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Forum topic by Don W posted 06-11-2011 01:41 AM 2360 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don W

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06-11-2011 01:41 AM

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 06-11-2011 01:45 AM

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 06-11-2011 01:48 AM

what, no smoother converted to a jack?

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

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#3 posted 06-11-2011 01:51 AM

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 06-11-2011 01:55 AM

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 06-11-2011 02:00 AM

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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Don W

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#6 posted 06-11-2011 02:59 AM

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 06-11-2011 03:01 AM

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 06-11-2011 01:58 PM

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 06-11-2011 02:01 PM

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 06-11-2011 02:19 PM

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 06-11-2011 11:51 PM

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 06-12-2011 12:36 AM

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 06-12-2011 01:24 AM

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

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#14 posted 06-12-2011 01:26 AM

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 06-12-2011 01:38 AM

ahh, who’s counting anyways…....

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

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