2014 CAMS Yard Sale

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Another Chesapeake Area Metalworking Society Yard Sale is in the can, we were blessed with beautiful weather, and a good time was had by all. Thanks go out to all Steve’s minions, who do the behind-the-scenes work to make it happen for the past 15 years (as of today).
I arrived about an hour late, and found some very brisk trading going on in the vendor area. A very helpful gentleman in suspenders found me a nice spot to set up my table and within ten minutes everything of real value on my table was gone, and I got an opportunity to make a quick run around and see what the other guys had brought. I shot a few pics, but seemed to only get shots of one side of the mall (I get distracted easily). I did manage to get myself some of the items on my shopping list (but not all), and a few freebies. I had also promised to deliver a few items to the Yard Sale, and had arranged to take delivery of a few pre-sale items. I suspect that my truck weighed about the same going out as it did coming in. Here are some pics, for those who could not attend.


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Countersink Tool Made from Surplus Junk



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I was working on a drill chuck for my mill, and I ran across a Jacobs 3/8″ keyless chuck that I pulled off a power drill that leaked it’s Magic Smoke. The chuck was the only thing salvageable from the drill, and I tossed it in the chuck drawer for a future project.


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Cleaning Up My New “Albrecht” Yard Sale Chuck

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Yesterday at the CAMS Yard Sale, I parked my truck and made a frantic dash for the sellers tables before I unloaded all my stuff to start selling. This was one of the first items that caught my eye.  I had a decent size keyless chuck on my want list for a while, and there it was, and on an R8 arbor, to boot! I picked it up and it looked to be in good working condition, but maybe a little banged up, but it was an Albrecht! I started doing the rebuild in my mind before I even asked the price, and was shocked when Chris told me $40. Thats a hell of a deal for a 5/8 Albrecht chuck on an R8 arbor, and I didn’t think it would be wise to question the deal and happily paid him and went on taking some pictures.


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Junkyard Treasures.

Some of you CAMS guys have heard me gloat about my Fairfax County Landfill “treasures”, (remember the railroad rail?). Heres a couple of shots of the latest harvest; a Craftsman 10″ table saw from the 50s (bad capacitor in the motor), and a Campbell Hausfeld compressor (mice made a home in the fan shroud).
The saw is complete except for the rip fence, miter gauge, and angle wheel, but I’ve got two of the three coming from Ebay snipes this week. I plugged the thing in to test it last week, and everything works, but the motor turns slow. An electrician buddy at work tells me the capacitor is bad, haven’t gotten one yet, so we’ll see.
here’s a pic of the motor partially disassembled, loaded with sawdust. I’ll try a new cap and see what shakes. The rest of the motor looks brand new, and doesn’t smell. It has an overload protector, so maybe I get lucky.
Here’s the compressor. Somebody stored it, and the mice made a home in the fan shroud (anyone that’s owned an air-cooled VW, or scrounges cast-off compressors knows the sound). About twelve minutes work got this running like a new machine. Might just keep this for a spare, as I’ve picked up a brand new Ingersol Rand dual stage compressor head (free) for my shop compressor, and this might serve as back-up when I hang the new head. It makes good air, and quick, but I won’t be running the blast cabinet off this one!
My Ball&Chain surprised me this morning with a blank check to go get a pressure washer at Home Despair. She gave me a limit of $900.00 to spend, and I came back with a $200.00 electric deal. Fact is, I can get by with an 1800 PSI unit, and I have a reserve to use on other stuff. If only Home Despair sold Digital readouts for my Bridgeport! I took a couple of hours, and cleaned these Landfill Lovelies, and the front steps too. Gotta keep the B&C happy.

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