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Project by Tomcat1066 posted 02-11-2008 02:40 AM 3017 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Being a hand tool guy, and a guy who loves rehabbing old tools, I figured this was the ideal project for me. Now, in truth, it didn’t turn out as well as I planned, but it was still a good start.

The best part of this project was probably my son’s presence. He even did a bit of the planing (just hand tools folks…no power planers here). He loved it, and I enjoyed telling him what I was doing. Made me feel like the Wood Whisperer for a second there ;)

The saw vise legs are made of white pine, and the jaws are red oak, both purchased at the local BORG. So yep…I WAY overpaid. The joinery is just some brass screws I picked up hoping for some style points there. It was a neat project, but I made mistakes. The biggest is detailed in my blog, but I learned from this one, and I’m sure I’ll learn from the next one too.

So please, be kind ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!





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mjlauro

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#1 posted 02-11-2008 02:50 AM

I think it came great. I find the imperfctions in my work is what makes it mine. Plus it gives the piece a lttle character.

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Tomcat1066

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#2 posted 02-11-2008 02:52 AM

Thanks :)

I left the goofs on there because I need to learn to adapt. Besides, they don’t inhibit the function of the blasted thing! Still, it was pretty good having an excuse to plane some more :D

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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clieb91

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#3 posted 02-11-2008 02:54 AM

Tomcat, I saw this post on the front page and somehow thought it may belong to you. It looks like a great first project and I am sure will be used a lot by you. The time spent with your son added alot to it as well I am sure, can’t wait to be able to have my daughter help me out inthe shop in the future.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Tomcat1066

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#4 posted 02-11-2008 02:59 AM

Thanks Chris! It was fun making it, up until I goofed that is ;)

Having my son help was indescribable. It was a blast, and I can’t wait for him to join me on future projects!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#5 posted 02-11-2008 03:09 AM

Glad you had a good time with your son, wish I could get mine interested, a little late now, hes 35years old. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Tomcat1066

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#6 posted 02-11-2008 03:12 AM

Me too Mike! I’m not sure how long I can keep him interested, but I’m doing my best. I’m actually about to start putting together a small kit of tools to help him along his way. I’m definitely going to be blogging about that one in the future.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#7 posted 02-11-2008 03:47 AM

Mike, my son’s twenty two and he ain’t interested either. Oh well, it’s MY hobby anyway. Great job Tomcat. It’s a way cool thing to be able to rehab old tools and make them sing again.

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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Les Hastings

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#8 posted 02-11-2008 04:43 AM

Hey Tomcat Great first project! In more ways than one, continue to keep your son involved. Mine is 31 and I lost him somewhere along the way. Keep it up, hat’s off to you.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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Tomcat1066

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#9 posted 02-11-2008 04:45 AM

Thanks J.C.

I’m loving rehabbing these told tools and make them functional again. This will be a huge help in that regard!

Les,

Thanks! I’m certainly hoping he’ll stay interested. I figure I’ll work up a couple of projects that he can work on, and get him to help me with a couple of projects of mine, just to make him comfortable. Then, when he feels he’s ready, he can do his own projects :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Eric

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#10 posted 02-11-2008 04:49 AM

Great job! And remember – now is the time to make mistakes, when you’re just making stuff that will function for you in the shop. Don’t think of your tools/jigs/workbench as works of art, and you’ll enjoy them more (I think).

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 02-11-2008 05:07 AM

Woo hoo again. Just remember once you get started on these things it is hard to stop. Tomcat your saw vise looks perfectly fine to me. Now that the vice is taken care of have you tried to set the teeth and sharpen it?

By the way I am curious what is the painter’s tape for? I could understand a roll of duct tape. It is one of my most important tools but what did you use the painter’s tape for.

Kudos for involving your son. Sharing time with him is more important than anything else you can do.

Thanks for sharing. It was a nice idea to combine the pine and oak. It gives a contrast to the piece.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dorje

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#12 posted 02-11-2008 07:08 AM

Looks like it does what it’s intended to do and looks good doing it!

I bet you’re looking forward to getting your saws sharp!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Tomcat1066

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#13 posted 02-11-2008 12:27 PM

Eric,

Good point ;). Still, I had visions of this looking super cool and absolutely perfect. Apparently, I forgot that I’m a newbie and it just won’t work like that :)

Scott,

I haven’t tried anything with the saws yet, because the files and sawsets aren’t here yet. They were ordered Friday, so they should be ready to go soon enough.

As for the painter’s tape, I used polyurethane glue on the carriage bolts to help hold them in place. I used the blue painter’s tape as clamps while I waited for it to dry. Duct tape would have worked, but I wanted it to remove easily ;)

Dorje,

Thanks for the compliment. I suspect that, while I see the flaws glaring at me, they’re not that obvious to others, much like other folks seem to see the flaws in their work, but I don’t seem to notice :)

And you’re right, I can’t wait to get these saws nice and sharp :D

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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