Well there I was walking down each outdoor lane of auction tables…not much on this day I was afraid. A few rusted junked brace and bits…ahhh…..gotta pass….got too many as it is…lol, another old beaten down plastic handle handplane…I can live without that…lol, finally in the corner of my eye..what is this??? Well…. the closer my focus the sad reality of two old disston saws..USA’s…not old as in collectable…but old as in ugly ...
Hey friends, thank you for taking the time to read part one of this blog series, I hope you may enjoy the second installment of this series as well. This process has been as I expected more of a challenge in Maple…lol. But I realized it provided me the chance to have a stronger handle and learn more about how to work with this particular species. My entire working process has in many ways changed in the last few weeks. For one thing I now find it more focusing to stop after a new ...
Well the sawboard is a pretty simple jig, but man is it invaluable! The other day I needed to rip long taper cuts on a 2×6 and it was just the tool. I have been thinking about incorporating some holding clamps to the base to make it quicker to set up and use. This is what I came up with as my first run at design. I am thinking this would be ideal for breaking down plywood. The overall length is longer than 8’ so the design is two ply to allow for overlap. One side has a piece of ...
I popped into the viewing for an auction of assorted paraphernalia last week and left a bid on a box of tools, as I couldn’t get back for the auction itself. A cast iron shooting plane had caught my eye in this mixed box. It’s a long way from being a Lie Nielsen or a Stanley, but it looked like one I could clean up and use. I ‘won’ the lot for GBP40 / $63 (surprise surprise, it went for my maximum bid!). However I’m happy with that even though there was a h...
I have learned in my journey of working wood many things about the tools, the different techniques etc., etc., most of all I have learned many things about being me. One of the most recent discoveries was uncovering a bad habit of beginning to create in such a rushed pace, almost scurrying about getting involved in more than one project at a time. Before one idea was completed two more had already blossomed until they all began moving into one another. The end result was starting to become...
When I did my research, I found a number of good saw vise designs on the web. Some were simple, whilst others were more complex. The fundamental requirement of a saw vise is that it clamps a saw securely while you sharpen it, everything else is just icing. So it can be as simple as sandwiching the saw plate between two pieces of wood in a vise on your bench. Last December, I had the privilege of attending a saw sharpening class with Paul Sellers at Penrhyn Castle in North Wales. At the beginn...
Sawstop Customer Service contacted me and rectified the situation very well.
God Bless Craigs List!!! I just picked up a lightly used radial arm saw for $65!!!!I need to make a new table and rip fence for it, but for $65, I don’t think I can beat the price! I downloaded the manual. I had no idea these saw’s could do so much! Cross Cut, Rip Cut, Rout!!!! This thing is a Jack of all trades!!!! I will probably only use it for rip cutting, but hey, you never know!
This is a photo taken with my iPhone of the brace being refurbished. I’m really just getting to grips with downloading using the iPhone and Photobucket?? Hopefully it is successful? OMG it works! In this pic you get a closer look at the chuck body- This is held in a ‘cheapo’ vice I bought from ‘ALDI’ (Wal-Mart, but even cheaper, to our American cousins) years ago. It is very handy cos you can adjust it to suit what you are doing. It originally had...
Isn’t it funny…..it’s always when you least expect it when you stumble upon something you had no idea you would find. There I was on a rather chilly 45 degree morning outside at an auction..the isles of tables although sometimes windier than your spirits care for…there were still enough vendors aboard the blacktop with secret finds to go around for all…..lol For old handtool pickers this for me was a pretty sweet morning indeed. I had just begun my journ...
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