The hobby of woodworking, it’s something most enjoyed when I need to get away from noise, get next to nature and temporarily tune out the depression of the bad news in life. In my shop I can create something for me and the people I care about. I can dream of builds I have yet to make and I can play with the woodworkers toys of Plane, saw, and chisel. It is so easy to get pulled into what our world has become…. a race of ants hurrying about and yapping into phones and looking...
Started simply enough, saying “I’ll take it!” to Patrick Leach the first week of March. He said the plane was indeed a project that he was pricing to move. “Spring stuff coming, need to clear space.” But it was for parts or restore if extreme restores were your thing, essentially. Well, it’s not my thing, but having a #62 is my thing. So I jumped. And I was excited when it arrived. ! And this one of the sole, from Patrick’s list: ...
Here is a post I did recently and now want to show you how to do it through a short video. This is not the same plane shown below but it is all the same procedure I use for smoothing planes: Something I have wanted to post on for a while. Next week I will be using a Stanley #4 at the Springfield New Jersey Show and the Fredericksburg Virginia Show Masterclasses I will be teaching for The Woodworking Shows show. It’s an eBay find for £8 – $12. This plane is and always was an amazing...
The Stanley #72 Chamfer plane was on my list of Stanley specialty planes that I wanted to own. I like this plane from both a collector and a user view point. What I mean by that is its fun to use and its also fun to look at on the shelf. This is the kind of plane in which I normally wouldn’t restore to a like new condition. Had this one been in good condition and had nice patina I would have just sharpened the iron and left the rest alone. However this #72 did not have nice patina an...
I am a newcomer when it comes to planes, but I feel I have learned a lot on this site in the last few months. Thanks to all those who have helped/enabled me. This is the first time I have tried to restore and tune up a Stanley Bedrock plane. It is a 606c that I was able to but off of Ebay. When I got it, it was incredibly dirty and grimey. Kind of like the inside of a chainsaw where sawdust and grease come together. After I was I able to clean the plane, I sand...
Okay, added a wall to define my shop space for heating, etc. and included a pair of pocket doors. They’re framed but need trim. Enter some spaulted (stained, really), flat-sawn sycamore. Dressed the edges and faces, needed something to dress them up a bit. How about a bead? First the flat stock, ready to go. With the #45 set up and ready, an early key is to take multiple, shallow passes. Here’s a scratch pass: Start on the end of the piece, taking multiple passes ...
I came across a stanley plane #4. In rather rough shape. trying to figure out the best way to go about restoring it to a usable tool. Looking for advice and such.
Picked these up at a nearby antique shop this weekend. The No. 5 Bailey is in pretty good shape. The No. 4 looks to have all the pieces, just needs some sweat & tears to make it pretty. The No. 5 Bailey: The No. 4:
I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is, but I am somewhat attracted to Brace bits… go figure. something about the shape and engineering of the tool really works for me I guess. My first introduction with the brace was way back in ….2009 (ok maybe not that long ago). I was sitting in a bar, and caught her in the corner of my eye. there was something about her…. oh wait… wrong movie… OK – swap reel… I was dropping the trash at the transfer...
After reading Andy’s blogs on cleaning up braces I dug these two out out of the back shed. They were in the family for years. The chrome has been rusted off the millers falls for years but I figured what better to start on. The stanley SPOFFORD brace wasn’t as bad but needed a bit more tighting up of the top knob which was a bit tricky. The end results aren’t the prettiest but work great. On I side note I really didn’t expect to like the spofford brance much but as...
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