Kalamazoo Model P-45 Horizontal Bandsaw
– 3ph motor (Probably 1HP, but the motor plate is AWOL. A VFD would run it, or a 1ph motor could be swapped in)
– Looks like it will do about a 14-18″ long cut (I’ll actually get a measuring tape and update this in a bit)
– Comes with a (non stock) coolant pump and a lovely metal tub as a coolant reservoir.
I’ve been looking for a manual, but haven’t found one yet. The instructions sheet under the lid is a little worse for wear, but it’s a pretty simple machine. There are a couple of YouTube videos showing restoration of this model saw from Keith Rucker of VintageMachinery. They give a good overview of these saws.
Things that it needs:
– One guide bearing (that my finger is pointing to in the pic)
– Drop cylinder needs to be cleaned up, refilled, and bled. I may get this done if it’s here for a few days more.
– A new blade (the one on it is probably 18-24TPI and DEAD)
– Some general cleanup (I haven’t done anything to clean it up as I figure that the new owner would want to do that like I would. That said, if it hangs around very long it will get cleaned up and the price will go up with that. )
– Some adjustment of the stop switch, It’s basically a screw that hits the stop button. A longer screw would do it, or replacement with a slightly less used stop button. (forgot to get a picture of this. I can if you want.)
I tried a test cut or two and it looks like it will cut straight, but the blade just wouldn’t finish the job without forcing it a bunch, which would guarantee a crooked cut.
$500 ($450 if you want to pickup or pay before Friday)
You pick up in Hanover, PA
I MAY deliver nearby if you have a way to unload it, or ship via freight if you just have to have it, but cost of palletizing, etc. would be passed on to you.
The never ending quest for good deals on tools continues.3 bandsaws and a drill press followed me home. They don’t all get to live here, but I’ll foster them until I can find them good homes. 🙂
So, I was able to recover the previous website info and it’s back! I’ll repost some of my previous stuff to catch up shortly.
Now available for sale is a Turkish Twist pattern Gent’s Knife.
This knife is made from 1084 and 15n20 high-carbon steels, forged by me. The inset handle scales are of fossilized Mammoth Ivory. Note that while screws were used on this piece for aesthetics, is it not a take-down construction. Comes with a custom wet-formed sheath and lanyard by Brett Smith of T-STAR Leather that make for a very slim and elegant package. The lanyard is not currently attached so that the new owner can set it to their preferred length.
My apologies for the poor quality of the pictures, I’m a good knife maker and a poor photographer. 🙂
Price is SOLD delivered within the United States, international shipping will be extra. Email me if you would like to own this beauty!
This is gent’s knife in 1084/15n20 Turkish Twist Damascus with Mammoth Ivory scales. 3-3/4″ of blade and 8-5/8″ OAL. While it is assembled with screws for appearance, it is not a take-down. It’s headed off toBrett Smith at T STAR LEATHER to get something nice to wear and then it will be available.
As promised, here’s a look at the finished billet:
All forged out
A quick grind and etch of a window
Another closeup with a flash to bring out more detail. Weird how the flash sort of inverts the colors…
There’s more fun inside! This end cut shows the difference between the two wrought iron pieces that were used. I made sure to alternate them in the final stacking to add some visual interest to the final pattern.
Stay tuned for our next episode, where I’ll start actually forging more than barstock! 🙂
So, over the weekend I forged out a billet identical to the first (so I skipped taking pictures of that…).
Today I took the two billets and combined them into one larger one. I only got a few photos though since my cellphone battery died on me…So, all the secrets of making a random pattern are still mine!
I had to fire up the temporary “big” forge since the final layup was just a little too tall for my normal forge.
All prepped and ready to get welded. With the added 9 layers of nickel in this layup this yields 99 layers. this left my brain to come up with a lot of song references while I was working on this. I still have “99 Luft Baloons” stuck in my head…
Gettin’ hot in here…
Then my battery died….
The final billet is 3/4″x2-1/4″x12″. There was a surprising amount of material loss putting this billet together. It started as 1 piece of 1/2″x3″x11″ wrought and then I added a piece of 3/4″x2″x10″. Sure, there was a bit of grinding things clean, but no more than usual. Lots of scale generated by the wrought though. I’m just not used to this much material loss on something as (relatively) simple as a random pattern…
I’ll post a picture or two of the completed billet tomorrow. Next step is to start making it into something… 🙂
Go check out the store for new steel I just posted for sale.
I can finally announce that I will be a contestant on season 2 of The History Channel show “Forged In Fire“. Season 2 premieres on February 16th, 2016 at 10PM/9PM Central on The History Channel. My episode will be later in the season, but I encourage you all to watch the whole season. If my episode is any indication, it will definitely be worth tuning in for!
Got another little bit of time in the shop and kept going on this one. Here’s what’s new!
9 layers of wrought iron and nickel
Welded up and ready to go into the forge
I just love taking pictures of the forge….
Squished and forge welded
From every blade a little scale must fall…
Drawn out to 2″x17″x3/8″
Welds look nice and clean. The flash makes the colors look backwards though
Terrible picture, but the colors are more accurate