I’ve been meaning to blog this for awhile. I’ve gotten a few messages asking about my blade guard so I wanted to give the story. As many of us know, the blade guards that come with standard table saws are awkward to use and often get taken off and never replaced. My original motivation for the blade gaurd, however, was not safety. It was dust control. When I set up my shop in my basement, I got overhead dust filters and dust collectors with piping. After cutting with my t...
I was down in Laguna and took some pictures of this reputed 38,000 lb behemoth. My guess is the wheel diameter is 66”-72”. Curiously the height capacity betweenthe guide blocks is only about 14”, so the saw must have been used in a differentsetup for initial slabbing of logs, or a different saw was used for the rough workwith the big trees and this saw was used for cutting dimensioned beams. The upper guide is not adjustable, but it does appear to be removable so conc...
And the brainstorming continues: After much thought, the necessary thickness to recess the t-track would make the jig too thick to allow for use with the router, there simply would not be enough depth left to work with. Why build just a sawboard? On to version 2.0: This sawboard would double as a routerboard on the left side. Base made up of 2 lengths of 3/16” hardboard glued together. Guide on top would be 1”x2” aluminum rect. tube with a groove cut out for 4 feet,...
I’m not really ready to share the final product yet, actually I’m not even close. Its just been a long process and Friday night culminated with great satisfaction, check my personal blog to see the progress and check back often to see if I have made any progress. http://bradswoodworking.blogspot.com/
Picked up a rip saw blade at a local antique store for $5.00. 5 ppi, and in good shape. Only one broken tooth, but it’s right at the heel so it won’t be an issue Decided to make a D8-ish handle out of some pecan stock…liked how the light wood contrasted with the dark blade. Here it is after a test fit with the rough handle.
Just a quick post to share a lovely little gem that I’ve just finished restoring. This is an 8” dovetail saw, filed 15 TPI rip, made by Spear and Jackson sometime between 1915 and 1925 I think. There’s some minor pitting on both sides of the plate, but nothing that will affect the saw in use. It has a nice thin plate which is just what’s needed in a dovetail saw and a 2” depth of cut. The handle is English beech and very comfortable in the hand. It ...
Last month I was chatting with a guy who ran a used tool shop near me and the conversation drifted to talking about planes. He lamented the fact that he had trouble selling the planes he purchased and I gave him a quick lesson on how to figure the value of an average plane and separate the good ones from the junk. In exchange for my lesson he told me about a guy who was selling his collection of tools up the street. This is what I came home with for about 280. Stanley No 2, No 5 SW, No 23,...
Shop storage is currently a bunch of open shelving that hubby put up. It’s a temporary thing and we both are looking forward to improving on it. Since I’ve started down the slippery slope of hand tools the shelves are getting rather cluttered on my side. I’m looking at plans for wall hung cabinets. I’ve got a nasty respiratory bug that has kept me out of the shop all of January (doc says no dust producing activities) and so, not wanting to be idle, I’ve taken the...
OK I know you guys know a thing or two about vintage, cast iron band saws. If you read the previous entry, I bought this saw for a song but after trying for a week or so to get the blade to track, I gave up and its been collecting dust ever since. That in itself is a travesty! I mean just Look at this beaut! I dont have any pics of the wheels, but I’ll get some up tonight if i remember. My issue is this: Lower wheel is about 3/16ths further out than the upper wheel, i...
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