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 trolling Ebay for the last month or so looking for hand tools, especially planes. I’m sorry if I’m the one who stole something away from you, but I lost many more auctions than I won, as I’m sure everybody knows! Today, I arrived home to two boxes on the porch, containing the last two Stanley planes I needed to have what I feel is a pretty good start of a collection. (I had to rush them to the shop before YKW got home and found me getting “MORE PLANES...
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 ...
I just wanna tank everyone on lumberjocks who has commented on my pics and has given me advice I won’t b on lj’s for a while cause I broke my arms and a toe
This will be my first go at restoring a wooden bodied hand plane. In the pics you’ll see it’s an older Stanley wooden bodied plane that is rusted up pretty bad. I can handle the rust issue with electrolysis like I’ve done many times before. As I’m typing this there are parts in the bath and last night I did the iron/blade….which is pitted pretty bad. But what concerns me are the checks in the wooden body and layers of gunk built up on the wood. In your...
To be up front i didn’t really know where to post this being fairly new so if its in the wrong place i tried i get a lot of my material from construction sites ,cull lumber,dumpster diving people trow away a lot of stuff that i salvage and use being new i don’t want to spend a lot on the better material least ways not until i get a good grip on what i’m doing.it takes time to .thanks to ualll for the education and sharing on this site.some times the boards aren’t str...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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