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...
Hello friends! No I didn’t make a self-aware robot. But I did complete my #5 Bailey restoration complete with new Tote and Knob. I refinished the base, polished the brass, and installed the new Hock blade. I will give it a test drive tomorrow. Have a blessed day friends.
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...
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.
Contractor Saw Refurbishing #1: Good news: I got it home. Bad news: Now I have to do something with it!
I found an old, well-worn Jet contractor saw locally through Craigslist. It came with a Delta Unifence, so even with some replacement parts and repairs factored in, I got it for a steal at $175. It was quite a job to horse it home by myself, but with the help of an appliance dolly I managed to get it out of its old basement and into my basement. I thought it might be fun for someone if I occasionally post updates here. And I certainly welcome all the tips and suggestions that anyone mig...
I’ll see how this all comes together in 24-48 hours from now… I used many cuss words getting this together – and had to scream for help with the clamp positioning. You can never had enough clamps – as you can see I was reduced to using my crappy craftsman standby clamp. I don’t think the stretchers are going to hold well through time. They just “feel” weak. For other chairs, I might add more wood to them. Not sure yet. ..After the glue up...
My Dad acquired a beat-up coffin smoother a long time ago. Either he abused it or got it from someone who had. At some point he decided it wasn’t worth much, stuck it in a cubbyhole in his basement, and there is sat for several decades. I came along this past summer and figured I would try to make it useful again. I posted the following picture here before. This gives you a ‘Beginning’ picture of the project I’m taking on. I needed to seal up the blown out frac...
To make a long story short, a dining room set that has been in our family since the early 70’s has come under my care. It’s all white oak and we know it’s at least 100 years old (but probably not more). Believed to have been made in New Brunswick. If the set was made around 1900 or so, what would you call the style …. Victorian Revival? One of the chairs is below. The upholstering is real leather. The original finish was the darkest mahogany color you see left ...
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 ...
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...
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