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|768 days ago||
Re-hab a handplane - 9 replies
An old Stanley Liberty Bell #129. Needed an “up-grade” of sorts. It had a plastic tote screwed on the rear. Yuck! A few years of dirt, grime, and dust stuck in every corner. Someone had spray a silver paint on some of the metal parts, rust prevention maybe? So, I took everything apart, and started to clean things ...
|771 days ago||
Re-habbing a saw? - 6 replies
Got tired of a plastic handle on my backsaw. Just an old cheapo from WAY back. Stanley sold them for a miter box they put out. So, I used some wide , Old Oak I had in the shop. Roughed out a blank: And, a second one, just in case someone messed up the first Drilled out for my fat fingers with a couple forstner bits, and started ...
|821 days ago||
Working from a "Kit" - 4 replies
No heat in the pole barn where the shop is. So, I dress for the cold weather. I needed some parts milled up, to make an Oak Toy box. Still got a bit of that old barn rafter Oak. Made most of the parts, even cut some “store-bought” 1/4” plywood, as well Then I loaded up the parts into the van, and back to the hou...
|831 days ago||
What to do with a "plank"? - 6 replies
In that stash of old lumber, there was a wide plank. I removed the nails, and the beveled edges to get it into my 12-1/2” planer. Board turned out to be White Oak (kind of wormy) and flat sawn to boot. I had cut this 8’ er into two pieces, about three feet each in length, I lost some of the 8’ in trimming the ends. I h...
|836 days ago||
Chair Repair (and a teaser) - 2 replies
Mom had a Dining Room chair in need of a little repair. One spindle had both tenons break off. “Can you fix this chair?” “I ‘ll see what I can turn up” I had a chunk of white oak in the shop, about 4×6. I figured I could rip off a slab to make a new spindle. I kept ripping because one never kno...
|860 days ago||
Just some old oaken rafters - 6 replies
and one can build about anything they want. Working on a Blanket Chest, ala Norm Abram. These old boards came from a garage that was torn down. The rafters seem to be mainly white oak. A look at where I’m at right now: and a look at the plan I’m working from, just a picture, but it’s about all I need: ah y...
|864 days ago||
Stranger in the shop? - 8 replies
Not sure what that red item is for…. The wood used to be an old rafter, I seem to have a nice pile of them. There is one tool in the shop that seems to get a lot of work these day: It’s got a steel wheel, and a tapered iron. The “blue” paint was put there by another “user”. Now, about that red h...
|884 days ago||
Table build ideas - 4 replies
I am in need of a new TV “table”. Lately, I’ve been going with a “Mission Style” for the tables I make. This time around, I do have a nice supply of Oak, with some Ash as well. The “Boss” want the TV to sit up fairly high, about 38”. TV is a flat screen, about 38” wide. Need t...
|906 days ago||
More reclaimed stuff - 8 replies
Cleaning up a pile from an old garage tear down. A 2×8 give me a few boards that I don’t know which tree it came from: A reddish pink, with a few white areas. That black streak is from the weathered (and wet) outside surface. Stuff tends to burn on the saw. Not a pine, way too hard for that. Here is the underside of a pane...
|906 days ago||
A work station - 0 replies
that table in the right side of the picture is an old table top sitting on a couple sawhorses. As you can see, it has a few power tools sitting on it. Another view. A lathe, a bandsaw, a drill press, a dual wheel bench grinder, and an old Monarch machinist’s vise. A four outlet plug is mounted in the center of the table, with a ...
|966 days ago||
rewire an air conditioner? - 16 replies
If possible. I have on hand a 220V unit (window) that I’d like to rewire down to 110V. Unit has one of the two prong (plus a ground prong) set-up for 220V. I don’t have an outlet available for the 220 plug.
|995 days ago||
Wormy Wood - 6 replies
I found an old 2×4 in the barn. Not sure of the wood type. Planes nice. NOT pine. A couple of pics: Maybe a Chestnut?
|1030 days ago||
Raised panels ON the tablesaw? - 8 replies
At least that is the way I do them. I’ve been working on a Cedar Chest lately, and needed a few Shaker Style raised panels. After cutting the blanks to the right sizes ( the top panel is 3/4” wider) I set the blade height at about 1/2” above the table top. Set the fence over so that a “tongue” would be to t...
|1033 days ago||
A restore project? - 1 reply
Maybe later on this summer. A Craftsman ( Emerson) 6-1/8” jointer needs some TLC to get back to work. Motor is fine. Infeed needs to be level back up, as it tilts down at the cutterhead. Like going downhill. Knives need worked of, “porkchop” needs a new spring. Depth adjustor is loose, won’t hold setting. ...
|1037 days ago||
design a chest - 7 replies
using Aromatic Red Cedar. I’m looking to build one, since I have some 8/4 stock to mill down. I’m thinking a Frame & Panel , with a flat top. There would be a drawer in the bottom. The “trick” would be to make this look like a small chest of drawers. The chest’s top would add to the effect. ...
|1056 days ago||
Chisel sharpening, my way - 7 replies
Went out to the shop, I had a new ($.97) belt for the sander to wear out. I set up the sander in my vise and ran the belt, getting it to stay on track. Once that was done, time to work on some chisels. I have an older Veritas honing guide, and set things up with that. Started up the sander by locking the the trigger “on”. ...
|1070 days ago||
Look alikes? - 5 replies
While going through Lowes “Tool World” the other day, noticed the “new” P-C 12-1/2” planer. Hmm, looks just look my older Delta 12-1/2” planer, other than a different paint scheme. Checked out the spare blades, yep same as my planer blades. Since Lowes no longer sells the Delta version of that planer, ...
|1117 days ago||
Crate wood? - 4 replies
Back about 1990, some crates of EPDM rubber bales cane to where I worked. The company decided to try some from Brazil. These crates were made up of 3” wide, tongue&groove boards. Kind of a dull brown in colour. When the crates were empty, we were to just throw them out…..ah, I don’t think so. Anyway, some made t...
|1135 days ago||
Tablesaw needed a fence - 1 reply
While I have a regular tablesaw in the shop, I also have one of those “job-site” saws. During the course of several moves, the fence came up missing. I looked around for a fence to add on to the saw. I wound up making my own. Not that hard,really. I needed a cleat to register the fence, and a long straight section to gui...
|1136 days ago||
What to do..Drawers - 0 replies
Last installment. Drawers for this chest of drawers were milled from old trim boards. Just cleaned up pine. As I milled up the pieces, I sat each set in a drawer opening, making sure of the fit. Sides were joined at the back with a dado, the front was dovetailed. Dovetails were “roughed out with a router, and a homemade jig. ...