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Who knew that in today’s day and age, a piece of mail could send me over the moon. Well, that’s what happened in early October when the invoice for the cutter head for my Towsley jointer arrived. I think my kids heard my shouts of joy from down the driveway. (My excitement was quickly quenched by realizing the time had come to write the check.)

After paying the invoice, I got a notification that my shipment was on the way—two items with a combined weight of 250 lbs. One crate contained the original cutter head (which is damaged), and the other was the new head. When they arrived, I was like a 9 year old on Christmas morning.

I’ll tell you—this is a thing of beauty. Not only that, but it’s also the next step in restoring this jointer. I have been waiting on the new cutter head before having bearing blocks cast, which will be done through the University of Northern Iowa’s Metal Casting Center. The bearing blocks are due to be cast early in the new year, then it’s back to picking up this project. By the amount of emails I received asking when the next part of that project was going to publish, I assume there are a few people that are looking forward to it like I am. Onward. Forward. Cheers. 

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