Ok, first rust hunt of this season is done. Picked up an old Plow plane for less than$15 Kind of nasty, though That metal stril is called the skate. Shouldd be a nice, bright, and shiny steel, NOT a rusty slab of… The wedges were…eh, ok Wasn’t any cutter/iron in it. The wedge for the cutter was only half there. The other wedges made getting this plane apart a bit of a bother. You see, they are shaped in reverse. tap on the bulb end to LOOSEN the wedg...
Getting my tools ready #13: What is the difference between the delta model 40-650 and the model 40-650 type 2?
I just had the Good Fortune or Misfortune of purchasing a Delta 18 inch Model 40-650 scroll saw with table. I realize this is an OLD Scroll saw. The price was about what I might pay for the stand at retail. The man I purchased it from was a genuine guy. Had to drive an hour there and as it turns out 2.5 hours back in a blizzard! LOL! Could have purchased a new one. Yet I am impressed with this older saw. It had been sitting for awhile as it is his wife’s tool and she bought a la...
We left off last time and I had a hole in my table with a blank insert, getting me back to a functional dining room table. Step 1: Install some T track. I originally thought I would just make a long fence and clamp it to the edge of the table. It would be a pain in the neck, but I didn’t think it would get heavy use. Instead I saw a lot of videos and commercial fixtures that use T track, and it looked amazing. I would be able to use hold-down clamps, using a fence would be easier. Ba...
Picked up some Minwax (water based stain) at my local box store. I’m used to oil based as I have a lot of it. Can’t remember if I did it intentionally LOL! Have used it when I did my refurbishing of my office sofa. That was over a 4 ought steel wool rub down of the sofa frame pieces. Working on my last two furniture pieces I’m refurbishing for the office. Will post the pieces per requests from fellow LJ’s Keeping this topic narrowed to the stain, I’m w...
Out in the shop today working on my desk chair which is a found item from a resale shop many years ago. Thought it had some character. It’s been sitting gathering dust and cat hair for a few years now. Just decided to refurbish it for my reopened office. Thought it was mahogany but it turns out it is 1/3rd mahogany. I was going to rub down the finish with four ought (o#0000) steel wool and put a coat of stain and poly on it. When I go started it needed to be taken apart as most...
Somehow things in our modern world have moved so fast that I think the craft, care and pride has become second to strictly making money off of dumbed down consumers. Tools, automobiles, furniture, so many things seem spit out of a robotic assembly line and tossed in our faces through constant visual media. The machine of the marketing world I think at most depends on our stressed out, overworked lifestyles to cave in and just except modern junk. It attempts to pacify our weary minds with f...
So far, in my woodworking “career”, I’ve made 4 benches. It’s a simple design that I came up with that uses yellow pine 2×4s for all the pieces. The 1st bench I put together was … bulky. The final design, which I’m very happy with, I think of as the Mk III; doubled 2×4s for the legs with a shoulder for the bench to rest on, 1/2” slats suppored by braces in the middle, all held together with Miller dowels. The Mk I was all single pieces...
I’ve got an old Stanley #55 I’m working on. I’ve sharpened all the moulding knives, got the manual, still looking for a couple missing parts, etc. The plane body, originally nickel plated has some rust and some of the nickel plating has been lost. I’m interested in removing the rust and re-plating it. I’m going to handle the rust through electrolysis which I know will also remove the remaining nickel plating which I’m not concerned about since I’m...
A few weeks ago, I asked about fitting a replacement spindle into an old rocker without disassembling it. Here’s how it went: I took a picture of the spindle next to the missing one with my tape measure held along side it. This gave me a scale that I could duplicate by printing the picture out so the dimensions matched. I printed two copies, took one and cut it out completely to tape it to the tool rest on the lathe. The other one I took measurements at critical points with my calipe...
If you haven’t kept up, take a look at the forum entry ””Woodshop Disaster Today””:http://lumberjocks.com/topics/55735 Taking advantage of the situation to do more work on the shop. In years past, I busted up and hauled away (by hand, one truck load at a time), the cracked and heaved concrete floor. It was so bad, you could not even take a step without either dropping or climbing 6” either way. After it was removed, I spread and compacted 15 tons of crus...
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