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...
These days I can’t afford to splurge on many of the things I want, but I still do some impulsive shopping when the money allows for it and the urge is upon me. I had forgotten that yesterday was a holiday for some institutions in our area, in my case the credit union I have my business accounts with. Fortunately, behind and above the credit union lies our Lowe’s hardware center. Sure. Why not? I needed a metal speed square, anyway. I imagine that some of you shop much the same ...
So, yesterday afternoon I started really working on the project. I had ~10BdFt of 8/4 White Oak on hand so I rough cut it to length on the table saw then started flattening the faces and jointing the edges. When it’s about 90 – 95 Degree’s(f) and 90% humidity it can make for quite a workout & weight loss program. I have the blanks for the aprons and legs ready to to re-saw on the Bandsaw. There is no way I would try that by hand with a rip saw; I’m not the twisted!...
Well, here’s my first hand plane restore. Like something out of a woodworking mag, a buddy sent me a picture message of plane. He found this plane in the rafters of his garage was just checking if I wanted it before he threw it into his scrap pile. Of course I told him, “I’ll be right over.” It is Bailey No. 8. According to Rexmill.com, it would be around a type 10. I decided to restore it Rexmill style. It was mostly surface rust, but the more I cleaned it, ...
Okay here is my quick update on what has been happening lately. My spare time has been sparse in the last week but I am almost finished with building a workbench in my basement for doing my hand tool work. I’m using the Bob Key plan which seems to be a popular basis for many of the workbenches I have read about lately. I’ll post more details and before, during, after shots when I have it completed. Just to tease you a bit, I am using the pine framing lumber do to money and availability ...
So, I decided to try to restore this Stanley #6 I picked up at a flee market. This was in the worst condition of anything I’ve restored yet, but I figured I’d give it a go. It’s my third Stanley #6, but it was the challenge calling my name. First I tried to remove the broken screw on the front knob. I tried an easy out and wound up with a broken easy out in the riser as well. Plan B, which was now being devised was to grind off the riser, and braze a bolt on in its...
I promised myself that I would not build any new projects until I completed my workbench. I have been making do for so long with substandard setups (even winning a "Most Pathetic Workbench" award from Woodworking Magazine), that it takes me at least twice as long on any project than it would with a proper workbench (and even WITH a proper workbench, I will probably take three times as long as you would). It was time to draw the line in the sawdust and say enough is enough. I promised mysel...
I am not a plane collector…I am not a plane collector…I am NOT a plane collector. Is there some sort of 12 step program for people with a “tool acquisition” disease??? I have a collection of old electric trains, I know what it’s like to collect things (boy, do I), just ask my wife.I started out with an old Stanley #4 and 9 1/2. I hadn’t used them in a ton of years, so they just sat on a shelf. Then, sometime back, I started getting back to an interest in...
A year ago I cleaned up my two planes. One was a Stanley block plane. The other was an Ace Hardrware knock-off that I had purchased a few years ago. They cleaned up well and are usable planes. After reading information here and on other sites I decided I should really try to find a used Stanley #5. The knock-off was similar to a #4. I thought this would be enough to equip my shop for my needs. I started cruising CL and Ebay. My wife began wondering why I had a desire to walk through ant...
The other day I stopped at a garage sale in my neighborhood & lo & behold, (wow, I must be getting old, who uses that phrase anymore?) there was a bunch of tools in a box…hickory handled hammer, 2 vice grips, Stanley bit brace, Craftsman channel-lock, a few odds & ends (yes, both odds & ends…not just odds or just ends) and a used but not abused Sargent jack plane. Price for the box: $10. Now, mind you, I’m not a plane collector. But I do have a lot of hand...
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