Winter Storm Jonas had us snowbound for a few days. I made a short film about getting my shop in order since I didn’t have materials for the next project. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/BD1KMiy0NI4
So a little off my main blog but I wanted to clean up the original H. Disston & Sons pre-1917 medallion from my 22” D-8. I’ve used a buffer, Brasso and steel wool, and chemicals on other brass parts before but I didn’t have time to go into my shop today and I didn’t want to lose any of the lettering on the medallion so I decided to try cleaning it up with household items. Here is a list of the items I used:Lemon JuiceBaking PowderA soft clothAn old toothbrush Some ...
A few weeks ago, I bought 5 Disston No. 4 saws at an auction. One is a pre-1940 type and is the only one that can really be considered to be a desirable, vintage saw. The other 4 are HK Porter types from the 1950’s or newer. Below are a few pictures that show the general condition of the newer saws. They are generally in poor shape, teeth are missing, there is varnish/epoxy in spots, the plates are wavy and maybe kinked, and the teeth look like someone tried to use them as hacksaws....
Backstory: Hi all! I’ve landed on this website through many a google search related to projects I’ve worked on and I thought I would give back to the community by posting a journal of my table saw restorations. This is my second restoration. The first was of another craftsman (Model No. 315.228390) which went very well, I unfortunately didn’t take pictures along the way. After using that saw for a week or 2, the arbor bearings decided to fail and it now makes a terrible soun...
This little saw was the absolute sweetest, and I thought I’d lost all the pictures, but here they are! This was a restoration I will treasure forever, and I figure if I post it here I can’t lose it again. A tilting-table saw by Inca, highly sought-after and treasured by model makers especially. Swiss-made with their penchant for good engineering. I found it at a huge annual rummage sale (fund-raiser)—had to get up at 6 a.m. to be in line and then run like crazy. Restora...
I should preface this blog with a note about myself. I recently shed most of my power tools in favor of old hand tools, like Stanley Planes, Disston saws, and old Braces/Bits and eggbeater drills. This was around December of 2014 (about 9 months ago as of this writing). The two power tools I decided to keep in the shop were a band saw and a drill press. Problem was, I didn’t own a band saw (at least not a decent one). So the search began. I hemmed and hawed about it, researched, a...
This story starts on a Saturday morning when I got a Facebook message from my friend Rob. “We are having a yard sale and there are a ton of old tools” Rob said. So ofcourse I got in my car and headed over there. I found a lot of great old tools but this week we will focus on the Level I found, It’s a Stanley No. 104 Level 18” long. This will make a great restoration project I thought… I made a video of the restoration as well, you can see it here: View on Yo...
I’ve had these two Stanley #5’s for a couple years now and use them often. But both had broken horns (not certain if that’s the right term) on the handle/tote, making it uncomfortable to hold. I’ve been using a glove when using these planes. Finally I got around to fixing them. I don’t happen to have any rosewood, so I used the darkest wood I had – walnut. On the first one, the fix is very obvious so I stained the walnut part on the second one and it’s a bit harder to tell a repair has bee...
Well it’s official I am hooked… restoring old tools is my new obsession. This time I found some old chisels, Clearcut brand, ever heard of it? Me either. I also couldn’t find much information on the brand online, I did find one post that mentioned they are from Montgomery Ward but I can’t be sure of that. No matter the steel feels good. Guess we will see if it holds an edge. I also shot a video of the restoration which can be viewed here.View on YouTube As you can ...
So after restoring the Brace and Bit last week I got really hooked on restoring old tools. There is something about old tools… that is really amazing and bringing them back to life is so much fun. Ok so to make one thing clear, I like restoring these tools and using them, not just collecting them. I think that these tools where made to be used not just put up for display. I also filmed the restoration process and the video is here: So this week I won an Ebay auction and for $10 I go...
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