My father has been wanting a block plane for a while and had been dropping hints. So I went out on e-bay and found one that was in decent shape. After testing it out it and determining it was worth the trouble, I went ahead and refinished it. Here is what I started with First I lapped the sole and the sides, then I soaked it in Evapo-Rust, then I used a paint stripper to remove the remaining Japanning. I had to use a small piece of 220 grit sand paper to clean up the finger indentations...
We bought a house this summer, something that happens often enough when people move, and we’ve moved often in the past 20+ years. However, this is different. Most of our moves have been work related, overseas, and into houses and apartments that we really did not have much input into. We’re back in the US now, and finally got to choose something for ourselves. The challenge of finding this house though, was still work-related. We had to find something in the DC area for work. W...
I have been thinking about adding a bench top drill press to my work shop as my next piece of equipment. I started keeping a look out on Craigslist but then I remembered seeing a very old bench top drill press in my wife’s grandmothers basement. I went to take a look and found a Walker Turner DP 101. It had no motor but after looking around in the basement I found a few motors and pulleys. I was able to find a motor that spun counter clockwise so I took everything home. I cleaned it up ...
Latest Update.The Woodorking Show people have given us a booth at the WoodWorking Show at the Sacramento Convention Center on Nov 13, 14, & 15. They also will tell our story in their press release and other print hand-out. They have made us another offer. FREE TICKETS, but with a condition. They will give us a free ticket for each person that works in our booth. I am passing that offer to LumberJocks. I will need each reciepient to agree to spend a minimum of 1 hour in the boo...
My first blog entry showed the first step in rehabilitating an old chest. You can see step one here: http://lumberjocks.com/lumberjane/blog/15489 My next step was to add some feet to the case to get it off the ground and add some visual interest. Then I started working on the top. I made a straightforward cherry and walnut top. It was so-so. Then one of my students made a great suggestion and presto, the curved top was born (thanks to Ellen K. for her design ideas). Next I added ...
After contemplating adding a smoothing plane to my shop for quite some time, I finally took the plunge. I looked at some of the beautiful new tools available out there and made my decision…what I decided may surprise you. I take you through the process in this post on my blog.
Well I just got an Old Rockwell tablesaw on Friday night and am about to start checking it out.The name on the front of saw says 10” Tilting Arbor Saw but I haven’t found a Manual or parts guide that matches it 100% yet but I did find one for the 10” Contractors Saw that the Manual is pretty close to the same as this saw but the parts list I found is way off.First pic is the basic setup of the saw as I got it into the Apt. , note the motor is laying on the base since it wou...
And she makes some very pretty shavings, not having ever made a paper thin curl with a hand plane (although the new GI is inspiring me to get started) I think the feeling and giggles that were coming out of me must be how the hand tool guys feel when they hit that zen moment. My daughter was laughing quite hysterically as I shoved wood in, measured it and then smiled an evil grin. This may not be heaven but is pretty darn close. The chance to take a machine to the bare bones, clean it up, put...
Oddly, I have lived for the last couple of years or more without a dining room table. We have utilized a fold-out picnic table for the purpose of this necessity, though we rarely eat at home anyway (anyone want to have us over for dinner?). We used to have a dining room table. We bought an excellent bargain at an antique sale – it was an old-ish appearing oaken table about 6 feet long and 2 feet wide. It had some very heavy, solid members of 8/4 stock – presumably White Oak....
A very Rusty & Crusty plane showed up today. Under all that gunk is a Stanley T19, #5-1/2 jack plane. Yeah, right. A few more looks before the trip downstairs Iron and lever cap need a bit of clean up The handles are solid, no cracks. Paint might need a touch up, maybe. Hauled all the parts down to the shop. Took the plane apart. I managed to get every bolt out, but one. That little one holding the clip on the back of the frog. Frozen tight. Oh, well, it ca...
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