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.
Here is a video on a plane refurbish from out of the box to use. The plane was bought online and a pleasant surprise when I got it. I have also posted this on my blog. It goes a bit more in depth.ChiselandForge.com Enjoy.
I posted about my good fortune scoring this early 80’s Jet CTAS10 with Biesemeyer fence and 50” table…. Here she is…. just needs a little TLC I hit the top with course steel wool to get the flakey red rust off upon taking things apart I have these observations… The Biesemeyer fence is really rugged…. tube is straight as and arrow, even after some rough handling, and the ‘L’ brackets are really rugged… must ...
Time for a refurb of a garage sale purchased (2009) Grizzly Viking Wet stone sharpening station. Although its obviously see better days (see photos), the old girl still works well and the stone is still almost full size. I also have a big Tormek and my thought was to use this unit in tandem (with this being the “coarser” stone). You can see in the photos that I have already trued the stone square with one of those diamond trueing thingys...Plans:DissassembleClean or replace rusted...
I finally took my great grandfathers #4 Dunlap bench plane out back and cleaned it up this afternoon. The original forum post is here First I made sure that I had everything ready and all the protective stuff I would need to safely work with phosphoric acid. I soaked the small parts in a tupper ware and scrubbed stuff in my oil change catch pan. Gotta love a multi-tasker! And of course some tunes on the iPhone. The Krud Kutter Rust Buster really worked quickly, the rust was pretty easy...
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