Well, I have been browsing the LJ site for quite some time now and decided to blog about my recent dive into a hand plane restoration. I will forewarn everybody that I am just starting out in woodworking so correct me where I err and tips/comments are welcomed. Also this is a long blog post with lots of pictures. While out wasting some time at a few antique stores with my wife, I came across this beauty of a hand plane. I just knew I had to have it! I had been telling my wife that I ...
We have a rural church built in 1920 and abandoned in 1970. By last year it was near collapsing with serious damage to the roof and one wall. All windows and doors had been removed. A few of us volunteered to save it so we got the required approvals to go on site and do our thing. My task is to build the windows, doors and related jambs. The windows are the gothic arc style. All I have to work from is one photo of what they were back in 1970 and a severely weathered window jamb with sil...
I replaced the old screws that holds the iron and ship-breaker with some of brass. Flattened their heads and gave them a nice chamfered ring. A wile ago i got some pieces of Norwegian west coast grown apple from a friend. Having saved it to make a new handle and knob to a jackplane I restored this summer (another project soon to come) and decided to match up the filletster. It has an beautiful warm glow to it and I think it would ad both warmth and enjoyment to the touch and feel to th...
When living in Oslo you´re not really swimming in woodworking stores. Talking to fellow woodworkers about tool-selection and experiences is left to internet, books and magazines in the subject. To feel and test a handle is to order and, if totally of, return. So getting back to woodworking this past year has been all reading and listening, comparing different views and hoping for the best outcome to orders made to dealers outside Norway. The best tool shopping in Oslo is the overpriced tra...
I looked it up and 111 days ago I said that “in a few days I’ll be done with the Shelton” ... Not surprised that my few days turned into 111. Well it’s finally done with the exception of another coat or 2 of finish on the tote. This is the only plane I have of this style (other than my super smoother from Shampeon – but this one made of all metal and only has a chip breaker with and a cross pin rather than a lever cap), and so any tips / suggestions are appre...
My very first woodworking hand tool was this Stanley – Bailey No. 4. I bought it from Craigslist for $10.00. It’s about 50 years old, I bought it from the 45 year old son of the man who had passed on and left it to him. He was not a woodworker. I subsequently bought all 6 of his Henry Disston saws for $30.00 which I will showcase in a future blog entry. The first picture shows the condition of the plane when I bought it. The subsequent pics show the restored plane from a ...
You may remember the lathe I went and picked up. It was a great idea at the time and I’m sure in the end, it’ll all work out. But talk about a rocky road. Doesn’t this stuff realize I don’t need another reason to drink? When I got the information, I was headed to pick up a working unit. So the unit looked like this. . Why would any paint such a nice unit this color?. . Then I find out there is no motor. No Motor on a working unit? Ugghh . So after ...
Yesterday, on the way home from running some errands my wife and I stopped at a new local antique mall. The official opening hasn’t happened yet, but there was an open sign, so we pulled in. In a “fix it up yourself” section we found this butcher block top at an extremely reasonable price. The top itself is in really good shape. It’s got just enough cracks to give it a nice patina, without effecting the integrity and it’s a bit over 14” thick. The bi...
This eagle is part of St. John’s statue from 17th century altar from Moravian village Dolní Dunajovice (Czech republic). Eagle’s wings was lost and replaced with paper ones. When we removed the paper, some notes and music sheets was discovered in it. Schoolmate Petr did some research with professors from local university department of music history and they think it could be from year 1630. I made a right wing, left was made by next schoolmate. More photos later. :) Photo of al...
Collecting this information from a variety of web resources. Please watch the type of thread as well. Record Here are the sizes from Recordcollector’s site: Cap Iron screw : 5/16” 18tpi BSW (I believe this is the only standard BSW thread on bench planes)Frog screws : 7/32” 20tpi Whitworth;Tote & Knob bolts : 7/32” 20tpi Whitworth;Tote Toe screw : 7/32” 20tpi Whitworth;Frog Adjusting Plate screw : 7/32” 24tpi Whitworth;Frog Adjusting screw : 1/...
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