The True Joy Of Learning Old Things.

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!

17 replies
  1. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    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.

  2. John F Rothert
    John F Rothert says:

    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..

  3. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    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!

  4. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    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.

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