Several of you requested pics so here they be! As you can see lots of “non-essential” stuff in here. Front of the workshop area Back Wall of the workshop area Mark 1 drill press Craftsman Tablesaw – 113.298.341 Delta chop saw and Ridgid folding miter saw stand – love this product.
Well the platen arrived Wednesday and the pad for it arrived Friday so I was able to put ‘er together and she’s good to go. Waiting for the new on/off switch yet, that will arrive Tuesday but if I need to, I can use it. Had it running today to adjust the belt tracking, that was fairly easy. Put a 120 grit belt on for starters so we’ll see and I’ll go from there. I was going to post a before and after of the belt’s cast iron table to show the results of using T...
The new platen arrived today for behind the belt so I installed it, but I’m still waiting for the pad that goes between it and the belt and it was ordered before the platen. I took the opportunity to replace the bolts that hold the platen in place and are used to adjust it with stainless steel bolts and I also replaced the bolts that attach the belt tensioning assembly with stainless steel button head bolts. All of the bolts had varying degrees of rust on their heads so this was just do...
Well, I didn’t get a lot of time to be in the workshop today but I did get the disc platen cleaned up and the sanding disc installed. I also cleaned up its cast iron table. It had a slight coat of rust from sitting in the garage and then when I used 409 and hot water to clean it. Got the rust off with TopSaver and then sprayed a coat of Top Cote on it. It’s as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Oh and I decided to replace the platen behind the belt due to it being dished in a bit...
Well I got a little side tracked from working on my dust hood for the chop saw with this now. I picked up this sander in Spring at GM’s Janesville plant’s auction. It’s been sitting in the garage on the floor since then, one, because it was summer, two, because I didn’t have any room for it benchtop wise. So I decided to buy Jet’s closed stand for it and on October 4 I ordered it. Well the cabinet arrived on November 3rd but it was damaged, had a nice dent in it....
My son and I went to the local flea market looking for a rusty block plane to try out the evapo rust. I was hoping to find a 102 or 103 for a buck or two. I wanted to try it before starting on the Stanley 112. It is too nice of a plane for it to be used for the trial. I was not able to find any good candiates for testing the evapo-rust. Anyway, I ended up walking out having only spent $2 on an old back saw. Cest ‘la vie. We stopped at a local antique store on the way ...
After soaking everything in kerosene, then scrubbing with a small wire brush, scotchbrite pad, and wet dry sand paper I painted the main gear a frame with Rustoleum paint and baked it on in a small toaster oven. I could not see any reason to shine the parts up to like new as I plan on this drill being a user in the shop. I decided not to refinish the handles, they are in pretty good shape. Also did not get a picture putting the bearing back in, I blame not wanting to get my greasy fingers on ...
Last night I disassembled the drill to prepare it for cleaning. The handle on the crank was bent and loose so I decided to take it off to try and staighten it. Removed the flanged roller and eccentric. With the roller removed the main gear can come off. The drive gear is held in place with a pin and needs to be driven out. This allows the rod and chuck to come out. The handle is pinned and threaded, I drove the pin out the unscrewed the handle from th...
I found this the other day at an antique mall, I swear to you it called me by name, psssst hey Tim, C’mon man $20, how about it? I can remember using one of these when I was young…er. This one looked to be in decent shape and as it turns out is one of the models worth getting. So I thought I would blog the restoring of this gem. It is a Miller Falls No. 2 type E or F, one of the last ones manufactured in Miller Falls Mass. early 1900’s It is missing the screw that ...
While looking for a link to Christopher Schwartz’s blog for my review of his book I noticed his most recent blog entry “Vintage Planes are Better than New” and thought the topic was worth sharing here. In the article, he discusses his purchase of a handplane from Steve Nisbett. Steve is a Machinest that buys old planes and rebuilds them. The planes are then sold from his ebay store. The blog article is a quick read and includes a link to Steve Nisbett’s ebay s...
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