Morning, Afternoon, Evening!
So I had to take a break from it all for a while to take Emergency Leave to go back to the States. Spent a couple of weeks back there and it was good to be able to spend time with the family and be together. I swear the more years I spend on this earth the more the importance of those kinds of things is shown to me.
On a side note, I did take the opportunity to pick up some gear from Harbor Freight, Lowes, and even the local Woodcraft store. I will say I ended up spending a bit more than anticipated…so much so that I ended up making a trip to Wal Mart and buying a second suitcase to get it all back to Korea. Should have seen the look on the Customs Officers face when I rolled through customs! :)
So back to the blog. When last we saw our hero he was madly making sawdust on his 9th Floor Apartment Patio. Now, in my defense, I made sure I never started with the power tools before 9am and was always done by 7pm. I’d even take a break in the afternoon because our 2 year old would take a two hour nap. I also checked all the rules and regulations of housing and there was nothing in there about the use of powertools (or making sawdust/messes). The only stipulation was that quiet hours in housing were from 10pm to 6am. At any rate, there were complaints. A monumental battle ensued. I won. I still get to do my woodwork, but in the interim I made some great discoveries in the local community.
I’ve told you guys about Gaya Lumber which is about a mile and a half out the back gate. The owner, Do Hun, is a really nice guy. He said he had tools that I could use and offered them freely. I said yes, but figured he was just being nice and I didn’t want to impose on his business. Well, when this problem hit, I was really making headway on the wife’s coffee table and didn’t want to slow up. So I took him up on his offer. Holy Crud!!! He had a whole shop of industrial tools that literally never got used! The great thing is that I had free reign of a shop that was just sitting around. The rough part is that there was a whole ton of learning in progress as I figured out how to safely use these machines. As it turns out, Do Hun, owns a lumber yard with a full shop, but has never made anything out of wood in his life. Great guy, and incredibly nice for letting me use his tools, but it left me in a rough spot in being able to use them most efficiently. Fortunately, I think alot of basic shop safety rules transfer effectively from machine to machine. There is a great Table Saw which does see alot of use, a Jointer, Drill Press, Thickness Planer, Band Saw, and a second table saw. The machine faces were all covered in rust and what seems to be sap from the trees right outside the shop area…I mean this stuff is really thick. I’ve been using one of those rust removal pads with my cordless drill to clean the faces up so as not to stain my wood. The thing is, the blades on all of the machines seem to be a bit on the dull side. And the thickness planer seems to have a relatively major issue. It will feed boards through, but the cutter doesn’t seem to be engaging the wood no matter how I adjust the height. I would like to fix this. I asked Do Hun, but he wasn’t sure what to do either.
So here’s my questions to the Lumberjocks community. I’m attaching some pictures of the industrial machines he lets me use. Do any of you recognize the brand? Are there any Technical manuals out there for them? Any ideas/suggestions on the thickness planer?
I’ve been making sure to clean up the shop space and the equipment as a “Thank you” to him for letting me use his machines. I would like to make getting this thickness planer running a part of that thank you.
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