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    Wadkin DM

    Received a small parcel today.









    I plan to hook up something to blow the chips and dust collection similar to the maka.
    Bumbling forward into the unknown.

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    Fantastic. Did someone respond to your ad on woodweb? I would have never guessed those WTB ads worked.

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    Another nice piece o' iron for the Holcombe shop!
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    The most expensive tool is the one you buy "cheaply" and often...

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    Glad to see it made the trip unharmed. I was a bit nervous, I had never crated or shipped a large machine before. Thanks again!!

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    Nice! And very glad to see your S500P in the background!

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    Looks like we're going to need a bigger boat.

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    Nice one Brian!

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    Curtis, where did you find the DM ?

    Curtis is one of the greater scroungers of good stuff. Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Kumm View Post
    Curtis, where did you find the DM ?

    Curtis is one of the greater scroungers of good stuff. Dave
    Dave, I found the DM at an estate auction in Port Washington about a year ago. I believe the gentleman that had it purchased it new. It was definitely hard to part with, but I am sure Brian will put it to better use than I would.

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    What is a DM ? Dovetail maker?
    Bill

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    Thanks gents!

    Patrick, turns out they work. I had a feeling I was throwing a hail mary, but Curtis reached out from the ad on here.

    Curtis, thank you again!

    Bill, not sure anyone knows what the letters stand for, hah.
    Bumbling forward into the unknown.

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    Ive never used a wadkin machine, but the aesthetics of the machines are without question some of the most attractive. I find myself wanting their 30" disc sander and a PK very badly. Even after publicly saying on this forum that I dont know why you would spend big money on a PK, when used SCMI/Felder machines can be had for much less expensive and with similar or better capability. Cant debate the looks, however. This mortiser is one of the best looking ones out there. I want to say Robinson had an attractive one too, pretty similar looking.

    I have to ask, what are you doing with two high end mortisers?

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    After using Chris Hall's Wadkin when I went up to visit earlier in the summer I found myself really enjoying their machinery. They have a nice heft to them that leaves you with an assured feeling, much like the Maka does.

    Chris has a Wadkin PK and I was able to put some hours on it that weekend, it's a beautiful machine to use. Super quiet, it can use a gigantic blade (18") and the carriage and fence are like silk. It was very enjoyable to use. I would buy that over a modern machine for certain, especially for joinery (solid wood) work.

    The Maka is great for rectangular holes and when I setup to cut a bunch of stuff, I like the hollow chisel for one-off mortises and also for square holes (no way to cut a 1/4" square with the Maka). The Maka needs swing to it in order for chips to clear and my Maka is generally for smaller work like furniture and windows (shoji in my case). The DM can manage larger work.
    Bumbling forward into the unknown.

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    What a well made skid/box it came in!

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    Got to be no way to swing the proverbial dead cat around in that shop Brian.
    David

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