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Blog entry by frank posted 06-13-2007 02:13 PM 1933 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Woods of Head

....machine head,
gear head,
power head,
my head….

—-and so my head starts pounding in anticipation of what can be,
what can i get my fingers into now,
what can i wrap my hands around to day,
this hour is the need of finding some form of verbal physical exclamation power point….

....wood head,
pegged head,
draw bore head,
once again a head….

—-head figured from too much in-put information,
time release capsules for creating out-put information,
vortexing on this circular saw bed with arbors of metal,
spinning in the slow down lane after power is switched to off….

....knuckle head,
harley head,
splayed head,
there goes an-other head….

—-pulling back in to access the in-formation of dis-information,
i am making head way in this forest of green wood,
where the leaf stutter’s of abiding tree door abutter’s,
all clamor and sigh that once we get through this game of role play we’ll be better….

....informed head,
keyed head,
proud head,
all my heads are one head….

—-and then slowly at first,
but with increasing regularity,
i started to awaken from this dream of a clouded landscape,
tossing my-self out of bed i gave thanks for an-other start to a very good day!

....along the high-way of many talking heads….

<>\/<> ....and off in the distance i heard an eagle scream the joy-full sound of one more giving birth, till from my place on starry eyed tree topped evergreen, i also knew that here in this place of woods so green, i am the recorder of notes about what goes on inside those woods of head…. <>\/<>

I was out the other day in one of our other tool sheds, actually this one used to be my workspace before building the larger barn. My wife know uses this one for her assorted crafts, bee hives and turkey feathers. I still have odds and ends stored in here, wood in the rafters, wood against the sides and assorted tools and machines that lying about, that I need to make decisions on.

I bought this Darra James table saw by Toolkraft Corp. at a yard sale some years ago and have used it only occasionally. So while in here recently rooting around, I plugged it in and ran off some practice cuts. The saw does cut fine, however I have not been able to find much information out about this one, and so if anyone has any input….fill free to explain your knowledge of the saw or the company.

....seems to be fairly stable and not much noise….

....and like i said, it still cuts pine true….

....the folks I got this one fom claimed they had cut all their trim wood for a room addition they had completed….

....”Darra James” by Toolkraft….

....I’m thinking about taking this one apart and cleaning, and bringing into the barn for smaller ripping pieces of wood….and yes, I also did get a saw guard with the purchase, but have not yet figured how to attach since the swivel is broken….I’ll have to machine a new swivel hinge….

....and then, here I’m serving up some ‘wood art’....enjoy….

Thank you.

” giving of thanks for wood of gold, i saw myself as one who is happily blessed, since from my forest of trees so tall, i now am making my fields of wooded dreams come true….”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 06-13-2007 02:37 PM

a great way to start the day.
Eagles calling, bird paintings to admire, head-y discussions :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 06-13-2007 02:50 PM

I’m sure you’ve read about TKC on Here is some excerpts and a link. The site has pictures and information on specific Toolkraft tools, as well as some limited info on Dara James. The knowledge I pass onto you has been gathered in the last 10 minutes.:

This company began operations in 1948 (or perhaps earlier), and ceased manufacturing in 1984. They remain in business and supply parts and cutters for their machines. For contact information, see their website.

Toolkraft made home-shop machines that were sold under a variety of labels, including ToolKraft, Darra James, Powr-Kraft (Montgomery Wards), DeWalt (jointer, shaper), Duramark (T. Eaton Co.) and others; look for model numbers with the prefix “THS”.

Address (1949 Popular Mechanics): Waterbury 91, Connecticut.

Darra James is best known as a brand name used by ToolKraft Corp. for some of their nicer machines. Darra James machines were sold by Brodhead Garrett, Kindt-Collins Co., and others. However, there is a tablesaw in the Photo Index labeled as “Darra-James Corporation, Waterbury, CT.” The most likely scenario is that Toolkraft bought out the Darra-James Corp. and continued to use the name.


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 06-13-2007 04:51 PM

—-thanks Mot;
I had missed the link in photos earlier while at Old Wood-Working Machines. Although I have not found a parts break down for model 346, there is a listing for model 345 which gives me a source diagram for the machine.

....and thanks once again to Spid-ato Man!


-- --frank, NH,

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