Bought a scrub plane for $7 missing a lever cap. Couldn’t justify buying brass or bronze. So made a lever cap out of some scrap birds eye. And it works! The lever cap bolt is a 5/16-18 hardware store bolt with a copper plumbing cap cut down and epoxied over the end. The birds eye lever cap was shaped using only hand tools! A 1/4 inch hole was drilled through the lever cap with the drill press. Then A 5/16-18 tap was chucked into a cordless drill, waxed up and run...
Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #88: Moving the Furniture...Again, or: Down to One Table Saw and Making it Count
Had an interesting day in the dungeon workshop. You may recall that I have two table saws. I went into the shop this morning with the intention of making a cross-cut sled for the Skilsaw contractor saw, only to find that the miter slots weren’t parallel to each other. Saw is now only good for carpentry, like ripping boards outdoor. Argh. So I pulled the saw off the shop made base. Parked it on top of the freezer. Disassembled the base for the Torx head deck screws, caster wheels and fou...
In a long career, I’ve used all sorts of rigs to bend wood, from steam boxes, steam jennies, wood boiling rigs, rosebud torches played on wet rags and heat guns. Some time ago I built myself a propane fired steam-box for bending things like boat frames and plank ends. But it is so big and gawky it mostly just serves as merely another shelf in my garage workshop. I’m on a kick building stringed musical instruments right now, which requires bending extreme curves in thin and narr...
There seems to be a lot more to this project than I would have guessed.Finished up most of the grill didn’t want to add head light till I see how everything comes together.The step behind the grill was a pain.Also got the front fenders on as they were part of the steps. But had a ball building the front bumper.Made it all out of one piece of wood. Got looking at the pictures and have a ton of the bumper witch I love and nearly nothing on the grill and steps. lolMor...
Japfin, knife no 59Japan meets Finland As the headline explains, this is a try to make a knife that fusion the elegance of knifes from Japan and Finland (Lapland) and it’s knife no 59 in the line.My knife making is my meditation and after I started forging blades also, it has gotten a new dimension. The forge was fired up and a piece of spring becomes a blade by the anvil. Blade shaped as close to the final shape as possible.You can read more in the blacksmith blog: http://lumb...
The other day I finally got around to refurbing an old Delta 40-530 single-speed scroll saw I bought a few years back. It has been sitting in my dungeon workshop all that time, gathering sawdust, dungeon dust, and more than a fair share of new rust over the old. Here’s what it looked like before disassembly: There is surface rust over all of the table top and blade guide hardware. The blower hose has hardened to the point where it’s no longer flexible enough to allow the up...
Alright, let’s see if we can wrap this up and have a new user in the plane till by the end of the week. Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving weekend. Mine was nice but no shop time so I’m trying to squeeze this plane in when I can. I found a couple of hours last night to work up the iron and chip breaker. Here’s how I did it… I start with the iron. Prior to this, all we did was rust conversion on the iron. If we recall, we had some pretty gnarly pitting at the business end of this g...
I am very appreciative to be on this site, I have been doing woodworking most of my life, I try hard to take on the unique tasks and Items that are presented to me by my customers, I am very committed to my customers and quality, I like the feedback that comes from you my fellow woodworkers, I am open minded and very willing to absorb new skills and ideas from you my fellow craftsmen. Thank You Very much for your preshious time and review of my work. William M. Mclurg IIIThe Woods Gallery the...
I went to use my PC 8529 and when I turned it on nothing happened. I thought it was the switch and found it wasn’t. I searched online for a while and I found a posting on a woodworking forumn that PC used cheap capacitors and that this was common. They listed the replacement parts and all. I found that there was no video on it on youtube so I made one. https://youtu.be/ug1QJmspmMw
Using three of the 10” strips, I lined them up and joined the edges until I found an attractive layout for the top. It took several passes on the jointer and table saw to get them exact but it finally came out just right. Given that the jointer is old, used and unadjusted since I bought it, I felt I had to use the table saw to clean it up by just a hair. Not to bad though considering these were the first boards I ever ran on a jointer and they were the test pieces for this recent purcha...
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