Aloha! I’d like to share with the world my restoration of a Stanley No. 4 smoothing plane. I picked up this plane last spring off C-list. Here's a post from when I got it if you are interested in seeing more “before” photos. It seems to be a type 13 example, which dates the plane between 1925-1928. Rust was pretty much only surficial, and the original jappaning was about 95% intact. Here’s what she looked like as found: Cleaning up the plane was pretty str...
My pastor had this miter box in his garage. His father owned it originally. Since he has never used it, he offered it to me. Having had one of these on my mind for some time I immediately accepted sight unseen. (Well, truthfully, I knew where it was and sort of what condition the saw was in, but I did not know any of the particulars.) Today I was at the parsonage putting handles on the kitchen cabinets and I was able to take the saw home with me. All these pictures show th...
I’m new to hand planes so I wanted to start with fixer uppers because I feel like the end result is the effort you put into it. I picked up a Stanley Bailey #4 and Millers Falls #9? For $40/pair. This is just the start with the Bailey and all I have done so far is a bath in Evapo Rust. More pics and progress to come. Any pointers are welcome as this is new to me. After an Evapo Rust bath
A dear friend was going through her attic and pulled out two boxes of her great grandfather’s hand planes. She and her husband were discussing what to do with them, they decided to give them to me their carpenter friend. I am humbled by her generosity. When I get them in shape I will make her a thoughtful gift. Tonight I opened the boxes and began cleaning. Here are the two boxes As you can see there are a lot here. So I begin to go to work on one. I have discovered quickl...
My grandfather was born in 1913 and lived in Charlotte, N.C. He died in 1987 when I pretty young. I knew him as a very soft-spoken family man. I have also heard numerous stories about his skill as a woodworker. The best examples I have are the hand-carved firearm stocks he made (he was an avid hunter). Other than a few things he made, I know him by his tools. Most of his tools went to my father back in the late-80s. When my dad passed away (almost 2 years ago), I gathered as many o...
OK I know you guys know a thing or two about vintage, cast iron band saws. If you read the previous entry, I bought this saw for a song but after trying for a week or so to get the blade to track, I gave up and its been collecting dust ever since. That in itself is a travesty! I mean just Look at this beaut! I dont have any pics of the wheels, but I’ll get some up tonight if i remember. My issue is this: Lower wheel is about 3/16ths further out than the upper wheel, i...
I’ve been reading all you guys extolling the virtues of old Stanley Bailey planes for awhile now. Hey, I’ve got a 20 inch spiral head planer and a little 6-inch (power) jointer. I thought I didn’t need any of that grampa’s old iron. But, one day, something snapped. Two weeks later, here’s where I am. The photos here are straight from ebay. I’ve given them all a basic cleaning since them, but have taken no new photos (no 3 is not here yet). My...
Once more weekend and the project keeps going. The main objetive was to finish the base this weekend, but due the some troubles I came to late then I should in workshop. Plans in hand it’s time to make it happening: First step is ressawing a lumber of Sucupira (as known as Brazilian Chestnut) wood. I will use it to make the base feets and his rails: The lap joints of feets. A dado blade helped me in this step: Assembling the base feets: Was saturday night when I started c...
I cut up an old plane to get what I think might be beech wood for my num 12 handsaw tote.This plane was for scrap anyway so here we go! Then I cut it to size with my previously restored Disston rip saw.Wow! That saw cuts really fast! Then I joint the edge with one of the planes I cobbled together from a box of six planes I bought on Ebay.The plane I just cut up came out of the same box. Seems strange for some reason?Reminds me of the lyrics “From the forest itself comes th...
I can get the wood to repair the tote on this num 12 Disston if I cut up an old woody plane. In my first post on this saw repair I mentioned having no source for apple wood and that I might need to use Beech instead.It was pointed out to me by Chrisstef that old wood planes are often made of Beech and the wood could be used on my saw. I just happen to have a box of old planes. I bought six old planes on Ebay for about $20 and I was able to cobble together two really nice planes out of the ...
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