I should preface this blog with a note about myself. I recently shed most of my power tools in favor of old hand tools, like Stanley Planes, Disston saws, and old Braces/Bits and eggbeater drills. This was around December of 2014 (about 9 months ago as of this writing). The two power tools I decided to keep in the shop were a band saw and a drill press. Problem was, I didn’t own a band saw (at least not a decent one). So the search began. I hemmed and hawed about it, researched, a...
About fifteen years ago I purchased a Delta Contractor’s Table Saw and after sweeping up mountains of sawdust I decided that it was time to do this a little smarter. I bought a table saw dust bag which I can honestly say has served me well in the past but now that I have retired from the Air Force and don’t have to worry about moving weight anymore I’ve decided to add to my collection. The new additions have included a 1958 Shopsmith and my most recent purchase, a Jet dust...
Super excited about the deal I got today! So what did I find this morning as I went to a few Estate sales? An awesome 6” Delta Rockwell Jointer with a 3/4 hp motor. I have been wanting a jointer, but did not have the funds to go out and buy something new. I didn’t want a desktop jointer, reviews seems mixed, and I do not have room for a larger floor model. This is the perfect size for what I am doing right now. I know it does not look that great, but I really like these old ...
I have owned a Delta Midi Lathe for several years… I mean maybe decades. Turned lots of pens, table legs, peppermills, chair rungs, and such. We’ve had our fun times and we’ve had our little spats, of course. Not going to mention that piece of maple you threw at me in ‘99. I’ve had very little trouble from this lathe. I did have to replace the tail stock thrust handle but that was my fault. Heavy-handed that day. Now, and only now this midi lathe has starting ...
The Delta 36-725 table saw is a great tool designed and priced for the amateur woodworker and suitable for a professional shop where a less powerful motor is acceptable. I call saws like this Cadillac’s for Harry Homeowner. The two most often asked questions about the Delta 36-725 table saw are the best blades to use and how to properly align the blade. Understand that I am certainly not a woodworking expert nor an authority on table saws or blades. I am a retired engineer and have been an am...
The Lathe Here is the lathe. I bought it on Craigslist and got what I feel was a good deal. I went to Nashville and picked it up on Saturday. My plans are to replace the AC motor with a DC motor and make the lathe variable speed electronically. Empty Head This lathe has no drive pulleys. The Reeves drive broke and all the parts were trashed. So the headstock is empty except for the spindle and the indexing pin. Motor The AC motor is good so I will put it on eBay and...
The Ever Evolving Workshop #1: New Delta Unisaw with 52" Rip, Incra TS-LS and LEFT Side Router Table!
I wanted to show you guys and gals my new setup. I recently purchased a Delta 36-L352 to replace MY broke down POS grizzly G0715P. I say that about the grizzly because like many others MY G0715P had a .020 deflection in the back of the blade when I raised it up or down! There was no setting that saw blade parallel with the miter slot. Grizzly wouldn’t stand behind it and said the trunions were probably broke and that I had the ‘wrong saw’ for building cabinets or anyth...
About two weeks ago, I was browsing craigslist and saw an estate sale listed for that Friday. It promised buckets of tools, machinist equipment, and industrial stuff. It didn’t start till 11, and I knew that wasn’t gonna fly since I needed to be to work at 8:30. And it was in the opposite direction.But Saturday morning rolled around, and I found I was dreaming about it all night. So I said, why not, i’ll try for sloppy seconds. My wife, having recently realized just how...
I bought my Craftsman table saw about 6 years ago now and it’s been a good saw as long as you took extra special care to ensure the horrid fence it came with was straight each and every time you moved it. The fence system that came in these saw is appalling to say the least and down right garbage when compared to a good biesemeyer style fence. Last week using the saw, I moved the fence and spent several minutes trying to get it straight so I didn’t ruin the beautiful piece of curl...
I recently inherited my grandpa’s vintage 10” craftsman table saw. It had a broken fence and was on a wobbly metal cart that had been pieced together. I have no idea honestly if he ever ripped anything more than 3-4” on it because of the fence. Anyways, the saw runs great and I want to put it to good use. Some of the problems presenting me were: 1) Saw will be in a garage shared with other stuff2) The stand and fence needed to be replaced3) My young kids play in the garag...
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