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Forum topic by knotheadswoodshed posted 684 days ago 1308 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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knotheadswoodshed

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684 days ago

So, its Saturday morning and I am standing in my shop (currently in my 2 car garage) when I hear an odd noise.
walking out on the dreiveway, I see an old guy (I later found out he is 83) driving down my street in a very large “cherry picker” lift..that may seem odd, but I live in a rather small town.

As he gets up to my house, being the “smart ass” that I am, I yell to him, asking if someone got thier cat stuck in a tree.
Well, he shuts the thing off, climbs out and ignoring my comment, says “let me see your shop”.
all too happy to show off my shop, I said sure.
he looks around, says “hmmm, ok” (it was plain that he was hardly impressed with what he saw) then he tells me to follow him.
So I follow this guy driving a cherry picker, about 2 blocks to a non-descript building, he opens the door and says “let me show you MY shop”

the following pics are just some of the stuff I saw.

16” jointer…gotta love it

power supply


tenoning machine


mortising machine

Where being a “smart ass” pays off here is, had I not made the comment, I would never had met this guy and I would never had heard him tell me “anytime you want to use any of this, just stop on by”

I am kicking myself for not having noticed this guy 6 years ago when I moved here.

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities" www.knotheadswoodshed.com


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Don W

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#1 posted 684 days ago

first, how do you not know there’s a shop like that 6 blocks away, and second, you lucky SOB!!

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

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knotheadswoodshed

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#2 posted 684 days ago

@ Don,
LOL…I pretty much “live” in my shop, only people I know are the guy that owns the hardware store, the postmaster and the guy that sells beer.

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities" www.knotheadswoodshed.com

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Don W

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#3 posted 684 days ago

and now a guy with a kick ass wood shop. That’s a reason for a trip to see the guy that sells the beer for sure.

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

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Surfside

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#4 posted 684 days ago

I should start calling myself a “smart ass”! Well, you just have to be lucky sometimes.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Bertha

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#5 posted 684 days ago

Now you know where to go to joint a 16 incher. That’s amazing. What drives that huge pulley? And why is there a huge pully, for that matter.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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knotheadswoodshed

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#6 posted 684 days ago

@Bertha,

the pulley is powering the mortiser and tenoning machines and I dont know what else…these are all turn of the machines and thats how they were powered..all flat belt pulleys.

I will take more and better photos when I visit next

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities" www.knotheadswoodshed.com

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Dusty56

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#7 posted 684 days ago

Awesome ! Looking forward to more pictures : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Dallas

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#8 posted 684 days ago

Looks like a big electric motor turning the belts.

My dad’s shop was powered by a 330 Ford industrial engine, before that it was turned by a McCormick-Deering 4 cylinder engine.

Before that it was my grand fathers and turned by Model A engine. Before that it had a steam engine and before that it had a water wheel.

I wish I still had it.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 684 days ago

That’s a shop gloat!
It’s about time you meet …

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Surfside

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#10 posted 684 days ago

Same here! Can’t wait what other things to see in that old man’s shop!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Bill White

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#11 posted 684 days ago

And you let strangers into your shop???? Shame on you. :)
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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clrcopy

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#12 posted 684 days ago

I’m going to have learn to be a bigger smart ass!!!!

-- Doug Rowan, am I working the wood or is the wood working me!

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Surfside

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#13 posted 684 days ago

I don’t see that as something wrong. Besides, knotheadswoodshed lives in a small town where everyone seem to know each other well.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Brit

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#14 posted 684 days ago

Some folks have all the luck.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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oldnovice

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#15 posted 684 days ago

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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