Well, we’re done with the cosmetic stuff. Time to get down to the real nitty-gritty. Woo Hoo! If you have an old plane that’s in decent enough shape that you don’t care to polish it up and there isn’t any significant rust, you can skip all of the previous work and start here. From here on is what really gets our plane in good working shape and takes a mediocre plane and makes it work better than new. We’re going to focus on the frog mainly in this entry but you have to tune the fit w...
Thanks to Knotscott, who lives close by, I found a craftsman in very good shape. I’ve upgraded the belt with a link belt from Harbor Freight (good deal) and the fence with a Vega Pro 40. Just need to get the other wing on, add an extension table and ZCI and do something about the switch. Works great though! (Any advice on the switch would be appreciated. The original set-up had the motor plugging into the switch and the switch plugging into the wall. I’m assuming I’ll ha...
This video is a tutorial on how I use Peterson strobe tuner to tune the tone bars on the Octave Mandolin i’m building. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7DSON0kS6U
Sorry to the 267 lumberjocks who already viewed this video you can skip to the next blog post. I somehow created a new account when I signed in to post the video a few days ago. I didn’t realize it until I got the “your first post was approved” message. I was thinking this is not my first post and I followed the link in the e-mail to my new account with just one post. I decided to re-post the video here so my projects are altogether in one account. Ok now let’s ...
I’ve been wanting a larger mallet for chisel work, but until now didn’t have a large enough piece of hardwood. The head is oak, part of a pallet runner I acquired in the summer. The handle was make from a section of an old, discarded TruValue snow shovel handle; probably ash. I mounted the handle in my lathe and reduced the section that will fit into the 1” hole made in the head. The faces have a 2 degree rake toward the handle. Some subtle work was done on the rest of t...
Last year I picked up the DrillMaster #68341 Fixed Base Router at a Harbor Freight store. With the workshop in such disarray at the time, it got put away and forgotten. Months later I found it and checked it out. Like many have complained, the machining of the aluminum router body is dramatically undersized in comparison to the fixed base. When the clamp on the base is engaged, the router is pushed off center. Too much time had passed since I bought it, and on a $60.00 USD item I won̵...
Spill planeold English beauty I usually don’t share my buys here on LJ, unless I restore or use them in a blog, but this one I think is worth it.This one just arrived with the post today and I was all smile and joy, after opening the pack and seeing this wonderful old well used tool, making beautiful spills. A spill is according to Wikipedia:A spill plane is a device which creates long, spiraling wood shavings or tapers which are used to move fire from one place to another. They w...
Planing and cutting grooves is a challenge with thin drawer sides. My setup worked ok. Laying out dovetails cutting both sides at once. Using blue tape was a great trick I took from Finewoodworking. Couldn’t see the knife lines in my basement. Also tape works as nice mini fence.
So I finally finished hammering the veneer to my project. Not sure what I was thinking when for my first veneer attempt I chose a project where the entire front surface has no right angles in the veneer plus a curved cutout. A curved surface on the interior of the frame was also quite a challenge. The first challenge was caused by the fact that the veneer is so thin. Because you basically saturate both sides of the veneer with hot glue before you hammer it down, the thin veneer had a ten...
Building the frame was just straight forward woodworking, accurate measurement and square cuts. I built the frame out of cherry 1. I like cherry and how it darkens over time and 2. it was a $400 upgrade for frame on one of the commercial marimba websites. I can get cherry at a reasonable price here.The first thing is to make the two ends. Time to make the keyboard frames. This is one place where building the glockenspiel first really helped in understanding why and how important...
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