Hi folks! Just a note on the progress of the electrolysis system that I’ve built in order to restore a few of my grandfather’s old tools. I don’t have any pictures to post just yet, but this has been a pretty amazing process. I can’t compare it to any other process, but it has been very interesting to watch the reaction as it does its magic. It seemed to be the least damaging and toxic/caustic way to go about bringing these tools back into usable condition. In parti...
Saws: Restoring, Collecting, Using – My 7 Month Journey It has been seven months since my first post on Lumberjocks. The motivation for that first post was to try to locate a medallion for a $3 British-made handsaw I purchased on eBay. Little did I know at the time what lay ahead for me on the journey of saw restoration and collecting. Photo: My $3 saw that started it all.. Now, with summer coming on and my attention, of necessity, turning more towards catching up on all my outsi...
I have not been good about taking interim pics, here’s the number 6 after electrolysis and a lot of cleaning… she is one good looking plane! since most of the japaning was lost to time, scrubbing and electrolysis, i’m going to eventually sandblast and refinish for now the sole needs to be lapped, the sides brought to 90 degrees, and I’ve got a veritas blade and chip breaker on order (I almost went with the IBC/Crosman but for the 50% premium over lee valley...
Hey folks! I finally have some photos to share. I will document the process in a coherent way once this stuff is taken care of. I’m currently de-rusting bits of the old jack plane. Here are a few examples of the process and results: A rusty chisel, after a very quick dip in the electrolyte (I had neglected to get a photo first): I’m feeding a small electronics power supply (5V) into these components to clean up the juice a bit, and then pass it through a variable resi...
After reading many threads and blogs about saw restoration I got to wondering what one of these things cost. Then I stumbled on a Disston 4b at the back a storage shed in a box marked with the name of a very old storage customer on it. We own a boat storage business and when people leave they tend to leave a lot of stuff. We pack it up and put it away in case someone remembers they left something. This box had been put away many years ago by my father-in-law and obviously forgotten. ...
Shop’s Log: March 27, 2014 Part of going galoot involves finding quality hand tools. While there are now some manufacturers making high quality hand tools (Lie-Nielsen or Lee Valley/Veritas, for instance) there are also a tremendous amount of vintage tools that make great users if you are willing to put in a little work. I have refurbished squares, adjustable bevels and a ton of hand planes, but was now ready to move on to another vital tool for the galoot ….... hand saws. ...
This project is a great example of the following old adage: “No good deed goes unpunished.” A while back I was at church on Sunday morning. During coffee hour my wife was saying things like “You remember John, don’t you?” while I was talking with a few people. A rather subtle approach, I admit, but it got me thinking. Maybe I’d better do something to offset the somewhat irregular nature of my attendance. I noticed that a small side table in the paris...
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...
This is the first project I have ever posted on any forum for any experts out there to comment on. So with a little trepidation I submit this to you all to comment on. I’m restoring an old gate leg table I made in 1980 from oak timbers salvaged from a local church tower which was built in 1492. http://j.mp/KU6Cs8. This is a link to the history of the church for any one who is interested. The timbers had to be replaced back in about 1980 due to insect infestation. I’ll wr...
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 ...
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