As I have grown older, now 62, I have found that whenever possible I use both smaller power tools and even smaller hand tools. I often turn to my power hand tools instead of using my table saw or even my bandsaw. Instead I use my jig saw and small power saw (5-1/2” blade) with the necessary straight-edge jigs. My block plane is my best friend and I made sanding blocks from sections of hand railing (about 6” long). This along with moving to more non-powered hand tools seems to make...
Today, Tuesday at the Treasure Mart in Ann Arbor the were unloading a great workbench. 3” thich maple bench top, metal drawere and an overhead shelf. It’s heavy. It was not priced but their prices are good. Also a really antique . . .really antique, bad shape, Craftsman table saw on a stand. With motor. It is outside in the driveway, left side as you face the building from the sidewalk. Over in Wisconsin at the Waukesha Antique Mart, a number of cases of wooden planes. C...
I have been working on a bed for my first grandaughter for quite some time. Since I am finally close to finishing, I will begin a blog on that soon. In the meantime, I will share some more of my handtool journey. Up until now, I know I haven’t shown a lot of practical information—I mean really, who’s actually going to make their mouldings with a wooden hand plane. I showed all that because I found it fasinating to learn how things were done before we got spoiled with power t...
Hi LumberJocks, Im back from the flee market with another bag of goodies. I’ll post the price I paid with each pic. transition plane 5$, corner clamps 3$ each, buffing compound 1$ each. dovetail saw 2$, chisel $.25 Two small block planes 2$ each, general brand scribe 3$, caliper $.25 the planes need a little cleaning but ive already used the block planes and they work well. Ill be back later with more finds.
This past weekend there was an estate sale in Ottawa, IL. The owner of the estate apparently was a huge tool collector, because there were more planes on sale there than I’ve ever seen in my life. For example, the owner had five No. 113s, at least five #12s, more block and bench planes than I could keep track of, and the ever elusive and ever-so-tiny Stanley #1. Since I’ve been looking for a few things, I figured I might as well make the 1:15 drive from Downers Grove and ...
Create a shooting board that doesn’t cut just at one angle. Using some scrap wood and a couple of bolts you can create a shooting board that cuts multiple angles. Check out the video HERE! Sorry about the “scratchy effect”. Something happened while uploading and i can’t figure out how to fix it.
I used to hate students like me who know when the course starts but still show up late, mea culpa. I was 15 minutes late again today as I had to go into Winnipeg for my uncle’s funeral today. Usually we can drive in and out in good time but today the roads were terrible, with semis, pickups and cars littering the ditches along the Trans Canada… anyway we got there and back safely although at one point I thought I was going to have to attend a smash up on a bridge, but fortunatel...
My next shop project was suppose to be my Band Saw but that was pretty boring to talk about. I did the basic tuning, new cooling block, adjusted guides. I have yet to make the mobile base but that will happen when I need to move it around. What have been working on is a hand tool till. I decided I wanted to do more advanced joinery and having my tool spread out was a real pain. I will be adding more at time goes on but here it is at this point.The till holds my #8, #7, #6, #5, # 4 and LA...
I’ll be documenting my restoration on my blog also. I got these on my last outing. I had just about given up hope when I saw one more yard sale sign on my way home. I managed to negotiate them down to $60. Its a Stanley #7C and #5C. The tote is broken on the 5, and the lip on the 7 also looks broken off. I’ll do a blog on restoring these once I can get some of my other projects squared away. I don’t think these are the kind that should be kept in its original rusty con...
I keep telling myself that I’m not a collector…that I’m not on the slippery slope…and as long as I use them (it shouldn’t really matter if I have more than I actually need) I’m still ok-no intervention required. That said, I thought talk a bit about a couple of of the best hand planes out there for a relatively small amount of $$$. I’m referring to Keen-Kutters “K” series (Not the KK series, they are not the same) The K series (th...
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