Machine restoration #3: More cleaning... And a "dry assembly"

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Blog entry by CreekOne posted 01-08-2015 02:30 PM 1342 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, after a day of cleaning and a night of sleep I just have to say, Shame on you who don’t clean your tools regularly!

I tend to clean my hand tools every quite often, Nomi, Nokogiri and Ganna every time I have used them. Sharpening I do all the time as I do work a lot of Western Red Cedar. Try cutting perfect dovetails with a less than 10000 grit sharpened Nomi.

So this is about my new old machine and how the renovation goes on… So why am I ranting about this?
Well remember the picture of the saw blade holder?

Well I had to go at it with Nomi and Tsuchi to get the worst off..

After this it was just an hour of resin solvent and toothbrush that was needed to get the last 4-5 mm off…

As you can see, the metal paint turned from greenish to the standard Steinberg Gray that the rest of the machine has.
This is the pile of shit left over…

After I was happy with the saw I went on to the table tops as I felt I needed to get the thin layer of rust off. This is the kind of rust you don’t see but your hands and clothes turn orange. This took about two hours with help as there was a lot of grease and glue drops all over.

After this was done, I started cleaning the feeders for the planer, these where hardly movable when I got the machine and after some crawling around on the floor I realised that all the space between the moving parts to lower and raise these and also for adjusting the tables where full of saw dust mixed with grease from wheel bearings in the feeder rolls. “The don’t move as easy as they should, put in more grease!”
Cleaning this was the worst of it all, it took me 3 hours to get sawdust-grease-resin mix out of every little hole and space I could find. The result wast amazing, I don’t have to use any power at all to move levers around to raise and lower anything.

Now that the base was more or less clean, I just felt I needed to assemble some parts just to enjoy the look of the machine and share it with you who like old machines!

Enjoy some more:

To be continued…

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