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wadkin pk restoration

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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby wallace » 16 Nov 2019, 14:35

Robert wrote:So you are on the lookout for a 36" blade saw now?

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Enjoying the progress as always. Thanks for posting.


That's a bit big for my needs, it would be funny seeing a pallet courier going to collect one though
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby Woodster » 16 Nov 2019, 22:03

Looking good Wallace. ;)
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby wallace » 18 Nov 2019, 02:05

The crown guard has suffered a bit

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Used silicon bronze wire in the mig

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This is part of the fence and just for the wadkin geeks, they were still using the fence of the PJ which was a 2O's machine on this 1941 machine.

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On the base it has a strip machined in it that slots into the dovetail slot in the table. On later versions these strips are removeable to change when worn.
The strips on mine are quite worn and theirs a bit missing so I'm going to get them machined off and a slot put in to receive a strip that matches the table slot.

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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby wallace » 20 Nov 2019, 10:49

This is the wire I use in the mig. It costs 4 times the normal stuff, I think its for welding dissimilar metals.

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The sliding table is pretty crusty

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But clean underneath

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It has hardened strips set into the casting where it rolls on the bearings

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To clean the rust off I removed the thick with scotchbrite and degreaser

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Then laid kitchen roll and soaked it with that magic deruster.

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Time to make stuff shiny

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Sanded to 1OOO grit then polished

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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby Malc2098 » 20 Nov 2019, 12:10

Loving the bling!
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby Mike G » 20 Nov 2019, 13:03

I can't imagine that they looked that shiny brand new.
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby wallace » 20 Nov 2019, 19:57

All bright work was greased from the factory with instructions to wipe over with oil once a week.
I doubt they wasted as much time as I do making stuff shine :D

The evaporust didn't work very well. The solution has maybe been used too much or it was too rusty.
I reverted back to razor method

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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby wallace » 25 Nov 2019, 19:11

More shiny stuff.

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I remembered I'd got this nice little Brittool socket set from a car boot a few years ago, I always meant to clean it up a bit. So whilst I was chucking paint around.

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I took the base of the fence to that doubleboost guy. he lives quite close to me and he does some cracking work.

https://youtu.be/H3K_p5f5axw
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby Mike G » 25 Nov 2019, 21:30

Nice little video. As always with engineering, it seems, the calibration/ set-up took far longer than the cutting.
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby wallace » 02 Dec 2019, 21:50

More progress

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I got the fence back from Mr Boost

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Heres the next part of the machine work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5flkfTXmMg

Lots of high build primer to level out the crown guard

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I've had some brass knurled nuts made, I think there pretty good for £6 each. I also found some new button oilers and flip top oilers and got some nice brass bar

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I picked up this britool socket set at a car boot for £5, 6 years ago, whilst I was painting I thought I would give it a spruce up wadkin styly

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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby Malc2098 » 02 Dec 2019, 23:06

Nice.
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby MY63 » 03 Dec 2019, 09:00

Excellent work your restorations take me back to my apprentice days we had workshops full of that gear.
Thanks for sharing the doubleboost videos
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby Mike G » 03 Dec 2019, 09:01

This is looking great, Wallace. The video is quite hypnotic. That paint is looking good, too...and boy, that red is very red!
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby wallace » 03 Dec 2019, 09:57

Mike its pillar box red, I wanted something british :D
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby Mike G » 03 Dec 2019, 10:17

I thought so. Funnily enough, I've just been in Porto (Portugal) and they had red letter boxes and phone boxes, just like ours. There was I thinking we were the only place in the world which had them.
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby wallace » 04 Dec 2019, 18:10

Lettering turned out ok

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Did a bit fettling on the fence

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If you've ever used normal masking tape on a project and then frog tape you will never go back normal. It doesn't matter how long you leave it, it comes off really easily with no residue or having to scrape.

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I think the lens on my phone must of been smeared with schmoo, the picture looks a bit weird

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This is the locating pin for the motor, its a bit wonky so I will need to replace it

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Heres that Britool set cleaned up, I might get a wadkin logo for the lid

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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby Malc2098 » 04 Dec 2019, 18:25

Nice.
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby Mike G » 04 Dec 2019, 19:39

wallace wrote:........Heres that Britool set cleaned up......


......because a rusty old Wadkin just didn't present enough of a challenge....... :lol:
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby Robert » 04 Dec 2019, 23:54

When your restorations get to this stage I have to go back and look at the first post just to prove it really did come from what looked like rusty scrap metal :)

Always enjoy these restorations.
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby Mike G » 05 Dec 2019, 09:39

Yes, it'd be nice to have side-by-side photos of the before and after when it's finished.
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby wallace » 08 Dec 2019, 18:04

I got some new pins and made them pointy to help in guiding them into the holes in the motor. I still couldn't get the motor on its base, the side of the motor foot is machined and goes against a machined lip. The tolerances are really tight so I ended up bending another pin. Luckily I bought extra rod. In the end I got one pin in and put the other pin in from underneath.

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I got the frame that the sliding table runs on back together. not sure about the colour

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I got that nice Mr Boost bloke to plasma cut some washers which just needed cleaning up and a chamfer putting

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I got the crown guard finished

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I've been keeping this riving knife bracket which was made by Matt in Canada some time ago

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Also this brass nut he very kindly sent me

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I thought it would be easier setting up the riving knife brass of coarse whilst the table was off

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I got asked if I had any cool images that could be lazered onto a book cover. This image dates from 191O

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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby Malc2098 » 08 Dec 2019, 18:36

Really pretty!
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby DaveL » 08 Dec 2019, 21:22

Very nice!

A quick question, the numbers on the brass nut, do they have any meaning on the saw?
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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby Jonathan » 08 Dec 2019, 22:17

Wow....that crown guard looks amazing!


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Re: wadkin pk restoration

Postby wallace » 08 Dec 2019, 22:33

DaveL wrote:Very nice!

A quick question, the numbers on the brass nut, do they have any meaning on the saw?


When wadkin made a machine the test numbers would start at 1OO, the guy who made these nuts only made a few so in the spirit of wadkin numbered them. The OMM stands for original Matt Matt
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