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...
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...
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...
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