I bought a Stanley-Bailey #4 plane today. This is my first plane and I want to restore it the right way. I am on a limited budget, so it may take a while. I want to use the parts that were there when I bought it. I know very little about planes, so I am asking for some help/suggestions from all the great LJs out there. Let me post a few pictures so you can get an idea of what I have to work with. I hope there is someone out there that can help me.
Bigredknothead did a blog on his sharpening process recently and I thought it was a good idea; I enjoyed reading it and wish more people would do the same. So I’m following suit and hope that others will weigh in with their own no nonsense techniques. http://lumberjocks.com/BigRedKnothead/blog/34842 This is what I’ve settled on, at least for the time being. I like it because it’s a pretty easy and inexpensive process. Maybe it helps bring some sanity to someone else who is trying to decid...
Hey everyone, It was suggested that I start a discussion on how to find and harvest burls. Please give your input also. I don’t deal with straight grain that often. I cut and sell burls for a living so here is what I know. It is illegal to harvest a burl without permission. of course if it is on your own property you can give yourself permission. What I do is put an ad on Craig’s list saying I want your burls. Most people don’t know what burls are. So you don’t get that many calls....
... with a little luck….with a little luck…..and some help from my sister, handtools ..... I have over the year always talked about how great and fantastic possibillity it is for you to have acces to fleamarkets and other places where it is possible to buy good used beautyfull handtoolsmore or less rusty but with a little albowe grease and knowledge is going to bee great users again I have envy you alot when I have seen your toolgloats witch has cost mee many green bulbs and...
This is a list of links that I will maintain that are related to handplanes. This is primarily intended for my own use, but feel free to add to the list if you have some favorites. Manufactures Anderson Planes – Handmade Infill style planes Brese Plane – Handmade planes by Ron Brese. Also has blades for making planes. Classic planes – Infill plane manufacture Galoot Tools – High Quality Handcrafted Plane Blades and Chisels. Holtey – Infill...
Bowling Alley Workbench #6: There is more than 1 way to skin a cat - not so with bowling alley floors though - finally success
Yes. Finally some light at the end of the tunnel, reverse thinking, and this project seems a bit more doable, and even not much trouble at all. Originally I tried to get the (2.5” hardened) nails out by using a cat’s paw and a hammer to pull each nail out of the 2.5 laminated hard-rock maple strips. I figured once I get all the nails out of the top strip, it’ll just free it from the lamination, and be nails free… one strip at a time, until I have them all cleared ou...
Hello LJ Buddies, Here is my most recent progress. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking. I previously milled the grove on the underside of the bench. I cut a rabet 3/4” in from the front and glued on a 3/4” tenon. This was cut by hand. First had to perfect the fit. Laid out the design with a wax pencil. Bandsawed the curve then cleaned up with a spokeshave. After drilling the holes and cleaned the Jatoba with Acetone and glued on the tenon an...
I won a bid on eBay for a Stanley 71 for $19.02 plus shipping. I was very pleased for the chance to own such a fine plane. Here is the picture that was posted on eBay. And here is a bit of a break down when I received it. After break down. Sorry no pictures of the process. I wiped everything down with acetone and a wire brush. I took my roto tool and got the rust out of all the nooks and cracks. The original finish was only 60 percent there. I am wanting a good clean user th...
Where are we? Oh, yeah. There’s a top skirt (not glued): And the frame part of the frame and panel: With the idea (stupid, perhaps) to use the old, original bottom boards for the panel. Jointed, with biscuits to glue, and work can go on. A problem becomes apparent when clean-up begins. A crack (or craic), that is more like a split, but not good in either sense. With the intervention of my LJ pals, I chose the right path and split the board, then glued up the ...
Sharpening card scrapers was never so easy, or so much fun… This week is all about card scrapers: how to sharpen them, how to use them, we make a rack to store them and a jig to burnish them. Along the way we do some fooling around and talk about Roy Underhill’s mustache! There are two projects in this episode, a tool review and a detailed demonstration of cabinet scraping goodness. Check out more episodes at Stumpynubs.com. Enjoy!
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