First Shop #7: Stanley's Finest and Refinishing

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Blog entry by YooperCasey posted 01-11-2008 02:02 AM 960 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So enough with the microscope for today and on to my newest tools purchases and a project! (Finally they say!)

There you see a Stanley block plane, small Stanley hand saw, and a piece of granite. The block plane will be functional with some loving on the jig. The saw is to replace my japanese pull saw until my new one arrives from Woodcraft. The one I have now is losing teeth (an Irwin pullsaw), though I can’t fault the saw, it has done everything from treated lumber to hard maple and ironwood. The granite block is so I can try the scary sharp method. I like my waterstones, but a mans gotta keep an open mind! (The granite stone was in the seperates box and costed me $2.00, as far as my straight edge can tell it is perfectly flat)

This is the stool that I am refinishing for my wife. It has solid walnut legs with a veneered surface on the side panels. It has one coat of Zinnsers seal coat right now, quite shortly it will have a coat of polyurethane. I plan on two more coats of poly, and then a hand wax polished finish. My darling wife will be responsible for re-upholstering the seat. So I’l post one picture once it is back together, and a second once she has the top done. It will replace a hideously ugly painted floral metal chair in our bedroom. I can’t wait till that ghastly thing is gone to the scrapman!

-- Casey, Engineer, Escanaba, MI

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#1 posted 01-11-2008 06:56 PM

nice gifts!!!

legs are lookin’ good.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 01-11-2008 08:24 PM

The stool looks to be coming along just fine!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-11-2008 08:30 PM

The block plane, after much flattening works well. The saw, may be suitable for cutting 2X4’s and the such, but is useless for any other woods. Or maybe I’m just used to the ryoba and dozuki…

Slow but sure on the chair, gonna do it right!

-- Casey, Engineer, Escanaba, MI

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