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License plate frames.


Hardware store.


Mill-drill -- Grizzly G1004 / Rong Fu RF-20. This weighs about 330 lbs. It is a good value and makes a great drill press which is mostly what it does. I never did set up the K&T or Gorton at the new place, so for 8 years this is the only mill and seems to do the job.


I made this dust collector with cyclone separator after taking a welding class in 1996. In addition to sawdust it also is used as the collector for two sandblast cabinets and a buffer, and fume extractor.. The cyclone design is from Fine Woodworking magazine issue #100 (1990?) which was an early design from Oneida Air Systems. The power head is from a 2 hp Jet dust collector. It's mounted in a lean-to outside the shop.


I made this 5 hp phase converter in 1996 based loosely on information from rec.crafts.metalworking. It uses a heavy old explosion-proof motor from Boeing. The box houses the start contactor, start and run capacitors. At the old shop it was mounted outside in a shed, next to the dust collector. In the new shop it has been converted into a portable unit with a cord, disconnect switch and three twist-lock receptacles attached. I've since built or helped with half a dozen others up to 10HP. See the phase converter page.




Kearney & Trecker 2CHL swivel-head vertical mill made about 1953; weighs 3200 lbs. It has a Hughes Aircraft asset tag and at some point found its way to Idaho and then to Spokane where I found it. This was about the epitome of mechanical feature-creep, before feeds were rendered to separate electric motors and such. It's a pretty machine, all the controls are located in obvious natural positions and it's fun to use. It quickly fills a bucket with chips.

The column houses a 3 hp motor which powers the spindle, 3-axis power feeds with rapid traverse, coolant pump and central lubrication pumps, all gear driven. The column contains a 16 speed transmission for the spindle drive, 25 to 1500 rpm. The knee contains another 16 speed transmission for the feeds.

This mill has a quill with 4" projection but it is only fed by a fine feed crank, no lever like a Bridgeport or drill press, and so is incapable of sensitive feedback for drilling. It makes a fine drill press for large holes, particularly using the knee feed.


Powermatic 20" metal cutting bandsaw, circa 1963, from Boeing. Weighs 1100 lbs. This was bought as scrap; Ken Marquess and I built missing drive components to bring it back to life. (Powermatic sent dimensioned prints for the missing parts.)


Rockwell 17-600 drill press, circa 1968, also Boeing. The large table is great. The upper spindle bearings were shot, I replaced them with spindle bearings from a junked CDC "washing machine" style disk drive that was made in the 70's and cost about $40K new. Pretty funny that the dimensions matched, ABEC 7 bearings in a worn-out drill press.

Like almost everything else in the shop, this is 3-phase. After this photo, I added a reversing drum switch to the switch box, and now use this for power tapping -- "plug reversing" the motor as soon as the tap is in far enough. Have used up to a 3/8" tap in the regular chuck. I have the original MT1 and MT2 spindle adapters and was all set to use it with a tapping head, but that was too much trouble, easier to just chuck the tap & reverse.


This is a 1962 Gorton 2-30 TraceMaster vertical mill with 3-axis hydraulic tracer. I bought it on impulse at the closing auction at West Coast Machine Tools in 1998. It weighs over 5000 lbs and moving it was an adventure. I only ever had it set up for a short time and played with it enough to get an idea how it works. Since '99 it has been sitting in a 40' container and not getting any better.

The spindle is powered by a 2 speed 5 hp motor with belt-changed spindle speeds 250 to 4000 rpm. There is no back gear.

With the tracer enabled, the trace head senses contact of a stylus on a 3D pattern mounted to the trace table, and sweeps the table in X, Y and Z to track the stylus along the surface of the pattern. If the stylus has the same size and shape as the cutter, then with proper setup this duplicates the pattern in the workpiece. The trace stylus can also be made to follow a straightedge, the effect being a smooth power feed in any direction.


The hydraulic power unit is a 2 hp motor and pump sitting on a 10 gallon tank. The small motor above the pump is a vacuum pump to scavenge oil that leaks from the trace head valves, to keep it from dripping onto the pattern being traced.


LeBlond Regal 15x30 servo-shift lathe, made in 1979, one of the last U.S. models. It has a 7.5 hp motor and 12 speeds to 1800 rpm. The spindle has an L-1 nose and 2-1/4" bore, with a sleeve to reduce it for a 5C collet. I love this lathe.

Click to see photos of moving the LeBlond (the first time, that is)

Click to see photos and explanation of the shift mechanism


Hembrug Ergonomic lathe, made in Holland circa 1980 and imported for Boeing. Impulse purchase, came home from Surplus in the back of my pickup. I am unaware of any other example in the U.S. It may be one of the only examples in the world with an inch leadscrew. Depending on the phase of the moon, it may or may not be for sale


This is Jet's version of the ubiquitous "$200" bandsaw. The swivel-caster furniture cart is useful when cutting off large, heavy stock where it's easier to jog the entire saw into place than to move the stock.


Ernie Leimkuhler made this 275 lb anvil from 5" steel plate, hardfaced and ground on the top and 1" down each side. See Ernie's anvil page.


The Cole drill is an old style of hand-powered drilling machine. It's trick is the screw feed which advances the quill to bring 500+ lbs pressure to bear on the drill point. Turn the crank to drill a rev, turn the ring to feed the quill. A 1/2" drill goes through 1/4" steel plate in a dozen revolutions. The Cole is included here so you can recognize one and snag it at a garage sale. On this example at least, there is no chuck, only a 1/2" hole with setscrew. Use it with 1/2" shank drills with a flat for the setscrew.


These two rolling panels once held 600 plastic parts drawers and moved on a steel track attached to a wall unit behind it. The panels moved to expose one of three storage units at a time.

Closeups of a home-made 60 degree dovetail cutter