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    Senior Member Satamax's Avatar
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    Talking Ho many woodworkers on the forum?


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    Senior Hollow State Tech Bruce / Mission Amps's Avatar
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    I guess I still consider myself one even though I don't build any of my cabs anymore.
    When I moved from the Arvada shop I had to sell some of my big stuff 'cause the new shop is 600 sq ft smaller.
    Sold my big vintage 12" radial saw... (looked just like yours but 3 phase) with my two 120" cutoff tables, one each side.. really miss that!
    Sold my 10HP 36" wide dual drum sander, sold my 15" planer and both my 4 bag vacuum systems and all 60 of my pipe clamps, ranging from 24" to 84"... kept almost all my hand tools (electric or otherwise), my drill press, 14" bandsaw, 10" Delta Contrators saw with Unifence, and my Delta 8" jointer.
    But the Delta stuff is in storage.
    Just no place to do any of that anymore... well, for a while anyhow....
    Bruce

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    Hey Bruce, that's sad! Selling a Dewalt Mine is a GE from the fifties too, and is three phase power, i had it rewired for 400V 3ph as the motor was 220 (208) three phase and over here that's our single phase supply and i couldn't find a single three phase trany which could cope with the 7.5hp that thing produces. The planer thicknesser (jointer planer) is an old french make from the 50 as well, but having been trained in engineering too i have made a separate drive for the power feed, with a frequency inverter on it. Bandsaw is a 16 cheap austrian made hammer. I'm not too keen on it, as i keep having issues with it. Blown motor, going out of straight, ruber bands around the wheels chipping away. I have a OOS shaper, bout 3hp 50mm arbor with modern power feed now http://www.luthierguitares.com/shaper/shaperfront.jpg
    I love thoses old sturdy cast iron power tools, and the bandsaw is the next to be changed most certainly, exept if i find a better combi planer thicknesser.

    Bye.

    Max.

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    My old Arvada shop was wired for for 3 phase so I took the motor head out of the DeWalt and had it rewound for "220v"-3Phase (might actually be 208v) ... regardless it was still very powerful for it's size. I don't think I had to do anything to the safety magnetic switches.
    All the other stuff was running on the 220vac single phase.
    The real beauty of that big green DeWalt set up was the long left and right cutoff tables I built for it.... such a plus when cutting off long stock and plywood.

    I had two drill presses, with one being my grandfather's from the early 1940s... and old WWII Walker.
    Set up with for our vertical drum sanders it was a HEAVY cast iron thing with a quill that weight a ton.
    After a couple bearing sets and two motor rebuilds in 22 years I decided to retire it and use the massive drill top as a super heavy duty table top for setting all my eyelets and anything else requiring a flat iron backup for smashing!

    My table top sander was a great tool.
    The drums were 10" in diameter belt driven with a 10HP 220v, 1750rpm motor.
    Sheave reduction was +2:1.
    One drum was 80 grit and the other was 120 to 150.
    I could glue up any wood slab 36" wide and 96" long, chip off the glue from both sides with a big heavy iron, sharp, pulling scrapper and run it straight through the sander three or four times per side ... the chain driven auto feeder was about 17 to 20 FPM.
    A 3'x7'x1 1/2" thick table top wouldn't take but 10-15 mins in the sander to be able to go right to palm sanders with 150- 320 grit... best cost saving tool I ever bought!


    Side note:
    My actual family business before years, before I moved my electronics into the Arvada shop, was kitchen and bath remodeling, and later handmade/custom furniture.
    My brother Lew (who also is a fantastic guitar player) still runs the furniture biz:

    http://www.nederlandchamber.org/memb...nitureArts.htm

    His home music shop biz is http://www.Lewsguitars.com
    Although if you stop by the furniture store, he displays all his wares there too.

    We had four cabinet maker/carpenters working with me in the Arvada shop for about 7 years... before they moved on and opened their own shops.
    It was about a year or so later I decided to close the wood shop and we used three of those builder's shops instead of doing it all ourselves.
    I redid two of the 4'x8' work/assembly table benches into my electronics benches and moved all my stuff from my home shop into the Arvada shop and Bluestone Amps was born.
    A goof from the local phone company changed the name into Mission Amps because they asked me in an interview for our yellow page add, "what did I do here for a category, ...and I told them our mission was amps.... they wrote that down wrong and somebody made mistake in the copy room, thinking that was the name of my company "Mission Amps".
    I got the whole year of my phone book add for free and even though I tried through out the year, couldn't get rid of the Mission Amps name so I just bit the bullet the next tax year and changed it through the legal process and now it is Mission Amps, LLC.
    Bruce

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    Senior Member Satamax's Avatar
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    Looks like nice furniture your bro is making. Sander wise i have a 55cm homemade drum sander that i need to rebuild, the heavy wooden frame swells up and locks with humidity! And it's not wide enough for the power feed i've salvaged (till conveyor belt)

    Bye.

    Max.

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    Nice Shop.
    I wish I had space I could dedicate. The groin vault in the ceiling is cool. My guess is that it's been there a while. I've been a woodworker since I was old enough to hold a tool. My grandad was a cabinet maker, and my father a general contractor. I had my own shop for several years. For the last almost ten years I've been doing commercial door, and architectural casework installation. I don't have a permanent shop, but I've got the tools.

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    Strictly semi-skilled in my case, though I'm hoping to get a reasonable, if small, wood shop set up in the garage out back. If I ever manage to get the Triumph Herald convertible that's currently in there finished. Never enough hours in the day! Probably be next summer at the earliest, though.

    I picked up a lot of woodwork knowledge doing summer jobs with my uncle when I was in college. He's a finish carpenter (mostly decorative panelling and wood mosaic stuff) and does a fair bit of cabinet and furniture making, so I picked up quite a bit when I was helping him. May get my hand back in once I have some workspace to use, though I doubt I'll ever be 'great' at it. Fiddling with mechanical and electrical stuff is more my game. Can't claim to be much more than 'competent' at electronics, either.
    So B+ is the one that hurts when you touch it, yeah?

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