I have this Chouna, it was all black/brown and after about a day in citric acid and a lot of scrubbing every hour, I can now see the steel in some places, It also revealed a stamp and some faint etching that became stronger with time. I have also had the blades from my two Nagadai-ganna in citric acid to remove ages of rust.Anyone know anything about this stamp? The other one still in the acid…This one has stamps on the front and the back, both have stamps on the laminated chip br...
So, I have these saws. These are old, how old, I don’t know but they are handmade, most likely industrially handmade. They have this nice engraved markings on them, not like the modern stamps, more like hand stitched engravings. You can also see some marks where the steel was welded to make the saw blade. So, how to get some old, dirty, rusty, dull saws in working order? First step was a nice bath of citric acid, this removed most of the dirt and rust. I don’t have any...
Sunday I brought home my latest craigslist find for my workshop. A Sprunger NDP 15 floor drill press for $50. It has some gunk and rust but it sounded fine and the quill is tight. It also came with a vise. I think I got a good deal. My plan is to clean it up and see how everything looks and decide if I will break it all down, paint it and do a complete restore.
Been awhile since my last post: Randy aka Blackie asked that I show my rehabbed/recycled Hybrid woodworking bench. Please feel free to share your thoughts, advise and humor. It is appreciated. So here it is! Looked and listened to some really good woodworkers here on LJ’s like Paul aka Shipwright, and Kiefer. Have to give credit to Paul Sellers and his YouTube video of constructing a woodworkers bench and a more recent one regarding adding bench dogs to your existing bench. A...
Ever since I bought a house, I’ve found myself doing too much yardwork, and not enough woodworking. I decided I could use yardwork as an excuse to woodwork. Rather than buy a $45 aluminum landscaping rake that I would probably only use 4 times in my life, I decided to use the old rake handle I found in the yard when the snow melted and a 2×4 to make my own. The first step was to remove the broken end of the existing handle: With this done, I started shaving off the end with m...
Hello all and welcome! I suppose I will start by telling you a little bit about myself. I have dabbled in woodworking since I was a young (12 years old) Midwestern farm boy. My Dad had a couple tools and we would build small projects together. Well, I am now an older (32 years old) Southern city boy and am able to buy my own tools…when the wife says it is okay. Over the years I didn’t really do much with woodworking but I always wanted to do more of it. That is why I promptly turn...
I have been thinking about adding a bench top drill press to my work shop as my next piece of equipment. I started keeping a look out on Craigslist but then I remembered seeing a very old bench top drill press in my wife’s grandmothers basement. I went to take a look and found a Walker Turner DP 101. It had no motor but after looking around in the basement I found a few motors and pulleys. I was able to find a motor that spun counter clockwise so I took everything home. I cleaned it up ...
This has been a learning experience in what not to do. LOL! Saw this scroll saw for 75 bucks on Craigslist. Drove to the house down dusty country roads and I blogged earlier about this saw requiring a couple hours of fixing the clamp to see it cut wood! Then I drove home in a snow storm. The first picture is how the saw looked in January! The second picture is how the rusted table looked. I got some suggestions from Blackie (Randy) regarding about using apple cider vinegar to rem...
Hey LJ’s, Been awhile since posting as I have been finishing up my house windows rehab for my second story for my 140 year old house. I’m re purposing one section of my shop bench into a hybrid wood workers ( in my case wood-butcher’s) bench. My plan was to make it mobile as my shop is getting smaller and smaller. Where did these big tools come from? Oh yeah I finally assembled them, and I purchased a used cabinet saw. The bench is to be mobile as are most of the ...
I have always had a passion for restoring things. One of my favourite activities is the resuscitation of old tools. Not only for the beauty of displaying them, but to give them a new sense of purpose and put them to good use. I pick up old tools at any chance I find. They can be from friends or family that no longer have a use or interest for them. I have found many tools cast away as rubbish and one of my favourite pastimes is routing through piles of rusty parts at secondhand markets. ...
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