This is not exactly a restoration story. But it explains a bit about what is to come. Birdhouse By this time we had taken our first woodworking class. I had gotten a little interested in woodworking by a book my mom had given me. We had also started shopping for furniture and seen how expensive it was. Around the house I had built a fence and a small garden bench. At a garden store one day we saw a cute little bird house for around $25. “I bet I can make that,” I said....
Welcome to my first ever blog. This was going to be a series of 3 blogs, but it took so little time to undertake the work, I have condensed it into a single document. The blog is about the WIXEY Angle Gauge, Saw fence Digital Readout and the Planer depth gauge All three items arrived from the European distributor yesterday by courier. So first the WIXEY ANGLE GAUGE/METER There is not much to do with this unit when it arrives – just remove the battery cover, insert the bat...
Did a bit of unplanned shopping today. Had to pick up a book for some hints on redoing a set of stairs this week. New oak treads, risers, double rails with 24 spindles on each side and open (that’s right open) beneath! No kneewall, or partial boxing in to allow myself to run the spindles down to a diagonal piece… just drywall to box in the existing supports…. but I digress. So while I was searching for that book…. I’ve been hankering for a new drill, rather an...
About 10 or 11, I got my first “real” job. My grandfather had an auction house. All types of strange and wonderful objects passed through there. Lots of strange and wonderful people found their way their too. I was always on the end of a sofa or moving a box. I did a mans work…well kinda. I have pretty much stayed away from auctions most my life simply because I don’t need more junk. Today I made an exception. A local cabinet maker was “downsizing”. I was h...
Between a crazy work schedule and the Hocky Play offs my workshop time is suffering. Any other NHL fans out there? Any favorites for the Stanley cup? I’m hoping to spend some serious time at the Woodworking Show this weekend. It is here in Sacramento starting tomorrow. Hopefully this will give me some additional inspiration to get back to work on my projects and I will not spend too much money on gadgets. I’ve purchased a couple of items that have not been used since they ...
This is a blog entry that I am using to collect information on sharpening. I will be updating this information periodically as I come across additional information. Please feel free to contribute information if you desire. Sharpening Books The Complete Guide to Sharpening by Leonard Lee – Covers sharpening of tools in general. I own this book. Taunton's COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED guide to SHARPENING by Thomas Lie-Nielsen – I have looked at this book a number of times and wi...
There is a monthly antique sale here in town. I went down there with the family this morning to look around. I’ve got some pictures to share of what I got today and will add these at the end of the entry. I’m sharing primarily because David asked to see what I got. I was looking for a #18 block plane, but the dealer who normally has a large selection of planes was not here today. So no #18 today. The number of dealers was a little less than normal today. I’m assuming...
This is a list of links that I will maintain that are related to handplanes. This is primarily intended for my own use, but feel free to add to the list if you have some favorites. Manufactures Anderson Planes – Handmade Infill style planes Brese Plane – Handmade planes by Ron Brese. Also has blades for making planes. Classic planes – Infill plane manufacture Galoot Tools – High Quality Handcrafted Plane Blades and Chisels. Holtey – Infill...
Dear Sir, We are very sorry to hear that our first generation custom made six-in-one screwdriver did not live up to your screw driving expectations of being able to drive nearly as many screws as the Titanic made Trans-Atlantic voyages. We take our product design and customer service very seriously, and have sacked everyone involved with the first product line. At considerable time and expense we have completely retooled our product line and would like to offer you a replacement fro...
This is a Stanley Bailey #3 Type 10 Bench Plane that I picked up a few weeks back at a local antique street sale. It was better than the one that I had set aside to restore. (I’ll save the other one for Obi if he wants it) The purchase price for this plane was $20. The first step in the restoration process is to determine the type of the plane and condition of the plane. To do this I looked up the plane using the stanley bench plane dating page. using information from the plane. ...
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