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Forum topic by Holbs posted 05-13-2015 03:08 AM 2249 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-13-2015 03:08 AM

Thanks to all who have helped me along this 2 month journey of making this $100 craigslist planer fully functional and in 100% working condition. I learned ALOT with this venture: electrolysis is now my friend, I know every single part and what it’s purpose is, and I realize I am 45, not 25, so unable to lift 500lbs solo. I was going to post in the LJ Project section but decided since not made of wood, best play it safe. I kept a start to finish 17 part blog and pictures for those curious of taking a chance on aweful looking wood working machinery and deciding if it’s worth it or not:

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 05-13-2015 03:27 AM

Nice save.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#2 posted 05-13-2015 04:02 AM

Awesome work Holbs!

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#3 posted 05-13-2015 04:07 AM

F yeah. Nothing like a huge planer for a fraction of the price.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 05-13-2015 04:29 AM

Sounds like your journey has just started… It can be addictive. Pretty soon, you will have 2 or 3 machines in pieces scattered around the house in various stages of restoration… and a couple more out in the garage waiting in the queue. Don’t ask how I know :)


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#5 posted 05-13-2015 04:48 AM

You did a fantastic job, I was a little skeptical that this would turn out when you first posted this find. Man you have earned that planer.

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#6 posted 05-13-2015 05:12 AM

That is totally awesome. You did a fantastic job on that planer. My hat is off to you.

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#7 posted 05-13-2015 10:37 AM

Congrats on a remarkable job well done! You completed an unbelievably difficult project and were kind enough to share it with the rest of us each step of the way…thanks!

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#8 posted 05-13-2015 10:55 AM

What a difference from start to the finish! Excellent job!

That first pic was a bit scary to look at. Almost looks like you were doing a MythBusters Drop Test :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 05-13-2015 12:04 PM

I loved watching this rehab. Congrats on the awesome finished project.

-- --Zach

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#10 posted 05-13-2015 12:26 PM

Now you can put a spiral cutterhead in it! :-)

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#11 posted 05-13-2015 12:55 PM

Very well done. It was fun following along. Congrats on your new, awesome machine.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 05-13-2015 01:35 PM

I hate to see something like that being throne away. You made a nice save and I hope it serves you well.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 05-13-2015 01:52 PM

That is the most impressive tool save I have ever seen. Forget the value, you could have delivered pizza and made more money for your time. That is never the point.

The work and what you learned by doing that is invaluable. Going through the timeline I was amazed at the restoration and would have never thought it was possible. Well done.

-- I think they could take sesame seeds off the market and I wouldn't even care. I can't imagine five years from now saying, "Man, remember sesame seeds? What happened? All the buns are blank."

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#14 posted 05-13-2015 01:52 PM

It was a lot of work but now you have a great tool that should serve you for years. What’s next?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 05-13-2015 02:33 PM

Looks great. Must be a great deal of satisfaction.

-- Julian

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