|Below, scribing the pattern outline onto the blank
Above and below, setting cutter depth using an aluminum shim.
Below, note the center line of the stock blank in relationship to the
spur center. This stock will have 1/2" castoff. The pattern stock has 1/2" castoff built in.
Above are cutters, tracers
and tools for the duplicator.
Above photo shows the two drive motors.
Below shows the reversing mechanism.
Below is a closeup of the drive motors.
Below shows a spindle and the drive belt.
Below shows the new 1" diameter tie bar and the new handlebar grips.
Above & below, carving a stock for my 222.
The machine is a NorthStar Master Carver with one pattern position and two carving positions. It is
equipped with a reversing mechanism that allows the carving of a "Mirror Image" in the third postion. This allows
me to carve a left hand stock from a right hand pattern or a right hand stock from a left hand pattern. Or I may disconnect
the reversing mechanism and carve two identical stocks from one pattern.
This Northstar is somewhat unique as it is equipped with linear bearings instead of the more common cable
and drum system for the carriage.
This NorthStar Master Carver was manufactured by Terrco Inc, Watertown SD. www.terrco.com. I purchased it as a "basket case" from a woodworker on Orcas Island WA in 2008. The
machine was under a blue tarp out in the salty marine environment and I "rescued" it just in time. After
a 20 hour round trip, I had the disassembled machine at my shop for a complete rebuild, including sandblasting and painting,
replacement of spindle bearings and belts and a complete rewiring of the controls including installing reversing switches
for the motors. (When carving two stocks, one spindle is reversed to balance the cutting forces. A right
hand cutter is in one spindle with a left hand cutter in the second spindle.) I installed the two grips shown in
the photos for better control and replaced the 3/8"diameter control links with 1" diameter links made from 4140
tubing and larger rod ends.
I use English and Claro walnut for stocks and Pacific Big Leaf Maple. The Big Leaf Maple I use is
from a small area in Washington with Maple known for its fantastic figure: Tiger or Fiddleback, Flame, and Sausage
Quilt all occur in the logs. However, few logs have the desired figure and my sawyer makes a lot of
firewood when searching for the elusive grain to die for. This wood is also harder and heavier than the usual mill
run Big Leaf Maple.
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Updated 1 March 2012
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