I finally got my Hybrid Woodworkers Bench mobile and ready to go. I found some different castors from Peachtree though their email specials. Told myself “gonna get this puppy runnin around my shop!” As those who follow some of my ramblings know I had put some castors with a stem into the legs of my bench but even though I found star nuts to fit the shafts and re threaded the star nuts, the stem was not long enough and the forces from the bench weight caused it to wobble. a qui...
On a whim, I typed in “Unisaw” into the DC CL search and this popped up. $150 was his asking price, and I was the first to call. By the time I got to his house four hours later (after work, and it was 1.5 hours to his house), a dozen had called. The seller was really nice in both holding it AND not raising the price on me. He wasn’t home, but his wife and son were there to help load it. They bought it about 15 years ago with him saying, “I’ll get it running on...
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...
Late last year, before I put the saw away for the winter, a piece of the casting on the tablesaw broke. It was causing some vibration and the blade to move side to side a bit when adjusting height. Not good in conjunction with zero clearance inserts. Anyway, it is getting warm again and time to get the saw ready for what I hope will be a productive summer. The “key” as I am calling it had to be fixed. There are 2 parts that mount on a shaft and are keyed together you can see ...
The Marathon: What I learned about refinishing my trash/treasures furniture (My rehabbing journey on
I’m joining the guys who commented on rehabbing my chair. I probably will not rehab for money,because I really want to make what is in my imagination right now. LOL! I use the word marathon in this personal journey (nightmare) as opposed to finishing a race as the metaphor for my unexpected struggles. My Sofa was pretty easy, and more of a mechanical fix. I had also put a touch up water borne stain on the sofa frame. This success made me overconfident and un-expectant. LOL!It’s been almos...
I’ve got my mom, who is an avid yard-saler, (although out in Western MA, they call ‘em Tag Sales) searching for planes for me to feed the need. She came to visit this weekend, and turned up this beaut for $5! I did a bit of research, I think it’s a Type 1 (circa 1877-1891) Stanley 127 Liberty Bell: The combination of trademarks on the blade and toe is what leads me to think it’s a Type 1… the toe is somewhat visible here: It’s in decen...
I’ve been looking to grow my hand plane collection for almost a year. A Stanley #6 kinda satisfied my tastes, I don’t make a lot of large projects, and nice Stanley #7’s and #8’s usually command premium prices. This #6 showed up on eBay, and I bid until I won. A whole $39.75 Man, this thing is HUGE! Well at least for me. It weighs just under 8 pounds. (from Patrick’s Blood & Gore website), and the sole and sides were evenly covered in rust. ...
11 months ago it was decided we would have new years on our new deck that was only built a month before. So we decided on the spur of the moment to build a bar From there the bar seems to have taken on a life of its own. It no longer an out door bar, it is fully enclosed and water proofed... which in it self was a challenge once was water proofed we got power added so the bar fridge and TV, lights and accessories. The french doors we made at my work and got them installed once they went up...
I feel remiss in not posting any projects lately on LumberJocks, but the truth is I have had a few home projects going on that includes some wood work and a whole lot of sweat. Plus work, plus Christmas gifts of keychains and boxes, I really haven’t had the time to create any thing new and exciting. So, I am taking a little time now to share what I have been doing. Building “sweat equity”. The first major problem (project) started when I walked out the front door of my house on...
A few months back a member of my extended family (on my wife’s side) decided to sell their house and move south. In the basement of the house was a collection of old tools from a grandfather who had passed away, and I bought a whole kitten-caboodle for $100.00 (see This Post from January). Well, hidden in that lot was a little filthy dirty block plane that I didn’t really pay much attention to. However I recently bought a set of dremel cleaning bits and decided to c...
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