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Blog entry by AaronK posted 12-01-2008 06:01 AM 1030 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some photos of some of my shop stuff:

Stanley 220 and 5 planes. the 5 is a sweatheart that i got off ebay. was in pretty bad shape but i think i’ve tuned it up nice enough to use – still a little cosmetically rough in spots though.


MDF reinforced rip fence for the table saw. a big improvement, but still allows some movement. plus the thing still goes out of parallel with the blade, so fooey!

rip fence

acrylic base for the Skil 1835 plunge router. by precisely fitting it into a rabbeted cutout in the tabletop, it functions as the handheld base and table baseplate. no need to screw it in, just press fit and easy to remove… so far so good. we’ll see how it holds up. in the bottom right hand corner of the base (underside) is a little arrow indicating the bit direction… just to remind me.

router base

router table – base of which i got for $5 at a yard sale, just the right size and height. extra long fence of MDF (two pieces at right angles for stability) to use for jointing. I’m using a 1/16” LDPE shim for the outfeed support instead of having the two sides of the fence be completely adjustable – too much freedom is too much room for error!

router table

Crapsman table saw showing the basic design with some mods. 1) it doesnt ride in the miter grooves, but rather along the sides of the table, press fit between the side extension wings. The wings are lined with HDPP for smoothness. 2) removable 3” wide insert so that when it wears I can replace it – this acts as a good zero-clearance insert. what else… front fence is MDF, rear and runners are oak.

table saw

tenoning jig which rides along the mdf part of the rip fence. it is slightly unstable – i may increase the height of the auxiliary fence and that will give it more vertical surface for stability.

tenoning jig

I used 1 sheet of 3/4 MDF for this stuff, because it was the same price as plywood and figured its weight would be beneficial for stability. I think i’ll use what’s left to cover the surface of my workbench (maybe double thick) which would give that weight as well. then i can get a bench clamp and use dogs and stuff like a normal woodworker.

also, i just realized that these pics are a bit small when uploaded, but i’m not inclined to change that unless there are any specific things someone wants to see. this stuff is mostly run of the mill stuff that others have done far more accurately and prettily than my sloppy hands have managed!

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#1 posted 12-01-2008 04:34 PM

Thanks for the shots.

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

Great use of jigs and such.

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#2 posted 12-01-2008 05:18 PM

I have found myself looking at old Stanley planes lately. Can someone please explain to me the significance of the “sweetheart” designation with Stanley? Does this pertain to just Stanley planes or all Stanley Tools?

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#3 posted 12-01-2008 05:44 PM

From what I understand, the Sweetheart designation refers to a certain range of production years. Indeed, i think it’s the blade of the plane that actually says “sweetheart” on it. This (older) production line was apparently built with better materials (ie, blade is of harder temper steel) and tighter specs. For example, i have been warned away from the Handyman line, which although similar in design is quite inferior. Fortunately the price difference is minimal – if you’re willing to put some work into sprucing up the thing and dont mind it not looking like a nice Lie Nielsen off the shelf.

not sure whether it pertains to all stanley tools though. Patricks Blood and Gore site might be able to answer that question.

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#4 posted 12-02-2008 08:47 AM

Thanks for sharing the pics and your modifications. It’s always nice to see how other woodworkers make things work in their shop with the tools they have.

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