I’ve been in the market for a rabbet plane of some sort, and tried to buy a Stanley #78 from Patrick Leach earlier this month. I was too late to get the Stanley but Patrick sent me a moving fillister plane instead. It was made by “prolific plane maker” John Bell of Philadelphia circa 1845: It’s a beautiful piece of work, and tempts me to become a hand plane collector, but I really intended it to be a working plane. But it certainly wasn’t in working condit...
I have another recent post ‘lamenting’ underutilized space, so I’ve been in the shop to rededicate a large storage cabinet to fasteners. It’s an old harware store case and needed a piece of face trim to dress it up a bit. Nothing fancy, just something missing, you know? Presenting furring strip and cabinet: There’s a slight overhang to the top vs. the face of the case, so the trim piece needs a shallow rabbet. I’ll use the Stanley #78 moving fi...
And she makes some very pretty shavings, not having ever made a paper thin curl with a hand plane (although the new GI is inspiring me to get started) I think the feeling and giggles that were coming out of me must be how the hand tool guys feel when they hit that zen moment. My daughter was laughing quite hysterically as I shoved wood in, measured it and then smiled an evil grin. This may not be heaven but is pretty darn close. The chance to take a machine to the bare bones, clean it up, put...
It is complete the videos show me cutting pieces of 1-1/4” teak and running the nickel test. I’m thinking I’ll list it on craigslist for $975… does that sound fair?
Hi guys. I guess I’ve been gone awhile but I’m finally ready to work on the Unisaw again. The videos tell the story. I’ll be posting the series finally in just a few moments so don’t change that dial!
A few months ago, a friend asked me if I was good enough at woodworking to refinish a coffee table. So, I of course took the challenge and thought piece of cake. No planning, no milling, no joinery, no assembly, no problem. HA! And any of you out there who have ever refinished anything are probably laughing too. Never again -Lord willing- will I be so prideful. Soon after I scraped the first application of stripper on one side, I realized what I had gotten myself into. So, I trudged along, s...
Rebuilding a vintage Craftsman Table Saw 113.29920 #13: After much delay and empty promises, it draws to an end.
Well, the table saw / router workstation are finished. (At least as finished as I care to make them.) Have a look here..... There is a good bit of blood sweat and tears in that project. Actually no, more like beer, planning and a lot of good days working with my hands…. Notice that Babycake wants to demonstrate how easy the dust collection works by flipping a simple switch….. On the front of the unit, the fixed faceplates for switches (minus the one for the key...
It’s been a couple weeks but I have been working feverishly to get this beauty back in a form that would make the designer proud. I got everything painted, de-rusted and generally cleaned up. I got the cutter head bearings replaced, the bushings on the infeed and outfeed rollers were thankfully serviceable. I say thankfully because the cheapest machine shop wanted 1 hour plus material each. This equates to $70 per bushing x 4, yikes. To replace the MDF top that was on it, and had sank 4...
I have been reading about French Polishing for some time now and finally dedicated the beginning of my thanksgiving break to finding a good source for how to apply this classical finish. Shellac is a very finicky finish and is hard to REALY get right. Although this site is for guitars it seems to be and excellent guide to French Polishing.
Continued working on getting all the pieces apart. Got all the blades out, only had to use the hammer a little bit. I was concerned about having to drill out nibs. Got very lucky on that. Decided to wait until I could get evapo-rust to soak the top end. After quick inspection it looks like I need to replace some brass bearings.I spun the motor by hand, sounds like the bearings are dry but useable. This motor is a beast, tag claims it is 1.5 hp but this thing is bigger than the 3hp on my TS. N...
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