Aimed at those new to saw sharpening, this instructional video is 2 1/4 hours long and covers the theory, the tools and the practice of sharpening western saws. You get to look over my shoulder as I sharpen four saws – two backsaws and two hand saws. I’ll explain the saw sharpening process and how you apply it to different scenarios. I really hope you find it useful. As to the production quality, I’ve done the best I could. I had to record it outside, so there is a bi...
In the last two weeks, I have bought the two pieces of equipment that I have been looking for and now I think my shop is complete as far as vintage power tools are concerned (until I see something else). I have a Rockwell/Delta drill press, but for me it just wasn’t old enough. I walked into the auction house as a way to get away from Trick-or-Treat night. Wasn’t really looking for anything but then I heard this little beauty calling my name: It is a Companion (Com...
Here is my latest basket case, and yes it needs some work. It is an early 1940’s Dunlap 4”x36” belt sander that is missing a few pieces. This is a 103.08011: the 103 means it was made by King-Seeley for Sears and Roebucks. Dunlap serves as the economical part of the Sears tool line. There is supposed to be an 8” disk that goes with it and tables for both but they have parted ways years ago. In addition, the drive wheel was broken and needs to be replaced. Aside from the obvi...
Look what I just found… I’m going to buy it this morning..Amazing find.. A Pre-Rockwell (pre-1954) Beaver 3200 Table Saw with original stand and accessories. If you check my previous blog from yesterday.. you can see my other finds this week..Now all I lack is the Sander and 3800 Jointer and I will haveall of the Pre-Rockwell Beaver 3000 series toys..I will post each restoration picture as I complete them
I’ve got some things with brown stuff on them. Lesser men call it rust; true LJ’s don’t recognize this “rust” as a worthy foe. To follow is a real-time electrolysis setup. . I’m no expert on electrolysis, but being stupid has never stopped me from doing stupid things. I’m going to blog an electrolysisi system for rusty tools in real time. You accept all risk, as I’ll be deemed incompetent pre-trial, so good luck in the civil.. First...
I picked up this beauty for only $75 off Craigslist this weekend. Everything seems to be in good shape except for nicks on the blades about 4” out. It’s missing the blade guard for when you move the fence in, but other than that has everything else, as far as I can see. The power switch is attached with duct tape, but I will remedy that as well. Now for the tool p0rn!
I just picked one of these up at a garage sale for $2 not knowing what it was. (and got a lot of other great buys too!)It says C.S. OSBORNE & co. NEWARK, N.J. From what I’ve read it is indeed a leather cutter, aka draw gauge (http://www.csosborne.com/no51.5.htm). Mine has black japaning on the handle and the blade says C.S. OSBORNE & CO HARRISON N.J. The blade must have been a replacement. On the opposite side of the measurements is it stamped MADE IN U.S.A., it’s stamp...
I’ve caught BEAVER FEVER and decided to collect the Beaver 3000 seriesPower tools made in Guelph Ontario Canada.. pre-Rockwell This week I’ve bought 4 new items..1) Beaver Model 3100 Scrollsaw (I bought 2 of these)2) Beaver Model 3300 Bandsaw3) Beaver Model 3400 Wood Lathe I already own 2 Beaver Drill Presses.. ”HELP WANTED”I’m on a mission to find the Beaver Sander Model 3900... Very Rare.. If anyone knows of one that’s available̷...
This came in today, a hand crank grinder, model 85, from Prairie Tool Co. Prairie du Chien, WI.; made sometime after 1920. Auction photo. My pics. These are all before I took it apart, cleaned, oiled/greased. I’ll get new pics after dinner. For some reason my youtube video is not showing up. FIXED! The threads were in rough shape. After buying a 7/16×20 nut and filing the threads a bit I finally realized they were left handed… another trip to the har...
Lately I’ve really been getting into hand tools. I asked for a few Japanese chisels for Christmas (one each from a few different people in the family.) I ended up with a set of four from Woodcraft. I decided that this collection was worthy of family heirloom status so I had them laser engraved and built a box to keep them in. I have always had a fascination with Japanese culture, art and woodworking. Lately I have been reading Japanese Woodworking Tools, Their Tradition, Spir...
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