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...
I am posting this because I said I would. It has taken much longer than expected, and it is not to my expectations when I started. It’s a nicely designed chair. I hadn’t sat in it…LOL! It’s going to be my desk chair for the desk to be posted when ever I stop screwing up the finish of the desk top. When it was finished today I sat in it. The back is straight and quite uncomfortable. SIGH! This is a chair I picked up many years ago. I liked the style. A poor man&...
Well, I’ve been wanting to try and get into more hand tools. A plane is a good start. After watching Rob Cosman’s Plane Revival and some of Frank Klausz’s stuff, I picked up an old Stanley #4 on eBay for $20. It arrived today. Overall, I think it’s in pretty good shape. Some rust on the sides and bottom, but no serious pitting. So, I took it all apart. The frog, inner body and lever cap are almost pristine. Just needed a little wiping down. Everything...
I posted these photos in the Late Night Jibber Jabber thread and I realized they make a perfect blog entry so here we go :) My husband and a friend of ours took apart an old building near where we live, in the rural north Georgia mountains, and under the building was a set of French doors. Well they were too pretty to just scrap, and every pane of glass was intact (and each one hand cut!) so they came home with us. I’m finally getting around to restoring them and this is the firs...
Day two: Spent most of it working on the iron. Did get the base cleaned up, and about as flat as it NEEDS to be. Mainly around the mouth opening, and the ends. Cleaned out all the dirt on the inside, as well. Frog was waiting to go on. I wiped all the threads with some 3in1 oil, ran the bolts and the adjuster wheel up and down a few times. re-wiped off the excess oil. Installed the frog Note: I tend to sit the edge of the frog inline with the little ramp right at the openi...
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