Well I have bugun to start my collection of fine hand tools. I recently spent 3 weeks trying to get the Stanley Bailey set of old hand planes. I wanted to get them all rusted on purpose, so I would gain the knowledge that was going to bw necassry to get them back to good condition and keep them that way. So as the days progressed the planes begain to arrive at my home. I am now the very proud owner of a small Stanley 110 a stanley handyman a stanley #4 flat bottom a Stainley #5 2 Stanley #6 p...
So last night I headed out to a rural homestead about 40 minutes away to look at a table saw selling for $25.00. It looked well used in the pictures supplied on Craigslist. My hope was that it wasn’t more beat than it looked. The Delta 36-510 Motorized Bench Saw ran fine, but it had been stored in a garage for a couple of years and it looked like it was pistol whipped into getting work done. Without question it was going to need a breakdown, cleaning and lubing before I could use it....
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...
I bought an old Stanley No 60 wood chisel the other day. It was rusty and needed a good sharpening. I used the scary sharp method. Please like, share, and SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel for more woodworking and blacksmithing projects. Click here for the video and comments are always appreciated!
Oh the joy of taking something dirty, flimsy, worn, and stained and soaked with someone elses sweat, and turning it into a crisp tool you can fall in love with.. .I know that all a plane has to be is functional. But making something that has personality as well as meeting the bare minimum of function is perhaps similar to making fine furniture rather than banging together plywood. You can’t always, but you do the former wherever you can. Also, I’ve coveted a hand plane for so l...
Along the lines of my last post, I seem to have caught the old tool refurbish bug. I found this plane at an antique dealer in Chester NS on the way back from a beach day. I’ve driven by these places a hundred times without thinking that they might have some interesting stuff. I took the plunge and a lot of places had some interesting stuff including saws, drills and lots of wooden planes. None of them really interested me as I was looking for an old smoother (#3 or 4) size with a ir...
So, I managed to grab a Stanley #604 hand plane, a bit and brace, a chest hand drill, and a mini-anvil from my grand father’s shed. He passed away several years ago from Alzheimer’s so it is a special gift to have a couple of his tools. The Stanley was covered in rust, but not as bad as I thought. I wish I had taken a before picture, but if you look at the other tools, you may have an idea of the condition the hand plane was in. I was able to remove the rust quite easi...
Ive been fixing up a one bed bungalow as a hobby. In england. Its now finished and up for sale.Full rewireFull new boiler/radiatorsNew shower room New timber framed plasterboard walls with heavy insulation and skim plasteredNew ceilings with lots of insulationNew HD Sky TV and terestrial arials and FMNew real flame gas fire with marble surroundOak kitchen, Bosche electricals tiled and lots of power sockets http://www.louis-johnson.co.uk/property.php?property=304&info=images&histo...
I desperately want a drawknife. They’re difficult to find here in South Africa.I found and bought one that’s in pretty shocking condition. For the equivalent of $18.So my only hope to own a functional drawknife is to repair / recondition / restore the one I have.Despite how crazy it is I’m not just going to do the minimum to get a working tool out of it, i’m going to re-imagine the whole thing. Nothing major like going from straight to curved blade shape. But since i w...
My wife received a Hoosier Cabinet from her parents and is wanting it put in our house. But, before we do that we decided it needed some TLC. It had been “modified” previously for various reasons. Busted glue joints, damaged hinges, worn drawer slides, etc. Sorry I didn’t get any pics of such items or any “before” pictures for that matter. I had already started the refurb before I decided to do this blog. So, here is a short video to show were I’m at so far.
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