My love of wood I owe to my Great Uncle Albert. I have a picture when I am about 4 helping him in his shop. He loved wood but was not a very “fine” carpenter. For him you could never build it to sturdy with more wood and of course this was reinforced by more screws. I loved what he exposed me to but decided I wanted to become the best carpenter I could be and that would mean finding a teacher to help me reach that goal. I met a luthier when I was about 12 and was all to happy t...
It has been a while since I updated my tool blog and it is high time I did. There have been a few new aquisitions here at the Framer household that I need to share with you guys. First up is an Ebay find. I am in the need for a good backsaw for some tenon cuts on my workbench build. I searched all the newer brands and some of the cheaper selections and they were either WAY out of my price range or just looked cheap and I already have a cheap one so no thanks. Off to the bay I went an...
So I found a C/L post or the sale of 7 hand planes. The only one I was interested in was a Stanley #7, so I inquired. The seller said he wanted $110 for all of them. Hmmmmm, I thought. If I could get him down some more that’d mean I’d pay a little more than $10 per plane. I could restore them, remove all the rust, sharpen the irons, etc. and sell em each for $25 or more. Except the #7….I want to keep that one. So I offered $80, citing the amount of rust removal, ...
My wife received a Hoosier Cabinet from her parents and is wanting it put in our house. But, before we do that we decided it needed some TLC. It had been “modified” previously for various reasons. Busted glue joints, damaged hinges, worn drawer slides, etc. Sorry I didn’t get any pics of such items or any “before” pictures for that matter. I had already started the refurb before I decided to do this blog. So, here is a short video to show were I’m at so far.
This Week I show you how to make a folding out feed table for your table saw. This design was based after an article and plan found in a 2009 issue of Woodworker’s Journal Magazine. Originally the plan was designed for a Cabinet saw with a Biesemeyer Fence System, so I had to make some slight modifications for my Porter Cable Saw. In this 3 part video series I show you a step by step on building this project as well as talk about the modifications I had to make. The Article and plans ca...
I had three planes, mainly from two rust hunts. A Dunlap, with red handles That i decided to strip the red off of. Two others were in need of the “Works” handles stripped, one tote repaired, irons sharpened back up. All manner of rust removed. Ok, “Velcommen to Mein Dungeon” This little machine does a lot of removal work, weather it is rust on a plane’s side Rust on an iron Stripping a finish off a knob Note that ugly brush laying ther...
Just used the Bartley line of Gel Stains and Gel Varnish. After reading a number of articles in American Woodworker, Wood, and other such woodworking magazines written by many independent professional finishers, they recommend the Bartley line of Gel Stains and Gel Varnish. Bartley were sold to Seagrave Coatings Corporation who now manufacture the Bartley line using the original formulas. Seagrave has very few distributors/dealers that specifically cater to the small woodworking shop or...
I spent several months researching power tools, comparing, shopping around, seeing them in person, and pricing it all out. But I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that going down this road was going to be a constant treadmill of buying accessories and aftermarket jigs. Expensive jigs. And lots of accessories. There was another problem coming about on the horizon: my son was born. That by itself isn’t the problem. However, for the first time ever during a purchase decision...
A video of the opening of the package.
So for the past 20 or so years I’ve had the below Rockwell 4” jointer. I bought it for $50 off the carpenter that added the second floor to my home. It needed a little work, but for the most part it served me well over the years. The downside, obviously, was the short bed and only a 4” width. So I’ve been searching for a long time for a Craigslist special. Then I saw a post for a 6” Delta jointer for only $100. I then noticed the author’s commen...
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