Last time we got our iron worked up and ready to go to work. However, the iron can’t work on its own. It needs a chipbreaker. What for? Well, in my estimation, 2 things. First, the chip breaker lends structural support to the iron. It basically acts as a spring stiffener to the pretty thin tool steel the iron is made of. The 2nd job of the chipbreaker gives it its name. It breaks the chips, or more appropriately to planing wood, it controls the shavings. It helps to create cons...
Alright, let’s see if we can wrap this up and have a new user in the plane till by the end of the week. Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving weekend. Mine was nice but no shop time so I’m trying to squeeze this plane in when I can. I found a couple of hours last night to work up the iron and chip breaker. Here’s how I did it… I start with the iron. Prior to this, all we did was rust conversion on the iron. If we recall, we had some pretty gnarly pitting at the business end of this g...
Well, now that we have our base painted and everything rust-free, let’s turn our attention to the hardware. On this plane, all of the hardware is steel – no brass at all. That makes the polishing a bit anti-climactic. It’s very satisfying to take an old, tarnished brass adjuster knob and polish it up so it looks shiny and new. Not so much with a knurled steel knob. I do steel and brass pretty much the same way though, just with different abrasives depending on the pie...
This is my first post or utterance on this site, so bear with me while I get in the swing of things… I’ve always wanted to get into woodworking so I can build useful and practical things with my own hands. Within the last few months I’ve come into a host of woodworking tools and machinery, most of which were simply given to me once I expressed interest. These items include: a Delta spindle sander, old craftsman dual disc/belt sander, a vintage Buffalo Tool drill press, a ...
Hello everyone, it’s both my first post to the site and my first ever blog post all in one. I’ve been browsing the site for a few weeks now because I’ve been on the market for a new table saw and sort of fell in love with the idea of rebuilding a Craftsman 113. Well after contacting a couple of people through my local Craigslist, today I went out and picked up not just one but two table saws. The first saw I found and actually had a friend go and take a look at for me...
This is my first post, there will probably be many more to come. I bought a transitional jack plane to flatten the top of the workbench I’m going to build in the next few weeks. The plane as it came to me. The tote is broken and the body cracked. Japanning is chipped in several places. Light rust on castings and the blade. I found this interesting… Why are there temper colors on the chip breaker edge? The edge is pretty chipped but the grind angle seems fin...
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I was out at an estate sale and found these 4 beauties, or soon they will be ;) Three of the gems are Stanley Bailey #5 planes and the other a small #7 Disston panel rip cut saw. My tool well is currently pretty limited, so this will be a great chance to build it up a little and have some more tools at my disposal. I currently have a Stanley #4 and Stanley #6 that I have cleaned and restored, that I use for smoothing and jointing. I have a 8tpi Disston x-cut saw and a 4tpi rip cut saw for rou...
Well, a good weekend for making progress on the bandsaw refurbish has come and gone. It figures that my parts order has not arrived yet (I did get the blade guide bearings however). Anyway, plenty that can be done!. Painting: Saturday morning was perfect to set up outside for spraying, Temps were down, air was still.Nice thing about living in the sticks, I can paint outdoors without complaints. This should complete a repaint of all visible parts with the exception of a couple of smal...
If you follow my flea market series you will recognize the antique frame saw I picked up for around $7.50 As part of my 500 subscriber giveaway, the top prize was the saw featured in this video. Now you can see the steps I took to restore the saw to its former glory.Enjoy! View on YouTube Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thomaslightleFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/redbarnwoodworking/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tnlightleWebsite: http://www.redbarnwoodworking.net “Hometow...
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