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...
The person who sold this told me it was collectible. Then he said $10 for the saw. I find the situation kind of funny in some way. This initially caught my eye because I liked the handle. I didn’t know about Keen Kutter beforehand. When I got home and did the research I was pretty happy to discover that it’s a pre-WWII model (the logo with the wedge and E.G. Simmons name indicates this). If anyone has more info that would be great.
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...
Rehabbing Three Early British Handsaws When you talk about restoring old handsaws, different people have varying thoughts about what that means. Some people think you should restore a saw to a shiny bright condition almost like new. Others feel that you should do the minimum necessary to make the saw functional again. There is no right answer; it’s simply a matter of personal choice. I’ve restored a lot of saws, and when I do, I usually try to return them to a condition as close to origina...
Part two of the Gents Saw Conversion series. This may be a bit verbose, so I apologize ahead of time. After all, we are just drilling holes… The next step in the conversion process is drilling holes. A lot of holes. You will need a variety of forstner and twist drill bits to complete these steps. With your template affixed to your stock, use an awl to create reference points on all of the indicated locations, or use the spur on the forstner to create a divot. Apply moderate pr...
There has been a lot of interest in building tools from scratch, rehabbing tools that needed some love, or repurposing a tool so that it might have more potential or beauty. I have decided to chronicle a few saw builds in these categories in the hope that it might inspire someone to give it a try that was otherwise too nervous to begin the journey on their own. For this series, I am going to do a write up on re-purposing an inexpensive gents saw into a western style dovetail saw. This idea...
More awesome finds from the flea market.Getting close to 500 subs. Keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway once I reach that milestone.Splitting wedge and sledge – milling my own lumber from firewood.Can a miter box saw be converted to a dovetail saw?You can never have enough levels. Thanks for watching! View on YouTube Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thomaslightleFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/redbarnwoodworking/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tnlightleWebsite: http://www.re...
Layout, cut, and assemble a saw vise. You need four 14”x 3 1/2” pieces. Half lap joint to join. Part 2 tomorrow! Please subscribe, share, and give that ultimate thumbs up.
Forgive the photo from my phone (though it IS right side up!) I’m on the fence as to what to do with this project and am seeking suggestions. The letters are not glued on yet. 1) I’m thinking of either gluing the letters on as shown and finishing the piece with spray lacquer. I hesitate because I think the woods used will pretty much all look the same. 2) My other thought is to paint everything black, sand the faces of the frame and the letters and then glue the lette...
Had to run to the jobs site today to make sure one of the subs had everything he needed (of course he didn’t , but hey, he works 14 hour days on Sunday’s!)Anyway on the way back home I saw a little yard sale going on so I pulled up and found this gem of a hand saw, pretty damn rare and one I don’t have! It’s a Harvey W. Peace Brooklyn New York with the 1887 Patent Date! It’s in pretty good shape too! And if you guys read my stupid blog you know I am a...
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