I’ve been wanting one of these for a while. An opportunity came up to pick this up on eBay and I made the jump. It’s main issue is that it has been drilled to hang on the wall. Not going to affect my ability to use it.
This morning I got up, threw my tool hunting pack and my son in the car and headed out to see what would come our way. We made our way across town to the local Woodcraft store, stopping at a few yard sales along the way. We did not find much of interest other than a trashed yankee drill that happend to have all of its original drill bits in its storage area. A buck later and we were on our way. At Woodcraft, I purchased a Hock blade and chip breaker for use the Record T5 hand plane descr...
I’m doing another easy plane today. I’m watching Norm build table saw jigs this morning and thought I would get another plane posted before I headed out to turn those pens. This is another ebay find. I had been looking for one a while and only seen a couple listed on ebay. My plan is to use this plane as my miter plane until I can afford a Lie-Nielson or perhaps find one for $5 at a garage sale (one can only hope). This plane was made in the United Kingdom and was used...
Another tool is moving into the toolbox and taking up residence. This one is a Union 42 tongue and groove plane. It was purchased to go with a Union 41 Tongue and Groove Plane I got a while back. These are functionally the same as Stanley 48 and 49 T&G planes. The Union 42 is the equivalent of the Stanley 49 and appears to be much less common that the Union 41. The Union 42 is designed to cut tongues and grooves in stock 3/8” to 3/4” thick, and centers its groove on stock...
Back again! It’s been a little while since I posted on this thread about restoring a Stanley Bailey No 7 jointer. I had basically finished the plane last episode, but I hadn’t gotten around to taking pictures (too busy jointing wood, I guess!). Before I post pictures of the final product, I should say that the tote is still broken. I tossed around the idea of making my own, to the point even where I downloaded specs that would have allowed me to do it. However, here’...
The other day on craigslist I found an ad for “2 old planes”. The pictures we bad but one of them looked like a smaller bedrock so I contacted the guy and he told me that the one was a bedrock which he had never heard of. “too bad it’s not a Stanley, those are valuable” he informed me. The other was a craftsman. He wanted 15 for both, so I picked them up. The craftsman is a number 6, and I am not sure what I will do with it. The bedrock looked promising at first,...
Time for final assembly. My fiance’ will turn a knob and install it as a celebration when the project is complete. First, I need to mount the free lower drawer supports over a spacer. I made the drawer supports so I could control the levelness of the drawer and the reveal once all the parts were together. First I cut the spacer oversized & will trim it later: Tack it in place with glue & brads (a consequence of waiting to the end for a final fit means I have to resort to ...
Finally got the bench to the point where it’s time to flatten the top and finish it. Going into the project almost a year ago, I made a promise to myself that I would flatten the top by hand. I’ve seen the fancy router sled used by the Woodwhisperer (among others), but that’s not how I wanted to go (besides the fact that I don’t want to put down $50 on a wide-pass router bit). The top wasn’t too far out of flat, globally. However, there were lots of...
Now that you have the joints cut you are a bit closer to your glue up…but don’t be too hasty. There are three things you need to do first. 1. Do a test fit on the joints for the whole table. (well, at least the base)2. Plane the tapers on the legs after cutting them to length.3. Create the shrinkage buttons that are used to attach the top as well as the mortises in the rails that they join to. Here I am just getting an idea of how the final product is going to look. R...
Today was the monthly antique sale here in Sacramento. I got a few interesting things and almost got something I’ve been looking for. I pulled a Fulton #2 sized plane out of a box of old planes. I asked how much and was told $180. Perhaps for a nice Stanley, but for that kind of money I would have been better off buying an Lie-Nielson. Such is life. I came across a box of Saws and picked 3 out. I’m starting to look for a few good saws and these look like they could be res...
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