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"Back From The Archives" This was Shane's first post here on TPW, and it introduced not only himself but also his restoration of his post here. Hi Gents, this is my first post here and hopefully there will be many more to follow. I thought I would share some "before restoration" pics of the next machine I will be working on. I met with a client yesterday that just bought an old lumber store, which was originally a lumber mill in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He is turning the building into his office but is keeping the old woodworking machines that came with the building. His plan is to scatter them throughout the office space as display pieces. I would much rather see these beautiful machines be put to use, but this is better than seeing them go to the scrap yard. The owner has about 8 machines that he wants restored ... Davis and Wells table saw, Delta scroll saw, post drill, etc .... The first machine to be restored will be this beautiful 1920s Crescent Universal Wood-Worker, Model No. 108. I have 3 other Crescent machines in my shop so I was thrilled to see this rare beauty. Here's a cut from a 1923 sales catalog. And here is the actual machine the way it sits right now ... used and abused and left out to rot. (These photos are recovered from Shane's website they were lost during the software migration.) I promise it will look better when I'm done. It's heading to the sand blaster this week and will be delivered to my shop next weekend to begin restoration. Paint will be satin black with gold pinstripping and lots of polishing. Same theme I used on my 18 inch Crescent Planer. The Universal Wood-Worker has a 26 inch band saw, 14 inch table saw, 12 inch jointer and a shaper table. Missing is the horizontal borer, which I hope to find. Also missing is the table saw door and the shaper fence. The huge old 5 hp motor is shot and probably beyond repair so the plan is to gut the motor and mount/hide a smaller DC motor inside of it, which will be used to turn the band saw at a very slow speed, around 10 RPMs, so the wheels slowly turn as it's on display. The owner is planning on using the machine as the center piece of the office space with a decorative wrought iron fence to keep people off of the machine. I will probably round off all the teeth on the saw blades and pull the knives out of the cutterhead just in case someone jumps the fence. Anyways, I am really looking forward to restoring this machine and will post more pics when I get it done. Thanks for reading, Shane
tool613 posted a topic in Old Woodworking Machinery"Back From The Archives" The Wadkin R family of machines were designed in the 1920's and built up until the mid 50's they were the first generation of machines made in England to be offered Line belt or motor drive. Most of the time you will see that the motors are just after thoughts. I have been on the look out for a few of these rare machines. I have an RS lathe and RD jointer but the Wadkin RM is a hard one to find. When you talk as much as I do about Wadkin, people start to contact you and give you the heads up on where machines can be had. It is in this cast that the RM makes it way to me. A friend and Wadkin lover (RD and RK owner) got this before the scrap man. He was going to keep it but called me up and said it needs to be in the Wadkin dream shop. I am never to sell it and he said he get's to try it out when I Jackifie it. I am beside myself. The Wadkin RM, 3200lbs of the best British Arn. The RM came with a manual it is hand written. My friend made a video of it for me here it is.
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