This is amazing and a nice restoration. Nice work Mikerichards1319 and congrats to a Dad (oldtimetexan) with a fine son! Interestingly I just acquired a matching pair of 1958 King Seeley/Craftsman drill press (bench) and 12" band saw. About dropped my jaw when I saw this post. The DP is a bit rough and the number plate is missing and been moded but built like a brick. The BS is almost mint, other than it has a MonkeyWards motor on it...Guy told me it was a hybrid! LOL
Would love to know more about your restoration Mike.
Thanks for Sharing this. ~PJ
P.S...I'm technically an oldtimetexan too from Amarillo...just been around a few other blocks and haven't been back in a while.
Ran out of room on the last post.
I made the insert for the blade guard out of plexiglass. I used a piece of cardboard to make a template and transferred it to the plexiglass to cut out on the bandsaw. Then I used a heat gun to bend it over a piece of pipe to form the shape.
Here is the front and back of Dad's saw.
Wow, Nice Job Mike. The acrylic guard looks Perfect and great idea on the restore. Motor and plate look terrific too, plus a good clean out I bet. Looks from the picture you have quite a few older Craftsman tools...Wood Lathe and the Bandsaw? or Scroll saw? (deep throat). And is that a Clausing I see in the background? Thanks Very much for sharing...The Passion really Shows!
I found out today that I might be wrong about the Matching Pair after talking to who I got them from and their provenance. Turned out he had the number plate. The DP is a 103.23130 but haven't figured the actual date yet so it could be from 48'-55' and the band saw is a 103.24280 which appears to be around March of 52'. Here are a couple of pics. Lots of work yet.
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Paul Jones (Nov 5, 2016)
There is nothing like old iron. big, small, stationary, or mobile. just about anything that was built in an era when plastic was only used as a necessity rates high with me and anyone who demonstrates the affection to preserve it either in its intended or manufactured form, or makes mods which improve it's functionality without destroying it, is a notch above others as well
Never try to tell me it can't be done
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Wow Mike those are beautiful restorations and you are definitely passionate to take on the VN 22M, beast. Oh My!! Hope you have the concrete under it! Do you have the horizontal stuff for it? Couldn't find much info on the 22M but assume its 3x autofeed based on what I can see but the table and lift are beefier than the others I saw. Honestly I'm just a novice to some of this older industrial stuff, but love it, especially bringing them back to life for another long run!
The Sheldon 13" has that look of Built to last and precision...Nice piece of Kit!! Looks to be a later variety (50's+)? My brother picked up a 43', 13"x 6' SB a while back in pretty good shape with lots of extras...on a heck of a deal.
That 24" Scroll is a beast also and by the engine turning on the shield it looks to be a King Seeley too? It never ceases to amaze me what Sears Roebuck - Craftsman products did for the home shop guys for all these years.
Thanks for sharing your passion here and look forward to More posts...a bunch more from you and your dad! Much appreciated.
Salutes to Mr.Mikerichards1319 .
Not just dynamite; C5! My observation is excellent photo documentation detailing high HMT.net grade craftsmanship. Proof of recent discussions on brief text; descriptive titling, augmenting great pix. The saw is showroom quality; but not 'gussied up'. All perfectly useful attention to daily use, not a auto or bike equivalent 'trailer queen'. And clean surfaces are far easier to maintain!
And along with Frank S, can't be too much iron. I'd hate to estimate 'our' iron quantity, trust us, actual multiple tons, not just as in 'lots'. Plastic is good; for knobs. But to me the saw is pale against the mill, I know Van Normans'. Among the best made machinery ever.
...we'll learn more by wandering than searching...
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