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Blog series by getlostinwood updated 12-03-2011 05:08 AM 4 parts 5017 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: Day 1

11-13-2011 04:13 AM by getlostinwood | 1 comment »

After bringing the beast home last night, I tore into it this evening after nearly emptying the garage. It is truly amazing how much wood I have that I havent paid anything for, you would think that would make it easier to get rid of…. But getting back to the project at hand. This is where we begin. It doesnt look like much but I assure you two grown men wont move this around without grunting. I havent taken it off the table yet, tomorrows project but not much left but a carcass.Cutter ...

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Part 2: Day 2

11-14-2011 06:11 PM by getlostinwood | 5 comments »

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. N...

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Part 3: Not quite done, but much better looking

11-29-2011 03:40 AM by getlostinwood | 3 comments »

It’s been a couple weeks but I have been working feverishly to get this beauty back in a form that would make the designer proud. I got everything painted, de-rusted and generally cleaned up. I got the cutter head bearings replaced, the bushings on the infeed and outfeed rollers were thankfully serviceable. I say thankfully because the cheapest machine shop wanted 1 hour plus material each. This equates to $70 per bushing x 4, yikes. To replace the MDF top that was on it, and had sank 4...

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Part 4: Let em fly boy's let em fly

12-03-2011 05:08 AM by getlostinwood | 3 comments »

And she makes some very pretty shavings, not having ever made a paper thin curl with a hand plane (although the new GI is inspiring me to get started) I think the feeling and giggles that were coming out of me must be how the hand tool guys feel when they hit that zen moment. My daughter was laughing quite hysterically as I shoved wood in, measured it and then smiled an evil grin. This may not be heaven but is pretty darn close. The chance to take a machine to the bare bones, clean it up, put...

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