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|3 days ago||
A Retrospective for Missing LJ Comrades - 32 replies
Wondering if it would be appropriate to mention a few names, people who suddenly disappeared from the LJ site without explanation. Could they be in ill health, perhaps no longer living? Maybe they just got tired of this site, picked up their marbles, and left? As we approach the end of the year and the holiday season, it would be nice to kn...
|19 days ago||
eBay Rip-offs, Revisited - 18 replies
I’ve mentioned this in a past thread, but with Christmas coming, it bears repeating. International transactions on eBay are now subject to a ridiculous surcharge, which you are not informed of until after the deal is paid for. In other words, if you live in the USA, and purchase an item in Canada, you are now subject to a ridiculous ...
|51 days ago||
Of Interest to Vaughan & Bushnell Guys: - 0 replies
A local listing…for nippers! http://winnipeg.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-tools-hand-tools-Two-Pair-of-Antique-Farrier-Nippers-Blacksmith-Nippers-W0QQAdIdZ537634378 Yup, genuine V&B nippers! And I thought they only made hand planes. Text says, ”These are 2 pair of antique farrier horse shoe pliers, nippers – they a...
|74 days ago||
Fascinating Article on Retail Power Tool Quality - 18 replies
An “expert” on the genesis of major brands of power tools in the Canadian market speaks here: http://homes.winnipegfreepress.com/winnipeg-real-estate-articles/renovation-design/Making-the-cut-or-not/id-3575# Amusing reading, in my opinion! Here’s the first few paragraphs of the article: ” If you’re going...
|104 days ago||
Appliance Shopping... Need Your Opinions! - 36 replies
Okay… the wife informed me she wants a new washer and dryer, and a new freezer. I’m okay with that! The ones we have are THIRTY FIVE years old! Still running, but…. I know new replacements will not last as long; but I still wish to purchase new items that will NOT give me trouble. I’ve ruled out front-loaders fo...
|111 days ago||
Making Planes and Tools From Scratch!!! - 0 replies
This video has been presented before, but indeed you can fabricate any tool you can imagine simply by entering design data, or presenting a tool you wish to be copied in 3-D.Imagine…. You need a table trunnion for your Delta clone bandsaw… no problem! Make it in minutes…Here’s the video with the replicated functional big...
|123 days ago||
I Need Help Designing Camper-Jack Platforms - 12 replies
We’re usually pretty lucky with whatever campsite we’ve reserved, sight unseen. but this weekend, we got the LAST available site with electric power. When we got there, I had to block up the camper quite a bit due to a slope in the landscape of about 28 inches from front to rear. That’s a lot of adjustment, and those cheep b...
|130 days ago||
Stanley #45 Grab, and a "Whatizzit" - 16 replies
On Saturday, at a community Yard Sale, I found a really righteous Stanley #45, just about complete. The old-timer was rather uppity about the price…and I noticed the plane was lacking the screwdriver, but the d-shaped eccentric and slitter were there, as well as a long depth foot, and the complete box of 23 cutters. There were extra long...
|132 days ago||
Thursday Handplane grabs! - 18 replies
There’s a Habitat for Humanity Re-store center in my city, and among all the corporate donations, there is the occaisional donation of the contents of Grampa’s workshop. So… today, I walked in there and found two #3 restoration projects, a Stanley #3 with three patent dates, and an awesome National #3, missing some parts. ...
|136 days ago||
Today's Flea Market buys! - 6 replies
A few days left of vacation, and so I went to some flea markets and antique stores today. Yesterday, I did well, satiating my irrational need for more crockery and golden-oak period furniture for restoration, so in the absence of any Sunday sales, I shopped indoors: A couple of #6’s. A Union plane, with a crudely brazed repair on ...
|137 days ago||
Desecration! The Handplane Horrors! - 6 replies
Well… I suppose there is still a lot of old handplanes out there that simply don’t have a home. But still, the idea of re-purposing vintage planes into something of tangible interest to crafty non-woodworkers just doesn’t set well with me. Like how grandpa used to speak of ultra-cool 1940 Ford coupes ruined on half-mile dirt ...
|169 days ago||
We’re all aware of the decline of quality in Stanley tools over the last few decades. In type studies of Stanley planes, they all come to a screeching halt after type 20’s, approximately 1967 or so. They Handyman line of planes rarely, if ever gets mentioned. I know, they’re generally not held in high regard, Don W hates...
|180 days ago||
All within a one mile radius of the house today….Skipping over the rancid crap sales of rummage-sales refugees, I found some nice things for the workshop: So here’s the list: Three “Esteel” Swedish bench chisels, Millers Falls scribe/punch, Millers Falls adjustable hacksaw with repaired handle, Stanley Sweethe...
|185 days ago||
The "Mixed Emotions" Hand Plane Thread - 22 replies
I’d be showing my years, but the old stand-up comedy joke went like this: Define “Mixed Emotions” ... punchline: Seeing your evil Mother-in-Law drive over a cliff….in your new Ferrari! Now how do I segue into my story? I was out Saturday, there was a yard sale ad I’d seen previously for “wood, woodworkin...
|195 days ago||
I bought another Stanley Liberty Bell plane, I dunno, I just like ‘em, and in a way they are a step up from mere transitionals. This one, upon closer inspection, was in pretty tough shape, bodywise. All the metal hardware was good, however, so here goes: As you can see, somebody already tried to re-animate it with a hacked-out hu...
|198 days ago||
I bought some cabinet parts, approx. 24” X30” of a very unusual material. They appear to be MDF, 3/4” for commercial fixtures, with the most beautiful glossy red paint finish you could ever imagine! They actually look like painted steel panels. I’ve never seen such a high level of gloss on MDF, but it is giving me all...
|220 days ago||
I’ve managed to miss every annual show in this little farm town about 2 1/2 hours away from us. This time I made sure it happened for us! Anyway…here’s the result, plus one shiny plane and one trannie from auctions as seen in these pics:! so…an early Stanley #7C, $30, Miller Falls #9 with jointed lever cap, $25,...
|227 days ago||
A Word to the Wise on Ebay Shipping: - 23 replies
It looks like Ebay wants a piece of the action on international shipping. With my Canadian address, I usually verify that the shipper is using US Postal Service, or Royal Mail if shipping from Great Britain. The reason is simple… I almost NEVER had to pay customs, broker charges, or duty on inbound international parcels. I appreciate ha...
|231 days ago||
The Official LJ Spoke Shave Thread Redux: - 12 replies
Or… Everything you wanted to know about spoke shaves…** But was afraid to ask.These handy tools always get left out of the discussion, so here it is!Tell us your stories about spoke shaves, which ones work for you, which ones truly should be avoided, etc. Here’s my menagerie! Yeah, a couple of #80 scrapers there, too.Th...
|235 days ago||
Today's Vintage Iron Safari! - 12 replies
If I go out shopping for old planes too often, I reach the ‘diminishing returns’ concept. Seems like nobody but me is in the market for old plane acquisitions in this town, and I have to wait a bit for the market to replenish itself. So.. Here goes: Yep, that’s a Union #7C , great shape, and $30 An unmarked 3...