A few years ago I saw one of these planers listed as for sale and knew that I wanted one. From the first time I saw one, I knew I was going to get one. For the next several months I looked for the one for me at the price I wanted to pay. I saw several, but you would have thought these things are gold plated. This past week I had one fall into my lap for $40.00. It was a bit “aged” and needed some work, but it cleaned up nicely. With the purchase of this tool, I thi...
I hope to start soon on my first LJ posted project. It’s not 100% woodworking, but it will do. :) I am going to be detailing the steps I take as I restore an ill used, but classic Stevens 311 (12ga). Now this may not seem like much to you smiths out there but as a completelly self taught gunsmith, with only mainly touch ups under his belt; this will be my first full restoration. In addition to restoring the action I will also be rebluing the entire gun as well as building and checke...
Hi guys- I promised I would post pictures of my latest project- a 1950s era Craftsman Table Saw… Sorry for the bad pic quality- these were taken with my cell phone. I’ll have better pictures taken when it is fully assembled and in working order…All torn apart- whoever stored it was smart and poured motor oil over the whole thingThe base alone weighs about 25 poundsHalfway assembled and all polished upTable top after 3 coats of Butchers Paste WaxMade a plate insert out of Ash...
I picked up this DeWalt Radial Arm Saw (RAS) for about $50 from a nice older man in southern Massachusettes. It was his father’s and had been in his family since it was purchased new in 1960. Here is a picture of it “in the wild” ( as I found it). I took it home and began cleaning it up, lubricating moving parts, and then gave it a nice coat of hammered enamel paint. I constructed a “Mr. Sawdust” style table for it and calibrated all of the alignmen...
OK – I’ve pulled out my Stanley that I bought off e-bay a few weeks ago. These are a few pictures to get the blog started. Some front views for overall effect: You can see from those photos this plane is not as bad as some. Here’s a shot of the mostly disassemled plane. This is a shot of the tote and front knob. The picture does not do justice to how rough the wood is. Feels worse than my winter hands. You can see that the body is not that bad as f...
A discussion about free wood led to some conversation about barn lumber. We have an old barn that came with this place, and I thought I’d share some of our efforts to keep it standing. This is not a majestic old barn built by a well-to-do country gentleman. This was built by a poor depression-era farmer out of whatever he could cobble together. Despite our efforts to keep it standing, we often have people stop by to “offer” to tear it down for us if we let them have the ...
ScribingI took Todd’s advice and scribed some hardboard strips. The first two strips did not fit well, but then I switched from the jigsaw to the bandsaw for cut out. It wentso well that I decided to just go ahead and scribe the real trim, since it was lighter and easier to see the pencil lines. Here I have the trim board tacked up level. Here I am setting the compass to the distance that the board needs to lose material. I was shooting for 1/8” below the top of the cabin...
Well, I have been wanting a Bailey pattern 4 1/2 smoother for sometime now, but I am frugal, no darn it, I’m just plain cheap. I have been watching eBay and just not up for spending $30 to $50 bucks plus shipping. So inspired by WayneC and David’s blogs on plane rehabilitation, I decided to bid on an ugly duckling user plane, and after consulting with Thos. Angle decided to escape the blood and gore and take a shot at a Sargent model 410. I finally got a hunk of metal I cou...
Stanley Bench Plane Restoration UPDATE PDF ELECTROLYTIC RUST REMOVAL INSTRUCTION SHEET I have been a bit frustrated, as I can’t use my shop until the outside portion of our house reconstruction is complete which should be very soon. I have been using the down time to restore my Stanley bench plane. As soon as I get back in the shop, I have plans to make a video tool review so I am quite anxious to get going! My Stanley Bench Plane restoration project is near completion. As a remi...
Stanley Bench Plane Restoration UPDATE PDF ELECTROLYTIC RUST REMOVAL INSTRUCTION SHEET My Stanley Bench Plane restoration project is progressing well. All parts have been cleaned of rust using the electrolytic rust removal process described in the prior blog entry. I was really impressed with how clean the parts were after the electrolytic de-rusting process. As a reminder, this is NOT a plane with intrinsic collector value. I am restoring this “user plane” to be used on my bench...
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