Shipsaw

One of the most interesting of the big woodworking tools for building big boats is the shipsaw. It is a big bandsaw that has a mechanism for tilting the blade and wheel mechanism instead of tilting the table. One of the reasons for that is so the big timber doesn't slide off the table, and another is that you can change the bevel as you are cutting. One of the main uses is to make the futtocks.
Mystic Seaport has 2, there are at least 2 on Martha's Vineyard, one huge one in Gloucester that is used for the Adventure, and I am sure there are several more around.
For no apparent reason, I have wanted one for quite a while.
Fairhaven Shipyard - across the harbor from New Bedford decided to get rid of some of the big tools in one room, since they are going more to the big steel fishing boats.
To make a long story short, after a month of trying, I bought their shipsaw.
The price was rediculously low - probably less than scrap value.It is an L. Powers B 17 that probably is at least 80 years old. It is a 40" saw that weighs 4100#. It was in a shallow pit to get low enough for the average guy to use it. We took off the motor and a few things and loaded the saw on my buddy's F350 pickup - yes it was way overloaded.
We got it off with a Case front end loader at the beginning of Thursdays snowstorm.
We had to tip the blade mechanism to get a good place to get the strap on it.
It will sit outside the barn for a while - maybe we will do the traditional thing and build a little shed around it and open the proper doors to use it. It came with a 10 hp 3 phase 480 volt motor - that presents a little problem until I get bigger wires run down to the barn and either build a phase converter or repower it with single phase.
So - for the moment it is lawn art.

Schooner Fred

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Shipsaw

Lucky You, Schooner Fred, She looks like a beauty.
Ted