Home Tour MadnessIn two weeks (April 26) our house is going to be featured on the neighborhood home tour. Over 1000 people will be walking through…. gulp. I have a to-do list longer than my arm. I’ll give you more details on that later. Item 50: Build DeckPreviously we had a crummy set of dilapidated stairs leading to our back door. After some poorly planned landscaping we ended up with a dirt circle. Seen behind me in this picture. On the upside it was a good place ...
If you remember the last time I fit the doors in…..They were all dinged up and “beyond repair.” Well a hammer and saw later(see last blog) and they were ready to stain. Procedure: Washcoat, two coats gel stain, shellac, poly. FrankenHingesNothing comes easy around here. I knew the shape of the original hinges but could not find a supplier. So I order two different types of hinges from rejuvenation… Check out the video of how I mixed the two hinges. Not rocke...
Here is my latest basket case, and yes it needs some work. It is an early 1940’s Dunlap 4”x36” belt sander that is missing a few pieces. This is a 103.08011: the 103 means it was made by King-Seeley for Sears and Roebucks. Dunlap serves as the economical part of the Sears tool line. There is supposed to be an 8” disk that goes with it and tables for both but they have parted ways years ago. In addition, the drive wheel was broken and needs to be replaced. Aside from the obvi...
So 1/2” thick glass is like 30$, and the 1/8” glass they sell at home depot and lowes cracks real easily (personal experience), but MDF with laminate on all sides is 6$. I gave it a quick test run for lapping the soles of my #5, #4 stanley planes last night and it worked wonders. I think I have to pick up a different kind of spray adhesive though, the one I’m using leaves me sticky but not the paper… it is just normal sandpaper, the wet or dry is expensive and only ...
Two weeks worth of work standing behind the wire brush, shaking and spraying paint, and it is now useable. It’s not completely finished yet, but it is close enough to it. The only things left to do are repainting the logo plate, finding or making a cap for the pump tube, and remake the model number plate. I also need to get the right size belt to fit properly (I think I am going with the link belt), but I put one on to make sure it works and it cuts fine. The motor i...
I found this beautiful old saw hanging on my wall yesterday. I think I bought it at at the flea market a while back and forgot about it. Its really nice, but its been abused and neglected. Its time for a face lift. I am assuming it is a dovetail saw? I want to know more about it. I would like to become more of a hand tool user. On the blade it says ”HENRY DISSTON AND SONS, CAST STEEL, PHILADA.USA, WARRENTED” And the handle says ”C. ROSENBURG” on both sides. It al...
I haven’t posted anything in my blog for several days because I have been too busy researching my latest acquisition. This is a 1940’s Craftsman (made by King-Seeley,) scroll saw model 103.0404. I was able to get this one for only $10.00, but it didn’t come from the auction house, but rather craigslist. It looks like it is in pretty sad shape, but I see a diamond in the rough. This saw has a 24 inch throat with a 14 inch table. My current scroll saw is a newer version of the Crafts...
I originally started this blog as a way of showing that old woodworking machines and tools a still very useful and really inexpensive. It has morphed into a restoration blog, because I now find that my wood working projects have become my wood working tools. It started with the planer that I just bought, then on to the grinder just to make it look nice, and now I have redone my jointer. It is a Craftsman 103.23340 4 3/8” that I bought about one year ago for $10.00. When I brought it int...
Every lumberjock has at least one – some might not consider it a woodworking tool, but I think if it is used for your woodworking hobby, then it is a woodworking tool. When I started my quest for vintage tools, I knew that I would be cleaning up some rusted metal. I was in a Big Lots store and saw a 6 inch grinder for $12.00 and thought: “It can’t be that bad.” So I bought it and realized quickly that my original thought could not have been further from the truth. It took a long time to...
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...
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