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04-02-2012 12:21 AM

Tool Wall - 2 replies

Used to have a bare wall above the tool bench, but got tired of digging through stuff to find WHAT tool i needed. Soooo, A few long drywall screws to the rescue! Then, I could never find the right sized chisel, so a piece of scrap to the rescue: Just drilled a few holes, and then sawed a few slots to connect the holes. A couple more...

03-28-2012 01:56 AM

High Tech saw vise??? - 2 replies

Got a few old saws hanging around the shop, snaggle teeth and all. I don’t have a fancy saw vise to clamp them up to sharpen them, either. So, I did have some 2×3 pine sitting around the house. Grabbed two of them , and a saw. Marked the length i needed by laying the saw on top of one board, and marking with my thumbna...

03-23-2012 07:42 PM

new saw? - 1 reply

Rust Hunter, out and about today. Stopped at a thrift store, and picked up two saws. One was a no-name, not even an etch saw, that had the three sawnuts I was looking for. I also picked up a Disston R1 “Rancher” saw. It was in good shape, just some surface rust. I might just clean it up, sharpen IF needed, and put to w...

03-20-2012 04:06 PM

Another new saw handle??? - 6 replies

Ok, the first saws are done, time for the “Donor saw” to get fixed back up. Donor Saw? A rusty, plywood handled, $2 crosscut saw I bought mainly for the sawnuts it still had in place. Plywood handle is scrap. period, right? Not so fast there, it still has some use to it. A look firts at the “starting point”...

03-18-2012 05:30 PM

Buck Brothers plane?? - 14 replies

While shopping for plane irons at Home Despot, I was looking at the Buck Brothers 14” Plane. I went and bought an iron instead, though, since I needed a #4 sized one for a plane restore. Is this plane worth the $34? Next, CAN it be re-tuned into something workable. OR, maybe use it as a simple scrub plane? Having some tro...

03-14-2012 06:35 PM

Re-habbing a D8 Etch question - 3 replies

I picked up a $2 D8 thumbhole handled saw the other day. Rusty, no big deal. Got some of the sawnuts loose, Medallion just spins along with the Bolt, Brass thingy, might be rough to get out. The Etch is now starting to show through all that rust ( and some pitting) On the handle side of henry Disston & son’s Keystone There ...

03-13-2012 06:26 PM

Rust Hunter: part III - 2 replies

Spent a whopping whole $4 today, doing handsaws. A Thumbhole I’ve been looking at was picked up for the sawnuts. I’ll re-hab the handle at a later date, and pick up another saw (@ $2) for another set of sawnuts. I needed these for another saw almost done. Thumbhole: Brass medallion: DISSTON (over a keystone) U.S.A. ...

03-09-2012 11:06 PM

Another old plane, another re-hab - 6 replies

Spent a whopping whole $8 today. Bought a Stanley Handyman #4 plane. Not much to look at when i bought it. Might turn out a bit differently later. This plane does have a lot of numbers stamped EVERYWHERE on the parts. A look at where i am starting at: A side view: I’ll make new handle for this, I think. All these ar...

03-05-2012 08:24 PM

Rust hunter, Part 2 - 7 replies

I was out and about today. Stopped in at three “thrift stores” in the downtown Sidney, Ohio area. One had a Stanley Handyman plane @ $10. Red painted frog, red paint in the box that says Stanley Handyman. About the size of a #4. There was also about a dozen handsaws, prices from $2 -$5. One or two good handles, the other...

03-03-2012 08:47 PM

So far, so good - 3 replies

As part of my tax refund fun, I stopped by the local Sears store. Came away from there with a new router kit, for about $147 out the door. The bases both will take my P-C bushings, so NOW I can can finally use my three year old P-C dovetail jig! This came with both a fixed base, and a plunge base. ALL METAL! Variable speed, ele...

02-07-2012 08:31 PM

A tale of two planes - 22 replies

And how I’m going to re-hab them. In this entry, I’ll show the planes in their “before” appearence, and how one looks torn down. Not too bad, but they have seen a lot of use in the past. The red one is from Great Neck a long time ago. The plain one is still not fully Identified. Anyway, here is that “...

02-07-2012 04:13 PM

Cleaning a saw plate? - 1 reply

I have several saws that need a bit of shine applied to their plates. Don’t want to sand things up, maybe something less aggressive? I just got two backsaws re-handled, and a couple of cross-cut saws. There MIGHT be something under the rust/grime worth keeping. A photo of some of the saws: By Powerkraft ( “Monkey Wards ...

02-05-2012 08:01 PM

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 ...

02-02-2012 02:20 AM

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 ...

12-14-2011 02:09 AM

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...

12-04-2011 08:20 PM

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...

11-29-2011 02:00 AM

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...

11-05-2011 03:29 AM

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...

11-01-2011 02:52 AM

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...

10-12-2011 12:35 AM

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...

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