Please don’t laugh, I know all of you out there have “real” power woodworking tools. I could not afford the stuff I wanted as I’m just getting started, and I thought a used Shopsmith might be a good way to get going fast. So I bought this 1954 Shopsmith Mark V on Craigslist for $200.00. After I got it home, it promptly started making all kinds of terrible racket, and I discovered that I had bought $200.00 worth of junk, well almost. I found a place where I cou...
My father had acquired this old, apparently inoperable, Sprunger jointer when I was much younger. Over the years, I watched it continue to accumulate dust as it sat in the corner, never repaired to be used. My dad kind of got away from any woodworking since that time, but I’ve developed a stronger interest. I have made efforts to “economically” outfit a respectable shop, and in that vain, was able to negotiate this salvageable piece of equipment for my own use. It is...
My girlfriend and I have been on a quest to find an affordable small dresser for our room. I’m not yet confident enough to build one from scratch in a style that would lend itself well to our other furniture in the room. After two months of searching craigslist and ebay, I ran across a craigslist posting for a “1920’s Oak Dresser” There was no photo on the listing but it stated that one of the large drawers was missing the bottom panel, and that it would need to be...
My clamps was always just laying around my shop. They ended up every ware from may table saw to behind my lath. I searched the internet high and low and did not fins any good ideas that will fir my shop. Don’t get me wrong there is plenty of good clamp racks out there from swing door to the mobile versions. In needed something that would not take up a lot of floor space and yet have the ability to store my 8ft and 6ft clamps. I have a lot of pipe clams and a few Jet ones. I also have a lot of...
Here is a post I did recently and now want to show you how to do it through a short video. This is not the same plane shown below but it is all the same procedure I use for smoothing planes: Something I have wanted to post on for a while. Next week I will be using a Stanley #4 at the Springfield New Jersey Show and the Fredericksburg Virginia Show Masterclasses I will be teaching for The Woodworking Shows show. It’s an eBay find for £8 – $12. This plane is and always was an amazing...
Okay! Let’s really take this thing apart! I took many, many photos of this disassembly process, which I won’t bore you with in this blog, to assure I could reassemble the saw properly. I have only included enough photos to help you follow me with my progress as I clean the saw. Before I disassembled the saw, I realized I hadn’t dealt with the edges of the saw table, yet. Before shot: After about three quick sandings with penetrating oil and the same wet/dry sa...
I was out with the wife, hitting up local garage sales, when we stopped at a condo community whose residents are mostly retired. They had Tupperware, pots, pans, and assorted nicknacks. I wandered around there small garage and didn’t see anything I was interested in. I turned to head out and venture onto the next garage when I bumped my knee on something. It was a hand saw with a 50 Cent sticker on it. I did not hesitate, I grabbed it up and handed it to my wife as she headed toward...
just decided to start a blog on the adventure of creating a work vehicle that any carpenter would be proud to call his/her own. I’ve got a thousand ideas running through my mind however, i felt that maybe i shouldn’t rush into it but get some advice from people of a like nature. O.K. my project is going to be specific to a 1997 dodge ram 2500 cargo van. if anyone has any cool ideas or pics of stuff they have done to their vans please get them out. Now do not be bashfull, iR...
I was lucky enough to inherit some of my grandfathers tools recently, and one of the planes I acquired intrigued me. I had never seen a Wards Master plane before, so I thought it was pretty cool to have one. Plus, a plane with a blue frog is just “plane” awesome in my mind. It was in pretty good shape, just really dirty and kinda rusty. I figured this was a good candidate for my first plane restoration. The lever cap didn’t turn out as good as I had hoped…...
I have just acquired an older Jet JJ-6CSX. Is it a Craigslist Gloat? Well that is yet to be determined. However I am quite certain that the description of “Almost New” in the ad wasn’t exactly accurate. But after several weeks of searching and a few days of haggling, I found myself driving 150 miles to trade a shotgun for a jointer. And after 150 miles, I wasn’t eager to return home empty handed. So I took the chance. What I ended up with was indeed a JJ-6CSX. howev...
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