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...
So on my way home on Friday I stopped at the American Way Thrift Store… Pretty rare occurance for me but I am glad I did. I walked around the store not really looking for anything in particular but way in the back, actually in the area where they take the stuff and put price tags on it before bringing into the store. I found an old Brace and Bit, it was pretty rusty but checking the chuck and the rachet part I realized it was in good shape, also the grip and head didn’t wobble too...
Ok, picked two of these long planes for a five spot at a local auction And got them to the Rehab Center when I got home. First thing was to tear them down to a pile of parts. Screws and bolts were wire brushed on the drill press. Brass was shined up as well. Irons were cleaned up, and sharpened, chipbreakers were cleaned up and tuned to match the irons. Which left the wood bodieds to deal with. Set each up in the leg vise on the bench. A No.14 Jack plane to not only clea...
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