Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Workbench Starts

Howdy all
After a year or more of dealing with a borg work table (and making many modifications). I've decided upon a bench that appeared in the 200th issue of Shop Smith Magazine. It has all the functions I need and at a very reasonable cost.

There will be several modifications made. Instead of Douglas Fir ill be using Poplar. Ill also be using round dog holes and a simpler shape of leg vice. Of course Ill be adjusting the height to fit me.

So far I have rough cut all the prices for the base. Laminated the legs and milled them to final size. Next I need to cut them to final length and cut the joinery.

Thanks for reading,

P.S. Sorry no pictures yet nothing very exciting at this point.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A fancy box for Mom

Howdy all,
Sorry its been so long since my last post. It's been a busy summer with getting married and all that comes with the sunny summer. I did manage to build a few things one is a box I made for my mother. It is made with birds eye maple and mahogany. The case is through dove tailed and the lid has mitered half laps.

Thanks for reading,

Friday, June 8, 2012

6/8/12 This Mornings Estate Sale Finds

   Not a bad run today but saw many things leaving with others today. But a Millers Falls miter-box that needs some work and a Diston saw for it are the big deal. 
Thanks For Reading

Friday, June 1, 2012

6/1/12 This Morning Estate Sale Finds

Hello All,

      Well here is my little find a Lufkin No. 781 Boxwood Ruler. A W. Johnson spokeshave, Miller Falls Automatic Drill No.185A (New in box as far as I can tell, a Stanley No.71 router plane, a Stanley No.78, and lastly a Bracer.

Thanks For Reading.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Saw Till (in progress)

Hello all,
   Here is my current project. It is in pre-glue clamping/mock-up here.

Here it is hanging on french cleats after gluing just need to finish the drawer and finish it.

Thanks for reading

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mini Saw Bent

Hello All,
     Sorry this is so late I finished this mini saw bent about a month ago. This project was for Semester 1 Lesson 6 Project of the Hand Tool School. I have no need for a saw bent but needed to practice the joints (which are mortise and tenons). So, I just made it small so I didn't have to use up the wood and doesn't take the shop space.

Thanks for reading

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Layout Square

Hello all,
    Sorry I've been neglecting this blog. A few weeks ago I finished my layout square it's not perfect, it is a shop tool after all but I'm still proud of it.

 Thanks for reading

Friday, April 13, 2012

This Mornings Estate Sale Finds

Hello All,

    Well hit the first of my estate sales for the year this morning.  Here are my finds.

Thanks For Reading

Update: after some playing and cleaning the hand drill has bits in the handle, the combo square is dead on, and the black handle saw is my fist Adkins.

Shooting Boards

Hello All,

   The Project for Semester 1 Lesson 4.1 of The Hand Tool school is a miter Shooting board. I made a few changes like having plane slides and I used a wedge for the board stops that I saw at Close Grain.

While I was at it I made a normal shooting board also.

Thanks for reading

Friday, March 30, 2012

Miter Box

Hello All,
  Part of the 4th lesson in the Hand Tool School is groves. Groves are basically dados with the grain of the wood. The project that goes with this lesson is a miter box. I was really dreading this this project because of the accuracy involved in making sure the the saw guide cuts are square and true also I didn't have a good square with a 45 degree edge. So, I made one out of a scrap wood. The box was put together in a day and let the glue dry over night. The next day I flushed up all the edges and cross beams made the guide cuts the it work out great. Width and depth are a bit small for the saw I plan to use it for. The project was a great confidence builder. I am really happy with it and I'm sure it will see some use.

Thanks for Reading

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A little box

Hello all
      After I received my plane order I made a small box to hold my router plane and its parts out of some cedar fencing cutoffs I had laying around. My better half just loved it for some reason she even joked about stealing it. So with some of the extra figured maple I made her a little keep sake box for her.
Thanks for reading

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Back from the the lumber dealer

Hello All,
     Well yesterday I went to the lumber dealer here in Yakima, WA. There are a couple here in town I have been to all but one. I went the the new shop attached to American Cabinet Door (they really have no web presents). I like them for two reasons 1. they are very close to where I live 2. they are trying to be the high end dealer in town. They are carrying Festool power tools and carry quite possibly the biggest collection of router bits in the area. As far as their selection of wood it's great with a good verity but not a huge quantity of each.
What I got:
9BF of 4/4 6" wide poplar at $2.15 a BF
2BF of 8/4 10" wide poplar at $2.48 a BF
1 1/2BF of 2 1/2" wide walnut at $9.05 a BF
4/4 3" wide by 10' long piece of figured maple for $20.
If you know if these prices are out of line please let me know I'am new to all this Hard Wood.
    The reason for the hard wood is to complete the next 3 projects in the Hand Tool School. A Miter box, a miter shooting board (also a square shooting board that I'm adding to the projects), and a English Square. I have rough cut the lumber and stickered it to acclimate to the shop. In two weeks Ill start on the miter box which I'm dreading cuse of the high degree of accuracy I want to get out of it.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Restored Jointer Plane

Finally finished restoring a Union Jointer. The sole is dead flat and has a nice thick blade. Under the tote there is a 75 1/2.
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New Planes

Last week I finally received my order from Lee Valley. A Low angle bevel up smooth plane and router plane with a full set of blades.  I am very pleased with their performance.

Thanks for reading

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Blog Post Transferred From LumberJocks #4

Large Jointer Restored

origanlly posted about 9/6/11

before pics are in a prior post, a light sanding and rust removal some painting of metal part. a good coat of boiled linseed oil and some wax on the wood body. Now She is working like a dream.

Blog Post Transferred From LumberJocks #3

last weekends Finds
origanlly posted about 11/6/11 

A nice little Stanley Bull nose plane, large Disston Miter Back Saw, 16 inch Disston back saw, and a 12 inch Back saw.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Blog Post Transferred From LumberJocks #2

This Mornings Estate Sale Finds
origanlly posted about 9/6/11
The marking on the blade says FULTON TOOL CO WARRANTED and is just over 2 1/2 inches wide. The plane its self is 26”x 3 1/4”. Would be great if some one could give me some info and direct me to get more info on it.
Thanks for Looking.
some additional picts

Blog Post Transferred From LumberJocks

Stanley Block Plane #9 1/4
origanlly posted about 9/5/11

Here is a Stanley Block Plane I just finished restoring i think it is a #9 1/4. blade marking say Stanley Rule & Level So Im thinking its some here between 80 to 100 years old and is now set up for another life time. If you have any questions or comments please comment.
P.S. i also have 2 Stanley bench planes im working on and a Stanley No. 192 that i should be posting in the next couple of weeks.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Saw Retoothing

Hello All,
Just finished retoothing a Zenith by Marshall Wells. It was filled a 8ppi crosscut when I got it. By looking at the handle (the thumb hole) and the markings (nicely etched "High Speed") it was made to be an aggressive rip saw. So for the first time for me I decided to retooth the saw. I joined off all the old teeth and burned up a cheap mill file. Then I use a template from The Norse Woodsmith to get the the 5ppi I was looking for. I tried for a 0 degree rake think I got it and 0 on the fleam too. After marking each to be gullet I just ran the file on each mark the same number of times in each gullet. Eventually and 2 saw files I had some nicely formed teeth and a nicely cutting yet aggressive toothed saw. To do the set I marked the back of every other tooth with a marker and put the saw set at 10 and set all the teeth. I am really happy with the saw now.

Thanks for Reading

Friday, February 24, 2012

Radius Plane Blade

Hello All,
          Well last week I was struggling with a milling horribly twisted board and the flat jack plane blade I had just wasn't doing it. So after month of putting it off I finally bit the bullet and radiused my first plane blade (A spare blade I had). Following some direction from Chris Schwarz on Roy Underhill's Show The Woodwright's Shop (right about the 15minute mark). It took me only about a half hour to do and not the most beuityful thing but it works very well.

Thanks For Reading

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Small Tool Storage

Hello All,
    Well here is my 4th project from the Hand Tool School it is just a small tool storage item. The objective of this project was to get you some practice at cutting dados. I'm not happy with this project at all I think construction grade lumber in this was a very poor choice. The hard parts of the Pine took my dado plane a lot to slice through and usually crumble the soft wood behind it often going below the depth of the plane. But, the plane would slice wonderfully through the soft stuff. Regardless the project will work nicely for the shop if it where for the house it would be fire wood now.

Thanks for reading

Monday, February 20, 2012

Pairing Hook

Hello All,
last week I finally finished the 3rd project in Semester 1 of the Hand Tool School. Which is a Pairing Hook/Chopping Hook basically used to help hold your work and to protect your bench.

Thanks for reading

Friday, February 17, 2012

Saw Bench

Hello all,
Well I've been a bit slow in postings again. So here it is my saw bench built for the Hand Tool School. Iam very happy with it I made the ripping notch wider than usual so that I can pick it up with one hand and not rake my knuckles.

Thanks for reading

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Irwin No. 2 expansion bit

Hello Again,
      My Girlfriend and myself were out antique shop browsing. I happened to find a Irwin No. 2 expansion bit in its box. It has the wrong spar cutter and is missing the large cutter the one that is on the bit will go out to 2 inches so I'm not to worried about it. found another on eBay in box w/large cutter and no spar cutter for $40. I'm thinking I got a pretty good deal for it at $15.

Thanks For Reading.

P.S. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Re-sawing Video

Here is a very amateur video. The sound is bad the picture is grainy and was done with no real thought behind it. In the video I am re-sawing a standard pice of 2x12 with a 8ppi rip saw I really should have used a 3.5ppi but I used what I had.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Google+ Hangout

If you see me on Google+ Hangout I will most likely be out in the shop planing or sawing away. Please drop in and say hi.

The other day I was edge planing a board with the Hangout up and running. Not the first time I've ever done that but the first person that ever dropped in was Stephen Shepherd. At the time I didn't even realize who he was (hope I didn't make an ass of myself). For those who dont recognized the name, Stephen Shepherd is the author of the Full Chisel Blog. Of which I've been reading for over a year now. The man is a wealth of information on hand tools and traditional woodworking. The hangout was very short (got a call that the honey do list was expanding) and filled with information. I really hope to get the chance to talk with Stephen again, now realizing who he is. Ill be picking his mind and taking his advice much more to heart.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Port Townsend is a no go

Well sorry for the long delay in posting. It turns out that work has inventory one of the weekends. But that gives me the opportunity to join Shannon Rodgers's Hand Tool School. Let me tell you that it is great very informative. He is also very responsive to questions usually replys to e-mail within 12 hours. I was lucky to get in before price changes and also got the holiday discount. I'm also participating in a sawing diagnostic which will most likely go into a lesson. With all the money I saved I ordered some new tools.
I shouldn't say this but I plan on publishing articles on each of tools or groups of tool.
Thanks for visiting