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Forum topic by MyGrowthRings posted 03-12-2020 03:28 PM 1561 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MyGrowthRings

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03-12-2020 03:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: gil-bilt gilliom homemade tools shop built tools wooden tools wooden machines machine plans

I am looking to acquire printed plans once offered by Gilliom Manufacturing under their “Gil-Bilt” brand name. Starting just after WWII they began selling plans with and without the needed hardware, as many of the hardware components could be made or locally sourced. The plans they offered included:
• 8” Tilting Arbor Table Saw (Later upgraded to a whopping 9”!)
• Circular-saw based Table Saw
• 10” tilt arbor Table Saw
• 12” combination Drill Press / Lathe
• 12” and 18” Band Saw
• 6” x 48” Belt Sander
• Spindle Shaper
• An Attic Fan, a Window Fan and a “Room Cooler Fan”
... and anything else I may be missing from this list.

I am also interested in photos of finished machines would be welcome as well as I maintain a blog dedicated to these fascinating tools. http://gilliom-gil-bilt-tool-hunter.blogspot.com

Finally, I am interested in the kit parts themselves, if you have any collecting dust. Thanks, Scott

Here’s a pic of a belt sander kit that I recently purchased from eBay without the plans, so obviousy I have an immediate need for that plan.

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#1 posted 03-15-2020 11:20 PM

I’m happy to report that this message can now work it’s way off the “No replies” list of shame. I have located a copy of the plans for the belt sander and have the parts in hand. I would still be interested in other plans and parts for Gil-Bilt tools, so if you find any collecting dust, drop me a line. Scott

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#2 posted 03-02-2021 03:40 PM

Hi, Scott. I recently acquired an assembled Gil-Bilt belt sander that needs a bit of TLC. Do you know where I might be able to locate a copy of the plans? By the way, I’m also a ShopSmith user (and a fan and subscriber of your YouTube channel!). I fashioned a mount to secure the Gil sander on the way tubes and power it with the SS headstock. I think it will work great, just need to sort out belt tracking and dust collection. Tim

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MyGrowthRings

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#3 posted 03-20-2021 01:25 AM



Do you know where I might be able to locate a copy of the plans? By the way, I m also a ShopSmith user (and a fan and subscriber of your YouTube channel!). I fashioned a mount to secure the Gil sander on the way tubes and power it with the SS headstock. n. Tim

Hey Tim. Sorry that I’m just now seeing this. The plans pop-up on eBay all the time. I suggest saving a search and having eBay send you an email whenever one appears. Great idea about mounting it on the Mark V! Scott

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#4 posted 04-23-2021 03:57 AM

I’ve built both the belt sander and the 18” band saw. You can find the build stories and photos in my projects and blog pages. Had fun building them.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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MyGrowthRings

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#5 posted 04-29-2021 05:12 PM

Awesome! Thanks for the reply. Scott


I’ve built both the belt sander and the 18” band saw. You can find the build stories and photos in my projects and blog pages. Had fun building them.

- mountainaxe


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#6 posted 05-02-2021 11:46 PM

I think you’ll find that that the sander is much simpler than the bandsaw…and much cheaper, too. The biggest issue I have is belt tracking as the rollers provided in the kit are not crowned. Best of luck with your build!

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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