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Forum topic by GaryK posted 11-13-2009 09:25 PM 6018 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-13-2009 09:25 PM

They just opened a new park/museum a couple of miles from my house. Mostly old farm equipment, but it did have a lot of woodworking tools.

Except for the hand tools in the last two pictures they were all either steam driven or water wheel driven. Most using leather belts.

The little video shows a wind powered fan pumping water to fill a tank at the top of the wheel. That water is then used to power the water wheel. Then it cuts to the inside. They have a grinding mill that gets powered but the belt wasn’t on the day I went.

All in all it’s a nice little park/museum.

A Couple of large blades

Rip saws

You think a riving knife is a new idea? Look at this first saw.

Reciprocating saws

Cross cut saw

And some hand tools

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX


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#1 posted 11-13-2009 09:27 PM

Definitely some cool stuff.

I’m glad to see that you are using your non-shop time wisely. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-13-2009 09:30 PM

Nice Pictures gary i love the old tools as you know

but looking at them hanging on the walls i hope you dont get hurrricans your way or that could be nasty lol…..

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#3 posted 11-13-2009 09:32 PM

I remember a widowmaker like that long green one from when I was a kid.
I was mesmerized by it and would watch them for hours.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 11-13-2009 09:41 PM

Great Photos Gary thanks.

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#5 posted 11-13-2009 09:46 PM

Thanks for the tour Gary. Thye saw with the Riving knife looks like a resaw. The board goes through the rollers on edge and into the blade.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#6 posted 11-13-2009 09:47 PM

Those old hand saws remind me too much about how we heated the house when I was a kid :-((

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 11-13-2009 09:49 PM

Thanks Gary,
Awesome pictures. Some of those saws gives a person chills to look at from the safety standpoint.

If you go there again, please take another shot of the frame saw (appearing at the top and far right end of the wall). I’d love to see a closer view. I am hoping to make one for resawing. Adam Cherubini made one and featured it in the latest issue of PW.

Peace,
Jim

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#8 posted 11-13-2009 11:01 PM

Very nice Gary, I love to see those old photos pretty good engineering for the times.

Makes me remember in my home town we had an old mill that ran with a large belt from a bulldozer and they had to warm up the tractor before they stated the mill and one day this guy was sharpening the large saw and the tractor operator pulled a large tarp that covered the tractor it started the mill and the poor sharpener lost an arm, I was just a boy then and I remember like it was yesterday.

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#9 posted 11-13-2009 11:10 PM

Reminds me of the 1930’s articles I’ve seen where there’s inevitably a guy working a block plane wearing a 3 piece suite minus the jacket.

‘cause you know he wanted to be comfortable.

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#10 posted 11-13-2009 11:55 PM

Fascinating

Thanks Gary

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#11 posted 11-14-2009 03:02 AM

very cool stuff indeed.

so, does the water wheel run on 220 gallon? or 110 gallon? ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 11-14-2009 03:03 AM

Nice tools.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 11-14-2009 03:16 AM

220 gallon is the way to go for 3 hp and above, 110 gallon/ min water wheels just don’t cut the mustard.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 11-14-2009 05:39 AM

Thanks for the post, Gary. Those are some pretty neat tools.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#15 posted 11-14-2009 05:53 AM

You’d definitely want 440 gpm for those big circular saws, but it might take 3 windmills to pump that much water, one probably wouldn’t do it ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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