Sunday, 14 December 2014

Delta Jointer restoration project.

Everyone who works wood needs a jointer, for squaring wood and prepping it before it hits the thickness planer. As per usual these days, most of the best quality things were manufactured almost a generation ago. This is especially true with power tools, and jointers are no exception. A lot of the ones today arent so bad, and this long bed 6" is a decent machine, but with the sheet steel cabinet, noisy bearings and castings with lots of slag still left in its not very inspiring, so down the road it went.

Nice long beds, and enough power but without that kool vintage look to go with the rest of the shop. 


One of these 1940s-50s Delta models with the kool art deco base would be great one day, but with unrestored examples going for $500+, we landed a similar era machine with the open stand for a fraction of the price, and after restoration the performance will be the same. 


A nice Delta Milwaukee short bed unit showed up, with the original welded open base stand. The lengths of wood needing to be trued doesnt require long beds, and being more compact it wont take up a lot of room in the shop. Serial number starts with 64-, so machine was built in 1948. Not many tools made today will still be around 66 years later, nor able to be restored. 


Nice heavy, webbed fence, balanced pulley and heavy cast base. 


Some nice touches include the deco wing nuts to hold the beds after adjusting, and adjustment knobs. This machine came out of a steel company and still wears its brass inventory number tag, no doubt sold off in an asset auction or just taken out of the production area. Some research into the company will likely tell the tale. 


Tables still move nicely and are tight, and once stripped, cleaned and lubed will perform nicely. 


Open steel stand with double bent feet, with mitred welded corners on the top frame. 


An add on , this switch gives a clue as to the original industrial use this machine saw, as its a heavy duty with lockout capabilities. 


The motor likely gave up years ago, as this is a Simpsons Sears pump motor that has been repurposed to drive this unit. In the scrap heap now, it will get a new motor and pulleys geared to the correct speed. 



Now to dismantle, clean and strip, rebearing , paint and reassemle the entire unit. A nice warm up for the General bandsaw to follow....


Monday, 6 October 2014

17' Kevlar tripping canoe

Just picked up a kevlar tripping boat with the wood rotted off, for a screaming deal. Yup it needs new inner and outer rails, decks, and seats and thwarts repaired, and one side is sun faced but its in great shape, no cracks or stars and is the perfect size. Most 16' boats are too small for the load i ask them to deal with between people and gear, and at 35" wide and 13" deep this should be quick. Length = speed, and its a light portage boat too. No we havent given up on traditional wood canvas, but our 18' guide is awaiting restoration and the form is progressing, albeit slowly! 
This will fill in nicely and hey, its got some wood!


The Toyota retrieves another. Really should have kept a count...


Evergreen from Toronto, no longer in production


Ah, race tape - or 100mph tape if you prefer.


Thwart tips are rotted, will make a new one. Teal carrying yoke and a kneeling thwart, a nice touch for solo work 


Nice overall shape, without a lot of damage.


A very nice trick, rather than have the wood terminate awkwardly in the rounded bow profile, they undercut the tip so the wood can go beyond and finish cleanly. 


Resulting profile looks like a EM White from Maine.


The shiny side!


Inside cleaning up nicely


Storage grime and weathered cherry.


Will clean up nicely!


Another nice touch, scuppers on the sides of the decks. 
Carry handles will go back on. 

Next up, rails, decks, skid plates and maybe a white bottom....

21' ash stock will provide the rails.


Ripping rails. 


Making extra sets for wood canvas boats, with the back cut. 


Extra set of hands is helpful to hold down, while being fed. Dont have featherboard attachments for the fence...

Getting ready for another pass. 


3rd and 4th set of hands, courtesy of Kreg (who make some wicked attachments)


Rail stock 


Cherry and ash carry thwart and rail stock 


New Cherry parts, carry handles, thwart, kneeling thwart, decks and seat hanger spacers


Now to remove the old and install the new. First it all gets epoxy sealed before the varnish to prevent rot and turning black with exposure to water.

Old wood out, seats and hangers


Cherry looks great but like all wood doesnt do well season after season exposed to the elements


We've said it before and its always true, NEVER ENOUGH CLAMPS.


Mitred ends sitting in the bow cut out. 


New rails in place temporarily for fitting


Thwart blank in place


New carry thwart, ash and cherry.


Deck rot, new cherry board planed for deck stock.


Taking shape, all parts to be epoxy sealed once fitted to boat, then varnished and reinstalled.


Bow deck, narrower than stern deck so each will be cut separately. 


Cherry for new decks - originals were cherry too...


Wider rear deck


Bow joint waiting to be sanded


Stern Joint


Dry fit


Bow deck


Rather than epoxy we opted for tung oil and 4 coats of varnish, a prettier finish and we wont be leaving this one outside (at least uncovered)


Oiled stern deck and rails


Shaped cherry and ash carrying yoke


Nicer and more colour than epoxy would have provided


Finish sanded




Cherry parts set boat off nicely




Bow deck and rails

Boat is done and awaiting varnish, if it stops raining we can get a full length shot outside!

UPDATE: all done, next up is another fiberglass boat with rotted wood, pics to follow...