As you know, this series is not a real sequel where numbering is not arranged chronological. Just look and see where the continuation of each. Though, all of the posts deals with my new line of skill development in restoring musical instruments from my family heritage, there are a lot of learning ideas based on my experiences. I am just an amateur that looks to the possibilities of rectifying those difficulties using only available resources. So this is one new instrument again…. ...
This is my latest ongoing project. It was built in 1922, currently it has no electricity, running water or heat. It’s approximately 3000 sq feet including the basement sitting on 4 acres. We purchased the property for 17000.00 and are holding services every Sunday morning. My wife is the pastor and we have a small congregation. Ceilings are 20 foot and the acoustics are amazing. We are picking up pews next week. I found church who is replacing there pews with chairs so they have 33 ...
My father being an all-around musician, bought 3 violins for us. Of the 3, mine was totally destroyed, My brother’s was already restored (I have already done it.) but the last one which was my father’s is now in my possession. This is so much special as this was loved by my father and been played much older than me. The only problem that I have seen is the glue which had given up due to time. Here is the situation after I had disassembled it. Regret that I was not ab...
I’ve got a years worth of derusting to do, so I decided to just make a blog series of it. Welcome to part 1 of my insanity… As I mentioned in a prevous post, the next piece up for restoration from my pile of misfit tools was this vintage Stanley #4. Yea, it’s a sad sight to behold. Twenty years ago planes in this condition would be parted out for replacement in better planes. But this is a type 17 model made between 1942-1945. That’s right, it’s a veteran o...
A couple of days ago I found out that its possible to restore an old plane. So I thought I’d give it a try. I only have a few planes and really only one that works. A old Bailey 5 1/4. I read somewhere that they were made from 1920 to 1947 so its no wonder that it looks worn. I bought it a year ago randomly, not thinking that it was anything special. I replace the blade with a Hock blade. That is really recommendable and I’ve just used it as were and have been very happy with i...
Aimed at those new to saw sharpening, this instructional video is 2 1/4 hours long and covers the theory, the tools and the practice of sharpening western saws. You get to look over my shoulder as I sharpen four saws – two backsaws and two hand saws. I’ll explain the saw sharpening process and how you apply it to different scenarios. I really hope you find it useful. As to the production quality, I’ve done the best I could. I had to record it outside, so there is a bi...
Me and my schoomates are learning how to carve (fore some of them it’s new). We are making lost parts of rocoque painting frame. As first we made studies and clay models.My schoolmates: This is my test piece (not final):
I had a lazy night in the shop last night. I wanted to be somewhat productive though and knew I had a box I could refinish. Make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel and check me out on Facebook as well!
I brought this magnificent (note the dripping sarcasm) piece of machinery home with me during one of my flea market outings. This is a late model Stanley #4. Its painted Blue, made in the US, has a painted cap, a shorter iron than vintage, and no toe on the tote. The knob and tote is painted black, it has an aluminum frog and a pretty cheezy lateral adjuster. Now….why anyone but someone with a sickness for hand planes like me would buy this plane is a little beyond my understanding, ...
I thought you might like to see the bar made by my great Grandad. He made the bar for my grandfather in the 1800’s. My grandfather owned a tavern/bar and it was used there for decades. His son, my uncle, took over the bar and inherited the bar with it. It stayed there until the close of the tavern around 1960. My father then took the bar and used it as a back counter in his business. I remember it well. It was painted grey with red trim and and had pressed hardboard on the top. I rememb...
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