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Blog entry by MilFlyer posted 07-11-2014 02:01 AM 1448 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.


-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#1 posted 07-11-2014 06:48 AM

What a lovely man, Do Hun. Want one like that i my neighborhood as well!
Dont recognize any of the brands but they look like generic, Asian copies of western machines of the 60-80’ies so i guess you should not have trouble fixing them or finding manuals. Perhaps search on german and italian brands as they are often copied.
Lucky you. Hope wife and neighbors are happy as well..

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#2 posted 07-11-2014 07:53 AM

looks like you have some substantial machinery there,
but as you say they are in need of some TLC.
I recognize the BROTHER logo on your thicknesser.
They are a major world-wide supplier of sewing machines,
and I’m pretty sure they are based in Vietnam.
They must also have an engineering section for machinery,
and you would think there is a South-East-Asia agent in your area.
You probably already know this but,
the thicknesser cutter-head is fixed so the problem is with your table or feeder system.
Best of luck in your quest.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#3 posted 07-11-2014 02:46 PM

I know this may sound ridiculous but check to see if the blades are even installed.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#4 posted 07-12-2014 04:16 AM

All good suggestions, thank you guys.

James, LoL, I own a brother sewing machine and didn’t even make the connection. I’ll take a look.

Jumbojack…..I’m gonna die if you’re right. I didn’t even think of it being something so simple. Now watch that be exactly what it is.

PS: Wife is definitely okay with the sawdust and noise. I’ll post pics of the end table and coffee tables here shortly. Putting the last finishing coats on them now. As for the neighbors they all have positive things to say when they see me out working, but nobody has come to the door asking me to quiet down. I am keeping my power tool use to weekend only so hopefully that’s meeting folks halfway and they’ll see that.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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