheap replacement tools

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Blog entry by withheld posted 01-18-2011 08:30 PM 1037 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Recovering from Hurricane Ike in 2008 Part 2 of A workshop out of the floodplane series Part 3: A new fence for the old saw »

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.

-- rdh

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 08:55 PM

first welcome to L J enjoy and have fun
second sorry for your troubbles with the nature and thankĀ“s for sharing it
third now to the serius part to blogs with out pictures you shuold know after 5 hours membership
that we juuuuust love pictures

Just kidden you :-)
but it wuold help alot to make it easyer to help and understand questions another time

have a safe but great day

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 09:15 PM

Welcome aboard! I am sure you will find both things and folks to enjoy here at LJs!
There is a lot of valuable information and experience here ripe for the picking.
Good information and advice is always welcome too!
Dennis is right, we do love pictures! (Probably the caveman part in all of us.)
Sounds to me like you are making good progress in recovering from that disaster!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 09:41 PM

Pics are wonderful, just don’t have any handy. Will post when I get them.

-- rdh

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 11:23 PM

Well, Bob, it sounds like you’ve been through some rough times over the last couple of years with the hurricane and all. I’m surely sorry about that. However, it sounds like things are looking up now and that you are getting you a little shop set back up with a whole lot of hard work. I hope that it all continues to go in a positive direction for you and that you will post some pictures when you can.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 11:54 PM

Bob, good to hear your back on right track. I have the same TS and it wasn’t looking too good when I picked it up. It took lots of elbow grease to clean it up. On the extension wings I cleaned with a wire brush mounted in the drill as much as I could. Then I spayed with some rust preventer I picked up from HD (it is a Loctite product). It says it needs some rust in order to do its job. I let it dry, then sprayed again and then coated with some flat black spray paint I had around. It’s been about a year now and I haven’t seen any rust coming through. I should have done the trunnion and the underside of main table. I just didn’t think it works but it did. I am just on the West side of Houston, pretty much same environment. Good luck with your projects and welcome to LJ.
Something like this will work too. I think it was posted by another LJ.

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