Well, what can I say? Its been a long time coming. There was a part of me that said that I only needed a table saw to make some canvas frames. Heck, I already had a circular saw, jigsaw, air compressor with nailer, router, palm sander, and a scroll saw. Not to mention I had a plate joiner on lay away at a pawn shop.
So the time came when I began to learn how to scrounge free wood for my hobbyist needs. In doing so, I learned that there are some very nice woods out there other than pine plywood, dont laugh. In my visits to Rockler, I would see some really nice woods like purple heart, yellow heart, maple, and many others. I would see people giving away trees that had been cut up and other things that I might want to make something nice out of. I also needed a tool that could split wooden balls in half other than the method I was using. (ill never tell!)
The breaking point was when I helped my aunt clean out her basement. There sat a piano which had been sitting there for at least 17 years. But this piano has some serious history! She bought it back in 1972, but it was 75 years old at that point! The outside was a disaster, so my cousin and I decided to demolish it. As I looked how to disassemble it (to make an easy clean up job) I noticed that It was made with awesome craftsmanship. The artist in me could appreciate that! As i tried to take it apart, I discovered there was no easy way to do it, but when pulled the piano from off the wall and gazed at the back, I saw some really nice wood, like in Rockler. This wood is probably mahogany or something, but there were 4×4 beams of solid wood and great looking trim and moldings as well as other useful parts. I want to make something nice out of the wood to honor its history and those who made it. Ill post pictures of it later in this series.
In order to accomplish my goal, I needed a 14” bandsaw to resaw the lumber. So I found this saw on CL and for $225 and 9 blades to go with it, I went ahead and picked it up. It is a JBS 140S 3/4hp 1ph 14” Band Saw. Stock 708514. I would love to tune it up before I take on anything serious. In the meantime, I cleaned it up and made a sled for it. I also noticed that the track is not a T-track, just a regular square-like track. I went to Rockler and the newer Jet 14” saw had the same track, but it had a few newer modifications as could be expected, but for the most part was the same saw (same motor). The saw also came on a mobile base on some decent casters.
What was also inspiring about my purchase was the seller. He upgraded to a new Delta 14” bandsaw. I also toured his shop/garage and discovered that woodworking always finds a wayto lure one to a newer or better tool. I particularly liked his wooden router lift and table that had the wooden gears (from a $20 plan). Even more interesting was when he sent me this link. From there I visited his website her and watched a 32 minute shop tour, “10 minute history on his ca. 1940 36 Bandsaw, as well as some other neat stuff like a joiner made in 1910. Its worth checking out, all at www.frankmakes.com under the blog area.
-- Jerome, Marietta, GA