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...
Well it’s been a week and the paint, as they say where I come from, is well ‘ard. Hard enough to complete the job. First thing is that whilst the sliding carriage will fit into the main casting the jaws won’t fully close up Traced this problem to burrs on the sliding carriage, both sides, here shown cleaned up (with a file) It now slides all the way home Next to install the threaded end stop Whilst the thread for the stop, in the base of the c...
There have been a few days off whilst I’ve been ill with diarrhoea (British spelling). Well the world has stopped falling out of my bottom so some progress has been made. This is the worst of the last images I left you with. However after a second coat of stripper on the stubborn parts and with some help from a hand wire brush and a wire wheel in my hand drill the results are none too shabby. Just in case you are wondering I am really not worried about the name plate and t...
Well the large parts came out of the vinegar OK. The main casting cleaned of rather easily and ( Arlin, you might be interested) the paint was untouched. The paintwork is of course chipped and worn. It need removing and a new finish applied. To this end I used some of this It’s a paint stripper. Nasty stuff. If you use it wear eye protection, gloves etc. If it can soften up the sort of paint used on this vise just imagine what it can do to skin. You dab...
I really have cracked on today. A lot more done, or started, than I thought I would. So to clean all the parts. Following some advice from, Roger Bean, I’m trying pickling the parts in white vinegar. In a bucket Small parts first. This is left to pickle for two hours or so and then scrubbed with a brass wire brush.All the loose crud came off easily. The working surfaces came up like new and the rough cast was fine.I gave the whole lot a rinse in warm water and a dry. ...
First thing to do is strip this little beauty down to its component parts. The bolts out of the jaw that fell off. One mounting hole is clear in the vise body and the other contains the other half of the sheared jaw bolt That will need a little persuading out, later. The rotating base comes next My rotating base seems superior to the one I found a picture of in that it is two piece allowing a full 360 degree rotation of the vise. Next comes the separation o...
Picked up this guy at the local recycling center for $10. Motor is a little slow to start (capacitor?) and if any pressure is applied to the pulley with my hand it stalls. I have (2) 113 craftsman tablesaw motors, 1hp and 1.5 hp that I can put on it but would rather try to repair the existing motor…price willing. It doesn’t have a fence but I’m thinking of building a small sled for it. The tilt and height cranks are very smooth and I’m sure after a good cleaning and a ...
Last year I had the opportunity to drive from Missouri to California to visit my 92 year old Grandmother. It’s always great to see her and visit the house that she and my Grandfather lived in my whole life. About 15 years ago my Grandfather passed away, and left behind a collection of unique tools in his garage that he had amassed over his lifetime. It was on this visit, last year, that I found an old saw hanging in a locker in the garage. I had no knowledge of hand saws at the time, bu...
Two years back, I graduated from college, got a ‘grown up’ job, and finally had some very limited discretionary income to devote to hobbies. I wanted, more than anything, to get into woodworking. In polite company, I describe it as ‘therapeutic’—a productive and beautiful way to give my hands something to do after a full day of ‘knowledge work’. Among friends however… I let on that, to me at least, the smell of sawdust and shavings is darn near nar...
I have always had a passion for restoring things. One of my favourite activities is the resuscitation of old tools. Not only for the beauty of displaying them, but to give them a new sense of purpose and put them to good use. I pick up old tools at any chance I find. They can be from friends or family that no longer have a use or interest for them. I have found many tools cast away as rubbish and one of my favourite pastimes is routing through piles of rusty parts at secondhand markets. ...
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