|Forum topic by Steve||posted 02-09-2014 01:19 PM||1456 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
02-09-2014 01:19 PM
Hi everyone, I’m Steve. This is my first post, but I’m pretty used to online communities. I have started to get into woodworking and am slowly but surely acquiring the tools needed for a Lutherie shop. I am a guitarist and I love woodworking and somebody once told me that nothing is more satisfying than building an instrument and playing it when you’re done, so now I am on a quest!
It’s not much, but here is my little piece of heaven :
I started off by buying a used Porter Cable router and built a table for it using scrap I had lying around and an old table saw base. It’s amazing what you can do with this tiny motor!
I traded my friend 500 .45 cast bullets for this gem! His Grandfather thought it needed work and was going to scrap it, so I took it instead. After dusting her off and plugging her in, I am surprised that she runs without a hitch.. minus missing the most important part… the fence. So now I need to find an old fence for her and she will be as good as new! Not bad I think.
The drill press was found by my Father, who supports my quest to build things! He fixes CNC machines for a living and one of his customers gave it to him for free. I threw on a 1/3 HP motor and she works fantastically! All she needs is a crank for the table.
Now for my newest acquisition! I paid $200 for this from a Craigslist find, but I feel like I did pretty okay. The motor is 1.5HP and runs great which I figure is a good chunk of that money alone. Everything on it seems to be extremely robust, especially the cast iron frame and table. It’s got plenty of sawing capacity and I can’t see myself hitting it’s limits for a while. It’s mainly going to be used for cutting curves. I would really like to get it in tip top shape, but my problem seems to be lack of support for this machine. It’s not the more common 14” and it’s pretty old (from the 80’s I think). It’s missing the top blade guide and I’m having trouble finding a replacement for it. It has a 7/8” diameter rod and the blade is 3” from the center of it.
This is the bottom guide.
but I’d be paying more than I paid for the machine for just those two guides :*( .... If I bought these would it be worth it in the long run? Would this upgrade my machine to modern standards? Not sure what to do at this point, but I figured this was the best place to come. Any input is greatly appreciated!