Old Woodworking Machines Being Restored #1: Chuck1's Workshop!

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Blog entry by Jim Jakosh posted 10-13-2011 01:35 AM 11436 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today a couple of us Lumberjocks visited LJ Chuck1 in Vicksburg, Mi. to see his blacksmith shop. I was really surprised to see the vast amount of old woodworking machines that are in his shop that are restored or are going to be. We never really got to the blacksmith furnace but did review some tools he forged for his classes he teaches in forged tool making, wood bucket making and barrel making. You have to take the classes in that order.
Anyway, I was blown away by this first machine, It is Parks Planing Mill – made in 1921 – and it is restored and taken to shows all around the area. It has a rip table saw, an inverted chop saw ( the blade comes up from the bottom), a bandsaw, a planer, a shaper and mortiser, a double blade tenoner and a monster disc sander. They are all driven by a 5 hp 220 V motor with clutches to engage each tool.

The first 4 are of the Mill

The next 2 are of a machine called a Rounder. It rounds out a piece of wood by pulling it over the spinning cutter for the proper shape.

This one is a duplicator lathe:

The next 3 are of a wheel hub boring and turning machine.The third shot shows the powered tail stock.

Enjoy as we did!!

Here are the Lumberjocks Danny (Dingle) and Chuck ( Chuck1 )

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 10-13-2011 02:59 AM

Neat. 90 year old machines… Think ours will last this long??

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 10-13-2011 03:49 AM

Very cool tools but probably NOT OSHA approved! LOL

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 10-13-2011 03:53 AM

I’ve always wondered if OSHA stood for “OH Shit, Hand Severed”... I used to work in a factory back in MA that had no protections except your quick reflexes. just sayin’... ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 10-13-2011 04:53 AM

OSHA, the laughing stock of our Socialized Government.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#5 posted 10-13-2011 05:53 AM

good on you

now all you need is a buyer

some one, who can turn what you have

into art

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 10-13-2011 05:56 AM

Man, I enjoy looking and wondering about how things used to be with jack shafts and all… As I was looking at your photos and thinking about all the fun (not really) I have had over the years dealing with OSHA Michigan department of Labor and wondering where these guys were back then…. We never would have had what we have now would we….

Thanks for sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#7 posted 10-13-2011 07:49 AM

marveless maschinery :-)
I realy like the 7 in 1 tool
as proofed again and agian visiting other L J´s is always a blast

thank´s for sharing Jim


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#8 posted 10-13-2011 10:38 AM

Great Story Jim, and those Machines Chuck has are out of this world!! It looks like you guys had some good fun…
I guess you’ll have to re-visit him, to see the blacksmith area, eh? :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 10-13-2011 11:42 AM

Must sure be a labour of love working on these machines. Great to see they are being restored.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#10 posted 10-13-2011 02:58 PM

Dennis, you are so right about visiting other guys shops. It is so neat to be there in person to see what they have to work with and ho they go about doing a project. I met Chuck when he was cutting staves for buckets in our RV park in Arizona. He makes wooden buckets and barrels and the tool needed for shaping the wood.
I plan to take his courses next year if the timing is right with my wife’s calendar! The first course you learn to make the shaves needed to cut bucket staves to true up the inside and outside of the buckets. In the second course, you make a bucket and in the third course you make a wooden barrel! They are being taught in Kalamazoo, Mi and by the sounds of it the place has a very well equipped shop for forging, metal cutting and wood working. I can’t wait!!

As for OSHA, they would never allow this machine in production today. You have to be very alert and have respect for this or any machine when operating it. In the old days accident happened and could happen because of a belt or blade running unguarded. I get nervous being close to one of those wide open belts when they are running. Chuck has made guards for some of the dangerous areas and will continue to make it as safe as possible because it is running where the public is present and now a days no one has much respect for anything any more and a machine does not care and does not give you a second chance.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 10-13-2011 09:01 PM

I surely do love visiting people like that. Thanks.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 10-14-2011 07:00 AM

Those old monsters will outlast the modern day ones any time Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 10-16-2011 01:16 AM

That is amazing, what a machine.
Just imagine the hours it took to build it.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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