I should preface this blog with a note about myself. I recently shed most of my power tools in favor of old hand tools, like Stanley Planes, Disston saws, and old Braces/Bits and eggbeater drills. This was around December of 2014 (about 9 months ago as of this writing). The two power tools I decided to keep in the shop were a band saw and a drill press. Problem was, I didn’t own a band saw (at least not a decent one). So the search began. I hemmed and hawed about it, researched, a...
Well I have bugun to start my collection of fine hand tools. I recently spent 3 weeks trying to get the Stanley Bailey set of old hand planes. I wanted to get them all rusted on purpose, so I would gain the knowledge that was going to bw necassry to get them back to good condition and keep them that way. So as the days progressed the planes begain to arrive at my home. I am now the very proud owner of a small Stanley 110 a stanley handyman a stanley #4 flat bottom a Stainley #5 2 Stanley #6 p...
While sifting through a tool bin at an antique store near me, I came across a rust try square that looked like it could clean up nicely, so I took the $3 risk. I sanded the rusted cast iron base with 220, and used electrolysis to remove the rust on the rule. The ruler has a bit of wear on the tips but the edges are dead square. The spirit level in the base is still in great condition. After sanding and scraping the gunk, I gave the base a new coat of gloss black paint. Th...
Not trying to convince anyone of anything here, but if you’ve read the series y’all know that I chose to install a sliding ledge in rehab’d tool chest as shown in an old chest drawing. I did it because when I first saw it I thought it was cool, and thought it was there to protect the bottom compartment from dust / debris when the lid was open. Got it built and realized a couple of things: - It was, in fact, quite cool looking- It highlighted the large dead space in front of the...
My tool kit has longed for a router plane for some time. Why? • Because my dados need their bottoms flattened to a consistent depth.• Because my rabbets need to be trued—and to the same depth.• Because my tenons need to be trued too.• Because I wanted to do these functions accurately by hand versus a power router.• Because my Stanley family was anxious to add a new brother to the mix. But where to find one?In the year I’ve been combing estate and garage sales I̵...
Not long after I finished rehabbing my Disston #4 backsaw, I stumbled across this little beauty on eBay. Some of you might be wondering ‘why would he need two 12” crosscut backsaws?’ Truth be told, I didn’t. But at 11 ppi, my Disston leaves a rough cut relative to the Noble’s 15 ppi. Or at least that’s the rationalization I made to place my conscious-free bid. Mostly, I was curious to experience the differences between the manufacturers. So I ponied ...
Here’s a SB #5C I picked up at an estate sale. I actually had a frown on my face when I first spied it because I had just finished looking at some overpriced saws in very sorry condition. The eight dollar price tag changed that and I was absolutely beaming when I discovered the three patent dates behind the frog making it a Type 11—the very type I collect. When I first got into rehabbing vintage planes, I sanded the hell out of them. Did my best to make the sides square to the bottom...
“Does it run?”, I asked the goatee-wearing college kid working the estate sale. “I don’t know, let’s plug it in and see.” So we did. And it ran. But it made a loud rumbling sound. “Could be the bearings,” goatee-boy said. “How much you asking for it?” “Make me an offer.” “25 bucks work for you?” “Sold,” says he. So I borrowed a dolly, backed up my Mini Cooper to the garage—you’d be surpris...
Several months ago, I bought a few old chisels and sharpened them up. Among them I found this sorry fellow : Having a sharp chisel is nice but having one you can grip is better so I decided to try my home-made pole/bungee lathe (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/63606) to make myself a new handle. The old handle came off without issue : Then I sawed off a brass plumbing coupler to make a ferule… Planed a chunk of plum (mirabelle) tree to rough dimensions… ...
Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #10: Rehabbing a Pre-1918 Disston handsaw with a couple of unique curiosities
Recently, I scored a Disston handsaw for $2.00 at an estate sale along with some other finds. The more refined shape (yes the horns have long since broken off) of the handle told me that it was an older saw. As did the Disston medallion , marked H. Disston & Sons…Philada. (That dates the medallion to between 1896-1917) When I got it home, I took a closer look. It was wrapped in a Denver Post front page dated September 27 1995. From the yellowed packing tape holding the bundle togeth...
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