Last year I had the opportunity to drive from Missouri to California to visit my 92 year old Grandmother. It’s always great to see her and visit the house that she and my Grandfather lived in my whole life. About 15 years ago my Grandfather passed away, and left behind a collection of unique tools in his garage that he had amassed over his lifetime. It was on this visit, last year, that I found an old saw hanging in a locker in the garage. I had no knowledge of hand saws at the time, bu...
The Christmas paper is all gone and the tree is down and stowed. Now is the New Year and it is time to replace talk the talk with walk the walk. I have been slowly expanding my tool collection in the last couple years and this Christmas rounded out my collection for a half dozen projects I have been wanting to try. First on the list is a bar that I have drawn up plans for from a set I saw online. While I decided curves and bending wood was out of my class, I plan some ornate routing to make i...
I got two gift cards in my Christmas Loot this year. They were for two different stores, but things worked out. Lately I’ve been thinking as I do things around my shop. When I make sparks while grinding a bolt I wonder if they might somehow start a fire in the sawdust. I’ve wanted a second pair of safety glasses so I won’t have to hunt down the one I set down. My ear plugs are starting to look dirty. So I took the cards and bought some safety gear for the shop. I got ...
I posted a while back about my 14” bandsaw from Porter Cable. It has been a great addition to the shop, but I just could not stop wondering why there was not a work light built into the saw. Other band saws have them, and other Porter Cable products have a work light, so they clearly have the parts available to make it happen. So I decided to resolve this once and for all, and ordered a replacement lamp fixture for a PC bench grinder and then wire it into my my band saw so it would not ...
BufferConverting a cheap grinder into a buffer I usually use a electric drill with a buffer attached when I have buff, this is actually working fine, but I have for years dreamed of a bench version, just thought they were too expensive or cheap and with no power… I had one of these, that ended up never used after I got a water grinder and a disc sander.So a conversion was obvious.I bought the spindles on E-bay for next to nothing, one left and one right twisted, split the machine ...
I am about to redo part of my work shop. I currently have a pegboard system for hanging my tools. Ive seen alot of things showing that some people like using French Cleat systems. Has anyone used that type of system and recommend French Cleats? Anybody like one of the other?
I was out in my garage the other day and went to start a project. Reaching into my toolbox and retrieving a hand plane the first thing I noticed was that it was rusting. Agian! I had just cleaned the rust off of all my planes a little over a month ago and already they were showing signs of new rust. There is nothing more frustrating than spending my free time cleaning rust off of my tools over and over again. I need to find a better way to protect my tools. I already keep them stored in a ...
I have already blogged about the poor quality rip fence that came with this model table saw. The minor modifications I noted earlier have made the fence mostly accurate. Eventually, I will either add material to it to build it up in size and maybe make it dead-accurate or I’ll build my own. Yesterday, I posted a question in the forum about using a Gripper push block system on a textured surface. That generated a variety of comments. What I got out of it is that the rough, textured to...
This past week I picked up a couple of older power tools that look to have great promise. The first is a Delta Model 31-460 Type 2 Belt/ Disc Sander. The other a Delta Model 40-530 Scroll Saw. I spend about an hour cleaning up and adjusting the sander. It runs well, but as you can see from the photos it needs some cleaning up in areas where surface rust has formed. The miter and ledge are in fine working over. The sanding belt needs to be replaced. From the v-shaped groove in the stop, I w...
Hi, I’ve always wanted to go to a tool show. but they always end up 6 or 8 hours away, this one was @ 1 hour away and 15 minutes from my in-laws house ( so we stayed over night and my father in law went with me). well; some pretty swell tools, I want this saw by Blackburn tools and I want the shooting plane by Lie-Nielson which you can almost see at the left back of the bench in this shot; some nice planes and interesting wood at interesting prices ...
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