Adult ed. woodshop, I am gettin' down and dirty with my first cuts
for a footstool! Had to buy a knotty pine board, 1x12x4' and did my
1st cuts on a TS, it was great! I think this TS is an old Delta or Rockwell
with good table extensions two directions, large Beismeyer fence. They
also have an old Oliver 270-D TS 14" blade, incredible machine but
havn't used it yet. And an Oliver 12"x8'+ jointer with a hand brake, also
incredible and did use that, it works so smooth and quietly. There is a
20" Delta band saw, an Asian made TS, 3 large old Powermatic lathes,
a spindle sander, 14" (or so) disc sander that takes a year to slow-down
and stop, a huge very old DP and many hand tools. Getting into it. After
the footstool I make my DP table from a Woodsmith store hardware kit.
taking both same classes a week two nights, 3 hours each. I think I may
be able to get into ROP (regional occupational program) of the same
classes, just for more time in the shop.
They have two 22" Rockwell scroll saws with motors, that need parts and
repair, anyone know of a good resource?
Sounds like you're having fun. Most important is you get good guidance on
the basics and it sticks with you forever..
Caution. Don't use the Oliver jointer. One jointed board and you'll be so
spoiled, nothing will be the same for you.
Yeah like riding a bike I guess, I really enjoy the shop these two times so far.
That jointer is incredible. All that was in my mind before, was thin rattling
craftsman stuff. I am glad the state has been generous. They also have, as I
forgot to mention, an Oliver 24" surfacer/planer, and that's amazing too. It
has about a 12"od adjustment wheel, 1/2 revolution is 1/32". It pushes the
wood through smooth and perfectly straight and not fast. I want to move
into the classroom!
Check with the community colleges, the adult education specialists in your
local high schools, the recreation departments in the towns near where you
live. Ask at the hardwood retailers, tool stores, independent hardware
stores and better lumber yards. Do an advanced Google search, with town
and/or county names included. Try to find a woodworking club. Ask a
cabinet shop owner. A furniture refinisher. An upholstery shop owner.
And, strangely enough, a quilt shop manager. There are a lot of quilters,
married to woodworkers.
Good luck in your quest.
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