The Journey #2: Shop coming along/antique power tools?

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 02-01-2009 02:19 AM 1283 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As previously written, I am resurrecting my woodworking after a 30 year break. My shop has been insulated, heated, sheet rocked, painted, and woodworked. I have started to take my older trusted tools on one at a time. I purchased most of them when i was around 20 years old. Searc hing the internet I’ve found manuals for them again at of all places; Vintage tool sites. Has so much time passed that the tools I last worked with are now antiques?
This week I completely disassembled my 12” craftsman bandsaw. All of the blade setting screws and thumbwheels were rusted in place. The table had rust. The bearings were okay though as they are sealed bearings. There was 30 year old mahogany sawdust inside it from the last guitar I had made.

Well, with lots of elbow grease, wet/dry sandpaper, naval jelly, oil, silicon, penetrating oil, and a lot of adjusting etc., etc. I now a have a clean, almost new looking, perfectly alligned bandsaw. Gee it works slick.

My craftsman belt sander was easy. The only thing at issue was the rusted sanding bed. It’s a 6” belt sander that uses a 48” belt. I had an old belt. I turned it inside out and ran it that way with a block of wood on the top. The belt sander sanded itself clean. After a little touchup and a wipe down with gasoline it looks great.

I have another belt sander and bandsaw, those central machinery ones from china. Functional but not great. I cleaned them up too but didn’t spend as much time on them. They’re working fine. I put a course sanding belt on the sander for rough sanding and a wide bandsaw blade on the saw for rough bandsaw cuts.

My Delta 10” table saw needed some work on the table. It’s not great but as good as I can get it for now. I too took it all apart, cleaned up the mechanism and lubricated all gears with liquid graphite. After a new belt it hums pretty smoothly.

Next, I have to tackle my planes I have a bunch of them some long bed wood, some short, and a couple of sweet longbed steel planes that I used to use to take guitar tops and backs down to just under 1/8th inch thick. My new smartsharp did a good job on my chisels but I don’t have the adapter for the plane blades. I think I’ll make one.

Jointer needs some work too. That’s going to be a trip. And Yup, 1976 (approx) Craftsman 6 1/8”.

I’ll post some pictures sometime. Lots more to do. Thanks for reading.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 02-01-2009 02:24 AM

Post some pictures so we can see what you got there. Oh yea, watch the gasoline. You would not want to burn up your shop and them vintage tools.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 02-01-2009 05:34 AM

Daniel be careful with what you are doing: soon you may find that all your time is spent working on woodworking tools and not doing any woodworking.

My newest tool is a 10” bandsaw from the early 70’s but I am looking for something a little older. Everything else I have is from the 40’s or 50’s, and they still run great.

Good luck and I’m looking forward to the pictures.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 02-01-2009 06:14 PM

Good luck

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 07-02-2012 06:14 PM

All good info, thanks guys..

BTW, want to try something interesting? If you’ve got a decent 7 1/2” blade in your skilsaw try putting in on your tablesaw (If the arbor fits the hole) and see what happens. You can’t cut that deep as the blade is smaller but suddenly you’ve got more torque and like you gained a horse or two on your table saw. When I need to rip a lot of hard wood and it’s 3/4” and the edge doesn’t have to be really smooth I sometimes put a smaller blade in to speed things up.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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