Got this ugly looking thing in the mail today.. Yep, that be a sewing thread spool. The top of the bolt for the spool was from a saw nut. Went and ordered a new brass end for that bolt… Not the best repair on the handle, but it is solid, maybe later I can re-do the repair…. Well, this is going to be fun….stuff that isn’t rusty, has a coat of clearcoat….hate clearcoat. Took the plane shaped item to the shop, and started a tear-down Don’t be fo...
A few months ago I purchased a small rockwell radial arm drill press. I have been looking for a radial press for a long time and finally, I found this one for sale locally on Craigslist. Having never used the Rockwell, I was not completely sold on them because I had read a lot of articles and commentary about the undesirable flexibility of the drill head on the post and arm. I went and looked, however, and as the machine was in good shape, we settled on a price and when my wife was done ta...
I was able to spend a little time in the garage this weekend and finish up what I’m calling phase 1 of my table saw project. The saw’s been cleaned, lubed, tuned, a new fence installed, and now the paddle switch and a power strip have been added. I really like the way the mount for the switch turned out. It’s solid and not in the way while being easily accessible. I still couldn’t get the aluminum weld to work. I think my propane torch just couldn’t get the heat ...
Thought I’d be done with my immediate plans for the saw, but real life along with 100+ temperatures have conspired to keep me out of the garage. After a few fits and starts on getting the fence done, I finally got finished installing it last Saturday. Good thing one of the other times I had started it that I didn’t finish as I found I had measured from the blade wrong for my zero line. Having gotten that straightened out I figured it’d be smooth sailing from then on I was wr...
Hello everyone, Check out this weeks shop update to see whats been happening in our shop. We discuss the tool cabinet and future project ideas. Here is a link to the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdkqV23PG6w
Well it’s official I am hooked… restoring old tools is my new obsession. This time I found some old chisels, Clearcut brand, ever heard of it? Me either. I also couldn’t find much information on the brand online, I did find one post that mentioned they are from Montgomery Ward but I can’t be sure of that. No matter the steel feels good. Guess we will see if it holds an edge. I also shot a video of the restoration which can be viewed here.View on YouTube As you can ...
Not much to add. Haven’t gotten to put in as much time on the saw as I’ve wanted the last few days what with the non-woodworking parts of my life getting in the way. Got the miter slot aligned with the blade as well as I could using a very uncooperative combination square. I have a dial indicator, but need to make a base for it that’ll fit in the miter slot. Just using the combo square the slot was a good 1/16” off which from cuts I had made on it before bringing it ho...
At the time of my 1,000 Lumberjock posting, I started this ‘blog series’ with great enthusiasm, anticipating a long LJ Experience where every !,000th Post would be a retrospective and recapitulation of past postings…The 2,000th Plateau was more difficult than expected to discuss and/or “celebrate”... Many personal ‘Life things’ had occurred, and LJ’s was also fraught at the time with ‘Growing Pains’... There seemed, at that time, to ...
So after several years of wanting a shop building, or to at least be able to set up a small shop in the garage, the garage option presented itself and I’ve been working towards making part of one side of the garage into something usable for woodworking. I’d finally reached the goal I’d been trying to get to, which is having it to the point I could bring my dad’s table saw to the house so I can actually get some projects going. Like so many others, my dad had bought a C...
So after restoring the Brace and Bit last week I got really hooked on restoring old tools. There is something about old tools… that is really amazing and bringing them back to life is so much fun. Ok so to make one thing clear, I like restoring these tools and using them, not just collecting them. I think that these tools where made to be used not just put up for display. I also filmed the restoration process and the video is here: So this week I won an Ebay auction and for $10 I go...
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