Cleaning up a 7×12 Goodell Pratt bench lathe. Some before/after pics. The previous owner (owners?) made a replacement tool rest from scrap 2×4’s and angle iron. It looks janky but is perfectly servicable. In the short term I’ll make something that looks nicer but in the long term I hope to find an original replacement. Oddly, they chose to paint over the original black with green but painted the tool rest a nearly matching red. The vibe I get is that the...
A lathe has been in the back of my mind for some years and in the last year my love of vintage tools and machinery has really taken off so when I saw this 80+ year old Goodell Pratt bench lathe I had to have it. Luckily I got it for only a few bucks more than it cost new but unfortunately most of the original accessories are missing as is the original banjo and tool rest but then if it had those things it would have been 4-5X the price. The 125 was GP’s midi size lathe and was meant ...
Spent some time today, half waiting on the Mail Carrier to drop off a package, the other in re-furbishing the contents. You know it will be ugly, when it comes in the door, double bagged! Kind of rusty, not too hateful, though… Ok, first thing ( after burning the bag it came in) was to tear it all down to just a pile of parts. Usually have a small box handy, because all them smaller parts like to take off on me… I kept going until i had a cleaned of base, and a pile o...
I was making replacement handles for my chisels. I tried the sockets and tang versions with good results. I got some old chisel handles that had leather washers at the other end. I was curious if I could make them too. I did the usual searches and had found great information. Since several LJ members is curious about the how they were cut, I have decided that I’ll post the process here. How the leather washers look really desn’t matter. It is an intermediate step of the chisel handle...
I have been looking for a jointer for some time now, wanting a quality product on a budget. I’ve nibbled and sniffed a few, but just couldn’t pull the trigger (sorry for mixing metaphors, for those who care about such things…). This past weekend I finally did. I was going to post the question of how I did, but the realized it doesn’t matter. I know how much I spent and I’m at peace with it. In the way of details, I bought a 10 year old Grizzly 6” z se...
This has been done for quite a long time, I am not sure why I have never updated the blog but I wanted to post the final product! I made the tabletop according to the Mr. Sawdust book and I must say that I am extremely happy with it. The top is a couple of pieces of plywood glued together with 3/4” steel bars on edge for re-enforcement. I transferred the bolt holes from the old table. The top layer is 1/4 hardboard. This will be easily replaceable if it gets too beat up. I spent a...
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Beds for Little Heads is a non-profit organization, helping families in Mercer County Pennsylvania and surrounding areas, including Ohio. Their mission is a commitment to meeting the needs of children everywhere who essentially require a place to lay their heads. Brett Schroyer, owner/operator of Greenfield Woodworks said, “We believe that we can make a difference in their life by giving them a bed of their own. Making life better one child at a time can build and sustain a healt...
Check out my guest post on my wife's blog where I discuss how to build two headboards from a pair of reclaimed doors. There are even detailed instructions with measurements available for download.
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.
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