While meandering through an antique store, something toolish and vintage wooed me into a stall. It was a Stanley #26 transitional jack plane. Not that there’s anything remarkable about them. But what set this one apart was its just-came-off-the-assembly-line looks. Even the tote and knob were intact with but one chip to show for its long life. Here’s what I brought home, $20.00 the poorer for it. It had no checks. And the Stanley logo dates it c. 1909-1912. So it fits rig...
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I recently restored a Walker Turner lathe. So the next thing is to get beyond the basic turnings. So I need some advice, help and guidance if you would be so kind. First, I need to figure out what the threads are. I know its 1” x something. It’s less than an inch long, so if I measure 1/2” I get 7 threads, so I’ll assume its 14. --If that’s not right, somebody let me know. Searches show there is nothing with anything close to that thread size and...
Get your Easter baskets! The GarageWoodworks first annual Easter egg hunt is now open. Good luck. http://garagewoodworks.com/garage_blog/?p=730 When you find an egg, click on it, and then keep looking until you’ve found all five. If you find all five of the eggs you will be prompted to enter your name and e-mail address. The first person to find all of the eggs, and submits their contact info in time, wins. Some of the eggs are easy to find and a few might take you a while. Ha...
Lately I have felt a bit unfocused. I am not worried about that really, as this seems to happen to me from time to time and usually passes after a bit. I don't particularly like the feeling though. It usually occurs when I have many different things going on at once in different directions and I tend to get 'stuck' along the way as to which way I want to proceed first. I used to worry about it a bit, but now I have come to recognize it as just being a 'creative overload' a...
Eyes are done on the Green man…...
After a brief hiatus thanks to work and social obligations (groomsman in a friend’s wedding), I finally had a chance to dive into the SAS regiment (sand, assemble, stain). This project is certainly becoming an interesting exercise in using up what I have lying around. Sanding: I sanded all the parts (except the top) down to 220 grit prior to the glue-up. It can get tricky sanding small parts (with a random orbit sander) when you don’t have a vise, but you’d be amazed wh...
Every year my local tool dealer puts on an 11 day cruise here in Norway which caters to woodturners. The cruise includes free turning courses held by internationally known American, English, Norwegian and other woodturners. A lot of tools including bandsaws, sanders, turning tools, etc. are taken with. The cruise starts in Stavanger and sails to Honningvåg/Norkapp (land of the midnight sun). It’s probably pretty expensive, but surely a lot of fun for those who can afford it. A great way...
One of my partner’s daughter needed a book shelf to fit into an odd space. There was 26” of flat wall and then 13” of wall turned in at 45 degrees. At 11-years old, she needed a space for books and trinkets. My design was to make a series of fixed shelves the would be embedded in the back and honeycomb through the shelf on one side. The build is solid 4/4 poplar for the carcass, face frame and shelves. The back of the main compartment is 3/4 poplar plywood and the bac...
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