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11-23-2016 10:45 PM

Sandblasting of Your Dreams - 13 replies

Okay, here goes: Most of us have either wanted to sandblast their old tools, or have some degree of proficiency in the technique already. The purpose of this thread is to explore the various systems available, and what kind of safety equipment we need. Anyone who has a preference for one type of compressor or another, or any stories you have,...

08-19-2016 02:32 AM

Another "Whatizzit" for My Tool Depository - 11 replies

I found a small cache of tools at a thrift shop, likely from some dead old man’s workshop. I gathered a pile of stuff, about 30 different hand tools, and found these two items taped together for a buck: One had the inscription: C. S. O. Spur stamped on the collar, just above the taper. The other end looked like it was gently t...

02-07-2016 05:44 PM

Saving a Stanley #31 Transitional - 13 replies

I have no idea what this stain was, on a Stanley #31 I purchased. Seems like drafting ink from a few generations ago. But I just had to have this tool!And before it goes into my case, it’s getting a good refurbishment. The forecast calls for Blizzard conditions, so on this lazy Sunday, I took the old girl apart.Those black stains...

12-11-2015 04:10 PM

A Quickie Shelton Handplane Pictorial - 9 replies

Seems like there’s a bit of renewed curiosity about Shelton planes, so here goes: This company was quite proud of its patent, which was boldly cast into both the sole and lever cap, lest anyone forget what they have. Well there is the standard Wickipedia story about yet another start-up toolmaker that got absorbed by the Stanley monoli...

07-05-2015 04:30 PM

Repurposed Kitchen Cabinets - 6 replies

A nearby home was being gutted and renovated, and a nice set of kitchen wall cabinets, five feet worth, was put out to the curb.So… I grabbed them, such nice late ‘50s period, with birch veneer blockboard doors and all! I just had to figure out what to do with them. One wall of my shop was dedicated to pipe and bar clamp storag...

06-27-2015 12:15 PM

Workbench Suggestion - 4 replies

Here’s a great suggestion for re-purposing that unwanted piano that’s taking up space: Just saw this ad on local Kijiji classifieds, had to share it. !

04-09-2015 11:42 PM

Some Wacky Iron Planes from Europe and Down Under, #3s, #4s and #5s. - 46 replies

It’s really a good idea to keep a record of your woodworking tools for many reasons. Least of which, for an insurance claim, be it fire, flood, or burglary. More likely, my widow will likely blow off all my planes for a dollar each. So.. I’ll make a cross-reference in Excel for an anticipated retail price, if she’s so inclin...

04-07-2015 12:49 AM

Old Tool Shopping: Slim Pickens in Saskatchewan - 8 replies

Four days in Regina Saskatchewan, and this was all I could scrape up. Granted, the Easter holiday didn’t make it easier, but I was able to coordinate the calendar with various websites of the antiques stores I know there. A #70 scraper, and #27 1/2 Stanley plane. I really like the 27 1/2, and it’s good when the correct cutte...

02-06-2015 05:11 PM

In Defense of the European Beech Plane... - 39 replies

Well.. I don’t have too much to say about those silly looking Euro Horned planes… except, after tinkering with a few, man these things can really cut! A friend asked me to plane his coffee-table sized slab of burly Redwood, so he could make the Epic cribbage board.I decided to put my Euros to the test, one was already set up as a c...

02-02-2015 04:17 PM

The Stanley "Two-Tone" Line, Planes and Other Tools - 31 replies

Lest we forget, in our research in all the different ‘Types’ of handplanes, and the as-yet to be agreed upon Type 21 and Type 22 planes, there’s more work to do. The Stanley “Two Tone” line was a series that ran concurrent with other types from the ‘50s to 60’s and possibly as late as the 1970s. They...

01-15-2015 11:27 PM

A new Source of Lumber?? - 5 replies

I saw this, and had to share. Immediately, the possibility of harvesting short pieces of lumber came to mind…and they can all be quarter sawn! This is not my video, and it’s posted here for its entertaiment value only. Looks like a heavily-weighted arm, counterbalanced with an ...

01-10-2015 07:21 PM

Unusual! Stanley #104 Liberty Bell plane. - 9 replies

This just arrived, and I’m just thrilled! A Stanley Liberty Bell #104, my first all-metal Liberty. I was intrigued by its snub-nose appearance, like as if somebody hacked off the ends, but no, this is what they’re supposed to look like. This particular one is rumored to be a Type 1. It has the original round ...

10-18-2014 05:41 PM

Spoke Shaves of Your Dreams - 168 replies

The HOYD thread has solved so many issues, answered so many questions, and converted so many people, that I wondered if the same thing might be true for spoke shaves. With my apologies to Bertha, for borrowing the title somewhat from his epic thread. I thought I’d post some pics, to help define which numerical designation your spoke sh...

09-16-2014 02:45 PM

Extracting Broken Screws in Your Plane Restorations - 25 replies

Okay, so you’ve got a plane with a busted-off screw and you put the project on hold.I just got an Ohio #4 and a MF #5-size, both with knob screws busted off.Here’s a bit of a guide that might get you past the problem, so that your plane restoration can continue.My intent here is to encourage people to try this themselves, instead of ...

08-09-2014 01:32 PM

Did Something Happen to You-Tube? - 8 replies

All of a sudden I can’t access my favorite videos! Tom Fidgen, Paul Sellers and others… You Tube has gone into some unrecognizable web page and it won’t let me view the videos I like to watch. Doesn’t seem to matter whether I’ve logged in or not. When I manage to pull up a video, it appears to be coming from &...

07-01-2014 11:06 PM

A Rapier Hand Plane Overview - 16 replies

Rapier Handplanes...What’s up with that? In North America, they are around, for sure, but there is not a whole body of research on them, as far as I know. Produced in Gateshead, England by the Anglo-Scottish Corporation, these planes are an interesting alternative to the Stanleys. I’m guessing they are all postwar, I d...

06-21-2014 07:34 PM

More Flea Market Finds Today!! - 13 replies

This event had been rained out before and postponed ‘til today. And, of course the weather channel predicted rain all day today, too, but go figure… On this SUNNY day, I snagged some pretty cool finds: Okay.. pic #1, an Edge-Rite (Eaton’s Dep’t Store) #27. This brand has the most impressive finish on the iron pa...

06-09-2014 03:46 PM

A Rogues Gallery of Transitional Planes - 14 replies

I thought I’d post some pix of my transitional planes. These were purchased by me over the years with no objective in mind, other than that they intrigue me. This collection represents only what I’ve found out there over the past three decades, ones that were priced reasonably and worthy of someday restoring. Nowadays, there̵...

06-07-2014 08:46 PM

An Ebay Miracle from a Bozo Seller!!! - 26 replies

Well, gotta admit, I still enjoy buying planes that are inexpensive, just to put ‘em away for future reference.So… when a pair of planes arrived, my wife intercepted the package. As soon as I arrived… she said “You’ve got a package….and you’re not going to like it” The contents was jangling arou...

06-05-2014 11:15 PM

Milwaukee Tool News - 6 replies

In case you keep track of such things…. (From Woodshop News) Milwaukee Tool acquires Empire Level Posted on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 14:39 Milwaukee Tool announced the acquisition of the Empire Level business based in Mukwonago, Wis.Founded in 1919, Empire Level is a provider of layout and measurement products, including levels, s...

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