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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 05-21-2012 03:35 AM 1426 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Traditional Cabinetmaker's Tail Vise Part 3 of Misc. Shop Stuff series Part 4: A Vintage Tool Chest »

Of all things vintage, needed an electric fan for the shop now that summer is here. Shopping for tools in the antique malls upstate from my small shop, I discovered electric fans are an expensive pursuit. Especially if it has brass fan blades. When I spotted this Westinghouse model for $5.50, knew there’d be a catch… As is. Rats. Took a chance though, and glad I did.

Straightened the bent the cage and added some machine oil before spinning it by hand for about ten minutes. At that point it started turning on it’s own. Let it run for hours, it’s good! Oh, and it is a ‘variable oscillating’ kind. Very handy! Now, paint it in vintage Stanley blue? Hmmm… :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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#1 posted 05-21-2012 03:54 AM

Nice Smitty. I thought it was Stanley orange. Is that frayed electrical wiring that I see?

Just don’t stick your finger in there. I bought a fan by SawStop for that very reason ;^)

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 03:56 AM

Seriously, I am strongly considering a ceiling fan right above the work bench.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#3 posted 05-21-2012 03:59 AM

The pictures are very frightening, indeed. The fan isn’t as scary in real life. It will be re-wired now that I know it works. And mounted high on the wall, out of reach. But it’s definitely from a different era.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#4 posted 05-21-2012 04:06 AM

This color scheme would be cool. Wish I could restore machines like those I’ve seen do up big iron woodworking machines…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#5 posted 05-21-2012 05:34 AM

Now thats cool. You are one retro guy. Thanks Smitty.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#6 posted 05-21-2012 10:28 AM

“Wish I could restore machines”

Give it a try. The fan seems like a great place to start.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#7 posted 05-21-2012 11:37 AM

Gee, thanks….. now I feel old, again. <sigh>

We had those fans in the house and in the barn when I was a kid.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 05-21-2012 01:32 PM

I love how thinkg were made with such style back in the days. Pretty cool fan.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#9 posted 05-21-2012 01:49 PM

Maybe I’ll do up Don’s Ford Engine Black paint on the base and backshell, shine up the cooling ‘fins’ and the aluminum blades, and give the thing a vintage handplane look, all black and metallic. That’d be something I could do that would look good. Don’t know why the grill is rusted. Different metal, or was it chromed, or ? Hard to say anymore; could have been they draped a damp rag on it back in the day, too.

When I saw that grid on the backside, all art-deco’y, had to have it. :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#10 posted 05-21-2012 02:04 PM

i’ll be a groupy in this fan club!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#11 posted 05-21-2012 02:12 PM

Sweet!

RE: Scott’s mention of a ceiling fan… I too thought about that, but often enough I’ve spun a long piece of stock and been thankful there were no light figures to hit. It’s a 10’ ceiling in the shop and cutting into that space isn’t ideal. Hopefully this fan, plus a big squirrel fan on the floor when July heat comes, will do the trick and A/C costs will be avoided.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#12 posted 05-21-2012 02:39 PM

I installed a ceiling fan. Its I’m the back corner opposite the overhead door. It helps when I’m sweeping and creates a draft out the door in warm weather and should help keep the heat off the ceiling in the cold months.

Its close enough to my RAS that I do need to be careful with spinning a long piece.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#13 posted 05-21-2012 02:40 PM

Smitty, I like the idea of using the colors from the Stanly Decal. That blue would be sweet.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 05-21-2012 03:01 PM

Maur, I’m thinking the decal’d logo would be cool in the center circle of the fan blade – big, to fit the circle. Doing the whole fan in the decal colors is biting off too much for this rattle can user. :-)

I wish I had more windows in my workshop space for cross ventilation. Best I could do is a louvred vent fan out the back wall, to draw air from the screened front window. ‘twould be nice.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#15 posted 05-21-2012 07:08 PM

Nice Smitty. Post a picture once you have all the pin striping & chrome work done, please. :)

-- ~Tony

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