So on my way home on Friday I stopped at the American Way Thrift Store… Pretty rare occurance for me but I am glad I did. I walked around the store not really looking for anything in particular but way in the back, actually in the area where they take the stuff and put price tags on it before bringing into the store. I found an old Brace and Bit, it was pretty rusty but checking the chuck and the rachet part I realized it was in good shape, also the grip and head didn’t wobble too...
New saw cuts SO very smooth – glue-up quality! I’m very pleased! Gluing the second “handle” to the end. Handles are clamped and waiting for glue to dry. Bottom still has screws in place and will come out tomorrow some time when the glue has dried more. Starting to look really nice! I love this design – traditional Japanese carpenter tool box. Uh oh! I am such a nongerhead! The handle on one end was sticking up just a tad so I went to shave it down a b...
I actually broke down and sharpened the blade on one of my crappy (not the crappiest, next one up) little block planes. Made some shavings. Not exactly the right tool for the job and the blade wasn’t dull anymore, just not as sharp as it needed to be. Resorted to a bit of hand sanding with a block and some 120 grit. Inching my way toward ‘real’ woodworking! I am going to do some square mortise/tenon joints for the ends of the box. This time, I am doing it “rightR...
Another Lumberjocker asked for plans for my One-Handed Clamp (Picture #1). So far as I know this type of specialty clamp was originally devised for building lapstrake boats. In lapstrake boats the laps are clamped together for riveting which requires reaching across the full width of the new plank with the clamp. But this clamp also comes in handy at times for other deep-reaching, and/or one-handed clamping needs. I decided to publish a copy of my patterns here for anyone who needs them. ...
http://www.wackywoodworks.co.nz/blastgate.php While this a full PVC blast gate it can be made in the average woodworkers woodshop with ease. But because of this I have simply made a blog post and not a project post etc In the video I am making a PVC blast gate for my home dust extractor system. You can treat PVC like wood, and can cut it on the Table saw, mitre saw, band saw, use the sanding wheels etc. On the thicker pipe we use jigsaws However on the table saw and mitre saw cut slowly...
Inspired by this video series on refurbishing a Craftsman Table saw, I found and purchased one. Nelson Studios saw refurb Here it is as I was disassembling it on my pickup. The saw disassembled, so I could move it and start cleaning it up. Next up I will clean, paint and polish the wings. I plan to mask the top surface while I paint the bottom with Rustoleum hammered gray spray paint. Then I will clean the top surface and apply Boeshield T-9 and finish with paste wax.
I built this extended jaws fixture for holding bowls while finishing their bottoms a few months back. It has worked well for me when I had only eight of the tapered holding buttons. The problem was removing the extended jaws and the holding buttons and then screwing the buttons into the proper holes to use the jig with 8” and smaller bowls. To combat this time consuming configuration change picked up more buttons and 6mm mounting screws at Lowes. I can now leave the outer row of but...
When I built the router table as an extension of my table saw I had in mind using it as more than a router station. For starters it allows me to make wider rips on my table saw, but it does a few more things and I’m not done yet. [Above and below] Like others of its brethren, my router station can be used with or without the fence. I have a vacuum port set in the fence as well as one for the cabinet depending on which one I think will work best. [Below] The router is mount...
My pastor had this miter box in his garage. His father owned it originally. Since he has never used it, he offered it to me. Having had one of these on my mind for some time I immediately accepted sight unseen. (Well, truthfully, I knew where it was and sort of what condition the saw was in, but I did not know any of the particulars.) Today I was at the parsonage putting handles on the kitchen cabinets and I was able to take the saw home with me. All these pictures show th...
One of my other hobbies is local railroad history. During the research for my book I was given access to thousands of images from glass plate negatives. Most of these photos were taken for a reason other than inventory of the railroad, usually because of a mishap. Once in a while I have to go back and refer to them. I saw these two and thought others might appreciate seeing an old tool. Railroads typically had workshops for maintenance of equipment, buildings, etc. I don’t know wh...
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