bens mill, a must see for every woodworker

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Blog entry by vonhagen posted 12-19-2011 07:49 AM 7539 reads 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#1 posted 12-19-2011 01:15 PM

Thanks. I really like to watch these type of videos. Great to see how things are down in the old traditions.

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#2 posted 12-19-2011 02:31 PM

There must be a buch of these Ben’s Mill videos floating around. This is the third or fourth different one that I’ve seen. Thanks, very interesting.

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#3 posted 12-19-2011 03:53 PM

Wow, that was a great video. I would trade my shop any day for that guys!

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#4 posted 12-19-2011 05:15 PM

I NEVER click on a link in a post with no message.

-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#5 posted 12-19-2011 05:50 PM

Dances with wood. Go to Youtube search Bens mill: an excerpt.I would not want you to miss this video.
On a side, Ben has all of his fingers and not a guard in sight.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 12-19-2011 06:41 PM

Awww! Is it over already? I could sit and watch videos like that all day. That was great. I really appreciate how simply everthing was done. Alot of hard work to keep that mill going. I had to laugh when he did all that work on the old man’s sod fork and only charged him $1.50. I’m not sure today’s blacksmith would let it go for so little. Thanks again for posting this.

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#7 posted 12-20-2011 01:31 AM

ya, posting a link with no writing is not very cool.
but what is cool is the link, i have to say.

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#8 posted 12-20-2011 01:55 AM

Thanks for sharing! Those old mills had a way of thining the gene pool. Not everyone could put out the labor required to keep things working.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#9 posted 12-20-2011 02:35 AM

there is a great big message at the top that says BENS MILL A MUST SEE FOR EVERY WOODWORKER. i dont know how much simpler that could be and i just copied and pasted it from youtube and then pasted it where it says pictures and videos friendly. its a video on you tube about bens mill a water driven mill, i think ben explains it better than i do so dont be frightened to clic on the link and watch the video it wont bite you. i have no idea what is not so cool about what i posted.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#10 posted 12-20-2011 04:32 AM

Unscrupulous curs will often post links to malicious web sites with no post. People who have been bitten by the virus are cautious. Users are particularly cautious with no post links from other users who have only been around for two weeks. Dont be offended, we all try to get along here.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#11 posted 12-20-2011 04:50 AM

I really got a chuckle out of Ben’s story regarding the Johny Walker after he fell in the ice. That comment and these video’s are priceless. Thanks a bunch for the link. Hope you have a great Christmas.

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#12 posted 12-20-2011 06:05 AM

i understand jumbojack, i thought i posted it correctly but last time i posted one of my videos and then wrote underneath it , well it just didnt work so i just put the link from youtube there with no writing so it would work. i have been on lumberjocks for a couple years but left and now im back. i dont think about virus cuz im on a imac and have never had a problem but i guess if you click on a bad site with no security you could crash your hardrive i will have to figure out a differnt way to post videos so everyone can enjoy. and danr i laughed hard at the johnny walker ice story he told, on the full length video i saw about 15 years ago ben made a horse drawn sleigh and he was forging some metal and took a nip of some wiskey he had on the shelf above him. i would have loved to have worked with ben and those awesum babit bearing line shaft machines. in the end of that video he is closing the doors and says, i just showed you a little bit but the guys who taught me are long gone and the way they did it is lost as well, to bad and he closes the doors.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#13 posted 12-20-2011 06:23 AM

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! How many of us could do that project with all our modern tools? That may be the coolest video I have ever seen. Thanks for posting this one. I would love to have been able to spend time with this guy (but not sure I could keep up with him).

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

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#14 posted 12-20-2011 07:03 AM

i like how he shifts the gears and just slaps those belts on and away he goes, i have only had one machine that was line shaft driven jointer and got it at an auction at the shipyard here in san diego, it had lead babots and never had any motor mounts and i was told it came off a battleship for planing the wood decks. i loved that machine and wished i had never sold it as it only had 2 knives and you could pull out paper shims to tighten up the shaft, i swear it ran better than ball bearings and planed as good as anything made today and it was one heavy beast so we called it the battleship. i cant remember why i sold it. i ran across an oliver lathe that had a 12 foot bed that was line shaft and it had an indexer and power feed for making big collums, the problem was i had no room or a truck big enough to haul it and had to pass. i was born about a hundred years to late dang it anyway. there must have been alot of mills like bens back then

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#15 posted 12-23-2011 09:22 PM

what I saw – it’s really cool! the more work on this old stuff ..
thanks for the video!

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