Beaver rehab #4: great old machines

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Blog entry by JuniorJoiner posted 04-14-2011 10:18 PM 3964 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have made a few more acquisitions of old iron for my shop, to the point that my wife thinks i’m nuts.
I did my woodworking powerless for five years before I started getting machines, So I understand her wonderment on why I now have 4 bandsaws. I just love the way these machines were built to last for generations, and the striking comparison to how they are built today. (I also love a deal)
So, here is some of what I got

I know what your thinking, those are not Beavers, that’s right, those are walker-turner machines. A 12’ bandsaw, a 14” bandsaw(sorry for the face down pic but I cannot pick it up by myself right now) and a walker turner 6” jointer. I also aquired a few more machines that I’ve yet to pick up as I have no room to put them as yet.
So, anyone in the area who may need a 14” steel city BS, pm me, because it needs to go to make room.
yes , I think I may have a problem with machine addiction, I blame it on the drugs.

On another note, here is what i’m doing in the shop. I usually would never post a pic of a comission, but this is a wonderful example of a client having too much input on the design process. dovetail overkill.

That is 17 hand cut dovetails on a 13” wide oak board. just monotonous, that is what happens when a client gets excited about joinery. just need to get it finished so I spend some quality time with those BS beauties.


-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#1 posted 04-14-2011 10:52 PM

Nice looking machines.

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#2 posted 04-14-2011 11:19 PM

you better start heating up the albow grease to the boilling point
I had a phonecall on the jungledrums from the Bs´s that they expect to
be in working condition before Chrismas to help you with the gifts :-)

take care

Ps. nice set of dovetail´s :-)

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#3 posted 04-15-2011 12:27 AM

Nice machines. When I recently set up my shop, I decided to go the vintage route. I got 5 machines for around $300. The newest was built in 1971. All craftsman. I originally went this route because of economics. The machines were dirt cheap, and the few parts they needed to refurbish them cost next to nothing. Of course, the time and effort it took to actually get them into shape far exceeded my original estimation.But watching and hearing these dinosaurs purr to life after all the work was very gratifying.

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#4 posted 06-04-2013 06:11 AM

My Grandfather co-owned Beaver and sold it in 1954 to Rockwell. If anyone comes across an old original Beaver Bandsaw please let me know!

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