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Don W

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1138 days ago

One of the things i like about this site is the sharing of idea’s. I’m not a professional woodworker, so in my line of work, this is called Intellectual Property. The company I work for goes to great length to protect its “IP”. Here, we give away our “IP” to help the cause. (not sure what the cause is, but its a cause anyway).

I have a large mix of equipment, both new, old, rebuilt, refurbished and some in need of repair in my shop. I’m always looking for something new to rebuild or re-purpose for my needs. So my question is this: “What is the one piece of equipment thats been re-purposed, that you use the most”.

I’m not looking for rebuilt or restored, but whats been made to do something other than its orginal intended purpose.

Mine would have to be my radial arm saw converted to a disk sander. I use it all of the time. Its powerfull and is extremely useful when reshaping wood. Its been a disk sander for over 20 years now. Before that it was a broken craftsman radial arm saw.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com


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#1 posted 1138 days ago

Very nice… I’m not sure I have anything repurposed.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 1138 days ago

what, no smoother converted to a jack?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#3 posted 1138 days ago

I thought long and hard about a jointer converted to a scraper.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 1138 days ago

I’ve got one of those being designed in my sleep now. I’ve got an all wood scraper plane in one of my books, but it looks to kludgey.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#5 posted 1138 days ago

There is a guy who used to make them and sell them. I’m not sure if he still does or not. I’m jonesing for a LN 212. The things are so pretty. I have a Stanley 112 that I got off of craigslist a year or two ago and a bunch of hand scrapers, so I should be set.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 1138 days ago

how about this. Doing a little research, Veritas a Scraping Plane Insert that converts any plane 2” or wider into a very accurate and highly controllable scraping plane.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#7 posted 1138 days ago

Cool. I was not sure if LV was still selling that one. The guy I was mentioning was custom making them. I think I read about it in one of Chris Schwarz’s blogs or articles.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 1138 days ago

I’m about to start the conversion of a treadmill to a drum sander.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 1138 days ago

I’ll want to see that. I started a similar conversion but gave up.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#10 posted 1138 days ago

Don,
I’d be interested in your experience, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 1137 days ago

Well Gene, I started to make an old treadmill into a belt sander. I wound up buying the ryobi from Home depot, so gave up. If the motor hadn’t died on the treadmill it may have worked, but converting to a regular electric was to much of a stretch.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#12 posted 1137 days ago

I take cheap power tools and home appliances (vacumn cleaners) and use the motors and other parts for other purposes, like grinders or inventions.

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#13 posted 1137 days ago

Well, I converted a treadmill to a clothes rack…......does that count?

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#14 posted 1137 days ago

No, everybody does that. It only counts if you moved it to a spot to specifically hang your suits.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#15 posted 1137 days ago

ahh, who’s counting anyways…....

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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