I bought a Stanley-Bailey #4 plane today. This is my first plane and I want to restore it the right way. I am on a limited budget, so it may take a while. I want to use the parts that were there when I bought it. I know very little about planes, so I am asking for some help/suggestions from all the great LJs out there. Let me post a few pictures so you can get an idea of what I have to work with. I hope there is someone out there that can help me.
Hey everyone, It was suggested that I start a discussion on how to find and harvest burls. Please give your input also. I don’t deal with straight grain that often. I cut and sell burls for a living so here is what I know. It is illegal to harvest a burl without permission. of course if it is on your own property you can give yourself permission. What I do is put an ad on Craig’s list saying I want your burls. Most people don’t know what burls are. So you don’t get that many calls....
This is a list of links that I will maintain that are related to handplanes. This is primarily intended for my own use, but feel free to add to the list if you have some favorites. Manufactures Anderson Planes – Handmade Infill style planes Brese Plane – Handmade planes by Ron Brese. Also has blades for making planes. Classic planes – Infill plane manufacture Galoot Tools – High Quality Handcrafted Plane Blades and Chisels. Holtey – Infill...
WHAT'S UP? "While I'm out in my Shop". #8: Slatwall storage system, Homemade, paneled walls are done now.
This is a continuation of #5 in this series.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I have the slat wall paneling completed. Now how am I going to arrange my tools? I bought the material at Lowes. It’s 5/16” X 3 1/2” X 8’ 14 Sq ft. in a package. Other big box stores handle similar products. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is the last wall, I ripped my boards in half to 1 5/8”. I like it better this way. There...
I have two 1930’s Walker Turner 24” scroll saws I am refurbishing to use in my shop.After days of scrubbing and polishing I thought there had to be an easier way.Found how to build your own electrolysis unit on the web, and made one for large parts yesterday. 55 gal plastic drum- free4×8 sheet of remesh- found with rebar at Home Depot and cut to fit inside barrel1 rebar rod- woven into remesh8 cups Arm and Hammer Washing Soda55 gal of waterCost around $15.00 total Hooke...
A few people have had some questions about the ways I have done some of the refurbishing and purchasing of old traditional wooden planes.Here is a short video on some of the things I have learned through the years.These are my methods and opinions in refurbishing ole planes.
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Latest Update.The Woodorking Show people have given us a booth at the WoodWorking Show at the Sacramento Convention Center on Nov 13, 14, & 15. They also will tell our story in their press release and other print hand-out. They have made us another offer. FREE TICKETS, but with a condition. They will give us a free ticket for each person that works in our booth. I am passing that offer to LumberJocks. I will need each reciepient to agree to spend a minimum of 1 hour in the boo...
Time to get this blog active again. I had been overrun with work for a long time and not doing much of anything in the shop for quite a while. That is not a good pattern for one’s work-life balance. In Feburary, I fell while on a business trip and this has temporarily left me without the use of my right leg. I have had lots of time to reflect and to renew my commitment to getting working in the shop again. Although, it is probably going to be another month or more before I am able...
Today was the last day of my career as a Sr. Quality Engineer for a medical device manufacturer. This day has been a long time time coming, and it brought up a lot of mixed emotions.I am now a professional in the field of furniture repair and restoration. My son Tommy and I have gone into business together and purchased a Furniture Medic franchise.We will be traveling to Memphis in June for training, and our shingle goes up June 23.Wish us luck!
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