Foster Planer Restoration #2: Day 2

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Blog entry by getlostinwood posted 11-14-2011 06:11 PM 1794 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Continued working on getting all the pieces apart. Got all the blades out, only had to use the hammer a little bit. I was concerned about having to drill out nibs. Got very lucky on that. Decided to wait until I could get evapo-rust to soak the top end. After quick inspection it looks like I need to replace some brass bearings.

I spun the motor by hand, sounds like the bearings are dry but useable. This motor is a beast, tag claims it is 1.5 hp but this thing is bigger than the 3hp on my TS.
Now on to what I suspect will be a bit controversial. I decide to go bold with the paint. My decision process was based on the idea that at somepoint I’d like to make a dollar or two out of this shop. To that idea, the planer will be the tallest free standing tool in the shop. This planer will be able to catch the eye of everyone, woodworker or not.

I think it will act as a conversation starter, giving me an opprotunity to explain the different processes used to take wood from rough sawn to finished product.
Normally I am a purist when it comes to machine colors but in a sea of Delta grey, and Powermatic green this should be able to make a statement.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 07:49 PM

Well, you wont have to worry about low flying air planes with that color. Pretty sharp, and way better than rust grey or brown. Best of luck.

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#2 posted 11-14-2011 08:30 PM

If the bearings are dry, replace them. For less than $10 you will, if nothing else, have peace of mind knowing they are new and will not cause a problem down the road

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 12:47 AM

I have to say that I am VERY JEALOUS! I actually saw this planer on craigslist last night. I called that man and unfotunately for me, but fortunate for you, it had been sold already. It sure is cool to know that it went to a good home. Congrats! I looks great already! Oh and again, knowing what the man was asking for it, I am even more jealous.

-- Of all the people I have met in my life, you are one of them!

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#4 posted 11-16-2011 01:19 AM

It’s nice but I dont think it was drive from Ruston nice. I still have a house in Downsville. If you get to the big D let me know.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#5 posted 11-17-2011 05:47 AM

Wow! Sure is a small world. I am planning on coming over there this weekend to see family, that is why I called the guy about the planer.

-- Of all the people I have met in my life, you are one of them!

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