My very first woodworking hand tool was this Stanley – Bailey No. 4. I bought it from Craigslist for $10.00. It’s about 50 years old, I bought it from the 45 year old son of the man who had passed on and left it to him. He was not a woodworker. I subsequently bought all 6 of his Henry Disston saws for $30.00 which I will showcase in a future blog entry. The first picture shows the condition of the plane when I bought it. The subsequent pics show the restored plane from a ...
Here is an idea for gun owners that don’t have a gun case or space for a wall gun case. That being said it is not just for guns, you can display just anything that will fit in the case, such as coins, knick knacks, precious mementos. The dimensions are 5’ by 2’ by 18” when it will be finished. There will also be a drawer under the showcase in the center of the table. The wood used is reclaimed barn wood from my barn.
These are my observations about learning to sharpen handsaws, along with some reminiscing about years gone by. I will say at the outset that I consider myself a beginning handsaw filer. I still fall short of what I would call an accomplished filer, and I’m certainly no expert. As I’m still in learning mode, these observations are not intended to be instructional. Perhaps, however, my observations will be helpful, or at least interesting, to other beginners. I doubt that experienced handsaw fi...
a journey in shaper cutter, please come for the ride, stay for the 411 #1: An educational journey in shaper cutters, teachers & professors needed to take the reins.
I have over the past few weeks been able to start taking some overstock merchandise, merchandise that the customer either forgot about or didn’ t have the funds to pay after the customer used the companies sharpening service. Some of the blades, router bits and some shaper bits , I will be keeping for my self but, to be albe to buy more I have to sale items I don’t normally use or if there is way more of an item or group of items than I can use myself. This is one of those time. ...
On the morning I shipped out my Millers Falls #14, returned from the post office and other errands and had a package sitting on my porch. It was from WayneC The package contained all the parts for a Stanley type 9, in fairly rough shape. Probably the worst looking plane i have received thus far, but i knew what i was getting. japping was in bad shape so was the tote and knob, obviously the tote had been broken and reoaired a few times already, 3 times judging by this picture, but i t...
As shown in part 2 i had a Stanley 120 that was my grandfathers, i finally got around to cleaning it up.it was pretty crusty and the japping was completely shot Not much else to say, I haven’t gotten around to making any shavings with it, as the blade is still in bad shape. It was obviously sharpened by grinder, and has a serious uneven radius. Working on at least getting the bevel consistant across the radius, figured may as well use it as a scrub block if i even do use it. Here ...
Shannon, known as the Renaissance Woodworker , had a blog about a month ago on how to turn a regular “junk” handplane into a cheap scrub plane. His blog is one of several I check out for tips and general woodworking info.He had 2 planes donated from Hyperkitten, a transitional plane and a Stanley #5, that he worked on. Cleaned them up just a little, and put a heavy camber on the blades. You can read/watch it here He offered both planes to anyone who commented on his video/bl...
...is my treasure and my wife’s entertainment. Part of my day job is doing service calls on a variety of issues relating to locks and doors. As such I meet a lot of people. Today I had the fortune of meeting Bill. Bill was a navy man in WWII and had his ear drums blown out by a deck gun. We were chit chatting as I did my thing and an antique work bench sitting in the corner came up. He asked if I wanted to buy it, I did and got it for cheap complete with a fair number of tools. I...
Bought this extremely dirty, fairly rusty, ole MFr off the Bay last spring. Sorry lost my before pics but oh well. Figured I would document before I possibly send her to a new home. Like her a lot but I already have plenty in the middle range of planes and someone else has expressed interest in it. Type 3 war era, no brass, hardwood knob and tote, lever cap was not painted but I painted with Duplicoat Chevy Victory Red Just a scratch Retuning on some figured cherry. had ...
I picked up this I. Sorby English mortise chisel with the Punch logo the other week and finally got it cleaned up and put back into service. The chisel is 33cm (13”) long and 7mm (a touch over 1/4”) wide at the back. The handle is an oval shape and tapered in both directions. The end of the handle is slightly domed to help prevent a glancing mallet blow from chipping the side of the handle. A hard leather washer separates the handle from the bolster. The cross-section of...
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