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Craftsman 13″ Surface Planer 351.217430

Craftsman 13″ Surface Planer 351.217430

Patience pays off again for this great Craigslist find, a Craftsman 13″ Surface Planer for $50.  I’ve been wanting one of these for a while, and one finally popped up in ok shape and for a great price.  It is really sad to see people abuse tools in the way this one was.  It was in a barn and obviously had gotten wet.  All four support posts were covered in surface rust, but they cleaned up easily.  All the rollers…

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Wifi Enabled Garage Door Controller

Wifi Enabled Garage Door Controller

I had been wanting to build something to control my garage doors for quite a while.  With the success of the Fuel Oil Sensor, I figured it was time to make this work.  We have 4 garages with openers, 3 of them on a detached building.  The remotes that came with the openers don’t have decent range to them.  If we’re inside the house and went to close up the garages for the night, most of the time they just…

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Homemade Workshop Air Filter

Homemade Workshop Air Filter

I had been meaning to make an air filter for the workshop to clean up the suspended dust from sanding for a while, but just never got around to it.  I knew I didn’t have a fan lying around, and I just didn’t fee like running out and buying a box fan just to tear it apart to make a filter.  The other day I happened to be in a seldom used part of the basement and I found an…

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Homemade Fish Bat

Homemade Fish Bat

After seeing how well the chiseling mallets turned out, I thought I’d make something a little larger, like a Fish Bat.  If you fish for larger fish then you’d keep you know what this is.  If not, this is a method of quickly dispatching large fish, a quick thunk on the head and the fish dies instantly.  This method makes it safe to bring large fish on board that have a tendency to thrash about and injure or kill fishermen….

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Chiseling Mallet

Chiseling Mallet

I turned this chiseling mallet today.  My brother gave me a whole pile of nice wood that’s just perfect for working with on the lathe.  He told me that he was watching a video the other day on wood carving and he saw a guy using one of these.  He just didn’t know what it was called.  I thought that was funny because I had been thinking about making one anyway. This is 11″ long with a head diameter of…

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Handmade Kitchen Mallet

Handmade Kitchen Mallet

If you do a lot of cooking like I do, I’m sure you know the importance of having a good heavy kitchen mallet.  Unfortunately what I’ve seen available in stores lately in the way of mallets just don’t seem to work.  They’re too light, with a long handle to make up for the weight.  They don’t have a large enough surface area, meaning it takes a lot of hits to get the meat flattened. I happened to have a pile…

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Dewalt 7730 Radial Arm Saw

Dewalt 7730 Radial Arm Saw

I found this Dewalt 7730 Radial Arm Saw on Craigslist a few years ago, guy was selling it for $40, with a cheap no-name miter saw for free.  It worked, was in decent shape, and even came with a nice Jacob’s drill chuck on the backside.  Like my vintage Lathe, this was also built right here in Lancaster county. I’ve actually had this sitting around for a couple of years. It needed a new table when I brought it home…

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Automatic Drain for Craftsman Compressor

Automatic Drain for Craftsman Compressor

I’ve had a 33 gallon Craftsman Compressor for quite some time and it’s been a great addition to the workshop.  I had picked up an Automatic Drain kit for it several years ago on clearance at Harbor Freight for around $4, then I promptly misplaced it.  I found it again a few days ago and realized that I’ve never drained the compressor since I got it.  Ugh.  Sure enough draining it we found there was at least a gallon of…

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Dewalt Lathe Model 730

Dewalt Lathe Model 730

I’ve been looking at getting a lathe for a while, so when this Dewalt Lathe Model 730 popped up on Craigslist, I jumped on it immediately.  This is a Model 730 manufactured around 1963 right here in Lancaster, PA.  It originally sold for around $155 and is 115lbs of American cast iron.  It’s in amazing shape for it’s age.  It came with the a Rockwell 3/4hp motor, all the tools and the table for the low price of $100. Once…

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Finally fixed the Sprunger Planer/Joiner

Finally fixed the Sprunger Planer/Joiner

I finally got the new parts made to fix the input and output table height adjustments for my Sprunger Planer.  When I got this jointer, both of the gears on the shafts were worn down and the racks they mated into were all but destroyed. The problem I had with this was that it was impossible to find a 1/2″ shaft with 14 splines cut into it.  Talking with multiple machinists none said they would be able to cut splines…

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