Hi guys and gals, bear with me this my first call for help. I would like to purchase a “Hawk” scroll saw from someone locally here on Craigslist. They say its in excellent condition and asking $140. I am still waiting to hear back on which model it is and some additional photos. I went on “Hawk Tools” website and they offer two models, one for $1200 and $1400 so the $140 would be a steal! Or maybe someone knows about a spinoff, or copy of the tool. I find it hard...
When I left off, I had completed the shaping process and sanding up to 100 Grit. The trouble with Sanding is that the sanding dust often occludes tool marks. Tool marks that will definitely show once the finish is applied. I have learned to take a step prior to any further sanding or finishing that helps show the tool marks so they can be removed before the finish is applied. I dampen a paper towel with mineral spirits (just enough to transfer some mineral spirits to the bowl’s surf...
It has been a hectic week here. Last weekend I drove over 1500 km round trip to attend my cousin’s 40th wedding anniversary, then my mother came for a visit for a couple of days, Wednesday was family day Thursday was cold raining but I managed to do a bit on hull 816, Friday was mostly taken up with paperwork…a 24 page report on my holidays! Saturday I got back into the shop finished epoxying the tops of the bouyancy tanks and the bottom, the bow and stern. This is where I lef...
Had a chest with sliding tills ‘in bottom only…’ So I mounted faces via saw-kerf rabbets… and dovetailed sides to said faces. Glued faces… And now the sides get glued up, one drawer per day. This way I can clamp them up in place so they are ‘set’ where they’ll live. With this box, square is certainly optional… :-) That will get these (sans lid): Into a chest that once lo...
It was a perfect autumn day yesterday. What started with a thick layer of morning fog turned into a brilliantly bright and sunny, yet cool afternoon. The leaves in the trees across the road along the river are just beginning to turn golden on the edges, and soon they will have the deep, rich colors that fall brings before they float to the ground. It is my favorite time of year. We had a busy week and an even busier weekend. After the site update on Thursday, we hit a few milestones with...
I haven’t been here for awhile. My apologies to friends here and thank you for the emails expressing your concern. Largest reason for my absence these last few months involves this - I have mentioned in my last blog that I had a hearing that came up to discuss the new “formula” that is being imposed in the state of Michigan for child support deductions. I won’t go into any tirades but the increase was pretty significant and my take home salary has been greatly r...
Hello everyone, I’ve been using hand planes for a little while and I wanted to see how accurately I could dimension a piece of material. I grabbed a scrap piece of hard maple and planed it down to some random width and thickness. Here is a video that I made in which I use some machinist’s measuring tools to see how I did.
This is a mid size roughing tool that I make that is great for mini/midi lathes. The pen, call, stopper, small bowl and lidded box folks really like this tool. It is made from 3/8” cold rolled 1045 steel and black oxide coated as all my tools are. One end turned round so all you need is a 3/8” hole drilled in the end of the handle that you make to your liking. Working tool length is aprox. 7” In this pic you can see that I spend a lot of time grinding the tips back for cl...
I got this Stanley No 4 smoothing plane for $20, first No 4 I bought. I tuned it up and it smooths and makes nice shavings. As near as I can tell, it is over 100 years old – says Stanley on the lateral adjustment lever, no throat adjustment screw for the frog. The frog sits only on three machined ribs. Has the number 2 cast behind the frog. That’s pretty amazing that a tool so old can still do good work.
Using my Stanley #45 plane to cut tongue and groove. For the purpose of this example I am using a couple pieces of pine. I am using the 1/4” Tongue and Groove irons, and have the depth on the tongue iron set as deep as it can go. The Groove depth stop is set to match this depth once the tongue has been cut. The #45 is set up with the short rods as opposed to the long rods. There is nothing stopping a person from using the long rods, I just prefer to use the short ones when I ...
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