I have been putting together a woodworking shop in my basement. My father in-law has a pretty nice set up in his but since I moved over an hour away I decided to build my own. He has a nice older Craftsman contracting saw that I thought would be a nice size for my shop and I was able to find one on Craigslist for $75.00. The ad said that the saw has been sitting for almost 20 years in the garage and has been used as a table. The top was flat but rusty. The blade would crank and tilt but was h...
A very Rusty & Crusty plane showed up today. Under all that gunk is a Stanley T19, #5-1/2 jack plane. Yeah, right. A few more looks before the trip downstairs Iron and lever cap need a bit of clean up The handles are solid, no cracks. Paint might need a touch up, maybe. Hauled all the parts down to the shop. Took the plane apart. I managed to get every bolt out, but one. That little one holding the clip on the back of the frog. Frozen tight. Oh, well, it ca...
First yard sales of the season! Wasn’t that great, but a few gems were found. A bundle of saws files, for $0.50, a little rusty, but they will work. Picked up two full sized handsaws at another sale. $2 each. Got one because of who made it, and the second one because the handle was a close match. Why? real cuties, right? Well the top one will be for parts to rebuild the other one. That one just happens to be the first model of skew back saws Henry Disston made, ...
Ok, I won this Rusty & Crusty plane the other day. Showed up this morning on my doorstep. Might have been in the bubble wrap a might long?? The sole was in need of some work As well as most of the rest of this plane shaped object The iron is stamped “Shipleigh’s” might have been from that St. Louis Hardware bunch? Although I hate steel frogs, I figured i would at least give this plane a chance to get back to life. Brought home a few items, to get the Na...
My plane addition is in full swing. I was looking at scrub planes and jack planes and eventually want to get a Stanley No. 7 joiner plane as well. But watching a lot of Paul Sellers videos and he’s a huge fan of the No. 4 for just doing about anything. And I’m a big fan of his. He keeps two No. 4’s to hand. One set up like a normal smoother, and one with a cambered blade, chip breaker set back, and a wide open mouth. He basically uses this as a scrub plane for removing lots ...
Out in the shop today, and I was not screwing anything up! Yeah ! I’m working on an old Delta 18 inch C Arm type one Scroll Saw. I have contacted two LJ scrollers here for advice , ”ArtistryinWox” and ”Verne Bueler” have been ever so helpful. I have previously blogged about this trash or treasure saw and my process as well as getting help. Thanks for the support. ArtistryinWox told me that he had put wheels on the Delta tri legged base, but had to remov...
The Marathon: What I learned about refinishing my trash/treasures furniture (My rehabbing journey on
I’m joining the guys who commented on rehabbing my chair. I probably will not rehab for money,because I really want to make what is in my imagination right now. LOL! I use the word marathon in this personal journey (nightmare) as opposed to finishing a race as the metaphor for my unexpected struggles. My Sofa was pretty easy, and more of a mechanical fix. I had also put a touch up water borne stain on the sofa frame. This success made me overconfident and un-expectant. LOL!It’s been almos...
Well – as one can expect, there are always some unanticipated setbacks. Started off this morning, to glue the back together. First I carved grooves in the dowels, so that there would not be a problem with the dowel holes filling with glue and the back not coming together. I double checked the depths, and felt the 2 inch dowels I had cut might be long, so I trimmed them down by 1/8th inch. What I found… is I didn’t go far enough!!, so with hot glue spread, and...
My wifes grandfather was an avid woodworker in La Canada California. He owned and founded Lincoln Lumber in Pasadena. My wife received a pair of chairs, with rotted out leather seats, and a pretty rough finish. The chairs spent the past 60 years or so in a steel Shipping container/storage unit outside Palmdale. This is the intact-ish one the other is laying in pieces sanded beside it. One of the features I really like is that he made the barley twist on the front legs run opposite d...
Decided to go with the scary sharp method. Got some high grade wet/dry sandpaper and an angle jig. Started with 80 grit and worked on that for quite a long time. Got the main bevel down to a single plane and pretty much squared it up as well. The corners were worn down more than the center, so it’s not perfectly square still, still got a bit of a curve, I guess like a jack plane? But when I had it “good enough” I progressed up through 120, 320, 400, 600, 1000, 1500 and 20...
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