Rehabbing Three Early British Handsaws When you talk about restoring old handsaws, different people have varying thoughts about what that means. Some people think you should restore a saw to a shiny bright condition almost like new. Others feel that you should do the minimum necessary to make the saw functional again. There is no right answer; it’s simply a matter of personal choice. I’ve restored a lot of saws, and when I do, I usually try to return them to a condition as close to origina...
Disassembly of the plane was surprisingly straightforward; everything came apart readily with a single flat bit screwdriver. Here are the photos of it all in pieces: I noticed a few things as I opened it up. lever cap – chip out of left corner, nickel coating flaking frog – chip out of left corner Iron and chip breaker – mild to moderate surface rust with some minor pitting depth adjustment knob – slight nick in the knurled surface ...
Several weeks ago I was discussing my wood working habit with my wife’s uncle, and expressed my desire to obtain an antique Stanley plane. He was about to head down to Texas for a vacation to some giant garage sale, and he’d keep an eye out for me. I pulled up a picture on my phone and showed him what i was looking for, and quickly forgot all about it. This past weekend we were helping them move and he said “hey i have a plane for you” and pulled out THIS ...
If you follow my flea market series you will recognize the antique frame saw I picked up for around $7.50 As part of my 500 subscriber giveaway, the top prize was the saw featured in this video. Now you can see the steps I took to restore the saw to its former glory.Enjoy! View on YouTube Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thomaslightleFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/redbarnwoodworking/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tnlightleWebsite: http://www.redbarnwoodworking.net “Hometow...
Last fall I received a call from my father inquiring if I wanted my great-grandfather’s tool box; all he knew about it was that it was extremely heavy, locked, and had been sitting in the corner as long as he could remember. Jumping at the chance to own a piece of family history I told him I would take it and a few weeks later it arrived to my garage via cargo trailer. Escorted by my father and uncle we managed to unload and extremely heavy trunk that seemed to weigh in the hundreds of ...
So after talking to the owner of the salvage store for a little while he let me go down and pick the basement where all of the items from his estate buy outs go before they put them on the sales floor. I was floored with the amount of stuff that he had down there. Picture a room the size of a football field filled with boxes, trunks, shelves and crates FILLED with amazing stuff. I picked for about 2 hours and found everything we like from vintage, rare Stanley #18 Sweetheart plane, a Stanley ...
Finishing up with my chisel restoration I go through how I sharpen my chisel. Check it out and subscribe.
So I went to my local salvage/resale store today looking for anything cool they might have up in the tool section. After rummaging through all the junk I found a complete postwar Stanley #4 bench plane for $3.00, some halfway decent rasps for $0.25 each, and few other odds and ends. As I was leaving I decided to dig through all the hand saws they had jammed in an old slop sink. After going through about 30 of them I came across an early Disston. I looked at it for a little while and the handl...
A neighbor of mine gave me this table as he is not a woodworker and felt he did not have the skills to refurbish it. So now I have another project. The table has no commercial markings on it so I feel that it was home made some years ago, maybe 50 years ago but I have nothing to base my estimate on. At any rate the table looked interesting enough that I will make an attempt at fixing it up but I am looking for a lot of advice and suggestions from anyone. My first ste...
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