Some of you who follow this blog (all 3 of you) might remember that some time ago I gave a starter set of tools to a young man just getting into the craft. The first thing he wanted to build was a tool box so his stuff did not get messed up (kid after my own heart). I was unable to teach him in person (our schedules just don’t line up…10 year olds are busy these days). But with the miracle of the internet and a complete incompetent in the editors chair (me) I was finally able to p...
Some of you who follow this blog (all 3 of you) might remember that some time ago I gave a starter set of tools to a young man just getting into the craft. The first thing he wanted to build was a tool box so his stuff did not get messed up (kid after my own heart). I was unable to teach him in person (our schedules just don’t line up…10 year olds are busy these days). But with the miracle of the internet and a complete incompetent in the editors chair (me) I was finally able to produce an in...
Two years back, I graduated from college, got a ‘grown up’ job, and finally had some very limited discretionary income to devote to hobbies. I wanted, more than anything, to get into woodworking. In polite company, I describe it as ‘therapeutic’—a productive and beautiful way to give my hands something to do after a full day of ‘knowledge work’. Among friends however… I let on that, to me at least, the smell of sawdust and shavings is darn near nar...
I am hoping to REALLY start my hand tool cabinet as my next project. Before I do, I have work to be done. First up, refurbishing tools that will be used to make the tool cabinet. I’ll try to use the hand tools as a primary. Saying that, hand saws will be used. Here is my current collection I have acquired: ———————-The 3 Veritas saws (dovetail, tenons) are good to go. The Stanley, Disston, and Japanese saws need help.Lots of rust on the ...
I picked up two Disston D-8 handsaws with thumbhole at an auction today. $27.50 for about 12 saws. Two which were these Disston and one smaller one had a Warranted Superior button (not pictured). I took these three saws, filtered through the rest and a lady (the one who bid me up) bought the rest of them from me for $3 (I didn’t want the rest of the garbage). They are pretty rough shape. The one with the painted handle has a decent etching under the rust yet. From the website http://www...
Had to run to the jobs site today to make sure one of the subs had everything he needed (of course he didn’t , but hey, he works 14 hour days on Sunday’s!)Anyway on the way back home I saw a little yard sale going on so I pulled up and found this gem of a hand saw, pretty damn rare and one I don’t have! It’s a Harvey W. Peace Brooklyn New York with the 1887 Patent Date! It’s in pretty good shape too! And if you guys read my stupid blog you know I am a...
Hello again woodworkers, I figured I would sit down and soon get a cold ale and journal another blog about a fun evening in the shop completeing 2 more cleanup additions to my recent auction adventures! Now…..if you have been following this….I know I said there will be another post of a second free saw cleaned up…well..did not even get to that yet….lol. So these are two other tool picks from a few recent auctions I was lucky to come across and pick up very cheap. ...
Shop’s Log: May 5 2014 Having been working on some saw cleanups, modifcations, restorations and refurbs, I was finally ready to tackle a project that has been sitting in the saw till for over a year. Last March, I picked up an 8 inch Disston at an antique shop for a very reasonable amount. I thought at the time all it was going to need was cleaned up and sharpened, but alas, it was not to be. When cleaning up the plate, I found a 1/2in long crack at the toothline. I ha...
Hey woodworking friends hope all is well. Took a small break from shop time and recharged the creative batteries this week. Good to be back and to revisit this tool tote project and thought a second blog installment was due to see what progress and ideas were in action. It was nice to get away from things for a small time and allow ideas to regain energy and fascination. I find this can be very helpful in any hobby, profession, or relationship in life…..just let things breathe a litt...
Last year I had the opportunity to drive from Missouri to California to visit my 92 year old Grandmother. It’s always great to see her and visit the house that she and my Grandfather lived in my whole life. About 15 years ago my Grandfather passed away, and left behind a collection of unique tools in his garage that he had amassed over his lifetime. It was on this visit, last year, that I found an old saw hanging in a locker in the garage. I had no knowledge of hand saws at the time, bu...
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