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  1. "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
  2. "Back From The Archives " I finally finished the restoration on the Crescent Universal Wood Worker. I've been putting in a lot of hours on my real job so I have only been able to work on this one on weekends, took almost 3 months to finish. Here's a pic of it before I started. It's been sitting outside for decades rusting away. Things got off to a rocky start ... The owner had it sandblasted before I picked it up. I told him to not let the sandblasters sandblast any machined surfaces and to call me as immediately after it was done. Well he didn't listen. Every surface was hit, the table tops felt like sandpaper, and he let it sit outside for two days after they were done and you guessed it ... it rained both of those days turning everything back to rust again. A pic of me unloading it ... look at all that new rust. Sitting in the shop ready to be to begin restoration. Every part was stripped from the machine, rust removed and then painted or polished. I began by tearing down the jointer first (using my own jointer to store the parts) … and finished with the band saw. The base was lifted so I could get to the underside and strip the rust and give it a new coat of satin black paint. The lineshaft was tore apart, new babbit poured in the bearing blocks, and the pulleys polished and painted. The owner wanted brass washers on all the nuts and bolts so I spent a day and turned over 200 washers on my old South Bend lathe and polished them all by hand. All the parts were cleaned of rust, new babbit also poured for the band saw, jointer, shaper, and table saw, and then the fun part .... painting and putting it all back together. My wife is a real trooper and helped me with all the heavy parts. A cherry picker also comes in handy. (sorry about the smiley face but I had to cover up the boobie shot .. lol ) New rubbers for the tires and some gold pinstriping and the machine is finally done, well almost done ... I still need to make some flat belts to run it. Right now I just have some mule tape on it so I can get some measurements. Nothing looks better than satin black paint with gold pinstripes and polished hardware. I'll be glad to have this one done and out of my shop so I can get to work on my own machines. Hope you enjoyed all the pics, more can be seen here ...http://shanewhitlock.com/photo/v/misc/crescentuniversal/ Thanks for looking, Shane
  3. Ok, awhile back I picked a plastic tub of tools and such....in one of the many "layers" of toys in that tub, was a chisel shaped object. All metal, mushroomed tip, must have been hurting, tip is all red... Well, finally some free time in the shop, got rid of that mushroom.. Could even read all the writing on it..."Made by Crescent Tool Co." "Jamestown, N.Y." No. 175 1 1/4 Made in USA Hmmm, that might take awhile....bevel had a 40+degree angle to it, and was skewed.... Took a large cup of water to the shop, and set it right beside the grinder. VE Haft Werk to do..... Looking better, now. No attempt at a bevel..just straight in. And dunk it often. Once this was straight, I could work on a new bevel...at 35degrees.. And made sure the back was flat.. Will do....then the stones and papers.. A very coarse stone, until a wire edge showed up.. Bench dog to keep things from sliding away. Medium stone..600 grit..then the fine stuff Set each paper, 1000 grit, 1500 grit, and 2000 grit right on the stone. Sprtiz of WD40 on the stone, and the paper...then the leather belt strop, loaded up with the green compound... First test drive.. Yep, it will curl some shavings...but, this is not what this chisel was designed for...next test drive.. Say this is a floor, or ceiling joist, and you needed to run a water line, or electric lines through it...rather than drill a hole that may or may not fit..just chop your way through.....including through lath with brown coat, joists with nails..this chisel will cut through....and that be the hammer most often used... These were sold with a shiny blade, a blue/black handle, and a red top.. Just like new. Might have to find a use for this one, around the house...
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