So after restoring the Brace and Bit last week I got really hooked on restoring old tools. There is something about old tools… that is really amazing and bringing them back to life is so much fun. Ok so to make one thing clear, I like restoring these tools and using them, not just collecting them. I think that these tools where made to be used not just put up for display. I also filmed the restoration process and the video is here: So this week I won an Ebay auction and for $10 I go...
Last time I posted I had glued down the boxes bodies with the inside already french polished I worked on gluing the marquetry panels to the trimmed to size lid My favorite moment is when you see it glued down right way up for the first time, it appears slowly while you remove the paper This glueing of the marquetry on both side had to be precise has they had to be perfectly centered as well as the right way up as when you open the box the owner will appreciate to g...
I’m starting to restore an older logging saw. The handles were extremely dried out and the blade is of course rusty. I took both handles off and gave them a good inspection for cracks or anything else that would make them break. With nothing found wrong I moved on to the next step and that was a basic and quick cleaning. I used 320 grit sand paper to clean any rough edges off and get a smooth finish. Using boiled linseed oil I coated the handles heavily and let the oil soak it. what a d...
The wood siding clapboards on your house will expand during hot weather and shrink during cold weather. Over time, this repeated shrinking and expanding can cause the clapboards to warp, split, and crack. If you have damaged clapboards on your house, the easiest way to repair them is to replace them with new brand-new pieces. You’re going to need several different tools to do this job. You’ll need a pry bar, a hammer, a utility knife, a hand saw, some caulk, a box of siding nails, and your re...
As I wait for a friend to help me flip the table over, I get to the assembly of the legs. Note: If you don’t do a lot of squatting exercises, be prepared, you will be doing 24 reps for all the screws that go into the legs. Here are the legs assembled. All and All the legs go together real well, very little manipulation. Another note: if you want the leg protectors on the bottom of the legs (they are plastic), now is the time to put them on !! I opted not to use them and use rubber s...
It is possible to make beautiful multi-sided bowls cut from a scroll saw.Here I show you a few examples of some of mine.I hope you enjoy them.I also tried to incorporate a bit of special effects, and some bloopers. Click here to watch the video. Thank you
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...
This blog will document the making of two sets of heirloom saws. Each set will consist of at least 11 saws, but that number seems to change as progress is made. Originally I had planned to update this blog entry as additional saws are completed. The first saws completed were gent’s saws. The blog was later updated to include a pair of table saws. It was then that I realized I had made a mistake. If I continue updating this blog entry, by the time I get to 11 saws the blog will be so lon...
My pastor had this miter box in his garage. His father owned it originally. Since he has never used it, he offered it to me. Having had one of these on my mind for some time I immediately accepted sight unseen. (Well, truthfully, I knew where it was and sort of what condition the saw was in, but I did not know any of the particulars.) Today I was at the parsonage putting handles on the kitchen cabinets and I was able to take the saw home with me. All these pictures show th...
First a note of background:At the beginning of 2007 my book came out with the Sterling Publications company. They printed 16,000 copies and we sold them all. In 2010 the book went out of print- sad face. I made a digital download and a CD copy to keep the book alive since there were no used copies available- for less than a whole lot.Just this month a fine company, Echo Point Books, has published a wonderful new issue of the book. The cover is new- and I like it better than the old one. T...
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