A friend's BIL, Tom, passed away and my friend gave me Tom's
woodshop.... no other heirs. Rockwell tools: lathe, shaper, drill
press, table saw... all with lots of accessories, tools, bits,
cutters, etc; vises, grinders, sanders, hand tools. Plus cabinets,
misc screw/nail/etc organized containers, a shed of lumber (cherry,
walnut, mahogany, white oak). All the items have not been used in 10
yrs, or so, and most of the tools date back to the 40s & 50s.
All the power tools work, however all the wiring is corroded,
insulation dry rotted and/or cracking. I'm tentatively rewiring the
tools.... I'm not an electrician, but I'm confident I can duplicate
the wiring, as is, easy enough. All the belts are in poor shape,
also. I've cleaned and polished the major tools and downloaded the
owners manuals for the ones I've tackled (wiring), so for.
The shaper (model 43-110) sounds rough, as if it groans, as if the
bearings are bad or, more so, something needs grease, but I see no way
to grease anything, unless I take it apart (including removing it from
its cabinet). I can't tell where the roughness actually is.... Or, I
may not be familiar enough with shapers to know if this "roughness" is
normal. I would think it is not normal, though the tool is not
vibrating. To me, it just sounds rough running. I am hesitant to
test a cut until I can solve this rough sound issue. Given this info
and before taking it apart, can anyone give a suggestion as to what I
may look for or try to do? I'm also wondering if it just needs to be
run for a while, since it hadn't been used in a long time. I have an
old Craftsman shaper (model 113-259201) and it's sound is not a
perfect hum, either.
Also, I already have a 4' lathe. Shouldn't I be able to connect the
two lathe beds to make an 8' lathe? Or might this length be
unstable? Install a central stabilizer? My lathe motor is 3/4 hp,
whereas Tom's lathe motor is 1 hp. Might a larger hp motor be
required for 8' turnings, though I would rarely turn something 8'
long? I've asked myself, why screw with a good thing, if I'll rarely
use it in that other capacity? But the option is there, if the
stability issue is not a problem.
Thanks for any help.