July 5, 2014

OWWM Group get together at Zena Forest Products.

Filed under: film,old tools — howarth frank @ 1:00 pm
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A group of us from the OWWM.org forums have been getting together about once a year for the past several years. This film is made from the last two meet ups at Zena Forest Products, owned and operated by Ben Deumling. The first two-thirds of the film are from October 12, 2013. The big undertaking from this section was putting the chain feed back on the Porter facer or “finger feed” jointer. There was also a demonstration of wood being processed at the mill. The last third of the film is from June 28, 2014. At this point, the facer was up a running and we inaugurated the planing line.

March 29, 2014


Filed under: old tools — howarth frank @ 7:01 pm

I picked up a welder today.  It came with a mask and a bunch of rod. I need to get a jacket and gloves.


September 24, 2013


Filed under: old tools — howarth frank @ 6:46 am

I have been planing paint off the wood for the tables, and it dulls the planer blades. I sharpened them last night.


April 29, 2013

the Porter Heavy Pattern Jointer

Filed under: film,old tools — howarth frank @ 8:15 pm

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This is a description of my Porter Heavy Pattern Jointer.  It was made around 1910. It weighs 1550 lbs.  I had to replace the cutter head, I got a Byrd tool Shelix cutter head for it. And I finally make a guard for the jointer, in the second half of the video.

April 24, 2013

jointer guard

Filed under: old tools — howarth frank @ 1:36 pm

After three different designs, I have a guard for the jointer.


April 5, 2013

jointer guard

Filed under: old tools — howarth frank @ 9:56 pm

i have mocked up a jointer guard. it does not work very well. i think i will try a design that fastens the guard to the in feed table.


January 19, 2013

J. A. Fay & Egan Co. 950 lighting

Filed under: old tools,wood shop — howarth frank @ 6:46 pm

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In the Fall of 2011, I found this J. A. Fay & Egan Co. 950 Lightening band saw at the Millwork Company in Zillah, Washington. The previous owner got it in 2002 or 2003 from the McNally Lumber Company in Columbus, Ohio, who was the original owner.  They purchased the saw in 1947. It was on the second floor at the McNally Lumber Company and the wheels had to come off to move it.  The tires were rutted when the second owner got it in Zillah. He always ran 1/4 inch blades on it.  The wheels have anti-seize material on the shafts so they should come off easily.  I got help getting the saw into my trailer and rigged correctly. Then it was a white knuckle drive back to Portland from Zillah.  Everything made the trip safely. I rented a fork lift to get it out of the trailer and into the shop.  I moved it into position with a shop made cart and my shop made gantry crane.

The band saw has 36 inch wheels and can re-saw up to 22.5 inches in height and 35.5 inches in width. According to its papers, its shipping weight is 3000 lbs.  It is powered by a 5 hp, 3 phase, 870 rpm motor.  The blade is tensioned with a lever and a weight.  The weight can be adjusted along the lever to accommodate different blade widths. The guides are meant for thinner blades which is what the previous two owners ran on it. The tires are rutted and need replacing as only thin blades have been run on it.  The upper guides are helped with their vertical movement by a counter weight. The band saw has a foot break as the wheels have a lot of momentum in them. The table tilting mechanism is very smooth. It tilts 45 degrees to the right and 10 degrees to the left.  There is an adjustable swiveling arm that stops the table at level. It has a 4 inch dust collection port near the floor.

In the video, I demonstrate some of the jigs I have made for it.  The first is a tall fence for re-sawing. The second is a circle cutting jig for making bowl blanks for the lathe. The  third is a jig for holding big stout objects as they are being cut in a straight line.  In the end, I make a birch band saw bird feeder to demonstrate the saw.

December 2, 2012

tenoning jig

Filed under: old tools — howarth frank @ 9:36 pm

i added a wood spacer to the tenoning jig. i think i am finally ready to use it.


July 7, 2012

OWWM Gathering

Filed under: old tools,wood shop — howarth frank @ 8:34 pm

a attended the 2012 SW Washington State OWWM/OMWM Gathering (Snyderfest). i learned a lot caught up with some old friends, and won a duro drill press.  it’s needs a cover and the spindle has a little wobble.


here are a few photos of the event

May 15, 2012


Filed under: old tools — howarth frank @ 9:40 pm

i went to an auction in seaside Oregon today, i got a few little things.  A big angle grinder, an auxiliary air tank, and two chucks for the big candy-Otto drill press, one of which fits. (yes that’s a popsicle stick)



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