The frequency of which you maintain the work piece depends upon the usage, the type of wood and the type of finish used. Regular dusting, preferably with a static duster or feather type cleaner. Using a normal cloth can scratch the finish. Try re-buffing the project, if a shine cannot be achieved, then apply a light coat of wax, allow the wax to dry, then rebuff the project to restore its full glory. If the work piece looks dull, especially if using Tongue Oil on Oak, then an applic...
This little saw was the absolute sweetest, and I thought I’d lost all the pictures, but here they are! This was a restoration I will treasure forever, and I figure if I post it here I can’t lose it again. A tilting-table saw by Inca, highly sought-after and treasured by model makers especially. Swiss-made with their penchant for good engineering. I found it at a huge annual rummage sale (fund-raiser)—had to get up at 6 a.m. to be in line and then run like crazy. Restora...
The new platen arrived today for behind the belt so I installed it, but I’m still waiting for the pad that goes between it and the belt and it was ordered before the platen. I took the opportunity to replace the bolts that hold the platen in place and are used to adjust it with stainless steel bolts and I also replaced the bolts that attach the belt tensioning assembly with stainless steel button head bolts. All of the bolts had varying degrees of rust on their heads so this was just do...
I am posting this because I said I would. It has taken much longer than expected, and it is not to my expectations when I started. It’s a nicely designed chair. I hadn’t sat in it…LOL! It’s going to be my desk chair for the desk to be posted when ever I stop screwing up the finish of the desk top. When it was finished today I sat in it. The back is straight and quite uncomfortable. SIGH! This is a chair I picked up many years ago. I liked the style. A poor man&...
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...
Two years back, I graduated from college, got a ‘grown up’ job, and finally had some very limited discretionary income to devote to hobbies. I wanted, more than anything, to get into woodworking. In polite company, I describe it as ‘therapeutic’—a productive and beautiful way to give my hands something to do after a full day of ‘knowledge work’. Among friends however… I let on that, to me at least, the smell of sawdust and shavings is darn near nar...
I am tearing down our 150+ year old pine/hemlock barn and love the look of the barn wood. I want to use some to make 2 tables, chairs, banquette, and flooring. We have found one nest of termites in the rafters. I wont be using any roofing wood, but I am extremely concerned about bringing bugs into my home. What do I need to do to ensure that all my lumber is pest free?
My father gave me a wooden plane inherited from my grandpa’s stuff. I think it’s meant to be a scrub or jack plane: the mouth is pretty wide (about 4mm effective, the opening in the body itself being 10-11mm), and the edge is strongly cambered (the corners are 1.5mm back from the center of the camber, over a 54mm wide iron). For perspective, the body is 270mm long, 70mm high, and 73-74mm wide. It’s in pretty good condition but some work is needed to get it back to wor...
Today I had a unique experience that really got me doing something I’ve wanted to for a long time. Some background: So I have a ~150-180 year old outhouse that the previous owner moved off its old foundation and next to the pool, where it now serves as a filter/pump house. One side of the roof was cedar shingles and the other was metal sheeting (think refugee camp and you get the picture). During one of our windstorms, which the area is notorious for, the metal sheeting peeled back l...
Tonight it begins, the journey of my first major tool rebuild. A very dear friend of mine has given me a Grizzly 18” Bandsaw. It was his neighbors who used it for cutting pipe – he got is around 5 years ago from another guy who was a woodworker who had not used the saw for at least 10 years. At this point my new old saw was a purchase – not knowing what the original owner paid, but starting with number 2 owner – $500.00 then on my friends neighbor for $300.00 and a se...
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