Inspired by Rmac’s tool rest here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/44468 After building the base I decided to simplify things a bit, eliminating the sliding piece on top as I won’t be needing it and using a single pivoting support under the tool bed allowing greater range of angles. I used 3/4” material instead of 1/2”. It’s not quite done, there is a 1/4” dowel acting as the pivot pin until I get to the store and buy a 1/4” carriage bolt and wingn...
After disassembling, cleaning, greasing, oiling and reassembling, I scraped and wire brushed the exterior then applied a coat of light coat of oil and wiped off the excess. She purrs like a kitten now. Better image of the unusual grease zerk. It can actually be seen now that I’ve removed about 1/16” of crud. Voila! This thing spins like a top, they sure knew how to make ‘em back in the day. It’ll outlast me. The original intent was to degrease...
This came in today, a hand crank grinder, model 85, from Prairie Tool Co. Prairie du Chien, WI.; made sometime after 1920. Auction photo. My pics. These are all before I took it apart, cleaned, oiled/greased. I’ll get new pics after dinner. For some reason my youtube video is not showing up. FIXED! The threads were in rough shape. After buying a 7/16×20 nut and filing the threads a bit I finally realized they were left handed… another trip to the har...
Well, it’s been a disheartening day. My lifelong family friend and mentor in both woodworking and science recently died, and his funeral was held this morning. He ended up taking his own life, completely out of the blue without any warning or reasons that could be seen. Recovering from the shock has involved a lot of appreciation for the things I love in life, including woodworking. Thus, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the shop on this project and thought I would take the...
Made this little grinder toolrest to sharpen my lathe tools. I’ll probably still build the wolverine type jig too, but needed this first. Also included in this post are a couple of shots of the set of lathe tools and draw knife, I got for $10 at a garage sale, as well as my new mini set. I know I’ll probably need other stuff, but figure this will get me started. Most of the lathe stuff I plan to do will be part of building more model cars and toys, so it’ll be mostly small p...
When I started working with bladed tools (chisels/planes/etc) I wanted a sharpening system that was on the cheap, small and storable and versatile. I chose to start with the scary sharp, and used sand papers from 100grit (rough shaping and cleaning nicked blades) to 2500 for final honing and green compound for touch ups. I added the Veritas MK-II honing guide and was using it for reshaping/resestting blades and honing them through the grits. While this method worked for the time I wanted s...
Some of the outside surface of the piece and the inside of the stump are very rough and needed a bit of grinding. Again a little bit of research and I found another woodworker who was using a Kutzall grinding head on his work so I decided to try the same. I went online and ordered one for my angle grinder and one for my die grinder. They arrived fairly quickly in the mail so I put them to work. They have worked pretty good, they remove alot of wood fast which is what I was looking for. W...
Anybody know anythings about the scansgrind/ scansslib?
Been awhile since I have had any quality time in the shop, so I decided to invest some vacation time and I will be taking a week off next week, with the emphasis being on shop time. So I have been getting my ducks in a row so I can have a somewhat productive week. Last week involved a little wood gathering (that deserves a whole ‘nother post…), I have my sharpening system and chisels arriving today, and I have been scouring books and mags to try to come up with some projects. Sinc...
Okay here is one of the most tedious parts of this lamp. Here are pictures of how the lamp limb looked before we started shaping it to the base. There are several types of scribing tools available, but we have not been able to find one that works for us. To start the process, we find the point where the limb is the higest from the base. This is our starting point for the line that we draw to start shaping. We use a pencil compass for our scribing lines. The line has to stay level / perpe...
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