I’ve been a “collector” of power tools for some time now…usually every year with my bonus I would go out and get a tool…first came my Delta Contractors Saw. With a saw like that, I told my wife, I can build you great things… The next year it was my Delta 14” Band Saw. The band saw was just the ticket to start making fine furniture to fill our house…no longer would I be a slave to the local furiture store… Next was my Festool Circul...
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....
Ever since I saw Mafe's router plane I’ve had the desire to make one. As I do most often I look here on LJs for inspiration. Well, I found it. As I searched I came across this gem of a router plane made by Tinnocker. Tinnocker got his inspiration from Mafe’s design as well. I used a picture of Tinnockers design to come up with my version of a router plane. The body of the plane is hard maple. The handles are from some old chair spindles I had laying around, The plane iron is a ...
Yesterday, I took every tool that was in my main tool chest out of the box and cleaned and vacuumed out the box. While I was at it I laid my tools out on the work bench and cleaned and inspected them and took some of the bigger Stanley planes apart one at a time and cleaned all the parts. The iron in three of the planes needed sharpening so I did that before I reassembled them. I then put a few of the tools and put them in other drawers instead and put some other tools with these because this...
In the past, most old guys like me jealously protected their shortcuts and tricks to guard their job from competitors. I’ve seen many old fellows actually turn and place their bodies in front of their work to keep someone else from seeing how they did something, and they were not too bashful about doing so either. But, a lot of the old knowledge is disappearing now and some hard-learned things may disappear forever. I’ve learned a few tricks in my six decades of work related experience, and w...
I use a lot of “found” wood, it usually has to be split into smaller pieces to work with. One of the main tools I will need is the wood wedge. Starting with a bow saw and a hatchet, I cut some trees where Ms. Charming and I are clearing out around our garden. A couple of these were dogwoods. Dogwood is easily cut with a sharp axe when “green”, but when it is dry, it is extremely tough and difficult to work with edge tools. This toughness really make it good wedge m...
Sometimes Craigslist is a real pain…but sometimes it pays off to be persistent! I was emailing with this guy who was liquidating his wood shop and he had a Kreg Precision measuring kit for sale new in the box for $100 bucks. So after a bit of email tag, I went over to take a look at it. He had a bunch of other stuff for sale but when I looked at the Kreg setup it was unused like he said but all the assembly hardware was missing…just the major components were there. He was already ...
Today, Tuesday at the Treasure Mart in Ann Arbor the were unloading a great workbench. 3” thich maple bench top, metal drawere and an overhead shelf. It’s heavy. It was not priced but their prices are good. Also a really antique . . .really antique, bad shape, Craftsman table saw on a stand. With motor. It is outside in the driveway, left side as you face the building from the sidewalk. Over in Wisconsin at the Waukesha Antique Mart, a number of cases of wooden planes. C...
I’ve been lagging on getting these pics up since this past Saturday. I’ve been busy in the garage, and tonight I went to see a taping in Hollywood of an episode of a TV show that my old friend from college wrote. It’s his first written episode, and it was a good time. Anyway, Anderson Plywood is in west LA, just north of the Washington/Sepulveda intersection: It didn’t look like there was too much to see walking up from the nearby lot: However, I k...
I received my usual email from Rockler and Woodcraft the other day and hym-hoded about buying anything. Till I did a little searching on Woodcrafts clearance section. I found a set of 10 painter pyramids on sale for $2.99 reg $5.99. I’ve been eyeballing these for awhile waitng for the right moment and that time has come. Some of us have experienced this more than once, trying to complete a project and only have to wait for the other side to dry before starting the other. Well no more...
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