My very first woodworking hand tool was this Stanley – Bailey No. 4. I bought it from Craigslist for $10.00. It’s about 50 years old, I bought it from the 45 year old son of the man who had passed on and left it to him. He was not a woodworker. I subsequently bought all 6 of his Henry Disston saws for $30.00 which I will showcase in a future blog entry. The first picture shows the condition of the plane when I bought it. The subsequent pics show the restored plane from a ...
Here is an idea for gun owners that don’t have a gun case or space for a wall gun case. That being said it is not just for guns, you can display just anything that will fit in the case, such as coins, knick knacks, precious mementos. The dimensions are 5’ by 2’ by 18” when it will be finished. There will also be a drawer under the showcase in the center of the table. The wood used is reclaimed barn wood from my barn.
For the longest time I have gotten away with not needing a drawknife. Until now that is. A customer wants me to make a bokken which is a wooden copy of a japanese sword. This seemed like a decent excuse to buy myself a drawknife. once i got the tool off ebay I then set about making some new handles from black locust (I always find an excuse to use free wood.) Unfortunately after over an hour of work I screwed up the finish when I tried to install the steel rings that i salvaged from the ...
My boss sent me a picture over the weekend and told me his grandfather’s 78 was up for grabs. Now it is mine! (insert maniacal, world conquering laugh) It is in pretty good shape. The iron will go in the vinegar tonight to soak. It is obviously missing the fence and the depth stop. I have seen some for sale on ebay, but I wanted to ask the community if anyone had any spare parts lying around. I would much rather buy from people who know and care about keeping old tools dirty w...
As I have started in my journey to “tame the tree”, my quest for hand tools has started with a steal on ebay. This barn fresh beauty was a breeze to get apart and in remarkably good condition. After 2 days soaking in vinegar, the surface rust scrubbed right off. A few hours of flattening, sanding, dremmel wire brush work, and sharpening and she is back to work.
From a 200 year old ruin to a workshop, a 3 year journey... #15: Finally a floor in the workshop and some more...
It’s all because of a lovely lady that the floor became a reality in our workshop. Yes, she raised me and gave me my motto in life.. “Doing things for free, doesn’t mean doing them for nothing. Appreciating all work that was done, she decided, while spending a 3 months holiday in Portugal, that she could only leave after being sure that her son would finally had a finished workshop in which he could work on a brighter future. We started with the concrete beam bene...
a journey in shaper cutter, please come for the ride, stay for the 411 #1: An educational journey in shaper cutters, teachers & professors needed to take the reins.
I have over the past few weeks been able to start taking some overstock merchandise, merchandise that the customer either forgot about or didn’ t have the funds to pay after the customer used the companies sharpening service. Some of the blades, router bits and some shaper bits , I will be keeping for my self but, to be albe to buy more I have to sale items I don’t normally use or if there is way more of an item or group of items than I can use myself. This is one of those time. ...
Took a long time to get to this point and I neglected to update the blog. However, within the last 2 weeks, I was able to make some great progress. Over the last month and a half, I set up an electrolysis vat using our large recycling cart, car battery charger, bunch of rebar pieces, copper wire, water and washing soda. It’s not completely done but i...
On the morning I shipped out my Millers Falls #14, returned from the post office and other errands and had a package sitting on my porch. It was from WayneC The package contained all the parts for a Stanley type 9, in fairly rough shape. Probably the worst looking plane i have received thus far, but i knew what i was getting. japping was in bad shape so was the tote and knob, obviously the tote had been broken and reoaired a few times already, 3 times judging by this picture, but i t...
As shown in part 2 i had a Stanley 120 that was my grandfathers, i finally got around to cleaning it up.it was pretty crusty and the japping was completely shot Not much else to say, I haven’t gotten around to making any shavings with it, as the blade is still in bad shape. It was obviously sharpened by grinder, and has a serious uneven radius. Working on at least getting the bevel consistant across the radius, figured may as well use it as a scrub block if i even do use it. Here ...
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