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Now that’s showing restraint…

I’ve been trying to focus my attention and energy on the new shop. Since it’s so easy to be distracted by shiny stuff, I’ve been avoiding the auctions and on-line sales. This past week, I got wind of sale that had some very interesting machines. To make maters worse, this is less than five miles from […]

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I’m back baby, I’m back!

  Well, it’s been a while and I guess an explanation is in order…… About 18 months ago, I started working at a new job in the area of Boston Massachusetts. I was doing a Sunday commute from Jersey to Boston and then heading back to Jersey Thursday evening.  That’s 306 miles (each way) of the […]

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You asked for it… You got it!

Over the past week or so, several of you have reached out asking, speculating, wondering what it’s like to operate the Sagar Spindle Moulder with the box joint attachment. I always try to give the people what they want, so here goes: I moved the machine from the garage over to the shop this past […]

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Somebody stop me! Please!

Lately, I’ve been buying shapers like it’s nobody’s business (meaning I have no business owning this many shapers)  A few weeks ago, I received this little gem from the United Kingdom: It’s a very sweet little Sagar shaper with a Wadkin rolling table attachment and a very large set of box joint cutters on it. […]

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JAFSP (Just another shaper post)

  On a recent trip to England, this little spindle moulder caught my eye: I had been looking for a cheap shaper I could steal the fence from. I have a few European machines that are missing the split style fences that mount into the dovetailed slots on the table. As an example, this Pierre […]

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The machine in question is my Yates American Y-30 Snowflake Bandsaw. I had been using this saw as you see it on the trailer for a number of years. It only needed a set of guides and I had it running as my primary resaw. I ended up buying a big Wadkin PBR earlier this […]

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Whitney Fence Part 2

So this is what I’ve been able to accomplish so far: Flattened base and two sides using a large shell mill: Drill the mounting holes and define layout for the fence support bar bores: Drill the first holes using a 1/2″ x 8″ bit: Open the holes to a larger size with stepped drills: Open […]

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Which ever way the wind blows

This one has been on my backlog for quite a while now. I was going through some of my old e-mails and came across this item. Anyway, here it is: Back in 2011, as I was compulsively rummaging around on craigslist looking for another Whitney saw to add to the collection, I came across this […]

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So… Let’s say you’re driving down the street and you see a hulking hunk of iron machinery sitting on the curb with a cardboard sign with the word “free” scrawled on it with a broad tip marker; Or, maybe an elderly relative passes away and you’re the person responsible for cleaning up the mess they […]

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I recently acquired a new shaper (and a quest machine). It’s a Baxter Whitney No. 89. This is the largest of the single spindle Whitney shapers. These machines have huge tables and are bullet proof. I already own one No. 89, but this one is… well… special… What’s really unique about this machine is the overhead […]

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