April 11, 2009


Filed under: old tools — howarth frank @ 10:33 pm

i put the sharpened blades back into the planer tonight.  it was not too difficult.  i just hope they stay in there.


April 10, 2009


Filed under: old tools — howarth frank @ 10:25 pm

the router has a home, for now.  i moved the disk sander and mortiser over a little, but it is still a little tight.  the three phase power is right there and it can share the dust collection with the mortiser.


April 5, 2009

over arm router

Filed under: old tools — howarth frank @ 11:42 am

the over arm router is in the shop.  unloading it from the truck as straightforward.  i managed to get the table and motor off which helped bring the weight down a little.


April 4, 2009


Filed under: projects — howarth frank @ 8:47 pm

the guest room bed is done.


April 3, 2009

porter over arm router

Filed under: old tools — howarth frank @ 9:05 pm

an overhead router popped up on c’list I argued with myself for an hour about whether I needed an overhead router. I wrote and asked if it was still available and where it was. It was, and it was in Prineville, Oregon – 150 mi from me in Portland. That evening I talked myself out of it. Then I came up with reasons all weekend for why I needed it: it was cool looking, it was worth that much in scrap iron, maybe I could get rid of my little Jet shaper, maybe I could get into making solid body guitars. I figured that much iron at that price, that it would be gone so I did not bother to write back. Then Sunday night the seller sent me a note saying it was still available. I asked him if Friday worked. Friday morning my son, my mom (who hadn’t seen central Oregon yet), and I got into the truck and off we went. We opted for the route over Mt. Hood.
We met up with the seller at in Redmond and followed him to the shop. He thought we would have a hard time finding it and he was probably right. Loading was straight forward, as he had a forklift. Ron, the seller, did not know too much about it. The owner of the shop had inherited a bunch of tools from his dad in Arizona, which this was one of. They did not use it much so they were selling it.
My 2 and a half year old son had a great time helping. We bolted it down to some 2x4s to give it a larger footprint. The straps held it up aganist the cab. We didn’t have any trouble with it the entire 200 miles home.
On the way home we opted for the northern route around Mt. Hood to avoid the snow. We got to see a different part of the state.
Getting it out of the truck was harder than getting it in.
The motor has no plate. It does appear to be three phase. Beyond that I have no info on it. It looks like it has a blower on top of it. Maybe to keep the belt cool?
There is an oil reservoir above the spindle. I’m not sure what this is for. Does it keep the bearings lubricated and/or cool, or is it for something else?
It was a fun trip. Now I have to fit it in somewhere in the shop.