In the last two weeks, I have bought the two pieces of equipment that I have been looking for and now I think my shop is complete as far as vintage power tools are concerned (until I see something else). I have a Rockwell/Delta drill press, but for me it just wasn’t old enough. I walked into the auction house as a way to get away from Trick-or-Treat night. Wasn’t really looking for anything but then I heard this little beauty calling my name: It is a Companion (Com...
We’ve been using the new top on top of our old table until I can finish the base. Over the last few months, the top has warped a bit, and was obviously out of alignment with the breadboard ends. While watching an old New Yankee Workshop online, I realized one of the things I did to cause this. I selected the boards for their aesthetic value, trying to match the grain to make it look like one solid piece of wood 38” wide. I neglected to alternate the boards’ growth rings,...
After plenty of time at the wire wheel the gunk and grease is finally gone.rden-a/4529304655/” title=”IMGP1627 by beardenandrew07, oAnd now it has all come together. Here is a before and after.And now it is time to get a new blade, and time to design the table for the iron beast.
I have been looking into dust collection units for the shop. I have been using fairly small shop vacs to try and contain some of the sawdust but, obviously, they are not going to work very well for items like the jointer planer I have. I was trying to work out the obstacles to picking up the HF 2HP dust collector, but I was going to have to find a dedicated circuit I could hook the thing up to. 20 amps is quite the draw and there were also the space considerations. Last week, my father in ...
At the end of last year I was kind of hoping that our tax return would be enough to let me buy a new big ticket tool for my workshop (I define “big ticket” as over $200.00). I knew I wanted to that tool to be a bandsaw, the question was really WHICH bandsaw to get. I googled, I did searches on You Tube, I visited manufacturers websites, I posted questions in woodworking forums. I created a comparison chart of 15 different band saws from 10 different manufacturers, comparing r...
Well I just had my birthday and my lovely wife went out and picked me up a little something. I just put my old Relaint drill press up on Craigs List hopefully it will find itself a nice new home.
so my father came into this band saw through a friend and he is not a woodworker he donated it to me.it needs a new stand, and a good alignment.IT does run smooth so there is some hope. next ill tear it apart and see what is salvageable
So today I made the last layaway payment (finally!) on my craftsman table saw and went with my brother in law to go pick it up. It am biiiiiig and it am heeaaaavvvyy. Nearly 400 pounds of pure win :D I already have my old Skil benchtop packed up to go on ebay, I get a kick out of the sheer size difference…. So prolly this weekend I’ll be puttin it together, then the first things I’m going to make are some ZCIs and a ramp (you can kinda see that the concrete pad i...
It all sounded pretty normal. The first attempt was met with a lot of knocking. Perhaps I had it too low. Hitting stop, raising it, and trying again worked fine, though there were a few slightly raised lines, about 1/4+ wide. I must have chipped the blades slightly. No matter – I can flip them around to the new edges, and I have another pack waiting if I need them. It does look like there’s a slight difference between left and right sides, but I’m talking something like 1...
I lamented last week that I just missed the closing time at the local bearing shop. I got there yesterday nice and early and they not only had the right bearings, but bearings with the exact same set of numbers stamped on the side. That gave me some confidence, even though the race covers looked a bit different. The man told me they were from their higher quality line of bearings, and here’s hoping. They were $10/ea., whereas Sears’ version were $4/ea., but I was happy to just get...
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