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Forum topic by Quoheleth posted 03-28-2013 02:03 AM 1668 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2013 02:03 AM

Two part thread:
Part one is honest inquiry – what’s your favorite old tool in your shop? Does it have a story to tell?
Part two is bragging. Here’s my favorite:

It’s a© 1951 Craftsman 10” radial arm saw. Rated at a full horsepower, it turns 3450RPMs.

I set it up with a new Delta -5* hook 60 TPI blade instead of the old one in the photo. This was Dad’s saw he bought at an Iowa farm auction in the early/mid 60s. We used it every year to build something for around the house during summer vacation. I still have a book case we built in ‘86 from oak ply and trim.

Dad passed in 2000. The saw sat unused in the garage at home until 2011 when my brother brought it to me when he came to visit. Mostly cast iron, it took both of us to muscle it out of the truck (it took him and a couple of his buddies to get it in) and put together. Great thing was when we plugged it in, it kicked right off – no problems.

I used this saw to cut the 12” wide 6/4 pecan I used for the bench in another thread. Worked great!

So…any other old tools to show?


-- "We're always ready to circumcize a few 2x4s," - Uncle Bill

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#1 posted 03-28-2013 05:07 AM

My favorite old tool is this 1959 Powermatic 16” planer, one of the oldest machines I have.

the story,

I looked for a year for a planer, almost breaking down and buying a new import, never considering the little bench type. This is my first planer! Found this in Montana, out of a school, near mint condition, already had the single phase 5hp motor. ”$600”

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#2 posted 03-28-2013 06:59 AM

For machines, this one:

It’s a dead-square table saw with a non-tilting arbor
and a material clamp I can rip guitar saddles out of
corian on. Small parts up to about 6” long that
would otherwise have to be rough cut and hand
planed or thickness sanded can be dimensioned
quickly, safely and accurately on the machine.

It was made for the printing industry. Since they
are a bit obsolete they can be found with a little
searching. Also cuts soft metals.

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#3 posted 03-28-2013 07:10 AM

That Craftsman RAS looks like a beast.

I’m pretty fond of all my old tools (which is not many really) but this little Goodell Pratt lathe (1930’s) is a lot of fun.

Although I’m pretty sure this Craftsman/King Seeley 9×30 (1950’s?) may surpass it.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 03-28-2013 09:56 PM

Cool old machines! I have an old Delta-Milwaukee joiner that was my personal cool find. Not anything terribly special, but it was a fun rehab project.

Yes, Rick – that saw is a total hoss. Not the most accurate tool in the shop, but it’s a sentimental favorite and works great for breaking down long boards for precision on the TS.


-- "We're always ready to circumcize a few 2x4s," - Uncle Bill

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#5 posted 03-28-2013 10:26 PM

I’m torn. My current favorite old tool in the shop is a pre-lateral Type 6 #34 Stanley transitional, made between 1874-1884. That’s also the answer to part 2—my brag. Not often you can find a 130 year old collectible old tool in good shape for $25.

My favorite one to use is this Type 4 Bedrock 606C that I restored.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 03-28-2013 11:18 PM

A Disston D-23 that my Grandpa gave me in 1963. He had been given the saw by “an old man across town”. I have used it and used to use it often. The saddest tool in the box is the one that never gets used. Now I have to decide which of my grandchildren will receive the saw. It just might be a granddaughter. She loves the shop.

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#7 posted 03-29-2013 12:57 AM

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#8 posted 03-29-2013 03:22 AM

Without a doubt, my Stanley #4 smoother I bought from Don Yoda. A local guy here thinks it looks like the type made between 1900-1910. I’m not a plane expert so I’m not sure. If he’s right though, it’s at least a century old. No reason why it shouldn’t last another.

-- Brian Timmons -

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