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Blog series by WayneC updated 10-01-2013 03:57 AM 21 parts 87308 reads 319 comments total

Part 1: Would you have passed it up?

05-20-2007 01:04 AM by WayneC | 16 comments »

My son wanted to get up this morning and go to some garage sales. I’ve been gone all week working and thought it would be a good idea to spend some time with him and his sister today. We happened across this drill press at a garage sale and I tried, but failed to pass it up. I have a fairly new Rigid Drill press with a Rockler drill press table and it works great for me. I thought long and hard about buying or not buying it. My biggest issue is space. This one has some addition...

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Part 2: Work Sharp - The Wood Tool Sharpener Review

05-27-2007 01:34 AM by WayneC | 43 comments »

I have been looking for a sharpener for a while and came close to coughing up $250 for the Jet clone of the Tormak when the woodworking show was in town last month. I had also seen the Work Sharp on the web. Dan Like had seen one in action and given it his endorsement. There is a video of it on thier web site if your interested in seeing it in action. Wood Magazine has a review of it as well as a video of it in action. Two weeks ago when I was on my way home from the bay area I stopped ...

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Part 3: Chisels

05-31-2007 06:41 AM by WayneC | 4 comments »

I spent a little time in the shop this evening working on putting some of the old chisels I have back into working condition. I have a newer set of Marples that I normally use, but I am trying to get sets of older chisels together. For example, I want a set of mortice chisels and perhaps a set of the old Stanley 750s. I’m giving them a light cleaning and removing any rust, regrinding edges, and sharpening. The handles are still loose. I want to get some measurements and add them ...

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Part 4: JessEm Mite-R-Excel™ Precision Miter Gauge with Dual-Indexing Angle Location

06-02-2007 02:14 AM by WayneC | 16 comments »

David posted pictures of his new miter gauge and was looking for some pictures of other miter gauges. I commited to show some pictures of my Jessem miter guage. The first step in using my table saw is removing the Peacock. (Deb has named him LJ). The box on top of the table saw is a Biesmeyer Over Arm Saw guard that is waiting to be installed. On to the miter gauge. It is a JessEm Mite-R-Excel. It has a 24" fence and can extend to 36" The gauge has a Dual-Indexing Angle Location ...

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Part 5: Today's Finds - June 9 2007

06-10-2007 06:07 AM by WayneC | 9 comments »

A few of you knew I was going old tool shopping today. I visited a number of antique stores down by where Obi lives. I found a couple of interesting items today. Nothing really outstanding, but good items. I found the following 3 items. Two screwdrivers and a Stanley #65 block plane. According to Patrick's Blood and Gore, the Stanley #65 is one of the finest planes Stanley ever made. I would tend to agree. The workmanship in this plane is wonderful. Here is a picture o...

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Part 6: Today's Finds - June 10 2007

06-10-2007 08:15 PM by WayneC | 13 comments »

Today was the monthly antique sale here in town. I found a few interesting items today. I’m going to cut to the chase. Here they are. A set of Millers Falls carving tools A pair of Starret Dividers A 1” Chisel for my “Frank’s style greenwood working tool kit”. This is a heavy duty chisel. A pair of R. Bliss Mfg Co. Wooden Screw Clamps. These are for the wall of the shop. They are 16” long and the screws are about 20” long...

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Part 7: Today's Finds - July 8 2007

07-09-2007 12:49 AM by WayneC | 8 comments »

Today was the monthly antique sale here in Sacramento. I got a few interesting things and almost got something I’ve been looking for. I pulled a Fulton #2 sized plane out of a box of old planes. I asked how much and was told $180. Perhaps for a nice Stanley, but for that kind of money I would have been better off buying an Lie-Nielson. Such is life. I came across a box of Saws and picked 3 out. I’m starting to look for a few good saws and these look like they could be res...

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Part 8: Today's Finds - August 12 2007

08-14-2007 04:22 AM by WayneC | 12 comments »

Yesterday was the monthly antique sale here in Sacramento and my daughter and I went shopping. It is a good family outting. I’ve gotten in the habit of sharing what I find on these outings, so here are photos of this months finds. I try to purchase things that I can use and avoid collecting for collecting’s sake. Sometimes I am successful and sometimes I am not. I have been looking for a jeweler’s frame saw for a while. They are useful for handcutting dove tails. I&...

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Part 9: Today's Finds - Oct 12 2007

10-13-2007 05:22 AM by WayneC | 11 comments »

Today I visited a few antique stores in a couple of small towns near Sacramento. I thought I would share what I found. In addition to a few tools I found some woodworking books including a copy of Graham Blackburn’s “Illustrated Encyclopedia of Woodworking Handtools Instruments and Devices”. Without further adieu here are the tools…. A craftsman backsaw, two bronze spokeshaves, and a buck brothers chisel. I belive these are bronze and may be home ma...

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Part 10: DeWalt 925 Radial Arm Saw

10-23-2007 05:43 AM by WayneC | 29 comments »

I have been resisting buying a Radial Arm Saw (RAS) for at least the last year. I have a great Sliding Compound Miter Saw, Router, and Table Saw. The only operation that seemed to be quick with a RAS that I could not easily do with the tools I have is making cross cuts using a dado set. Last week Blake posted a project where he did a wonderful job restoring a 1959 DeWalt Radial Arm Saw. I really loved the job he did. Sunday afternoon I was browsing Craigslist and saw an ad for a saw si...

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Part 11: A new plane - 6/16/2008

06-17-2008 04:58 AM by WayneC | 15 comments »

I drove down the the SF bay area from my home in Sacramento this morning and ran through Woodcraft looking for a birthday present for myself. After spending a few minutes looking through the Lie-Nielsons in the case I settled on a LN-62 Low angle Jack Plane. I also considered getting one of the small (LN-102) block planes and a mini router plane, or one of the shoulder planes. I finally settled on the LN-62 because of it’s versitality and good reputation. Basically, you can use ...

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Part 12: Hmmmm. What is it?

06-17-2011 12:03 AM by WayneC | 26 comments »

I bought this off of ebay this week. It was listed as a small plane, but it looks like a toy, model or perhaps some form of box. I would not see a purpose for the lid if it was a toy or model. I bought it because it was unusual. It has a hinged lid. The blade and wedge appear to be decorative. The patina appears to be real indicating it is quite old. The horn has tool marks which to me indicate it was carved. Here is a view inside. The hole appears hand cut with tool marks evide...

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Part 13: My Latest Power Tool

07-30-2011 07:22 PM by WayneC | 37 comments »

The power tool for Rodent Control – The Rat Zapper Ultra…. I know, I know. But it got good reviews on Amazon. Perhaps someone did build a better mouse trap. I’ve been seeing a rat running around on the patio for a little while and after watching a late night episode of Billy the Exterminator where he delt with a house that had been completely infested with rats, I was spurred to take action. BTW, I would love to see Billy make a guest camio on Woodwor...

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Part 14: New Plane - Bedrock 604 1/2

08-23-2013 05:09 PM by WayneC | 18 comments »

I’ve been wanting one of these for a while. An opportunity came up to pick this up on eBay and I made the jump. It’s main issue is that it has been drilled to hang on the wall. Not going to affect my ability to use it.

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Part 15: Stanley 45 and two boxes of cutters

08-25-2013 03:12 AM by WayneC | 10 comments »

I picked up two boxes of cutters for a Stanley 45. I have a couple of planes that I had picked up but needed cutters. The guy had 4 planes. One looked pretty early so I decided to buy it as well. Question to the experts. Is this a Type 2? Box with 21 cutters. I think this is a base set 1910 to 1920 based on number of items? Sweetheart box with 12 cutters (all present)

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Part 16: New Plane Stanley 5 1/4c

08-29-2013 12:06 AM by WayneC | 7 comments »

Just documenting this plane. It will fill this slot in my bench plane family until I get crazy lucky and find a 605 1/4 in the wild or have extra money to plunk down on the LN version of the plane. I am upgrading from a post WW2 version of the plane. This one is an early example and it is corrugated. If you take Patrick Leech at his word this is the scarcest (5 1/4 corrugated plane) of the Stanley bench planes. Unfortunately this one has been drilled to hang on the wall. More info c...

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Part 17: Stanley Bedrock 605 1/2c

08-30-2013 12:22 AM by WayneC | 7 comments »

Again documenting another plane. I believe this is a type 5, the first of the square sides. This plane was only made in 1911 making it approximately 102 years old. This will be my primary 5 1/2 size user. It was obtained in the mail from eBay today. Main complaints are the tote broken in two places, the chip breaker on the blade backwards, and the frog way out of adjustment. Also, the seller sanded the plane a bit, which I think probably turned some folks off. I disassembled, replace...

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Part 18: Record 044 Combination Plane #2

09-19-2013 10:53 PM by WayneC | 10 comments »

Documenting the addition of my second Record 044 Plough plane to the shop. This one only came with a single cutter and is missing the short rods. This one was made prior to 1951. My other plane is complete with all cutters and both sets of rods. More info on this plane can be found at the following links. Cornish Workshop Record Planes

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Part 19: Stanley 140

09-27-2013 02:27 AM by WayneC | 10 comments »

Documenting the addition of another plane to the tool box. This one is a #140 Rabbet and block plane . They are pretty cool planes. One side of the plane can be removed for doing rabbet work on things like tenons. With the side on it can be used like a normal block plane. I’ve been looking for the right one for a while and also have been torn as to if I should get the Lie-Nielsen or stick with an old Stanley. This one is in pretty nice shape and it was about 1/3 the cost of the...

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Part 20: Union 42 Tongue and Groove Plane

09-28-2013 03:01 AM by WayneC | 8 comments »

Another tool is moving into the toolbox and taking up residence. This one is a Union 42 tongue and groove plane. It was purchased to go with a Union 41 Tongue and Groove Plane I got a while back. These are functionally the same as Stanley 48 and 49 T&G planes. The Union 42 is the equivalent of the Stanley 49 and appears to be much less common that the Union 41. The Union 42 is designed to cut tongues and grooves in stock 3/8” to 3/4” thick, and centers its groove on stock...

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Part 21: Stanley 66 Hand Beader

10-01-2013 03:57 AM by WayneC | 10 comments »

I have wanted one of these for quite a while and last week the gods of eBay smiled upon me. The beader is essentially a mass produced scratch stock that puts profiles on wood. Stanley made them from 1886 to 1941. Because this one is jappaned, it was made before 1898. Handplane Central has some information here. When shopping for them you want to look for one that preferably has its fence and set of 9 cutters. You can also make your own cutters with custom profiles. Both Lee Valle...

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