I accidentally spent the whole day in the garage assembling the new Ridgid saw. So here are my impressions: Tolerances were pretty decent but there is a distinct bow in the steel extensions. I opted to keep them as level with the cast iron as possible but on the outer edge of the extensions they dip as much as 1/32nd of an inch. Not likely to be a huge issue, but one to note. The cast iron itself is pretty much dead flat but getting the insert to sit flat wasn’t fully possible. I su...
I was out strolling the yard sales looking for an old Stanley handplane to restore but instead I came across two old Disston handsaws for $10 each. I personally don’t have many antique tools but have been thinking about starting a little collection lately so I picked them both up and took them home. When I got home I went on to the disstonian institutes website and found the saws I had just purchased. The first saw is a D8 that I dated between 1896-1917. It has the handle with the th...
I did it today. I went into Woodcraft, I admired the floor models of scroll saws, and then I bit the bullet. I ordered the 21” Excalibur. I should arrive Friday. I took out a loan from my best friend so I could buy the saw now, instead of in 6 months. This way I’ll be able to start using it now and have a HUGE stock of yarn bowls and ornaments for the holiday sales I’m a part of. Guy pal, who I borrowed the money from, was really sure I should get the Dewalt and save 300 ...
As I have delved more and more into hand-tool woodworking I have discovered that I get a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment out of tool restoration. I’ve restored planes, saws, drawknives, spokeshaves and enjoyed every one. None of my tools are really collector grade though – I restore tools to actively use them. A while back I decided to start expanding my saw collection. When I made the transition to hand-tool work, I bought four saws from Traditional Woodworker: a rip pane...
Two years ago, my (wood) hand tool collection could easily fit into a milk crate. And while my current collection is still not large or impressive, I have accumulated quite a bit of stuff. I really like vintage tools and about 1/3 of my collection was manufactured before I was born (1976). I usually shy away from fixer uppers, though. I try to find mint condition, new-old-stock, or nicely restored items that I can put straight to work. Most of my new tools are on the low end of the price s...
Today while browsing through Craigslist for a planer, I happened on a listing for a Craftsman Radial Arm Saw which I’ve always wanted to add to my arsenal of tools. When I read the ad and looked at the pictures, the price just didn’t seem right. I’ve seen ads where the person didn’t pay much attention to what they were typing and left off a 1 in front of the price so this seemed like one of those ads. I decided to call and see so the curiosity would not drive me batty....
Yesterday I watched a video by Chuck Bender Acantuscarver on making string inlays. He was using a Freud Diablo saw blade 7 1/4” on his 10” table saw. Today I was walking through Big Orange and I spied the blades hanging on a display rack. Man, were they thin kerf. I checked their web site and they are less than 1/16” thick. The blades were about 10-15 bucks depending on the blade that you bought. Then I walked by the Tool Crib and they had a display of the 24 tooth ...
I’ve already blogged my AZ chevalet so this will be a simple “keep you up to date” one about “Chevy II”. When I moved to my current address and built my shop I was fortunate enough to run into a fellow who was moving and had to sell his hoard of local hardwoods. Long story short, I bought two heaped pickup truck fulls of a variety of local hardwoods, all two or more years air dried, for $200 and he helped me move it. I’m not usually a big Oak fan but as ...
If you read my earlier post on making my own Dowel Nuts then I think I figured out what I did. After reading my own post I think what happened was this… I tapped the threads in the brass while the brass was still warm from drilling the pilot holes and after the bar cooled off completely the hole size shrunk just a hair and that was what made the threads tight. I also noticed that the threads on the bolts were not in the best shape so I chased the threads in the brass with a tap and ch...
So I am warming up this new season with dust collection issue. I go through the steps to make dust collection for my contractor style table saw. This is mainly for me to get used to the new camera and video software if it is boring I apologize for that….. The better ones are yet to come.
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