To be or not to be? When William Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, Do you recon he was thinking about a wood lathe? I just returned from an auction, and this is what I drug home with me. You ask why??? Because I only gave $10 for it. It was interesting and I figured if nothing else, It had $10 worth of timber in it. It needs cleaned up to be sure, but I believe it is hickory, or at least parts. After unloading it in the shop, I sorted out the pieces. Now I’m not sure if I want to put it back to...
So far so good, there are no surprises. No cracks or breaks. As you recall from my previous blog post the vise will not turn. There is no sense of restoring the vise if you can get to move. So this blog is about getting the screw to turn.I searched for woodworking Columbian vise information. There don’t seem to be much. What I have found so far are mostly pictures and mounting information, but not the details that I am after. Hopefully I am correct in my selection of words in describin...
Here is a post I did recently and now want to show you how to do it through a short video. This is not the same plane shown below but it is all the same procedure I use for smoothing planes: Something I have wanted to post on for a while. Next week I will be using a Stanley #4 at the Springfield New Jersey Show and the Fredericksburg Virginia Show Masterclasses I will be teaching for The Woodworking Shows show. It’s an eBay find for £8 – $12. This plane is and always was an amazing...
I just got back from a woodworking tool estate sale. There were many good buys. I would of purchase a lot more but ran out of money. I spotted this woodworking vise and noticed that it is a quick release. I already got an old vice for the workbench that I am currently building, but it is not a quick release. I thought I would give it a go. I am taking a chance in buying a vise that wouldn’t turn. For $25.00, I don’t think it is much of a gamble. Here’s what I have foun...
My clamps was always just laying around my shop. They ended up every ware from may table saw to behind my lath. I searched the internet high and low and did not fins any good ideas that will fir my shop. Don’t get me wrong there is plenty of good clamp racks out there from swing door to the mobile versions. In needed something that would not take up a lot of floor space and yet have the ability to store my 8ft and 6ft clamps. I have a lot of pipe clams and a few Jet ones. I also have a lot of...
Well, so this blog has not turned out as interesting as I had hoped. There’s just not that much exciting about degreasing, “polishing”, and painting. I suppose I expected more hurdles along the way, however I’d say that all-in-all I got pretty lucky by having a pretty solid machine to begin with. Here are some pictures of the “final” product. My only real hesitation is that now I need to figure something out for the stand. I have plenty o...
a week ago I won a Hamilton Drafting table in a surplus auction from my local university, since then I have been sanding my hands off to re finish it. The biggest challenge has been the drawing surface. it had been used in a machine shop and had many straight line cuts in it as well as a number of pits and chips from machined metal parts. I have now done three applications of joint compound to fill these cuts and dips and am happy with the surface. I have sanded it down to a 320 grit and will...
Above all else, to me, this stage is the most important part of reviving an old hand plane. A flat and polished sole makes it run like new again and perform significantly better. Based on my experience, I would bet that the manufacturing tolerances on old Stanley planes were not too strict, as many of the planes i’ve restored were way out of flat, even if they didn’t seem to be heavily used. A flat polished sole will allow the plane to glide smoothly, will decrease tear-out and...
I bought this old solid beech school woodwork bench on ebay for £60. ($95)Heres the start of bringing it back to life back view front view top viewThe kids have knocked nails in to the top and repaetedly sawed into the edges.Nails were punched below the surace at least 3/8 inch and plugged with mahogany dowl.Holes were enlarged to solid wood and filled with glued in tapered dowlsSaw cuts recut with wider kerf sawblade and strips of hardwood gluedin end view holes holes f...
The first step to reviving an old hand plane is to try to get it looking like something that you wouldnt mind having in your tool box. I start by disassembling the entire tool and laying out the parts to assess the condition and work involved. I then take a firm brush and remove all of the dust and dirt, followed by a wire brush/steel wool to remove any of the loose, rough rust and dirt particles. Once i’ve got it down to the raw rusty parts, I use Permatex Naval Jelly (Phosph...
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