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  • New Toy! Porter Cable 7" shaper

    Have just about wrapped up a complete tear down & rework on my latest lapse into my tool addiction ... a Porter Cable (rebadged Logan) 7" shaper. Found on flea-bay with the description of "refurbished" Porter Cable shaper, etc -- Heh!, refurbished turned out to be an ebay paint job! - not a very good one either... Oh well, he at least done a pretty good job of cleaning all the goop, grease, dirt, etc off it. Had to drive from N La to Indiana to get it, but I got a young-un in Mich with gkids, so that gave an excuse to go on up there. Only had the 2 of us to load, so took it down into 3 main pieces,---the stand is a bear!-- would've been top heavy anyway.

    The little guy had a pretty busy life at one time, had some serious wear at all the rotating parts -- (the ram is in quite good condition.) Had conventional oilite bushings and they were beat pretty badly, but were easy enough to replace, along with a new shaft, the bronze slide block for the crank pin was the most beat up of all, but a few minutes on the lathe with a nice piece of cast bronze out of the scrap box and had a new one ready. New sprockets & chain (yeah, this and the Logan were chain drive --and, variable speed!) and new V belts, for only about $50 outlay on it.

    Did not have the upper and lower belt covers ... the upper is a cast item and I have found a sketch & dims on it and am gonna attempt to cast one in aluminum!! (There was mention the sketch/dims were attributed to a Mr Rouche ... would that be our JRouche?)

    OK, I really dont need any catty remarks on the paint color!! -- that is a very close match to the original color ... thank you!! (not my first choice either-- although its better than the black!)

    Got it set up in temporary mode today to give it a check-out and I'm really tickled with it ... quiet & smooooth! Will get the last few little things finished and get him set in a new spot (yet to be determined) and see if I cant find something for the little guy to strut his stuff on.

    So ..... this begs the question, do any of y'all have one, or know of one, or know of source of info, etc. Have joined up over at yahoos shaper site and found some pretty good stuff already and Kays site... what I'd really like to know is what was the years of production on these? Figure it wasnt very long, and probably around the 50's/60's??

    The way it was presented in the flea bay ad...



    Just unloaded off my truck, ready for some 'destruction'



    Gads, will I EVER get all this back together!



    And the way it looked today....

    If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something........

  • #2
    didn't know Porter Cable made such things, good looking machine....as i try and figure out what to do with mine (sans base casting and stand) I'm green with envy (maybe not that shade) at how substantial and well thought out the base/stand is
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    • #3
      Did you loose the chip pan on the way back. must have flew out of truck are did you leave it up their. Love the green and red looks good.
      Every Mans Work Is A Portrait of Him Self
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      • #4
        Nice looking little shaper Bill. I like the substantial base also. That should help dampen things down when making cuts. Be sure and post a couple of pictures when he gets his teeth into something. Jay
        "Just build it and be done"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by lane
          Did you loose the chip pan on the way back. must have flew out of truck are did you leave it up their. Love the green and red looks good.
          Did indeed leave it up there... didnt notice it until I got home and unloaded. Called the guy and he looked around and found it, supposed to be sending it...

          Have another question --- I wanted to "highlight" the raised letters in the castings with a contrasting color - red - and enlisted my bride to accomplish this task, well... it turned out to be quite tricky, and she was most upset about the way it turned out (good thing I didnt try it!) We tried Q tips and several types of little brushes, brush doing the best, but still would wanna run down the hill of the raised letter. So, any body got a secret method to do this??
          If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something........

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bill Pace
            Have another question --- I wanted to "highlight" the raised letters in the castings with a contrasting color - red - and enlisted my bride to accomplish this task, well... it turned out to be quite tricky, and she was most upset about the way it turned out (good thing I didnt try it!) We tried Q tips and several types of little brushes, brush doing the best, but still would wanna run down the hill of the raised letter.


            So, any body got a secret method to do this??

            Nice little shaper Bill.
            Perhaps by using a piece of art grade heavy construction paper.
            Using a rubber dead-blow hammer to tap paper over the lettering or by spooning the letters. It will leave a pattern on paper. Then cutting out the letters with an x-acto fine tipped knife.
            Then spray paint the paper while over the machine lettering.

            Patch

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            • #7
              A hard rubber roller like they use to ink stuff might work just to roll paint over the tops of the letters.
              VitŮŽria, Brazil

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              • #8
                Many months back there was a thread on PM under the South Bend heading about painting. Mention was made of a type of sponge that is used for applying cosmetics that works well for painting the raised letters. It is stiff enough to paint just the tops and holds paint as well as it holds cosmetics.

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                • #9
                  I own exactly the same shaper mine is made by Logan

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bill Pace
                    OK, I really dont need any catty remarks on the paint color!! -- that is a very close match to the original color ... thank you!! (not my first choice either-- although its better than the black!)


                    And the way it looked today....

                    Alistair will tell you it's the perfect color

                    Nice find and a nice job on the re-work!
                    I just need one more tool,just one!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by wierdscience
                      Alistair will tell you it's the perfect color
                      LOL .... I had forgotten about Alistairs affinity for green!! Hes liable to sail over here and take it away from me!

                      ulav8r, that cosmetic gizmo thingy just might have possibilities, -- will check with the bride for info...
                      If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something........

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                      • #12
                        I wanted to "highlight" the raised letters in the castings with a contrasting color
                        Perhaps a small speed brush? They have a small pad of, maybe, 20mm sq. I use them for various tasks about the shed/home.
                        Beauty shaper!
                        Ken.

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                        • #13
                          Use a hard rubber roller , and let the paint thicken till it wont run off the roller. Pour out the paint on flat surface let dry to point it wont run off the roller and lightly apply the paint on the roller then apply to the raised letters.
                          I have used this method to paint embossed tailgates on pickup's.
                          scariest thing to hear " I am from the government and i am here to help"

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                          • #14
                            One answer is silly putty
                            you can use it as a very effective mouldable masking, then just 'slop' on the paint, wait for it to dry and remove the masking.
                            Silly putty has enough stick to mask really well, without sticking to much if you see what I mean.

                            Dave

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                            • #15
                              I don't remember where I first read the tip on using the cosmetic application "wedges", but they work great. The same poster recommended using the water-based squirt-bottle paint you find in the craft section due to its high viscosity. I tried both on the "Series 1 2HP" plastic cover on the front of my BP vari-speed head and it worked nicely. I had previously sprayed the plastic piece with enamel in the base color and let it dry thoroughly. I then masked the outside and sprayed the lettering and all inside the "frame" in red....also allowed to dry. The lettering was then "dabbed" with white on using the cosmetic application wedges. The thick paint will not run down the edges of the letters and the foam wedges have just the right "give". You still get a bit of texture to the paint from "sponge painting" but its an acceptable trade off vs. having paint that looks horrible because the edges are not well defined. I am sure the results are only as good as the casting of the letters as using this method, the edges are defined by the raised part.

                              I gave the letters the rub test later and they seemed to adhere to the red enamel well enough--something I did not expect from water based paint on top. Its in a place where its not going to get abused...at least not by me.

                              Paul
                              Paul Carpenter
                              Mapleton, IL

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