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Beaver rehab #1: Rescuing some old beavers

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Blog entry by JuniorJoiner posted 02-07-2011 09:13 PM 3516 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It all started with a drill press, I needed one, and was on the hunt. I quickly found that most new drill presses are lacking a feature I find very useful, a locking spindle. The machine I trained on had one, and I used it every time, So I wanted that feature.
After a few days, I found an old machine that had the feature, it was a Canadian made beaver drill. I didn’t have the cash right then, but I have some friends that were on the hunt as well, I phoned them, and they scooped it up. So, to keep my work progressing, I went to their shop and used the machine.
I quickly fell in love with the quietness, and solidity of this 70 year old steel. I mourned losing the opportunity at that particular drill, but vowed to find my own.
I hunted down another drill, also a beaver, but just a box of parts, scooped it for $50, and assembled it.

I think at this point the hook had been set, and the reel was spinning.
I have had more than my share of frustration with many of my machines. they work, but I ask a lot of them. It is hard to go to using hobby machines after training in furniture making in a professional shop. I have bought the best quality new machines I could afford, But even constant tuning does not overcome flimsy settings and poor quality. The cheap price of the quality used drill spurred my desire, and hastened my hunt.

The bandsaw was next, I still do not have the machine in hand, as it is being shipped to me, but being the most used tool in my shop, it made sense to have. I did much research on old machines, which models fit my size and quality needs. I wanted a walker-turner, but even used these demand a ransom I cannot pay. So , again a beaver fit the bill.

So that was it, I was hunting beavers. That is what settled Canada in the first place, being patriotic as I am.

Last night I scored a pair.

Now I’m starting to think I have a problem, I already have an Inca jointer that works great. And, I rarely if ever have need for a scrollsaw. So I guess I picked these up just to rebuild .
All total, these four beavers have cost $390, and with a bit of work, they will all be fine quality usable machines

I will post more as the restoration progresses.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.



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HokieMojo

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#1 posted 02-08-2011 01:13 AM

I have to admit, I’m growing to like restoring these machines almost as much as the woodworking itself. Looks like some real nice finds there. I too have been tempted to pick up an old scroll saw from time to time, but like you, I don’t scroll much. So far I’ve resisted, but eventually I’ll probably cave.

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Rick

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#2 posted 02-08-2011 10:39 AM

Hey Junior:

Fellow LJ Canuck and “Beaver Hunter” ..LOL…

I have 2 things that I Like to do. One is tearing down my “New” Power tools now and then for “Preventative Maintenance” and I’ve just started Restoring OLD Tools. Power and Hand.

I found a Site a while ago that does nothing but Organizing, Classifying by Type of Tool, Manufacurer, Date of Production, Sold By and Identifying Old Tools with as much Information as possible, usually contributed by Members. It has MEGA Picures of Restored and Unrestored Tools Mostly Power Tools.

PROBLEM: My Computer got Zapped one nght and “My Favorites” (bookmarks) got Blown Away along with other stuff. I’ve only tried once to find the Site but I’ll try again.

Beaver Band Saw??? One thing I didn’t lose was my “Old Tools” file in “My Documents”. There are a few in there. Including a 1950’s, Beaver, 14” Band Saw, Model M3300. (Beaver was made in Guelph, Ontario) Which I OWNED when I was Young. Gone Bye Bye sometime ago.

This one has been Lovingly Restored as you can see from the Pics below. I would Hazard a Guess that it will Out Perform Most of the “New” 14”ers available Today.

Just for FUN!! An Unrestored, 1949, 8”, Beaver Table Saw, Model M1200. I’ll be sure to make an effort to find that Site Junior.

Regards: Rick (Aurora, Ontario)

-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

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JuniorJoiner

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#3 posted 02-08-2011 06:53 PM

Thanks for the pics, I am already familiar with the owwm site, and have used it to identify what machines I have, their manuals, as well as possible troubles I may encounter in the restoration process. I may be a woodworker now, but I was once a technician. so I have a few tricks of my own. The machines are already apart and about to get a bath.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#4 posted 02-08-2011 11:12 PM

Junior those are some nice machines. I know what you are talking about on the drill press. My modern Hitachi drill press is the same way! I cant set depth stop for nothing.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#5 posted 09-20-2012 10:22 PM

Hey guys.. I’ve also caught the Beaver Fever..
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/34805#reply-499539
Maybe we should start a club???
David Bethune
davidwilliambethune@cogeco.ca

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#6 posted 09-25-2012 08:31 AM

I don’t know how??? BUT I posted the wrong link to my ”Beaver Fever Tools” but..
here is the right one..
http://lumberjocks.com/DavidBethune/blog/32132
Maybe I’m Getting old..
and my latest link:
http://lumberjocks.com/DavidBethune/blog/32145

I’m in the process of building a small FOUNDRY to cast the “Original LEGS” etc.. for the BEAVER tools.
I’m waiting till we make our move to Prince Edward Island and I’m in my new dream shop..:)
I’ve bought everything necessary to make it..

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905maxp

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#7 posted 03-15-2013 11:58 AM

I have acquired 2 saws a Beaver 3200 & 2200 they both are working , I posted them on kijiji Hamilton Ontario my wife wants them gone , any thoughts of who to contact regarding selling them before they end up in the scrap yard it would be a shame . ?? Photos in my ad just search in tools / power trools / Hamilton on kijiji

-- MAXWELL PACEY

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mac1

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#8 posted 10-07-2014 11:29 PM

Thanks guys! My Grandfather was “Grit” Callander and he was the owner (along with his brothers and father) of the Callander foundry inn Guelph Ont. that made the Beavers. I collect old Beavers but I have yet to get an old drill press. I live on Salt Spring island B.C. and if anyone ever comes across one I’d love to buy it! Thanks!

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