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...
Almost finished a restoration of a older drill press. Here are the before: Midway: And After: The Name on the drill press is Canadian Blower and Forge but embossed on the side is Buffalo which is Buffalo Forge company. This drill was a buffalo that was re-branded. Restoration started with a couple of tests and a cleaning. At the start the runout was 0.005 Cleaned everything with green scotch brite and crc. Polished up some handles and some br...
Honestly, I thought I did my due diligence on this one. I really did. Fortunately, I haven’t made any serious mistakes. Just a bunch of goofy beginner ones. Aw, heck. I’m a goofy guy, and a beginner to boot, what can I say? It was awfully fun, and I learned a lot—and I got a jointer out of the deal. I will say this, however: what I’ve learned so far really helped on this job, (much of which I learned right here, on this site!) enough so that ...
Restore a hand plane getting all that rust and gunk off.
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