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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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After the “No Quadrant? No Problem!” article went up, I got a bunch of requests for the rough castings. My original patterns were pretty basic and after cranking out four sets of the quadrants for the Wadkin PK, I decided I should refine the pattern to help reduce the number of machine operations required to […]

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I thought I bought a PK….

Turns out she was the PK’s older, less refined sister…… Buying on e-bay can be  challenging. This is especially true when buying on the other side of the ocean. One day back in January, I was doing my usual roundup of Wadkin machines on e-bay when I stumbled upon this saw: The listing said “Wadkin […]

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No quadrant? No problem!

So let’s say you went out and bought yourself a really nice Wadkin PK dimension saw. This is the holy grail of table saws (unless you own a Whitney No. 77 Variety saw with a rolling table). Your friends will be so impressed. You take a whole bunch of pictures of the difficult removal and […]

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The Rarest of the Rare

There’s a hole in my neighborhood down which of late I cannot help but fall -Elbow Some machines are hard to find. Even impossible. As scarce as hen’s teeth, as scarce as the truth or as scarce as butter (if you live in Norway) I spent the better part of the past ten years turning […]

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Pierre Benite Shaper

I found this shaper through a craigslist advert in Belaire, Texas last summer. I purchased the machine sight-unseen as part of a package deal with a Wadkin PK sliding table saw. I had both machines shipped via common carrier from Texas to New Jersey. The total freight bill for both machines was $402 (inclusive of insurance). I […]

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On June 21st, 2010, Maynards hosted the on-line liquidation of Cole Pattern & Engineering in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is another sale that I stumbled upon while searching for Wadkin parts. The only item I was interested in was a Wadkin WL 20 vertical milling machine. This mill is much bigger and heavier than any […]

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Peerless Aluminum Foundry, Bridgeport, CT

On May 26th, 2010, Koster Industries hosted the on-line liquidation of Peerless Aluminum Foundry in Bridgeport, CT.   <txp:article_image/> I happened upon the on-line ad for this auction while searching for some Wadkin parts (the day before the sale). What caught my eye was a Wadkin RU lathe. The RU is a pattern makers lathe […]

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