Getting my tools ready #10: The eagle has landed!

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 06-04-2013 07:56 AM 2793 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: What is the status? Part 10 of Getting my tools ready series Part 11: My version of the thein chip collector »

My goal was to have my equipment up and running by Spring. I had a detour in building the shelving, and having to make the rails for the equipment dollies. It’s Mid-Spring and today I reassembled my 6×48 belt sander floor model. This is the last piece of shop equipment that sat idle or in a box depreciating for 7 years. It is not pictured here.

The first picture is my 7” jointer planer from Harbor Freight ( now discontinued) After attempting to read the directions ( sparse and inconsistent) I realized I had to stop. I want the shop equipment to be on dollies and I had purchased them from Northern Tool at a reasonable price. ( Now discontinued) I am unable to use the steel tubing that came with it. Too short! Solved the problem by stealing an idea from one of the companies that sell you the corner brackets and you provide wooden rails. Used hardwood ( ash LOL!) and I had to true it up by hand as my rabbit jointer was not assembled. I found my old planes and had to sharpen the blades. Eventually I shaped the rails and assembled the mobile base for the jointer. ( used this on the dolly for the drill press)

Got to this point in my stumbling assembly and found that the guide fence was the wrong one. Oh yeah did I mention it’s discontinued! GRRRR! Gave up and cleaned up my work area. The back was made for a different size jointer , also discontinued! It has tabs which sit on each side of the feed table. Bright idea!I used my 7” grinder and ground the tabs off of the cast Iron guide fence. The I had to find metric hex head bolts and a metric driver. My local Farm and Fleet/Ace Hardware had the bolts. And it is assembled. Have to make a chip collector for it

The next machine is my Delta Planer which I had to remove the rust which was on the rollers and clean the knives and clean up the body. Oh yeah It’s depreciated and discontinued. They have replaced it with a second model in 7 years.

The next item took some engineering and my come-a-long! You can see the modified rails in the Dolly. I was able to use the jointer on them. About one third the time of my hand planning !

This is my set up in assembling the Head onto the column of the 17 inch 1 hp floor drill press. Oh yeah its DISCONTINUED! This went amazingly well. Made a sling out of jute rope and ratcheted it up above the previously assembled column. I was lucky as I expected it to not get above the column on my first try.

The dolly out of sequence LOL!

Assembled and running! The Woosie Wins!

The last picture is my 1.5 hp Delta Dust Collector The Chorus replies IT’S DISCONTINUED! This too had rust on the impeller and the rust had also gotten under the paint on the blower housing. Sanded, primered, painted, and reassembled.

It’s been a long journey. Thanks for your support and encouragement.

Looked around for my Woodstock chip collector lid I bought many years ago. Does not fit any of the trash cans at my local Menards HMMM should I have expected it to fit. The chorus ”It’s Discontinued!”

So I saw Stumpy Nubbs last show and I will be building a chip collector to precede my dust collector

I have been playing with my natural edge piece of ash. and I have a picture of the project in my head. I will put it together practicing with my new depreciated tools. LOL!

After this my old Victorian house needs some upgrading and maintenance. I will be building some cabinets to go under the windows and making some decorative trim in keeping with the country Victorian exterior. It won’t be furniture for awhile but it will be woodworking and practicing with my shop equipment.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 06-04-2013 08:11 AM

Putting casters on anything is always worth the time.
Nice progress.
Any text? Or was I too fast? :-D

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#2 posted 06-04-2013 10:18 AM

Doing great. Almost time to start making a big pile of sawdust.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 06-04-2013 11:53 AM

Looking good Doc. Hope the blog isn’t discontinued.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#4 posted 06-04-2013 12:23 PM

I am impressed that you had the presence of mind to add temporary supports to the structure as you used it to hoist your DP. One doesn’t want one’s roof to become… Discontinued.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#5 posted 06-04-2013 01:38 PM

The shop is lookin good. It must be a ice feeling to get those power tools set-up and to start using them.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 06-04-2013 02:32 PM

At least they can not discontinue us for a while, they will just have to be satisfied with depreciating and
ignoring us. Great work on the tools, do not know if I should mention this, but I discovered I had to take
the jointer off my base to get my dust collection set up right, hope you have better luck. Thank you for
sharing your journey.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 06-04-2013 05:55 PM

Buckethead I usually take precautions when building. Due to being a smartassed woosie. LOL!

Bluepine38 One nice thing about the DC’d HF jointer is a chute that throws the chips onto the floor in a pile. Going to cut some sheet metal to cover the opening and attach a 4” dust chute. After I build my chip collector. Thanks for the “heads up”.

Peter Being really unskilled at present with hand planes ( haven’t used them in construction woodworking ) when I used the jointer even though I had snipe it was coplanar on both sides in 5 minutes. LOL! I bought these to make my journey less rough, and now I hope that will make it so. :)

Sandra Still have my dust collection to install on all my tools so I will continue to cleverly complain…LOL!

Monte I have started making chips and dust with the table saw, band saw, and now the jointer. But I will never catch up to you. I’m jealous. Hope you get your shop cleaned up.

Johnny Thought I wrote you a reply this am when I was finishing up. Got the narrative in. I have a 12×26 ft shop space and I added a 12×12 space for machining. Never realized along the way of rebuilding my little animal barn that I wouldn’t have enough functional work space to leave my tools. so I am using dollies to set up work tasks.

Thank you all for your support.. sometimes it keeps me going when I run into the next problem LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 06-04-2013 06:02 PM

yea thomas, its looking good, im excited just seeing it all. now take a stick of dynamite throw it in and when you come back, it will be just like you want…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 06-04-2013 06:08 PM

Hey Grizz It always looks like I’ve thrown in a stick of dynamite! A little closer to putting my butt on the ash. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 06-05-2013 01:36 PM

Good progress Tom ,it’s all coming together.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 06-05-2013 03:57 PM

a1Jim Have to run some dust collector hose through the wall to the larger shop area. Could not find 30 gallon trash can with same diameter as my New/old “Woodstock” lid. Too large or too small. Guess I have some more building to do? (For a chip collector)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 06-10-2013 01:48 AM

Doc you are on a rampage. When you are hit with problems, you adapt, overcome and modify.
Great progress.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#13 posted 06-10-2013 01:55 AM

Dave Thanks for the support! Spent today cleaning peanut grease out of some barrels I plan to use for my chip collection. EWWW what fun! Might be pleasant to have money instead of time?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 06-10-2013 02:07 AM

You can’t buy time. But with time you can get money.
Well at least the barrels don’t have bad chemicals in them.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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