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Workshop by bobblack posted 06-03-2011 06:19 AM 1068 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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NE metro Atlanta
United States

I’m north of 70 and have been at this stuff a while. Back in the ‘90’s my son and I started buying WW equip. at school auctions or wherever it turned up. We kept some, sold some and developed our shops Mine has the following.

Best tool in the shop -small Ulmia bench I bought from Bob Coleman years ago. The face vise had been changed out for the big Record. Another one started out with 2×4’s through bolted edgewise, later got cut down and 2” hard maple added on top. It’s 24×96. There is a poor third cousin, 2×8, with 2 layers of particle board topped with epoxy. It’s referred to as the “dirty bench” from the days past of restoring old Fords.

Latest restored tool is a Newman 20 mortiser. It’s 1/2 HP but 3 phase. I thought about changing the motor which has an extended shaft plus a J33 taper. After I got the motor price I settled for new bearings and stayed with 3 phase. I believe this is the smallest of the old cast iron ‘Mericun mortisers. I paid about as much for tooling as I did for the original machine. Fairly new machine – 1950.

It’s older brother is a 16” Newman jointer. When I bought it out of the old Cannon Mills maintenance shop in Kannapolis, NC it was the first time it had ever been out of NC. It’s almost as old as I am – 1939

There is a 1950 Unisaw and a 17” Delta drill press that came out of the same cabinet shop – ‘50’s vintage. The matching 14” bandsaw and 6” jointer now live in TN with my youngest son.

I got lucky on a 20” Northfield bandsaw just south of town. The saw was in good shape but got a body off, ground up restoration. It was made in 1950.

There is an 18” Powermatic planer from the 70’s and a Beach mid size shaper with 5 HP and 1” spindle.

The old Delta HD lathe got sent down the road recently when I came across a Powermatic 3520 with the long bed extension on the GA auction site. It’s still in pieces since we are remodeling the house and I get an extra 14’ in the basement shop. The 3520 is one of the first ones made in McMinnville – I’d rather have the later offshore version but I’m not complaining. My family got together and gave me a Jet mini lathe a few years back so I do have some new stuff.

I know, it don’t exist if there are no pictures. I’ll work on getting some.

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 06:34 AM

I eagerly await your pics… Sounds like some great old iron.

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#2 posted 06-03-2011 10:27 AM

Pics would be cool.

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#3 posted 06-03-2011 01:22 PM

I agree with the comments about pictures. Tours of other shops are always enjoyable to see.

And let me welcome you to LJs as well. It is good to have you on board as a member of the group.

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#4 posted 06-07-2011 06:26 AM

Welcome. I’m fairly new as well, but they have a great bunch of lj’s here that always help when you need it.
Would love to see your shop when you can post some pics.

-- Shop's too small :( ... hey the decks pretty big :)!!!

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#5 posted 06-09-2011 09:52 PM

I love old stuff and the stories they bring!! Pics and stories please! (From the guy that doesn’t have either one….ok ok…I’ll get around to it.)


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#6 posted 06-09-2011 10:14 PM

Oh yes, Bob, you do exist – it’s just that we can’t see you.;-) Sounds like you have some good old heavy duty work horses. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

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#7 posted 06-10-2011 06:46 AM

Hey bud, ... I can’t see you lol.
Just kidding. Shop sounds nice. Can’t wait to see.

-- Shop's too small :( ... hey the decks pretty big :)!!!

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