Welcome to my Website

Welcome to my website where I share information about various machines I’ve restored, and hopefully it may help someone else who’s doing the same.

Occasionally, also I get a few woodworking machines, power tools and accessories for sale.

I’m based in East Kent.

Woodworking Equipment For Sale

A recently restored Dominion planer/thicknesser

A recently restored Dominion planer/thicknesser

 

 

 

 

 

Wadkin 12AGS Table Saw Restoration

I’m just about to start restoring a Wadkin Bursgreen 12AGS table saw, which I purchased from a nearby joinery works. It was described as working order but I’m not sure how they cut anything with it as the rise & fall & tilt mechanism was seized solid with rust and resin. Also the bearings in the 3-phase motor were badly worn and noisy. So if someone had purchased it and expected it to be ready for work, they’d have been very disappointed.

Fortunately I wanted to completely dismantle it and restore it to new condition, so it was perfect for me. The Wadkin table saws are tough, long lasting machines and under the rust and dirt it’s all good and ideal for restoration.

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Wadkin 12AGS table saw

Table and table extensions, fence and fence rail removed showing trunnion assembly

Wadkin 12AGS base & trunnion Assembly

It’s now all stripped down ready to de-rust, clean, polish, paint etc.

Wadkin 12AGS dismantled

Decided to replace the arbor bearings on this Wadkin 12AGS table saw, and at the same time thoroughly overhaul the whole arbor assembly. I have never encountered such stubborn bearings; a real struggle to get them off the shaft. The machine is probably 40 years old and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were the original bearings.

Wadkin 12AGS Arbor Bearings

Wadkin 12AGS removing bearings

Image below shows the arbor assembly completely restored to new condition, including two new arbor bearings.

Wadkin 12AGS new arbor bearings fitted

Then the arbor assembly is pressed into the spindle housing, which also incorporates the Riving knife pivot bracket

Wadkin 12AGS Spindle housing & Riving knife pivot bracket

And the spindle pulley replaced.

Wadkin 12AGS Spindle housing & spindle pulley

Now all the restoration work is complete I can start reassembling the machine

Wadkin 12AGS cabinet base restored

This image of the interior of the restored cabinet shows the canting shaft and worm

Wadkin 12AGS canting shaft and worm

And now the Trunnion bracket is refitted

Wadkin 12AGS Trunnion bracket installed

A few more parts installed along with a new 3-phase dual-voltage 3hp electric motor, and a pair of new vee belts.

Wadkin 12AGS new motor fittedWadkin 12AGS before restoration

 

The tables have been cleaned and de-rusted and although they are nice and flat they are stained pretty bad and not finished as well as I would have liked.

Wadkin 12AGS tables cleaned

Front rail and fence refitted and the machine is pretty well complete, apart from a few small minor details such as the swivel handles to fit, and once I’ve checked fence alignment then it will be ready to use.

I’m not fitting the on/off switch to the machine but instead I’m fixing it on the adjacent wall as it’s much easier to access.

Wadkin 12AGS restored fence fitted

Wadkin 12AGS new style fence

 

Sedgwick 571 Mortising Machine Restoration

This is the restoration of a Sedgwick 571 mortising machine.

It arrived partly dismantled but will now be completely stripped down before it’s de-greased, de-rusted and then reassembled after painting and polishing all the parts.

Sedgwick 571 mortising machine dismantled

 

Sedgwick 571

Sedgwick mortising machine

Sedgwick 571 mortising machine table

Base freshly painted and a set of castors fitted to make it easy to move about.

Sedgwick 571 base

Sedgwick mortising machine

The counterweight and chain installed

Sedgwick 571 weight & chain

Rear view of the column with linkage and lever

Sedgwick 571 column rear

Sedgwick 571 column front

Sedgwick 571 mortising machine

Sedgwick 571 mortising machine electrics

Sedgwick 571 mortising machine 240v motor

 

Woden No.187 Saw Vice

Vintage Woden No.187 saw vice, which is in very good, fully working condition.

Price £60 including delivery

Woden No.187 Saw Vice

Woodworking Equipment For Sale

 

Woden No.187 Saw Vice

Vintage Woden No.187 saw vice, which is in very good, fully working condition.

Price £60 including postage

Woden No.187 Saw Vice

Woden No.187


Router Fence

Porter-cable 42690 Micro-adjust Router Edge and Circle Cutting Guide.

Price £15

Porter-cable 42690 Micro-adjust Router Edge and Circle Cutting Guide


 

Dovetail Jig

Stots Dovetail Template Master

More information here


Woodworking Books For Sale

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Dominion ES2 Planer/thicknesser

Dominion Surfacing and Thicknessing Planer

This machine is very similar to the Wadkin planer/thicknesser, but has two advantages over it. Firstly, the overall table length is longer at  1220mm. Secondly it operates from one electric motor as opposed to two electric motors on the Wadkin, which makes it difficult and very expensive to use in conjunction with a VFD. The Wadkin uses one motor to drive the cutter block and a second motor to control the speed. The Dominion, on the other hand, uses a gearbox to control the speed and so you only need to use one VFD when using it in conjunction with a single-phase supply.

Immaculate fully restored condition and complete with a prewired and pre-programmed VFD, ready for use on a 240 volt single-phase supply.

Motor 2.2kw (3hp)

Tables 308mm wide – 1220mm long

Thicknesser feed speeds 5m and 9m per min

Thicknesser capacity 308mm X 180mm

Length of thicknesser bed 610mm plus out feed rollers

Weight approximately 600 kgs

To download an original pdf brochure of this machine click here

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Dominion Surfacing and Thicknessing Planer now completely restored

Dominion Surfacing and Thicknessing Planer serrated feed roller and pressure bar

 

Dominion Surfacing and Thicknessing Planer outfeed roller and pressure bar

 

Hitachi M12vc Router

Hitachi M12vc variable speed fixed-base router with 1/4″ and 1/2″ collets. Good condition.
Nickel plated motor housing and 2-stage motor release clamp for quick and accurate depth adjustments.

Electronic speed control maintains constant RPMs even as load varies. Only 79.5dB for a quieter workshop.

Hitachi M12vc variable speed fixed-base router

Hitachi M12vc variable speed fixed-base router

Hitachi M12vc variable speed fixed-base router

Hitachi M12vc variable speed fixed-base router

Mitre/cross-cut Sled

This is my ‘new’ mitre/cross-cut sled and it works brilliantly; very accurate. Will cut from 90° and 45° cuts and any angle in between. I’ve incorporated a recess at the bottom of the fence to accommodate replaceable backing pieces to reduce the chance of tear-out. Also an ‘outboard’ fence which obviously slides independently.

My sled is loosely based on the Incra Miter Express, which looks a great bit of kit but along with the required additional mitre gauge it’s way too expensive for me at around £350.

INCRA Express

INCRA Miter Gauge 1000SE

I set the fence up to make accurate 90° cuts using the method demonstrated by William Ng in his video: 5 Cuts to a “Perfect” Cross-Cut Sled

At first it may seem like a lot of unnecessary faffing about but I can testify from experience that it’s well worth the effort, if you want to produce perfect right-angles.

 

shopbuilt mitre cross-cut sled

shopbuilt mitre cross-cut sled

shopbuilt mitre cross-cut sled

shopbuilt mitre cross-cut sled

shopbuilt mitre cross-cut sled