I like buying used ww’ing equipment. It makes my budget stretch much further, and because I’m a very casual hobbyist, I don’t need the latest and greatest tools with the coolest accessories. Because of this, I have a few pieces of equipment that are older than me—my lathe, my RAS, and another refurb project, a ‘75 Harley Chopper (which I’m still in the process of rebuilding, five years later). I haven’t picked this tool up yet; it’s at my b...
I retrieved to old wooden planes that belonged to my dad from the shop on the family farm now run by my youngest brother. They probably haven’t been used in 50 years. As a long term project (this coming winter) I want to clean them up and if feasible make them functional. They are at least pre WWII. Would these be something made in a high school shop class in the early 40’s?The large one is 22” long and the smaller is 16”. Since I don’t know much about plane I...
so I finished up the Rockwell today, my brother had some 3/8 cold rolled steel plate cut with a water jet, drilled and tapped with fine thread. a hefty bolt will act as the foot for the levelers my dad helped me weld the pieces in, good father/son project for fathers day good penetration, shouldn’t go anywhere coat of paint.. wait til it dries re-assemble and i needed some help lifting this cast iron behemoth onto the base without scratching the pa...
This blog follows this one I messed up when I tried to put them in the same series. Had some downtime last night. So I picked up that saw handle. I used mineral spirits and wiped it as clean as I could. Then using a small sanding block and 150 grit paper started sanding at the flat planes of the handle. The wood is hard but so dry it just turns to dust. I realized quickly that some of the staining will have to stay as it had penetrated the wood so deep that trying to sand it out will be im...
I want to make a homemade lathe using a powerdrill and was wondering has anyone made one, and if you have what did you use to make it. Thanks for the help :))
before. $500 on kijiji. after. $30 in paint I should have bought a quart of paint and mixed it in a spray gun, instead of using spray bombs or rattle cans, whichever you want to call them. The paint turned out a little streaky. I plan on putting this saw to use the way it was originally intended. I bought this saw off a machinist/welder who was using it as a workbench in the corner of his garage. 3hp Baldor single phase 220V motor (worth over 500$ alone!) jet lock fence.. ...
I have been searching kijiji high and low for about a year now, looking for just the right deal. I found that deal about 2 weeks ago. 60km~ away from home, a nice relaxing cruise to Orillia. The fellow I bought this off was quite friendly. Sometimes walking into strangers homes can be unnerving. He showed me some things he made with the lathe over the years, one of which was a solid pine bed frame, very nicely turned in a rustic manner, stained red and painted black to give it that R...
I went to an estate sale the other day and some tools managed to attach themselves to me somehow. I wjust wanted to browse around but these things jumped up from the well worn workbench in the garage and clung to me. Not being someone to cause a scene I just bought them. So now I got them (drat ;-)) I’d love to put them back in use. First up is a Abernathy Tool & Vise Co. woodworking vise. This sucker was still attached to the bench when I got it and the only tool I was able to u...
This is the first project I have ever posted on any forum for any experts out there to comment on. So with a little trepidation I submit this to you all to comment on. I’m restoring an old gate leg table I made in 1980 from oak timbers salvaged from a local church tower which was built in 1492. http://j.mp/KU6Cs8. This is a link to the history of the church for any one who is interested. The timbers had to be replaced back in about 1980 due to insect infestation. I’ll wr...
I have decided to build a table saw workstation. I am on a tight budget, so I am doing this with lumber that I have picked up from various places. I haven’t really paid for any of it save the gas I use to pick it up. Some of it was brought to me by coworkers and friends. I bought a Craftsman contractor table saw several months ago for $75.00. It had one of those metal stands below it with some small casters. It held the saw, but the space below the saw is basically wasted. Since my s...
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