Picked up a rip saw blade at a local antique store for $5.00. 5 ppi, and in good shape. Only one broken tooth, but it’s right at the heel so it won’t be an issue Decided to make a D8-ish handle out of some pecan stock…liked how the light wood contrasted with the dark blade. Here it is after a test fit with the rough handle.
I did a couple of Ice cream scoop handles this afternoon.The second one took 30 minutes from grabbing the blank to ready to glue on the scoop.Here’s a quick photo log of the action (all times in Military format). 1. 1630, grabbed the blank and put it in the drill press to drill the hole for the scoop. 2. 1637, blank rounded. 3. 1639, tenon turned. 4. 1644, rough shaping done. 5. 1645, start sanding…80, 120, 180, 220, 320 grit. 6. 1648, finish sanding. 7....
The yellow just won’t work with rosewood. As JC suggested the epoxy should be used. I should know better. It must be old age. I have to learn my lesson more than once. The yellow glue didn’t held up to the test at all. After letting the tote to sit and dry for couple days. It snaps off with easy. The glue really never set. It was still soft. I had to start over. I ran hot water over glue spot and scrubbed with a tooth brush until all the visible glue are gone. This time I used epo...
I spotted this Bed Rock 604. Another buyer had his hand on it. I had overheard that he said that he is a user not a collector. 15 minutes later, I found the same 604 sitting on the table along with other tools. Feeling sorry for it, I decided to give it a new home. It was a little pricy for an old tool ($50.00) but it was in decent shape. Looks like it does require some clean up. The tote in particular is in need of repair or replacement, but overall the plane looks like it is ...
Amazing to find that what’s old is new again! Japanned? Made in New Britain? Four pairs with slotted screws, wrapped in wax paper. One pair certainly destined for the sides of the wall-hung tool cabinet! :-) Where to go with the other three pair? Meh, no hurry to decide. Thanks for looking!
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...
I thought it might be an interesting idea to make Exercises in Artisanship a blog series! I want to thank the interest in the initial blog of the series title http://lumberjocks.com/jjw5858/blog/29038, glad some of you enjoyed it. Special thanks to Brit (Andy) for the kind props. This time I went back to the drawing board…literally…lol. I Sketched through a few more ideas to make a final useable handle that will be executed in a slab of maple. I spent time enjoying the exper...
I needed new files to sharpen my saws and made these handles to fit. All files are by Nicholson. Two are tapered octagonal rosewood with brass ferrel turned from a brass heating nut.The other is turned from an Iroku door frame found in a builders skip (dumpster) The Six inch saw is 5/16 inch across the flats. The Seven inch saw (round handle) is 1/2 inch across the flats. The Eight inch saw (round handle) is 9/16 inch across the flats
Over the Christmas break, I discovered a small mom and pops antique store/restaurant, so I took the boys out for a walk, gave us each a few bucks, and let everyone look for a small, unexpected, treasure. Sam took an interest in a small silver spoon (I guess it was fitting since he wasn’t born with one in his mouth ;) and Gabe took a shining to an old military hat. As for myself, I found an old Buck Brothers 3/8 inch socket straight chisel. No handle, but it was only two bucks and the co...
Putting a James Swan chisel back into service #1: Runup to the decision, assessing the situation, planning the resurrection
Since I got this tragic-looking tool at a giveaway (a junk store was moving, and the last day was free) and it had a bit of a name—James Swan tools are present and selling on the ‘bay—I decided the maximum benefit was to sell it. At the same time I put up a 2” Greenlee which I had. It wasn’t much, I thought. Well the Greenlee got all the attention, and indeed sold, but the Swan, all inch and three quarters of it, after two weeks, languished still. I considere...
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