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John Morris

Workbench Magazine Jan-Feb 1967 Model Shop Tour

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While scanning Workbench Magazine plans for our files sharing center, I ran across this old article, featuring the Workbench model shop, not to build models, but a shot at the time I am sure is a shop the home hobbyist would drool over.

Just fun stuff


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you didn't tell us you were published Herb...

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Here is the cover for that issue, showing the shop in color.



Workbench Magazine Jan-Feb 1967 Cover.jpg

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Thanks John...brings back some great memories of simpler times including the 35 cent cover price.:P

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4 hours ago, Dadio said:

Look at those old machines, I recognize most of them , all US made.

Me too...in fact I have this RAS. Missing the table. I bought it a few years back at a garage sale for $20 I thought about making it a horizontal boring or mortising machine. I'm still thinking about it.:P



Pretty sure I have this table saw too. It looks like an 8" Black & Decker; all steel top. It was one of my first yard sale purchases after retiring. The guy wanted $10 for it. It had a 7-1/4" blade on it that looked like it had been cutting cement blocks but it was on a nice stand which was worth the $10.


The cord had been cut in two and patched several times, but it did run. I hum-hawed around, looked at some other stuff, bought a couple items and started to leave. He came chasing after me, "Aren't you going to take that saw with you? Make me an offer." "Will you take five bucks?" I asked. He said, "Get your truck backed up here so we can load it up."


I replaced the cord with one of my H-F 10', 14 ga Neon extension cords, installed a H-F 8" 40T carbide blade I gave <$10 for and used it for several small projects. The rip fence isn't much but can be set to get a decent rip with patience. I had to replace the switch finally. I keep a few of these from Grizzly on hand...at the time I think it was $3.95...took a little modifying to the original switch/breaker overload box, but works great. A year or so ago I stumbled upon the original arbor nut wrench at a flea market for a buck, so it's complete. About 2-3x a year I see one on CL or at a flea market from $20 to $100:o. Wish I had more room.:lol:


I mainly use it now with my 10" sanding disc kit that came with my Craftsman saw I purchased in 1977.


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