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Old 07-18-2018, 09:30 PM   #11
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planing some ceder so my wife will be well supplied with wood to build closets, and cabinets. I made a platform for the water tank and fridge, and we sketched out a plan that she is working on now.

we did bolt the drivers seat back in.
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Old 07-18-2018, 11:23 PM   #12
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hey ronnie,
just from the bus you bought and now this picture, I have to say that I would love to see some of your hobbies and projects.
plz, make a video or something.
Thanks for sharing.

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Old 07-19-2018, 08:12 AM   #13
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I just gotta ask...


How old is that planer!?
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Old 07-19-2018, 08:26 AM   #14
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It is built by "American Sawmill Machinery" and says "Pony" on the blade guard

I found an advertisment in an 1911 magazine for it. So at least that puts in the early 1900's.

A friend of mine knew about my planer and it was in a farmers field. I must have been about 18 or so at the time and I remember putting on my old Datsun pickup, and with my friend, who well loves to eat.. Poor old Datsun, how that truck survived my teenage years who knows, but I sure had fun with it.

I have taken the planer to old tractor shows and belted it to an old Hit and Miss engine from my Fathers collection.
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Old 07-19-2018, 08:38 AM   #15
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Excellent find! Hard to stop some of the early machinery. Even when left out in a field for a few decades. Good on you for keeping it running and working.
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Old 07-19-2018, 09:23 AM   #16
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Love that pic of the planer in action ronnie.
Sure wish I has something like that myself. How wide of board will it take?
What rpm does the pto work at to plane?
I have some that are 24'wide and 20' x1 1/4" long, red cedar, over 100 years old. I can't find anything that will handle those planks.

Not too many sawmills locally and I have never seen any for sale either.

It might help if i knew how to do it also as I think there must be an art to planing. Would hate to screw up such fine wood.


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Old 07-19-2018, 12:39 PM   #17
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Love the cedar . I lived in a 64 gmc BB for eight years in the 70s and early eightys. If you can get good gas you should be able to do 10 to 12 miles a gallon at 60 out of that Old Pontiac. engine. I wonder if mine is still around. When I sold it he was headed to Montana. I drove it to the west coast Twice and all over the south working as a pipe welder and some trips just to see some more highway. Don't give up and you can have a good time with it.
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Old 07-19-2018, 05:57 PM   #18
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It will take 20" wide. The PTO runs at 540, so about 3000rpms on the cutter head.

I also have a 12 inch planer/table saw/band saw combo I got from an old sawmill. This one stays in my shop and runs off an antique electric motor to a line shaft. At the 1976 centennial exhibition at the Smithsonian, they had an identical one on display, and was dated about 1880. I did put ball bearings on this one as I do use it almost everyday.
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Old 07-27-2018, 04:35 PM   #19
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Kitchen cabinets under construction. Water tank and fridge will be in these, plus pantry. Kitchen counter will get table top epoxy before it is put in to stay, just mocked up for now.
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Old 07-27-2018, 09:01 PM   #20
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Mmmmmm...bet it smells nice in there!
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