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  1. Fellow woodworkers, I am seeking your input and feedback for a new machine concept I am developing as my term project for my masters degree. As a brief background, in addition to my day normal job, I am in my last semester for my masters degree in systems engineering. For those unfamiliar with this discipline, it is one that develops a concept and specification document for a complex system to be built. The process by which this specification document is created is by generating requirements which are ultimately derived into a specification through the process. It is these requirements that are important, and they come from numerous discussions and input from users, like yourselves. As woodworking has been a passion and hobby of mine for 2 years now, I thought it best to use my interest to fulfill my term project needs. However, to do so, I request the input of any that are willing to participate in the development of this school project. Should you be willing, I ask that you monitor and contribute to this thread as I plan to use this as the means to discuss. I have generically named the project the "Woodworking Helper 1000", as the concept is to be a multi-function machine. While I know these machines are by no means something new, my concept is to incorporate a computer controlled aspect that has a user interface. It may sound complicated, but the aim is to develop this system for beginners to the craft, those wanting to improve their skill, or those seeking to automate aspects of their building process. To begin the process, here are some initial thoughts to consider: • As a multi-function machine, what functionality would you want? I.e. planer, jointer, saw, drilling. Etc. (Note, don't be concerned with the technical aspects/challenges of implementing as that is my job. Only consider the functionality it should have) • For the computer controlled aspect, what features of those functions would you want to be controlled? I.e. ability to select a thickness to be planed • What features should be incorporated into the user interface to cater to beginners and aid in teaching? What features would be beneficial for improving your skill with machinery? What automation features would be advantageous to have? I.e. 4-squaring a board Lastly, I look forward to hearing what you all have to say and generating some unique ideas. I will be checking this daily and provide periodic updates as I compile feedback, to share in the process with you all and keep the discussion going. Dan
  2. "Back From The Archives" I picked up this machine last week along with some other machinery and I have not been able to figure out what it originally was. I was told that it came off of a military vessel (probably a "victory" ship) and I suspect it has been modified to add the drill chuck. The motor has a plate on it identifying the manufacturer as the American Electrical Tool Company (1 HP, 440 volt, 3 Ph) but there is nothing to tell me what the machine originally was. There is also a small plate which appears to be a military plate stating "Battle Creek . . . M-5038 . . . div". As you can see from the photos, the machine has a single spindle and a foot brake, leading me to believe it was something other than a grinder. However, the American Electrical Tool Company only made grinders and polishers to my knowledge so I'm questioning whether that is correct. Any help in identifying this would be appreciated.
  3. Still a mess, but it sure looks better than it did a month ago. This is my new work area, a little small, about a quarter of what I had, but I like it, feels warm and cozy.
  4. I'll post images of my beloved machines I am parting with to make way for a new adventure in woodworking. I need to free up space, and head in a new direction for me. I already shedded my bandsaw, router table, and now my trusty ol Grizz 12" 5hp. She served us well. New owner will be here in a few minutes, but for now, take a bow sweetheart, you served us well over the last 20 years! My router table walked out of here on Friday, minus the tools of course. It was another great machine, I made many raised panel doors on it, swung some big cutters on it with my PC 7518 bolted up under, and I shaped a few beautiful sculpted rockers on it. The people I am meeting while performing this task has been a wonderful experience, the gent who came and left with my table, is from Mexico, he builds Aztec flutes and Aztec drums, he showed me his work and it's absolutely beautiful, we sat and talked woodworking, about his hometown of Durango Mexico, and about his family, and mine, and we traded tips for woodworking, his name is Oscar, great guy. I was happy to see my table go to him. He is starting his own business, from his home, building his instruments. My bandsaw, it went to a woodworker from Orange County, the other county over from us, another good guy, a woodworker who is starting his own shop, and he was very happy with my 14" BS with 6" riser. I made another friend in him, as a matter of fact, he signed up here on TPW, @JohnM. This is a big step for me, us, my family, but I am diving in with all three feet, and ready for my new adventure in a downsized shop, making my beloved chairs and shaker crafts. Thanks for following along!
  5. Dear folks, I want to put my Shopsmith on a dedicated 20 amp circuit. I so happen to have a dedicated circuit that I had an old 3hp 220v shaper on years ago. You can see the images below. My question is, is there any easy way to convert this to 110v. Can I simply open up the wall outlet, and reconfigure a couple wires for a regular 3 prong outlet? Or do I have to switch the breaker out along with pulling new wires through? Thanks for any help. Number "4" where the 20/20 is, was my shaper. Here is the outlet I used for the shaper that I want to now use for my Shopsmith.
  6. This saw was purchased for me at an auction in september 2014 by a friend of mine who thought I might want it. As it was fairly complete except for one small part he did okay. I worked on it for a while about a year ago but other things took priority so I put it aside. Last week I finally got back at it. The worst part was cleaning off all that aluminum paint. The saw got a complete strip down and rebuild including new bearings in the drive box. Other than the drive box there is not a lot to these saws so the rehab went pretty quickly.The motor got a complete overhaul as well. While I was at it I made a new stand and replaced all the electrical. The saw runs pretty sweet but I think I will still keep my 1938 Delta 1200 and move this one on. Maybe my buddy will buy it, no probably not.
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    This is a scanned document of the now defunct Workbench Magazine of this era. Permission was granted by the new Workbench Publication for The Patriot Woodworker community to copy and use the old Workbench Magazine at our pleasure, and for free distribution and re-use. I bet most of us can remember the good ol sewing machine cabinet that mom or grandma used to own. They were well built, classic, and beautiful. Here is a great chance to get to know one inside out, and possibly even build your own. Have fun!
  8. View File Workbench Magazine Mar-Apr 1965 Sewing Machine Cabinet This is a scanned document of the now defunct Workbench Magazine of this era. Permission was granted by the new Workbench Publication for The Patriot Woodworker community to copy and use the old Workbench Magazine at our pleasure, and for free distribution and re-use. I bet most of us can remember the good ol sewing machine cabinet that mom or grandma used to own. They were well built, classic, and beautiful. Here is a great chance to get to know one inside out, and possibly even build your own. Have fun! Submitter Courtland Submitted 11/06/2015 Category Furnishings
  9. I wrote Baileigh an email asking about their 20" disc sander. I wanted to know about TIR run out on the disk , what class of bearings they have on the motor and a few other very specific things. I got the exact same response that I got from Laguna when I was asking about their sliding saw. I got advertising material and nothing more. They sent me catalogs and a stupid hat with their company name splattered across it - - - like I am going to turn myself int some company's billboard - - They want that the fee is $5000 an hour even if I don't go off my property. I didn't want the catalogs or their swag I wanted technical information and I told them exactly what information I wanted. This happened to me some years ago when I went looking at tablesaws to upgrade from my 30 year old Craftsman contractor. I went to Laguna mostly because I'd read so many glowing reports on forums about their band saw - and they have a great paint job which helps. I asked about bearings and other technical things which would have been in any tech manual and common knowledge to any tech department. The salesman deflected me over and over again until the elephant in the room was stinking too much and finally when I asked him for a contact in Technical he admitted that there was no technical that the machines were made lock stock and barrel in the Czech Republic and that if he could manage to find a manual the thing would be in Czech not English. Contrast to the Felder sales guy who, when I asked my questions, sent me PDFs of machine shop specs and engineering specs and even took a micrometer into his machine tool and parts crib and measured things for me while on the phone. You can guess whose equipment I bought. So Baileigh just took themselves off the table for me. Anybody want a Baileigh feed cap? On another note I wonder if I don't really need all the bells and whistles of a 20" sander. I only want to kiss the disc to true up segments for segmented turnings. I already have a Baldor 1HP motor and a 5" cast iron sheave which I can drill and tap to accept any disc I care to mount. I can get wide-belts to cut up cheaper than I can get PSA discs. Elmer's makes a cheap spray adhesive which is not permanent and allows repositioning for abrasive disc adhesion. I also possess the skills to produce a nice flat plywood table with a slot in it or any other furniture I want. And using the slot I can true any disc by simply mounting a little cutter and running it across while spinning the disc. I keep telling myself that maybe I'll want to tilt the table, but will I, really? But, I bet I can build that too. I could also just buy the 3-phase reversible powermatic. Unlike Baileigh they are a known quantity and I already trust their capability to make good equipment.
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