I have a thing for filing cabinets. I have 19 (nineteen) in my shop.I get them for free or dirt cheap off Craig’s List. And they are all high quality (Hon or equivalent.)A couple weeks ago I decided to consolidate my two grinders on separate stations into one master station.My main grinder was set on a rolling tool stand. It has the lathe sharpening setup underneath. The second grinder is a cheapo for general purpose grinding. The goal was to mount them back-to-back in the (futile...
Dovetail chisels DIY (skewed, fishtail and left, right dovetail versions) blog #6: Upgrade of the set
Upgrade of the setNow ready for really fine work. Why:Well… Ahhhh… Hmmmmm…Ok I admit it!!!Just for my pleasure, I love making tools, now I said it! So now my dovetail set is able to clean up really fine dovetails and also able to get in to half blinds and other for cleanup. Once again some old chisels of a nice quality, now some really narrow for cleanup and a 6mm for making a small dovetailed chisel.Separate the handles from the tang from the handle and the...
So one of the other projects I wish to accomplish this year (towards spring/summer) is a foot powered grinding wheel. gives you a vague idea of what I’m going after. The image, btw is from http://autonopedia.org/crafts_and_technology/Wood/Wood_Harvesting_with_Hand_Tools.html which might be of some interest to others. So the main choice facing me is natural stone, either harvested around me or from a stone yard, or to make a wheel using concrete/abrasive sands, several recipes ...
The bottom was flat enough for rough work but not fine cuts impressive after 137 years and a trip from coast to coast. Now I needed to make it flat enough for fine work. I found it fitting that my old plane was being restored by my newest plane. My vise crapped out (my fault, need to give me bench it’s yearly tune up…which may be the next next blog) so this is a good improvised set up for planing (yet another reason to make your bench clamp friendly) I use winding st...
So I made a mistake. Not a big one but definitely avoidable. When I set my grinder up, I used a nice thick blade to figure out where may angle should be. Unfortunately I forgot to factor in the tapered blade on the old plane makes a RADICAL 10 degree difference to my grinding angle so I realized that I had a 20 bevel angle about early enough correct it. I tapped the stand forward so I ended up with a second bevel of 30 degrees. Believe it or not the secondary bevel is big enough to reference ...
Never try to outsmart a dead guy. If you see something that worked a hundred years ago, don’t try to improve it, that’s not your job. Your job is just not to mess things up. Moderns tend to put way more aggressive a camber on there irons than needed, Lee Valley and Lie Nielson put a 3 in radius on their scrub planes. A camber that size is great for removing wood in a hurry, and on it’s own a 3 inch camber sounds like a great idea. But our ancestors realized that each tool wa...
I normally don’t buy old wooden planes, since I can make wood planes much better that are suited to my purposes. However, like any other hand tool addict (lets face it, we’re addicts not casual users) I occasionally adopt things that need a good home. What could need a home more than a former inmate? Auburn Tool Co repeatedly used prison labor within Auburn correctional facility in New York to create their tools. The contracts to do this constantly changed hands but A Howlan...
If this is happening a little too slow for your liking, it is because I have to make sawdust all day long to keep the wolf from the door. That is 10 hours gone. Making these little planes and blogging about it is mostly a night time affair, after taking care of normal daily chores and duties! We have made a plane body and it is looking pretty good! Time to do some metalwork.This is what we want to achieve: At the top is the finished plane iron, below is the material I made it from; ...
Dovetail chisels DIY (skewed, fishtail and left, right dovetail versions) blog #5: *Paring and a Exocto science (for beginners...)*
Paring and a Exacto scienceok perhaps not science… just minding the grip. Intro:When using the chisels I realized I still had to reach for my other set to pare, and for smaller cuts, key holes and cleaning out it would be fine with a delicate cutting tool.Exacto knifes are not exactly science, but they are really easy to use, and you can sharpen and shape the blades as you wish fast on a grinder.So it was time to make an update on the dovetail chisel set! Excato knife, two...
Dovetail chisels DIY (skewed, fishtail and left, right dovetail versions) blog #4: *Fitting handles on the chisels *
Fitting handles on the chisels no fit, just hit! Intro:This first part will be how to mount the tang blades in the handles, and then a go go. Where we ended last, with a set of reborn chisel blades. The tube is cut up into smaller pieces, and these are grinded flat in the ends. Handles and ferrules.Next step was to drill holes in the handles, I forgot to photograph this one, but the this is how it’s done.First drill a small hole in the handle, this hole must have the ...
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