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    What I did this winter....

    Spent the period from mid-November to mid-February remodeling a big portion of the house. In January, I found a guy in Boise selling a beatup old Wilfley lab table. I've always wanted a close look at Wilfley's ideas, so bought it. It had all the stuff with it, but mostly in baskets.
    I spent the last 6 or 7 weeks rebuilding it. I had to make a new table, including the wooden underframe. Do some work on the motor, and make some new bronze bearings for the drive unit. Also made a variable speed mechanical pulley and sliding motor mount, so I could vary the pulse rate while running. It has all the 0n-the-fly adjustments these tables are noted for, including pulse rate, and stroke length, as well as table tilt. I also stripped and painted everything, but the inside of the drive unit. That runs in an oil bath, so doesn't rust anyway. House pics suck, but thought you guys might enjoy the shaker table pics. I'm currently working on the water distribution system, and then the water discharge system.
    Jim

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    Looks heavy-any idea?
    Great rebuild
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    Jul 2012
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    Yes, they are heavy. Very solidly constructed. I'd guess it weighs around 200-250. The table alone weighs 28lbs. But, the table, is easily removed, and that helps. They're not really made to be portable. They work best when setup, and adjusted for a particular ore, either placer or lode. Wilfley supplied them with an option for two tables...one for fine gold, and one for coarser material. The table I built is a near copy of their fine gold table, but made from 1/4" ABS.
    Jim
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    Very cool that you rebuilt it, but what is it and what does it do?

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    Jul 2012
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    It's a gold-concentrating table. Look that subject up on Youtube, and you can find many videos of them running.
    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim in Idaho View Post
    It's a gold-concentrating table. Look that subject up on Youtube, and you can find many videos of them running.
    Jim
    Wow, was I off on that one. It was in your garage and I thought it was for cutting wood. Thank you for letting me know.

 

 

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