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…...
A Simple Design of Ocala has teamed up with Woodworking For Mere Mortals to you bring you the fans and viewers a great Contest.We want you to build a Whirligig, of any shape or size! We are looking for creativity and just an all around fun project from you. and the best part is, you have a chance to win some Awesome Prizes!!This contest is sponsored by Laguna Tools which provided us with some amazing items to give away. A Complete List of Prizes is below with the Contest Details.Also Wood...
Rebuilding a vintage Craftsman Table Saw 113.29920 #13: After much delay and empty promises, it draws to an end.
Well, the table saw / router workstation are finished. (At least as finished as I care to make them.) Have a look here..... There is a good bit of blood sweat and tears in that project. Actually no, more like beer, planning and a lot of good days working with my hands…. Notice that Babycake wants to demonstrate how easy the dust collection works by flipping a simple switch….. On the front of the unit, the fixed faceplates for switches (minus the one for the key...
My Granfather’s name was Amos Leveille (pronounced “lev-ee-ay”) – 1909-1973. Upon my mother’s passing several years ago, I inherited what was left of my his tools. They had been left rusting in my mom’s basement for decades. I have been slowly refurbishing them, and putting them to use. It has been very enlightening, from both a tool and a person history perspective. I have given new life to these pieces, and they have returned the favor! Take a look&...
At an estate sale last fall I picked up this EC Atkins rip saw for $2. Thus, it is a good candidate for a refurb but with only $2 at stake I am going to try my hand at saw handle reshaping. The original handle is uninspiring and bulky. Although I may be tainted by the feel of my Bad Axe tenon saw, both of my D-8 handles is far better. The EC Atkins handle is boring and uncomfortable. ————————————R...
This was a craigslist item that showed up yesterday evening. I quickly arranged to head over to the sellers house and pick it up. The Stanley 112 is a scraping plane used for finishing surfaces similar to a card scraper. According to Patrick Leach, “this is one of the finest tools ever to have been unleashed on the public from New Britain, Connecticut.” It has been on my shopping list for a while. This one is in pretty good shape. It has some light rust and is missing i...
I found this the other day at an antique mall, I swear to you it called me by name, psssst hey Tim, C’mon man $20, how about it? I can remember using one of these when I was young…er. This one looked to be in decent shape and as it turns out is one of the models worth getting. So I thought I would blog the restoring of this gem. It is a Miller Falls No. 2 type E or F, one of the last ones manufactured in Miller Falls Mass. early 1900’s It is missing the screw that ...
I cleaned the sawblade by using a scraper for the grime and surface rust. Then using Naval Jelly and a stiff nylon bristle brush removed the rust. After that it was coated with WD-40 and sanded starting with 220 and progressing through 0000 steel wool. The medallions and screws were cleaned with Barkeepers Friend and polished. Im pretty happy on how it turned out.
WHAT'S UP? "While I'm out in my Shop". #5: Slatwall storage system, homemade, switching from Pegboard.
I started on this shop building project shortly after I retired. I’d like to show you what I’ve accomplished so far. My garage measures 20 X 24 feet, & I wanted to partition out a shop area.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In order to have a shop 8 feet wide, I had to resize my garage door from 12’ to 9 ‘ Notice the car hiding under a warm blanket of snow. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This...
A couple months ago I found a few of old saws- I havent had the time to commit to a detailed “project” lately, so Ive been piddling with returning these geezers back to work horses. (With much inspiration from you lumberjocks!). While waiting on the drill press frame to get braised, Ive started on this saw (far right in above picture). It needs a good cleaning , and a new handle. The set is actually fairly decent, and some might say sharp (?)......some.Anywho, first coated the ...
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