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Blog series by JuniorJoiner updated 1231 days ago 4 parts 7974 reads 17 comments total

Part 1: Rescuing some old beavers

1297 days ago by JuniorJoiner | 7 comments »

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...

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Part 2: disassembley clean and fix

1294 days ago by JuniorJoiner | 4 comments »

I haven’t been hitting this restore with my usual vigor. I’ve been dogged by my back issues, so even these smallish tools evoke much morphine use. such is life.here is the drill in it’s new state, no noticeable runout, smooth and quiet. kid stuff, The jointer is another story. This machine was stored in a basement that flooded(often), and hadn’t been so much as dusted off in 11 years. On top of that, once I had it dissasembled and started sanding down the rust, I co...

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Part 3: jointer finished and gone

1289 days ago by JuniorJoiner | 2 comments »

well, a wonderful machine back in working condition, and off to a good home. This six inch Beaver jointer was a real eye opener to how well some of this old iron was designed and built. I did have some troubles along the way, the colour match paint was a no-go. I’m thankful I did not sand off all the old paint first, just a few parts. The paint did not apply very well, and took three days to cure. so I did not proceed with a repaint, just a few touch ups of bad or important spots. ...

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Part 4: great old machines

1231 days ago by JuniorJoiner | 4 comments »

I have made a few more acquisitions of old iron for my shop, to the point that my wife thinks i’m nuts.I did my woodworking powerless for five years before I started getting machines, So I understand her wonderment on why I now have 4 bandsaws. I just love the way these machines were built to last for generations, and the striking comparison to how they are built today. (I also love a deal)So, here is some of what I got I know what your thinking, those are not Beavers, that&#...

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