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Blog series by rasp updated 06-18-2012 01:23 AM 3 parts 24052 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: Rockwell Beaver 3400 gap bed lathe

06-12-2012 03:42 PM by rasp | 2 comments »

I have been searching kijiji high and low for about a year now, looking for just the right deal. I found that deal about 2 weeks ago. 60km~ away from home, a nice relaxing cruise to Orillia. The fellow I bought this off was quite friendly. Sometimes walking into strangers homes can be unnerving. He showed me some things he made with the lathe over the years, one of which was a solid pine bed frame, very nicely turned in a rustic manner, stained red and painted black to give it that R...

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Part 2: Rockwell Unisaw

06-12-2012 03:57 PM by rasp | 3 comments »

before. $500 on kijiji. after. $30 in paint I should have bought a quart of paint and mixed it in a spray gun, instead of using spray bombs or rattle cans, whichever you want to call them. The paint turned out a little streaky. I plan on putting this saw to use the way it was originally intended. I bought this saw off a machinist/welder who was using it as a workbench in the corner of his garage. 3hp Baldor single phase 220V motor (worth over 500$ alone!) jet lock fence.. ...

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Part 3: Rockwell Unisaw finished

06-18-2012 01:23 AM by rasp | 1 comment »

so I finished up the Rockwell today, my brother had some 3/8 cold rolled steel plate cut with a water jet, drilled and tapped with fine thread. a hefty bolt will act as the foot for the levelers my dad helped me weld the pieces in, good father/son project for fathers day good penetration, shouldn’t go anywhere coat of paint.. wait til it dries re-assemble and i needed some help lifting this cast iron behemoth onto the base without scratching the pa...

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