About 3 weeks ago, I posted pictures of several vintage tools I bought at a garage sale. I am beginning to get them cleaned and in working order. I started with a Millers Falls #10. It had the most rust of all the planes I bought. You will see a lot of pitting on this. I had wanted to get it looking like new, but sometimes that is just not practical. I am afraid there would have been no metal left. I did however, get it cutting well which is really all that mattered to me anyway. I decided to...
During the restoration of RUSTY in Parts 1 to 4, I showed how to fix a couple of common problems. The first was scoring on the outside of the jaws caused by a rough finish on the inside of the chuck. In Part 1, I filed the jaws smooth again. In Part 2, I showed how to smooth the inside diameter of the chuck. In Part 3, I showed how to fix excess play in the sweep handle. However there are a number of other problems that you might encounter on a secondhand brace. In this e...
The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #4: Cleaning and Restoring a Brace to ‘Like New’ Condition
Well here we are at the finale of this brace restoration (DON’T YOU DARE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM YET!). At the end of Part 3 I wiped the Head and the Sweep handle over with methylated spirit to get rid of some of the grease and grime that had accumulated. Now its time to rub the wood down prior to re-finishing. I start with P120, then P180, P240, finishing with P320. I know some people would frown at this and say I’m destroying the patina that has built up over the years. Sometimes that’s a v...
We recently ran into a remarkable old chest at an estate sale. I fell in love with it immediately for the birdseye figure of the panels. At the time I thought it was a nice older veneered piece only to find out once we brought it home that it was not veneer but solid birdseye pine planks. I’ve only seen birdseye pine once before, in a restored lobby of an old east Texas hotel. The entire lobby & stairwell were built from highly figured longleaf pine. The story is that the carpe...
The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #3: Part 3 - Cleaning and Restoring a Brace to 'Like New' Condition
At the end of Part 2, I left you with this photo showing how the ratchet end of the brace looked after de-rusting it and polishing it up. I still had the other end to do. So I went ahead and de-rusted the ‘Head’ end of the brace using the same process I covered in Parts 1 and 2. You don’t need to see that again. After the rust came off, I found confirmation that this was indeed a Skinner brace made in Sheffield, England. I was pretty sure it was, because I’ve got a 6” Skinner brace tha...
The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #2: Part 2 – Cleaning and Restoring a Brace to ‘Like New’ Condition
At the end of Part 1 I showed you a photo of the polished chuck. The outside was complete and the rust had been removed from the inside, but I still had to smooth the inside face to prevent it marking the jaws again. To do this, I cut a piece of dowel about 4” long, and marked approximately 1 1/6” in from one end using an awl. Then I drilled a 3mm hole using a hand drill. Well who’s got time to charge batteries these days? Using my dovetail saw, I cut a slot about 1/16” wide str...
I’ve been lurking on Lumberjocks for a while now, but this is my first post. So … hi. I think you’re all amazing. :-) After years of dreaming, I finally live in a place where this is space for me to set up a woodshop. I’ve been building utilitarian furniture and repurposing existing pieces for the past seven years, but I only started getting serious about woodworking as an artisan craft in the past year. For my first project, I decided to restore an old rip saw that my roommate and I fo...
I got this saw at a flea market for next to nothing the wood handle was broken but i did like the way it looks,and i wanted to make it into a hacksaw, since i dont have any animals that need dehorning!!!Clean everything, fixed the handle, painted the saw black, painted the lettering with antique gold.works beautifully and it sure is nice to have a few hacksaw for the different tpi configuration.
First and formost I want to thank Al for his Electrolysis: on the cheap for vintage tool people and all the other LJ members who responded. This is a shortened version of the forum thread. Go get a rubber tote, a battery charger, some Arm and Hammer Washing Soda and a long piece of metal (like a length of rebar, or steel rod or bar) Add water and about a table spoon of Washing soda (baking soda doesn’t work nearly as well) to each gallon of water. I like to error on the “...
Ok, so I found this plane at an estate sale a few months ago. I decided to finally give it a make over when I started trying to ID the type. Using the flow charts I find online I would assume it is a type 4. However, there are some strange things that don’t match like the frog screws being round head screws, and the frog seat on the sole is kind of strange. Also, the lever cap has an interesting design on near the bottom. The only marks on the sole that I can make out is No 7 in front o...
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