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...
Out in the shop today working on my desk chair which is a found item from a resale shop many years ago. Thought it had some character. It’s been sitting gathering dust and cat hair for a few years now. Just decided to refurbish it for my reopened office. Thought it was mahogany but it turns out it is 1/3rd mahogany. I was going to rub down the finish with four ought (o#0000) steel wool and put a coat of stain and poly on it. When I go started it needed to be taken apart as most...
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...
So here are the wings all cleaned up. I worked with 100, 220, 500, 1000, and then 1200 grit sand paper. I wet sanded the gray painted area and it cleaned up well so I don’t think I will be painting them. I think that they will shine with some wax. There was one small area that I hand to sand down to the metal because there was some sticky gunk stuck to it. The insert had some deep scratches in it so I sanded it down and painted it. The blade guard cleaned up real nice. ...
I retrieved to old wooden planes that belonged to my dad from the shop on the family farm now run by my youngest brother. They probably haven’t been used in 50 years. As a long term project (this coming winter) I want to clean them up and if feasible make them functional. They are at least pre WWII. Would these be something made in a high school shop class in the early 40’s?The large one is 22” long and the smaller is 16”. Since I don’t know much about plane I...
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 ...
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’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...
Hey there everyone! Well…as I mentioned in the comment section of part one of this series, I took some files to a friends house and we annealed the handle portions, I cut a gigantic farriers rasp in half and annealed the handle portion on one of the pieces. Today I was able to get down into my shop and drill the holes! It was a little slow going with the smaller files, and the cobalt bits were useless…even with the temper gone from the steel. Surprisingly, the larger holes f...
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. ...
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