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    By Popular Demand

    No one will ever accuse me of being an actor or a Producer! But you asked for it so you got it. The Great Pumpkin in action.

    The Great Pumpkin movie
    In no theater any time soon!
    Last edited by Jeff Horton; 08-05-2007 at 02:57 AM.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    Don Taylor is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    Hi Jeff,

    That's a wood eatin' Bear you got there.

    Great job restoring that beast!

    DT

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    That's the first time hearing a square head, holy smokes that some serious sound!
    That machine is not for the faint of heart.
    Cool video, thanks
    "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
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    Almost sounds like an old Stearman!

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    That thing is a beast. Great resto job, Jeff.

    Personally, I'd be using push blocks with that bad boy. (Heck, I use 'em religiously with my little 6" Grizzly.) One catch and the stock could go shooting, leaving your hands right in the wrong place...pushing down. At least the push blocks buy you a little reaction time.
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    I agree Vaughn, I just have to make some this week. I have saved a couple of mouse pads just for this purpose. Plus I have some plans... well photos, of some pushers I really liked the design of. But hey, a kid has to play with his new toy!

    I thought this thing would scare me to death but with the guard it's doesn't. But trust me I have a HIGH respect of this thing. It may not show but I am watching everything that happens as I am using it!

    I ran A LOT Of walnut through it yesterday. At least two trash cans of chips. I have been a little disappointed in the finish of cut. I also noticed the chips were really big so I was thinking I was feeding to fast. I am looking for tachometer so I can find out what speeds I am running. It may be to slow.

    Meantime, I started it back up mid day and belt rolled off the pulleys. Then I noticed something and realized that it the belt had loosened and the cutter head was slipping. Tightened it up and noticed an improvement (and increase in nose!) immediately. Just part of the learning process.

    I found a 12" wide piece of pine I was going to use for the video and discovered another small problem. My guard is just a tad to wide at the pivot point. I can only cut about an 11.5" inch wide board. It's simple fix and I have been thinking I want to refine the shape of the guard just a little anyway. Plus my guard will bend just enough for the UHMW pad to catch and the cutter head shattered one and the brass screw nicked my knife. So I need to work on that design.

    But overall, I am impressed with it and I LOVE being able to joint an 9" wide rough board and see what it looks like before I start cutting it up!
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
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    Alan DuBoff is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    Wow, that's one finger eatin', err...I mean wood chippin' piece of arn!

    I shuttered watching your cut on that, and especially with no push blocks.

    When I was a kid in high school a friend of mine cut his index finger off at the first knuckle in wood shop. I was there, but didn't see it. It happened on the jointer. Gee was there a lot of blood... never found the end of his finger...

    Unfortunately I will never forget that...

    If it was me, I'd forget about dados, fix up that round cutter on the 2nd one, or replace yours. But it's not me, and it's you in your shop...My old Crescent 8 has a round safety head, so my next jointer will most likely be it. It does do dados, but I don't care much about them as I can do that with a hand plane easy enough. My Yates-American J-31 can do dados also, I haven't used it for that yet.

    Be careful Jeff, you can always replace a machine, but you can't replace a finger so easily...my friend Jim will tell you...his has been gone since high school...
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    WOW, That is a sweet machine. Now I really can't wait to get my new shop with 3 phase going.

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    Wow nice video, well done. It kind of makes me want to get my old jointer fired up and running, but unlike you I am scared out of my mind to fire up that old beast. Its not a square head but its big, old and chunky!!
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Johnson View Post
    .......but unlike you I am scared out of my mind to fire up that old beast. Its not a square head but its big, old and chunky!!
    Knowing the machines you work with/on/around I am surprised to hear you as a a machinist say that! I always like to work in the machine shop(s) but the tools always intimidated me. Especially watching a 3 jaw chuck spinning on a lathe!!
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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