Thanks to Knotscott, who lives close by, I found a craftsman in very good shape. I’ve upgraded the belt with a link belt from Harbor Freight (good deal) and the fence with a Vega Pro 40. Just need to get the other wing on, add an extension table and ZCI and do something about the switch. Works great though! (Any advice on the switch would be appreciated. The original set-up had the motor plugging into the switch and the switch plugging into the wall. I’m assuming I’ll ha...
I picked up this little mitre box at a flea market back in August for $6. It came with a Warranted Superior backsaw with a bent back/plate and possibly a replacement handle? That’s another story. Out of all the tools that I have brought home to ‘save’ I’m not sure why this one jumped to the front of the rehab line. Maybe because it didn’t need sharpened. And I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be de-valuing it with refinishing (yeah, I watched a lot of Antiqu...
Making a mallet on the lathe with some laminated oak and cherry. YouTube link. SUBSCRIBE! NEW VIDEOS ON TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS
For quite a while I have been using the Kreg set up bars for various set up tasks in my shop. Before I bought these I had made a set of different thicknesses of hardwood blocks. That worked well, but the Kreg blocks offer more versatility. They come in sizes from 1/8” to 1/2” in 1/16” increments, nicely organized in a handy case. ( If you follow my work, you know I love organization!)I frequently use mine for setting the depth on my drill press. Just bring the bit down just ...
Sometimes my shop is lucky enough to inherit tools from other shops when they either close up or upgrade their machines. When this happens, if it’s a machine we can use, they are often in rough shape and in need of cleaning and maintenance. This Rockwell Delta jointer for instance needed a good cleaning on the deck, a new power cord, and new blades. In this post I’ll show you how an old time carpenter tought me to clean the metal deck of a shop machine. Start by soaking the ...
I started building this cabinet with the idea that It would organize all my miscellaneous tools that were spread out all over my shop. If it ends up not looking awful when complete that would be a bonus as well. Not being ugly was going to be a challenge since Im just using whatever scrap wood I have laying around. I had the rough idea that I wanted it to look somewhat like a traditional hand tool cabinet, but was planning on using it for machine accessories primarily. It’s loc...
This is sort of a continuation of an old blog about 3 Shopbuilt Brass Tools. I recently made these two little tools out of brass strip, 1/16 in. thick by 1/2 inch wide by 12 inches long. I wanted to make a small brass bevel gauge ever since I saw one that Mads made. The Pythagorean gauge I only recently found accidentally here on Lumberjocks.. Its usefulness is probably marginal, but it’s certainly a conversation starter. It measures just under 8 inches long. The be...
Which hand tool should be in a woodworking project? Whether hammer, wrench or screwdriver – the correct hand tools are useful tools in a woodworking project and belong in every toolbox. To successfully implement repairs and creative ideas in the woodworking project, the quality of hand tools in woodworking project plays a major role. Another thing is an organization of hand tools. The organization of most important hand tools is crucial in a woodworking project because they are primary...
It’s been a year since I bought this. Here is a brief review of it, my impressions. This model has a straight brass roller on the bottom, so I have to used finger pressure to produce a slight bevel to the corners on plane irons. I haven’t checked Veritas (or Lee Valley) to see if I can swap it out for the recently seen cambered roller. If it turns out this can be done, I will purchase one and this issue will be resolved. The second complaint is a more severe one. The bev...
Finishing up with my chisel restoration I go through how I sharpen my chisel. Check it out and subscribe.
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