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Making the Past our Future

Making the Past our Future

Since completing work on the Wadkin cross cut saw we’re beginning to wonder how we ever got by making workbenches without it . Despite it’s age it’s got to be the most dependable machine that we’ve ever owned and whatever we throw at it gets cut fast, clean and accurately every time. Besides the tenoner though the remainder of the Wadkin workshop is belt driven so whilst we know they’re all going to be equally as good as the cross … Read entire article »

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Cross Cut Complete (With Video!)

Cross Cut Complete (With Video!)

I say complete but to be honest there are a few tweaks left to be made although we have got far enough to show you the cross cut saw up and running again. When we had the motor collected for being rewound the electrician also took a look at the starter unit for us. This was very old and oil filled so we knew that a replacement would be necessary but to Richard’s delight the characterful … Read entire article »

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Wadkin Machinery – A Past Life.

Our line shaft machinery was originally built and purchased in around the 1900′s and the fantastic thing for us is that it was used by the same business right through its life up until 1993 when they finally closed their doors. When we purchased the machines we weren’t all that clear on what kind of a life they’d had but we’ve since learnt that they were the backbone of a thriving building business with contracts as large as building 166 houses down in Dover. We’ve been forwarded the footage below and were quite amazed to see the machinery up in action! This was taken during the last few days of business and records the vintage set up being used  much as it would have been when it was first installed 90 years earlier; … Read entire article »

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Cross Cut Clean Up – Part 2

Cross Cut Clean Up – Part 2

Once we’d made a start at cleaning up the saw we had to bring our attention to the electrics. We knew that they would work as we’d seen the saw running back in Kent but they were very old and we’re not that keen on fires! The bearings inside the motor didn’t appear to be in too bad condition but the grease had hardened and as they receive such a lot of use we decided … Read entire article »

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Cross Cut Table – A Fitting Support!

Cross Cut Table – A Fitting Support!

I  just popped out and left Richard to get on with building the new table for the cross-cut saw. I got back to find what looked more like a workbench. This rather sturdy looking table design has been giving him a bit of mental grief for a couple of weeks now as he’s been trying to plan for all eventualities, making sure that it’s both adjustable for accuracy and strong. As a completely seperate unit from … Read entire article »

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Cross Cut Clean Up

Cross Cut Clean Up

You’ll be pleased to know that all of the machinery made it back to our workshop safe and sound after Richard’s trip down to Kent back in April. The details have been left in limbo as on day two the photos were taken by various visitors and we’re just gathering them up ready to share. Just to build up some suspense; details of the grand ‘Line Shaft Removal’ will be coming soon.. Meanwhile, in and out … Read entire article »

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Machinery Removal – Part 1

Machinery Removal – Part 1

I’ve been racking my brains for a couple of weeks now trying to peace a sentence together that best describes moving the machines. To be quite honest I think the English language has let me down. Two weeks and I’ve only rustled up three words….. ‘Shear bloody will’. I also seem to have trouble remembering much of it. (They do say you tend to forget traumatic experiences). All I can say though it that they are now … Read entire article »

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Be Careful What You Wish For!

Be Careful What You Wish For!

Having a job that we enjoy means there’s always a tendency for our work and spare time to become intermingled as we come up with new ideas or methods that we’re eager to put in to action. These ideas are often driven by principles and ideals rather than common sense and because of this many get put on the shelf and left within the realm of dreams. One such dream that Richard proposed to me … Read entire article »

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