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Future of Rockhewer/ Tool acquisition report.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Rôckhewer, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. Rôckhewer

    Rôckhewer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 28, 2015
    Mesa, Arizona
    Owner/Builder- RockHewer Custom Guitars LLC
    I hope this thread is not seen as mere boasting.
    It is really just a reflection of my excitement and desire to share that...amongst those here who I consider valued friends, colleagues, brethren & sisters....etc... -thank you.

    I have made a deal on some equipment.
    It may not have all been "necessary" for a luthier shop... but it was a "package deal".

    And as a woodworker... well...
    Anyway ... dig this :

    For this equipment I had to travel to aquire... and rent truck to bring home... roughly 1700 miles... in a 26' u-haul.
    Had never seen the "Gateway to the West" in person.... very impressive !
    Ok.... here's the "tool porn".
    Just unloaded it all today... in my brothers warehouse ...for now.
    All spread out:

    And... one by one....:woot:

    Powermatic 10" cabinet saw... model 2000,
    with "Mast R Slide" left wing fence acc.
    (Also large outfeed table... not pictured)
    Powermatic 15" planer. Helical Head
    Powermatic 8" parallelogram jointer- Helical Head
    Powermatic Dual Drum Sander
    Powermatic 14" Band Saw w/6" riser block. 20180611_113814.
    Powermatic 18" variable sp. Drill Press
    Jet 22-44 pro3 Drum Sander
    Jet JOVS-10 Oscillating Spindle Sander
    Jet Oscillating Edge Sander
    Oneida 2hp "Gorilla" cyclonic dust collector
    (Un-assembled as yet)
    Plus... 2 smaller ceiling...box filter units... in that box and on the floor to the right:

    Two items that are FOR SALE... if anyone is interested ... please let me know .

    Powermatic Model 3520 Lathe with several add-on's such as copy jig...extended bed... bowl chuck etc....
    Powermatic model 719T Tilting Table Hollow Chisel Mortiser

    Ok ... so maybe this was a little about "showing off":rolleyes:....
    I prefer the label.... SHOW & TELL :D
    Y'know... like back in school.:thumbsup::cool:

  2. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Congratulations! I am simultaneously jealous, and ecstatic for you! I won’t necessarily say that they will make your builds anymore spectacular, as they already are beautiful ....But these tools will certainly make it easier and more efficient for you!
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  3. SlingBlader


    Oct 19, 2013
    Wow, congratulations. I was wondering how this was coming along. You're up to your neck in "the Gold Standard"! :thumbsup:
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  4. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Wow Rock :woot:

    thats a veritable cornucopia :)
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  5. I don't know you well, but I know you're not the type to show off.

    That's a nice haul. My dad has the same Jet oscillating spindle sander and drum sanding planer, they are quality machines.
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  6. tbrannon


    Jun 11, 2006
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  7. tbrannon


    Jun 11, 2006
    The question that begs asking..... where are all those tools gonna go? Got a shop lined up?
  8. Awesome. Congratulations and, maybe, a touch of jealous.drool
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  9. Unreal!

    Congrats, man your shop is going to be so smokin'!
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  10. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert
    Holy Flurking Schnit!

    Nicely scored...
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  11. Rôckhewer

    Rôckhewer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 28, 2015
    Mesa, Arizona
    Owner/Builder- RockHewer Custom Guitars LLC
    Good question.
    I am working on that.
    One option currently available is to move my base of operations 150mi. north... to a quaint old barn on the outskirts of Flagstaff... back in the woods off old route 66. But the place needs a floor, and all new wiring.
    There is another option I have to stay in the Phx area... and partner with someone who also brings orher machinery I would like to use ...to the table.
    But that is at least 6 months or more... down the line.
    It was timely that I aquire these machines now.... and (most) will be stored at my brother's warehouse, for the interim.
  12. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

    Absolutely fantastic Rockhewer!! To have been there to watch you grow and do your thing and thrive is amazing and I am so stoked for you. You can make a living with those tools doing all kinds of wood working besides building instruments. You seem to be adaptable and driven even through adversity. I'm sure you will crush it you already are. Thanks for sharing and it's a great thing to watch someone passionate about being creative and following their dreams I don't see it as bragging at all I see it as evidence for all of us here that good things do come to those who work for it.

    Congrats man, keep us posted.:bassist::bassist::bassist:
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  13. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    This should make it easier for you to make those fantastic builds. Looking forward to seeing more of them.
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  14. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Nice haul you got there. If I hadn't just bought a new lathe I would be interested in yours. It's a better piece of iron than my Grizzly, but I am happy with mine.
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  15. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    A fine collection of machines!

    A couple of quick comments:

    I'm curious to hear how the Powermatic drum sander works out. You've seen my various rants about drum sanders, and the various problems that they have. I wonder how/if Powermatic has solved them?

    The Jet drum sander is one that you may end up getting rid of. I've worked with them, and they are troublesome.

    You may want to think about keeping the Mortiser. It's a heavy duty drill press that makes square (or round) holes in wood. Fast and accurately. Think about using it to hog out chambers, pickup cavities, etc. I don't have one, but I've thought about it.

    The 15" planer with the helical head will become one of your favorite machines.

    Oh yeah, mount most of those machines on simple 4 x 4 wood bases with the right size gap. Then buy one of the small narrow pallet jacks. Then you can easily move them all around any time you want.
  16. Jeolous, envious, everything-ous.

    That is an awesome score!

    Glad you got some of Gibson's equipment! LOL JK!

    Short of some seriously good Japanese files and twiddly bits from Stewmac, you are ready to start "produstion", as my grandfather would have called it!
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  17. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    A man can never have enough tools
  18. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    Get building, what are you waiting for!
    You can't blame lack of quality tools now. LOL

    Seriously nice quality purchases.
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  19. 7bridges

    7bridges Supporting Member

    May 3, 2015
    SW FL
    Very cool! I had that same cabinet saw. It's a beast. Enjoy!
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  20. Rôckhewer

    Rôckhewer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 28, 2015
    Mesa, Arizona
    Owner/Builder- RockHewer Custom Guitars LLC
    I tend to agree about drum sanders in general...
    I was "spoiled" a couple years back to have a 24" wide-belt at my disposal... and a dual drum... so I do know the limitations of drum.
    With all the multi lam work I do ... the need for such sanders is great... in making my own veneers and accent stripes
    But alas , I shant be complaining having these new machines that are actually my property. Rather than that of an employer, or a co-op.... as has been my lot in the past. And make the best of them.
    I count myself fortunate to have come across this package deal. If I had the means to acquire such a haul, in pieces that were each of my own choosing... there would likely be some variations different than what is here. But I am happy and thankful nontheless.

    I will definitely relay my findings and hopeful satisfaction with the Powermatic Dual.

    At least all these are of a single phase power requirement... where as, a good wide belt would typically need 3 phase.

    Also, I would love to be able to retain all machines here... but must recoup a bit to cover the cost of the trip. I see the lathe and the mortise press as items that would be least used... however desirable.

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