I was cleaning out my shop not long ago and came across the beginning of a jewelry case I began years ago. It’s been sitting in a corner waiting for me to acknowledge it. The problem is that the joinery was sloppy. It was one of my early attempts at box joints, before I knew about using a backing board. Lots of tear-out. I had also gone cheap for the back and it was ugly 1/4” ply. My first thought was to toss it in the burn pile, but then I took another look and decided to d...
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...
In saving space, making one piece out of two functions will be a nice way of making tailored furnitures. There are lots of variation, a two piece sets and some are built separately and screwed together. This project started after I built the Agnes’ shelve blogged on first part. The design came in due to the need of storing hutch and a display shelve. There are some challenges such as. 1. The design requirementsI have a very limited space… 40 inches width x 6 1/2 ft high. T...
Nothing’s finished but I have three little boys so it might be 18 years or so but the sanding is done! So I’m posting this stuff so I can at least say I’m finished with something and some how that 15 min at a time in between homeschooling and motherhood and a traveling husband I got something done so I’m going to throw my self a party and get ready to stain. So I’ve been told that I need to condition the wood before I stain but my Dad said he’s never cond...
It’s been a couple weeks but I have been working feverishly to get this beauty back in a form that would make the designer proud. I got everything painted, de-rusted and generally cleaned up. I got the cutter head bearings replaced, the bushings on the infeed and outfeed rollers were thankfully serviceable. I say thankfully because the cheapest machine shop wanted 1 hour plus material each. This equates to $70 per bushing x 4, yikes. To replace the MDF top that was on it, and had sank 4...
Two very different planes. A Shelton Block plane Just a little on the rusty side. Another look? Being steel instead of cast iron, yep, it do get a bit orange. The second plane is a little bit bigger, though.. Looks like a new knob will have to be turned. A nice RED frog.. Seems to be alright. Big silver adjuster wheel. Chrome everywhere. Blue paint around the Craftsman logo. Looks like i will have some fun with this clean up. Got out the tools, the bel...
Well I am about halfway there that I can tell. I am restoring this to be a user, but I am not sure really how far I need to go. I soaked it for 2 days in a molasses water mixture after finding that molasses is a chelation agent like most of the other rustoff products… As you can see, I dont have it “shined up”. But in think what you are seeing is what I keep seeing referred to as patina..but I really dont know. Here you can see the patent numbers, but also you ...
I just cut into some more Black walnut. The 2 pieces are 14 1/2×32 x 4I keep getting impressed by our creator!
After sanding the cast iron top with some 150 and 220 grit sand paper I decided to try the advice of EEngineer. I came across an old bottle of Naval Jelly that belonged to my grandfather so I applied some and let it sit for 10-15 minutes and here’s the result. I never used the product before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It took off a lot of rust so I am happy with the results. There is only a small amount of rust that I will need to sand. I can jump to a higher grit san...
My very first woodworking hand tool was this Stanley – Bailey No. 4. I bought it from Craigslist for $10.00. It’s about 50 years old, I bought it from the 45 year old son of the man who had passed on and left it to him. He was not a woodworker. I subsequently bought all 6 of his Henry Disston saws for $30.00 which I will showcase in a future blog entry. The first picture shows the condition of the plane when I bought it. The subsequent pics show the restored plane from a ...
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