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Travelling Planer

On one of the old tool collecting groups in Facebook, Don posted an old planer that was available.  I have been looking for a suitable upgrade to my Dewalt portable and thought it might work for me.

Work done so far:

  1. Disassemble entire unit
  2. Brought motor to United Richter for evaluation
  3. Separated top and bottom sections
  4. Scrapped the provided cart and kept the handles and wheels
  5. Casting that will get painted was stripped to the metal
  6. All other parts were degreased, dried and polished with a brass wheel
  7. All 17 bearings were removed and inspected
  8. Buffalo Bearings provided 11 replacement bearings
  9. Realigned posts and adjusted chain tension
  10. Wired motor and switch
  11. Installed new 2 speed transmission
    1. Re-drilled mounting holes in casting
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    2. Replaced roller height adjuster with new bar stock and tapped casting
    3. Extended drive chain
    4. Tapped drive gear (post for locknut was stripped)
    5. Modified drive gear
    6. Clearance chain cover for drive gear
    7. Filled with Napa synthetic gear oil
  12. Final adjustments and testing

Future Upgrades

  1. Power height adjustment
  2. Digital height display
  3. Electronic lockout in main circuit panel

How much was the new one again??? lol

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Grandma Pardo’s Treadle Sewing Machine

Tony_n_RoseGrandma Pardo had a treadle sewing machine that we would play with when we visited.  Years of kids hands, basement humidity and Grandpa using it as a place to put his leftover paint, caused much of the veneer to peel.  When we cleaned out the house, nobody could bear to part with it even though it was in rough shape.  It spent the next 2 decades in a box with good intentions to restore it.

Cleaning out the shed, I decided it was time to see what I needed to do to put it back together.  For 2 weeks, I have been cleaning, adjusting and scraping paint…much of it needing dental picks!

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Drill Press Hole punch

I needed to bind a manual and didn’t feel like punching holes every 10 sheets so I came up with my version of a hole “punch”.  I used some pre-finished plywood and 4 bolts to clamp the paper together.  The bolts also act as guides to make sure the holes are the same.

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1950’s Buffalo Forge production Drill Press – Model 15M

Here is a 1950’s vintage production drill press made by Buffalo Forge.  This is a model 15M and according to Joe Silva, the full length cast aluminum hood is rare,

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March 2015 Projects

It has been a busy month so far; cleaning up the shop and finishing projects that have been neglected.  Instead of posting about each project, I put them in one gallery…enjoy!

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Custom Drill Press Cabinet – Part 2: Organization

Awhile ago I created a custom cabinet to go under my drill press.  In order to move the cabinet if I needed to lower the table, I had to make it “U” shaped to go around the base and post.

I finally got around to organizeing the drill bits and here is the first drawer almost done. What remains is to make labels for the drawers.  Binder clips may be the best option for moveable labels.

There are 3 more drawers to go…

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Singer 29-4

Here is functional restoration and deep cleaning on a rescued Singer Model 29-4.  For the most part, it is functional and didn’t appear to have many repairs or “fixes”.

At first, all I was going to do was make a shelf with drawers however that quickly turned into a complete tear down and additional upgrades.  After working through the layers of grime, paint and varnish (that somebody thought would be a nice addition), I got down to the original japanning and decals.

All the parts were cleaned, polished, tuned up (if needed) and reassembled with some current lube that won’t turn everything black.

Next on the tasklist is to cleanup the stand and find a donor sewing machine for a motor and footpedal.  LED lighting and some new decals will complete the project…I think.  🙂

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1973 BLUE Homelite C-52 chainsaw

Helping a friend clean out his dad’s garage and came across an old chainsaw collecting dust on a shelf.  It appeared intact and still turned over with good compression.

The layer of chain oil and sawdust had preserved the saw and it looked much better after it had a bath.  Given it had no spark, I am assuming that is why it was not used recently.  The old gas had evaporated and varnished the inside tank…so thick it peeled off in a sheet.

I replaced the fuel lines and upgraded the points with an electronic ignition.  Adding a dog spike completed the initial restoration.

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Off to the paint shop next…

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1947 GoodYear Outboard motor

I was visiting my favorite scrap yard before they closed and noticed what looked like an outboard motor.  The owner’s wife said she thought it would look cool restored but didn’t know who would do it.  😉  I couldn’t resist.

 

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Unimat micro-lathe

Here is a quick restoration on a lathe that was rescued from the scrap pile.