George Back in the day.. Like yesterday!

Yesterday it warmed up enough to play in the workshop. George showed me how to take the blades off the planer, and sharpen and adjust them.. GAAAAA! Wow! It’s not as easy as one may think. Old technology is very human sensitive. All by eye and feel and yes Ears!

YESTERDAY! George adjusting the newly sharpened blades – this image could have been taken 100 years ago.

Looks easy, IT’S NOT! Lots of tapping! And joking.. And tapping, and cursing, and laughing, tapping..

Testing, and adjusting again..

The good news is George has been doing all this since he was born. No really, word has it….. He was adjusting and greasing up the band saw before he could walk. Oh.. true rumor! Anyway, its amazing, and a true joy to learn old things. The lost art of keeping a real machine going.

Mr B, LOVES!!!!!! The scraps, flying at him sleeping in it.. Playing. He hears the beast start and he stands right there.

And Bingo! 2 hrs later. Just for the adjustment, 3-4 hours of sharpening. All by hand and now works like a charm. BTW, Its so quiet is strange. The noise is the tell of if the blades need sharpening. So yes, even your ears are part of the adjustment. I LOVE IT!

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17 Responses to “The True Joy Of Learning Old Things.”
  1. Mime K

    Who was northbound yesterday by oh are airport with th garwood
    Michigan plates

    • Jeff Brown

      Thats a 2020 24′ Hackercraft on the way to the Milwakee boat show

      • Mike K

        Not sure you can zoom in
        But the rear cross bar was labeled garwood

        Or they borrowed the trailer

      • Mike K

        right hacker craft, took the picture real fast and cant zoom in
        sorry for any confusion
        knew someone here would know!
        cant hide

  2. Bilge Rat

    It appears that George still has all his digits attached. After a lifetime of working with old, sharp, high powered machinery, that says something about his skill level.

  3. John F Rothert

    Spending some time with George years ago would have put me decades ahead on my boat work skills…such as they are.

    Great pic…but look like a few bits of iron in the board?

    John in Va..

  4. Tuobanur

    Even the new planners can be a bit time consuming when changing the blades, a necessary evil.

  5. Tuobanur

    Quiet? Hook a dust collector to one and they get noisy as hell, not sure why.

  6. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)

    Been there done that. Changing blades in a planer is just a pain in the a$$. Tedious work with sharp objects. I hope you shut the power off. You never want to trust your hands to a 70 year old switch. That looks lie a 24″? Nice looking old planer. What is the make? When the blades get dull they defiantly get loud, pounding I call that. A big difference when they are sharp. That reminds me my planer blades need sharpened UGH!

  7. Kelly Wittenauer

    Very cool! Hope you made a video, to share with others who might acquire one of these beasts, without a “George” to brief them on its care & use. My husband bought a shop-full of vintage engine builder’s machinery, from a long time friend of my family. Unfortunately, dad’s friend no longer had the physical abilities to help set it up & demonstrate its use, after it was moved from his garage to ours. My husband has been learning via YouTube videos & is grateful for those who thought ahead to record & share their knowledge & experience.