This summer while on vacation in NH, we made a stop in Maine to hit some woodworking stops. First off we hit Christian Becksvoorts shop in New Gloucester then we went to Lie Nielsen tools and finally stopped at Liberty tool in Liberty ME. I had heard about this place in magazines and online and those didn’t even come close to preparing me for the number and variety of tools they had there. If you are in the area, I highly recommend stopping in. I know I will be making another trip t...
Missing some potential updates here but lost pics and time so here is a half arsed tour of my building now. Acquired some new toys recently and some “furniture”. Maybe I can produce something now on a semi regular basis, and not have the weather determine my progress on projects. Lookin at the front door. Immediate right, it’s a mess, still sorting/organizing stuff. hat’s 400 ft of tugboat extension cord hanging up there i gotta get around to cutting into smalle...
Actually found a few items Actually got some change back from the twenty dollar bill I gave them, a whopping fifty cents back. Didn’t have enough to buy a second plane that was sitting there, but I think that big guy might just work out. saw set was a bit older, but so are most of my handsaws. Block plane base is a Stanley #18 1/4, but the cap iron is even close to it. Now, about that big plane. Says right on the front end that it is a Stanley No. 31. 24” long....
Day one at David Marks finishing class in beautiful Santa Rosa. David and wife Victoria are terrific hosts, the class is small with an interesting variety of folks, and the weather couldn’t be better. And hey! I’m on vacation! I’m really enjoying the pace of the class with enough structure to keep it moving, but plenty of time to get to know David and the other students and to get all our questions answered. My goal is to establish a broad foundation in wood finishi...
It’s been well over a year since Debbie and I moved into our “New” Apartment.There has been something unsightly in our kitchen bugging me all that time…Covered over by taped plastic, there is a big hole in the ceiling… It’s an access hole, to the plumbing for our bathroom, in the room right above it… Today I tore down the plastic, to see what it looks like… It is about what I figured… In these old houses, they put in dropped ceilings ma...
Greetings! Thanks to a bunch of much-greater-then-I wood artisans that I have come to admire in the Lumberjocks I have rediscovered the thrill of creation. I hope to soon be posting a Backgammon Board. I have wanted to build one since High School wood shop some thirty years ago. I hope you like it. However, my wife seems to think I should devote time to more “reasonable” projects such as refinishing the kitchen cabinets and front door. Not all the cabinets. Just the ones that are ...
After spending way too long on this I have a new stand for my tablesaw to replace the old one which essentially died in the middle of my hallway. Because my cobblestone patio is so rough I put the hardware from a garden wagon on the stand and widened the wheelbase a bit to make the saw less wobbly when it is being moved. to keep the saw from moving when in use I added some self leveling outrigger legs which block the wheels from turning and make it rock steady. I am already thinking of way...
This is my latest ongoing project. It was built in 1922, currently it has no electricity, running water or heat. It’s approximately 3000 sq feet including the basement sitting on 4 acres. We purchased the property for 17000.00 and are holding services every Sunday morning. My wife is the pastor and we have a small congregation. Ceilings are 20 foot and the acoustics are amazing. We are picking up pews next week. I found church who is replacing there pews with chairs so they have 33 ...
The Type 17 Stanley #4 rehab is, for now, complete. For those with short memories, this is how it looked when we started this journey: The more I worked on this plane, the more two little sayings kept coming into my head:1. Like putting lipstick on a pig. – Every time I shined some part up the rest of it just looked uglier and uglier.2. Beauty is skin-deep but ugly goes to the bone. – I found pits inside pits. If I kept grinding away until every bit of ugly was off this pla...
I’ve been looking to grow my hand plane collection for almost a year. A Stanley #6 kinda satisfied my tastes, I don’t make a lot of large projects, and nice Stanley #7’s and #8’s usually command premium prices. This #6 showed up on eBay, and I bid until I won. A whole $39.75 Man, this thing is HUGE! Well at least for me. It weighs just under 8 pounds. (from Patrick’s Blood & Gore website), and the sole and sides were evenly covered in rust. ...
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