I was away for a long weekend in August on the garden route, just relaxing and taking a break. While driving around my wife wanted to check out an antique shop near George. Antique shops are not really my thing, but sometimes you see interesting furniture and always interesting to see how it was made. Anyway while checking out some cool old furniture I spotted an old Stanley no.3 plane. It was rusted and a bit neglected and apart from a small chip in the body seemed to be in good shape....
Saturdays can be tricky for me. I want to work in my shop. My wife wants us to go out somewhere… anywhere. Today we struck a happy medium. I took her out shopping for baby stuff (we’re working on an adoption) and she didn’t sigh even once when I pulled the car into the Woodcraft in Addison.. I had my #5 Bailey with me so I could check out a Hock blade but they didn’t have any in stock. I ended up buying a Pinnacle blade by IBC. I also bought a set of Groz engi...
Recently, I was lamenting to a friend about my limitations in the camera department. She wanted to take some pictures of me working so I demonstrated some tool use (well, the way I use them anyway ;), so now I have some pictures of me working in the shop. Lathing Here are a few pics of me setting up a block and turning with the roughing gauge - Sharpening Using the Work Sharp to put an edge back on the roughing gouge - I still can’t freehand on a grinder ...
Evening Folks, Like many of my fellow LJ’ers, I started out with power tools and have started to develop an interest in hand tools. I have been picking up some odds and ends, when both the wallet and the need permits. I received an early birthday present from the wife, partly as a thank you for helping her with all of the cleanup and move after the apartment fire. I have been looking at the Stanley 6 1/4 contractor block plane at Lowes and have been himing and hawing on whether or no...
I am not officially a “galoot” but I do keep an eye out for hand tools whenever I happen across a garage sale or used items store. Most times, though, I accumulate them as gifts for small favors or when people I know go through a basement cleaning and come across items they don’t use or have any interest in. This latest acquisition was a combination of the two. I helped out a friend with a wireless router issue and once we started talking about my interest in woodworking she...
A few months back a member of my extended family (on my wife’s side) decided to sell their house and move south. In the basement of the house was a collection of old tools from a grandfather who had passed away, and I bought a whole kitten-caboodle for $100.00 (see This Post from January). Well, hidden in that lot was a little filthy dirty block plane that I didn’t really pay much attention to. However I recently bought a set of dremel cleaning bits and decided to c...
Hi all…Here I am again, have some time since I’m in Paris visiting my fionce who is French. Deep stop for Record No. 43 / 50 plane (Stanley)Perhaps a smiths project… (at least silver smith).Here are also a blog of how to make wooden fence: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/15855 Ok I admit! It was not clever of me, I did not see that the deep stop was missing on the 43 I bought on E-bay. But the seller was nice and gave me a 4 pound discount on a price that was 13, so I was s...
I need to straighten out an eight foot piece of oak. I needed to take a ¾ inch bow out of the board. I have no joiner. I clamped a straight edge on the oak and cut it with my skill saw. I do not have a wood working bench to hold it for planning either. I used one clamp to hold it vertically and another clamp to hold that clamp. Placing the whole she-bang against a firm object, away we go!! The No. 7 Stanley whipped it out in nothing flat ;-))
Well guys,Let me start off by saying I have always admired old tools. There is something wonderful about holding a tool that a great craftsman may have used to make extraordinary with furniture a hundred years ago. Combine this with my new fascination with hand tools and I knew it was only a matter of time before I tried my hand at handplanes. It started out with the Veritas apron plane, which led to many ebay purchases. I have to say I could not have dreamed of a better finnish than these...
I bought 5 old Stanley chisels for $15 and they need some attention. One of them has chipped corners and I’m not sure if he can be saved. Maybe a couple years on the grinder will help. I currently don’t own any sharpening tools, so it’s going to be a little while before I can tend to these guys. From reading and watching videos, there’s no way around learning how to sharpen your chisels, so I figured learning with a cheap set is a good idea. I need to figure out ho...
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