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Sometimes my shop is lucky enough to inherit tools from other shops when they either close up or upgrade their machines. When this happens, if it’s a machine we can use, they are often in rough shape and in need of cleaning and maintenance. This Rockwell Delta jointer for instance needed a good cleaning on the deck, a new power cord, and new blades. In this post I’ll show you how an old time carpenter tought me to clean the metal deck of a shop machine. Start by soaking the ...
So got these fancy new 4’ LED lights to replace the ancient 8’ tube/ballast lights… theyre SUPER bright, so for now theyre upside down! Thinking I might make a plexi diffuser or something in the future… Anyway, starting to get things cleaned up a bit. Throwing away TONS of stuff.. there is really only a few categories of items: keepers (to keep in garage, or some other area of the house), sell/donate (ebay, craigslist, verage, something like that), and trash! A...
Note: I was going to narrate this video, but I think it speaks for itself, and I really like how the music synced up to it, so I left it as-is. You can voice your opinion below about this different format. I ran a couple thousand feet of yellow pine through my planer for the past 6 months and it was time to rotate my blades before tackling an upcoming project using red oak. If you have seen my previous video about cleaning blades, you know how nasty yellow pine is. I took the opportunit...
What I found that works for me: ROS & 3M pad for rough work. I swap to 320 then 600 wet/dry sandpaper for hand sanding with WD40 as lubrication. I will use denatured alcohol to clean off the top then wax later as I still have the miter slots to work on next time. I was smart :) Cut a 55 plastic gallon trash bag in 1/2 and laid ontop of my new work table.As it arrives in my garage: First general pass with my ROS & pad: After ROS & pad: After razor blade use to remove ...
EDIT: It looks like wide images don’t fit well into the format here. Any tips on the recommended max image width to use and that sort of thing? 25% of the right side of most of my images seem to be chopped off, which I can fix by shrinking the images, but I feel like they would get pretty small in that case! Hello everyone. This is my first time posting something on here, after many years of lurking silently and absorbing a ton of knowledge from the good people on here. I figured tha...
It is no secret, I like old tools. Like many of you, I find tools in yard sales and thrift store with marks and decals that just don’t belong. A few years ago, an antique dealer told me about something he used to remove permanent marker and decal residue from most metals and enameled surfaces. It safely removes the ink or glue residue without damaging enameled surfaces. I have used it to remove unwanted permanent marker inks, label adhesives and even latex/acrylic paint splatters....
Greetings all well as promised last week here I go again. Another year of blogging about time in the shop and other wood related items. My daughter is now 8 and still spends time with me in the shop and is looking forward to being a part of this as well. In the meantime though lets get started. I attended the Woodworking Show this weekend in Baltimore, a few good seminars, some great shopping and even better time hanging out with LumberJocks and plenty of other woodworkers. Besides some new k...
I was out in my garage the other day and went to start a project. Reaching into my toolbox and retrieving a hand plane the first thing I noticed was that it was rusting. Agian! I had just cleaned the rust off of all my planes a little over a month ago and already they were showing signs of new rust. There is nothing more frustrating than spending my free time cleaning rust off of my tools over and over again. I need to find a better way to protect my tools. I already keep them stored in a ...
Hey gang hope your weekend was enjoyable. It was a rather humid and….crowded day in these parts of NJ…LOL. But I was happy to get back home from the traffic way back in the woods and on route to my shop to fire up the wire wheel, WD-40 and spirit of better times and clean some nice auction finds for the tool tote! Let’s take a look at some of the pics! Pic 1-2: Found this very cool Disston keyhole saw in an old tool box at the auction this weekend….it was o...
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