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 ...
Next, I had to come up with a new insert for the table. The saw came with a plywood table over the existing cast iron table, so there was no insert. I tried to buy an insert, but they do not seem to be made any longer for this saw. I had a piece of cutting board lying around the shop that I failed in making a TS insert in the past. I got out a circle cutter (the fly style cutter type) and cut out the shape on my drill press fairly easily. I then set up my router to cut off material to pr...
I have an old Mahogany (I think) blanket chest. Looks like it was hand carved. Really nice piece of furniture. It has a little wear and tear, and thats where I need your help. There are a few large scratches I would like to clean up / fix. Is there an easy way to fix this, to get the color close to matching? What kind of general advice do you have for cleaning up a nice old piece such as this? I will be buying new hinges for it too. The hardware on it is goldish – what i m...
I picked up a decent 65 gallon fish tank off CL last week. I have some large goldfish occupying a pond in the back yard that are going to need a winter home soon. The tank itself is in decent shape, a little scratched and worn, but it will work. The base is a different, ugly story. Pine, 2×4s, rough. Rusted hardware, mildew inside. Challenge Accepted. I have cleaned the tank and stripped and put new silicone in the joints, so that is basically read. I now have disassembled the base...
Hi everyone,I inherited this vice from my dad, and I’m pretty sure it was used when he got it. So by my recollection it’s probably 60 years old or more. I have to admit that I’ve never seen one like this before, instead of the front half of the vice moving when you turn the handle the rear of the vice moves backwards. Well, I dug the thing out of storage where it’s been resting for quite a few years and as soon as I went to use it, I found that the vice would not o...
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