My tool picking has been rather slow and uneventful for a while. About a month ago, I ran up on this tool box for $3 at a yard sale. Cramer Products, Inc. is a 90+ year-old Sports Medicine equpiment company. I am guessing the toolbox originally belonged to one of their service people. The toolbox had been sitting in a barn for years, in about two inches of water part of that time. The first thing, I washed the toolbox with a grease cutting car wash and dried completely. ...
I have an old Bailey #8c, type nine. It was getting rusty, and dirty from neglect. Just don’t have projects to fit it’s size. Got to checking the iron. Out of square by a 1/16th! Hmmm, have to fix that. Then, needed to resharpen the iron. So, out came the tools A two grit oil stone, some 1K grit wet& dry sandpaper, and a piece of leather belt, with some green stuff on it. A #8 iron is 2-5/8” WIDE! too wide for my honing guide. Had to do ...
My Delta table saw’s motor died a few years ago. I found that I would have to cop up $200 for a new motor for a five year old $350 (brand new) saw. Yowza! Of course I still have it. I thought, maybe, some day I’ll find the motor used or cheaper. Never happened. I been considering scrapping it for metal until a week ago when that dim light bulb in my head came to life… This is my router table. I’ve had this router table well over 10 years. I got the plans out ...
I picked up an old ice box a while back and want to refinish it. I am open for any advice on ways and techniques so I don’t mess it up. I plan on keeping this piece for myself, but want my wife to be happy with it. I know not to sand it down, but have some grime and a stain on top to remove. My thoughts were to use boiled linseed oil to bringg out the natural look once I get it clean. Pics will give you an idea of the condition, which is overall pretty good. Thanks in advance for ...
before pics don’t show much but here is my grandfathers T17 #5. Stained hardwood, rubber depth knob, 1 piece knob and tote screws, frog adjustment and has the lever cap with the Patent date. The Tote was broken near the foot and the japping was 75% shot. Not too much rust, just dirty and neglected really. So I stripped the rest of the japping,repainted with several coats of Hammered Rustoleum. Replaced the wood with walnut pieces crafted by TerryR and acquired 2 piece brass screws. La...
Day number two feels good. You made so much progress last night, and it’s almost done. So you jump right in, and decided to put your trunions on and figure this thing out. 3 long screws hold them on. ...well, easier to put them on first, then flip the whole show onto the table top I think. Bam. You got this. ...That’s supposed to be behind that. (swear a lot) Rent a bearing puller. Hooray. Just like day number two feels so good, so does doing things twice. Ho...
So here’s my 113. I bought it and started taking it apart before I even got it off my truck… it was too heavy to move alone. I don’t feel like boring you with pictures of an old Craftsman table saw. Everything got completely dismantled, sanded, painted, replaced, cleaned, or whatever. So let’s just jump right to the, “hey, I’m done – I wish I took pictures of things as they came apart, because I can’t remember where this goes,” phase. M...
(The following is reposted from my personal blog, Toward Simple. You can view the original post by clicking here.) Finally, I have finished a couple of small woodcraft pieces made from reclaimed objects. I forgot just how fulfilling it is to work with little more than a few pieces of wood, limited tools, and one’s own hands and imagination. I’m beginning to think of the salvaged materials I’ve been gathering – wooden pallets, fenceposts, etc. – as small to...
Hello, Many years i did my sawing work on a festool table saw. I loved the machine but a heavier one was welcome. I also had a small chinees planing machine. I solded both and for the money i got i could almost buy an old europeen SICAR 5 in 1 machine. I considerd buying a new chinees combi but the sicar is an italian build machine from 1995. It has three motors each 3 KW (380 Volt) The machine was/is in bad conditon. Weight 495 Kg. From time to time I will tell my progression. When I ...
About a week ago my wife and mother were out thrift store shopping when they came across an old radio cabinet. It was originally marked $195 but was marked down to $50. Add to that a 50% off all furniture sale and this ended up costing us $25 when it was all said and done. It appears to be an old 1940’s – 1950’s radio cabinet with radio, speakers and turn table still intact (though the functionality is in question). The wife wants me to covert it into a changing table/...
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