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Found 19 results

  1. Wednesday Fast Finds

    Since I've been hostage for the past month + between swim meets/events, furnace outages along with truck transmissions & alternators, finally had a "fun day" after my brief time getting a haircut to break the cabin fever. Stopped at a couple flea markets...not much in the offerings of interest or priced above new in store prices but I did pick up these treasures for total of $5. Sorry for the fuzzy picture(s). Must have been a thumb print on my phone lens??? As always, didn't need any of it (well the clip boards) but somebody had to rescue them. Craftsman 12" Machinist Combo Square, a small miter gauge and the two clip boards. I'm always misplacing my clip boards. Probably where ever my missing pencils are at or where the grand-kids last used them?? It'll take a little work, but I think it will clean up pretty well. Square head is all steel and complete with scribe. A little heft to this one From the paint color and Craftsman script I'm guessing latter part of the 1950's to very early 1960's. Same color that was used on some of their early table & RAS's.
  2. Past Picks First Showing

    Earlier this spring I made a few picks at yard sales and the "Flea Market Warehouse." Pictures were taken, but things got busy with the wreck, dealing with the that, kids activities, mowing, mower repair, more mowing, etc. well you get the idea... Anyways, since things are a little less hectic, a few more shots of the every growing "treasure trove." I'll try to be considerate and only post a couple threads a day less I bore you...Thanks for looking. These items were in the Craftsman Router case below...$2...I've hidden the router plate inserts from myself since this picture...could use them since I misplaced the ones that came with my router table The Massey-Ferguson magnetic clip was an extra 75 cents. It's from an area dealership from back in the 60's-70's...compliments my John Deere smalls collection I had an old school Craftsman router which needed a case...fit perfectly in this one...it also needed the base and collet wrench This collection set me back $13.25 with tax. Like new, 1/4" drive Craftsman ratchet, with full set of 1/4" deep metric sockets, the extension and a shallow well, 1/4" dr. 10 mm socket...The picture of them is after clean-up and time at the buffer; T-15 Craftsman driver...came in handy during the Jeep Ignition switch replacement; Kobalt 10" pipe wrench with minimal use; picture of it is after clean-up; a coupe more collet wrenches for ???; faucet wrench; the rust on the handle swing has been removed and polished since this; Stanley 3 pc chisel set minus the 1" The shaft stop collar has a 5/8" bore ID...I've used it in a couple of temporary fashions, but it became a valuable asset when I figured out how it could be used to repair a mower deck idler arm. I bought a couple more from the local Fastenal, welded to the idler arm and fixed a poor design, plaguing problem on my J.D. F510...Saved about $35 and works better. The stud is 5/16" NC threads with a 7/16" hex...I'll use it for something sooner or later. Will need a little work; the 3/4" might have been used to remove siding nails, IDK; other than the edges, both still have the protective varnish on the shafts
  3. Plane Picking

    Behind getting the preliminary pictures posted. During the Covered Bridge Festival I managed to rescue these treasures from the scrap heap. Last thing I needed was another block plane or pieces parts BUT... Top is a Stanley Defiance pattern/model-maker block plane; almost a clone of the Stanley 102. I suspect this is one of the last ones made which was mid 1952. Lower left, remnants of a Stanley 220; middle, remnants of another Stanley similar to the 220 but a tad shorter. Far right, Craftsman 619.3704, adjustable throat. Soles need some work...In-process on the Defiance & Craftsman to at least remove the rust and preserve until spring and warmer weather. Defiance was marked $12; paid $6...other than the color, it's nearly identical to the Stanley 102 I have. One big difference is the iron; the edges along the sides have a radius versus square edge; The (3) on the right were in a bag marked $10; paid $5...I really only wanted the Craftsman and it was complete; other two...well...the adjustment knobs just spoke to me... You can see the two Stanley's have been dropped; The top one is missing the iron, the knob and the cap lever; The middle one is complete except the big chunk missing; It has a pretty decent iron; I'll stash all back as parts donors for now; The Craftsman is complete; The iron will need some TLC to bring back but does not appear to have ever been sharpened. It has a riveted lateral adjustment lever and the cap was originally nickel plated as was the throat lock knob and blade adjustment knob. It'll take some work, but I think it will clean up pretty decent. Thanks for looking...
  4. One More Push Drill...

    ...from this years' Covered Bridge Festival...I was rummaging through a box of stuff sitting on a table when out of the shadows of one corner of the tent a voice called out "everything in that box is one dollar." Not much in tools in that box or the tent for that matter but I spied this in the dollar box... Craftsman #4216 push drill with (3) bits. Has the same Millers-Falls style chuck. While there is no actual number on this drill, inter-web searches list it as a #4216. I haven't nailed down if this was made for Sears by Dunlap or Millers-Falls. both made push drills for Sears-Craftsman. while the handle is not red tenite, it looks and SMELLS identical to the M-F red tenite handle; has the same sort of "oxidation" too. Spent time with a plastic scraper on the handle removing the build-up, then green Scotch-Brite on both the aluminum and the handle then off to the buffer with appropriate compounds. I chose not to dis-assemble at this time since I had all the others in various states of re-conditioning, Polished up pretty nice. I suspect the plunger spring may have a couple of broken coils since the lower shaft will drop into the barrel when inverted. However it seems to function OK w/o any noise, just weak. Someday, I'll disassemble and take a look. Dremel brush to the bits then brush-on Johnson's Wax. It does bear some resemblance to the "Buck Rogers" and has similar features. When the latch is held back, the handle rotates to dispense a bit at one of eight locations. You can feel a slight detent. anyways, not bad for a buck and of course, I didn't have one like this either...Thanks for looking. BTW, push drill summer hunt/ refurb season is pretty much over. I have several in the queue from past picks and who knows what the winter hunt season may yield.
  5. Yet Another Push Drill Refurb

    Ok, so this year at the Covered Bridge Festival yielded a new vendor. Somehow he convinced me to abandon my self-imposed ban not to exceed $5 for a push drill purchase unless it was a pristine, mint, all bits model...Well this one met most, OK some, alright, resembled that criteria...I was unsupervised while there and was debating to purchase a $5 Lemon Shake-up...cost avoidance on the Shake-up provided cash flow for this... A Craftsman (no model number nor has my inter-web searches yield a model number for this one) Push drill with the (3) bits shown by the handle. It uses Stanley-Yankee style bits versus the Goodell-Pratt/Miller Falls style. I also bought a near full set of Stanley bits, although th 1/16" is slightly bent. Total as shown was $13...I offered $10 and he said "OK"....so technically the drill did not exceed my personal limit of $5...I have yet to establish a max limit on bits. Very similar to the Millers-Falls #100 "Buck Rogers"; In fact the same person designed both. Disassembly was much easier and more logical than the M-F. The wooden plunger in this one is turned from white oak versus the maple in the M-F 100. Again cleaned it with acetone, Scotch-Brite and 4 coats of Johnson's. Dremel work on the rest. The turret cap is not Tenite on this one but still had some of that odor. It was faded from UV or ??? exposure. Some time at the buffer with various compounds brought it back to life. I chose not to attempt to remove the body from the see-through magazine. It appears was pressed to the aluminum body during initial assembly. The body is some type of aluminum alloy and has a good deal of heft to it. Much heavier than any of my other push drills. I decided to keep the natural patina on the handle too. there was some rust staining in the magazine windows,; I used some Simple Green and automotive window cleaner (non-ammonia) with a nylon brush and was able to remove most. White grease on all the moving parts and back together. As mentioned, very similar to the Millers-Falls #100. Actually, I like the feel and bit storage delivery design better on the Craftsman. Both are keepers... Tuned up and ready for it's new home too. Modified my storage container design some. Thanks for looking.
  6. I picked this up a couple weeks ago locally for a song, and after a little cleaning, not much, and some adjustments to the blade guides, this is what I ended up with. So far I'm very happy with the features and how it's put together, plus it doesn't appear to have much wear on it. On the left side of the table is a material length stop, it can be switched over to the right side if needed. I think that it's going to work very well, there is very little to no side play in the blade. The Owners Manual I was able to find on the net and print.
  7. I have an ancient craftsman 4 horse compressor. It won't die. I want to replace it, but it won't die. I put it in a rather inaccessible location and ran hoses and a remote switch. Draining it was a PITA till I figured out that there's no harm in a little leaking air from the drain plug so I just leave it cracked a scosh. So I don't drain it.
  8. BARN SALE!

    On the way back from the Doctor's office.....was feeling good about the arm...noticed a sign that said BARN SALE///my kind of sales got out of the van....I could smell the rust...but where? Nothing for me IN the barn....walked around to the side....ahh...RUST! Only had $7 in the pocket....had to picke things over....didn't NEED two more Millers Falls No. 120 breast drills ( got one now)nor a few other things..... Hmmmm...a Minty Craftsman eggbeater drill? $5? Sold.. Cap was tight...only needed a little oil to get things purring along.. Decent label, even had a drill bit inside, along with the one they left in the chuck... Gear box has a Millers Falls feel to it....might be a No. 78? 1971-79? I think I can find some use for it... Twas a very good morning....
  9. Woodworkers Journal eZine had information & a link regarding the status of Craftsman Tool Warranties going forward since the buy-out. It appears nothing will change for now but it appears to me the door has been left open for modifications in the future. Read the WWJ eZine article...Woodworker's Journal eZine -Craftsman From Stanley, Black & Decker website information... Craftsman Warranties We understand the Craftsman warranties are important to existing customers and intend to honor existing and offer similar warranties going forward. Craftsman branded products will continue to be covered under their existing warranties. In the immediate term, there are no changes to how you will get service regarding your warranty. For more information about this process, please call us at 888-331-4569. Complete information HERE
  10. Rehab a "plane-shaped" object

    Did a bit of trading last weekend....a rehabbed plane went out the door, and a "Plane-shaped" Object was left behind..... Needed a new lever cap bolt, old one was MIA. None of my spares would fit.....gave up, got out a tap, and cut new threads, to match a new bolt. Didn't like the cheap, painted lever cap, anyway. Logo was a red-orange Craftsman in the gray painted lever cap....tossed it aside, as I had a better lever cap in the spares box.. Iron was a bit flimsy, would bend just looking at it....Had an old OEM 2" iron from Home Despot, back when they sold iron for Buck Bothers planes. irons were good, planes were junk.. And, at least it doesn't bend on it's own. Shined up the lever cap, too. Cleaned the seat where the frog sat... Frog's seat was covered in paint. Used a wire cup in the drill press to polish it down flat. Then the beltsander to flatten the bottom of the frog.. It was a bit out of shape, now it is flat, and sits on the seats without rocking around.... Which leaves the sole of this "Thing"... Black Sharpie to mark the sole up.. I left the plane assembled, with the iron drawn back up into the plane. Set up the big beltsander with a new 80 grit belt. Ran it for a while clamped upside down in the leg vise.. Quite a few low spots left? Got ticked off a bit, clamped the plane upside down in the end vise, and ran the sander that way...and a large file...finally started to look a little better.. Starting to look like a plane? Let's see IF it will work like one.. Not too hateful? Had the chipbreaker set a bit close.. Now I just need to sharpen the iron up to standards.....was going good down in the shop, even rehabbed a second plane... the plane behind the old Craftsman is an Ohio Tool Co. 0-35 smoother. I finally found a chipbreaker set up for these "Trans" planes, just needed to be slimmed down a bit to fit in the plane. been a nice day IN the shop...outside? Not so nice. And, it is still coming down...oh well.
  11. Just Wondering

    With Sears recent announcement they had sold off the "Craftsman" tool line/brand, I wonder how that impacts the rest of the Craftsman brand such as L&G Equipment, garage door openers, benches & storage? These products currently are not part of B&D/Stanley core business. At one time Sears-Craftsman was the #1 retailer for consumer products, L&G power equipment in the nation followed by John Deere. Much of Sears power equipment was manufactured for them by MTD so this could potentially be a big loss for MTD Power as well. I have a snow-blower, mini-tiller, front tine tiller, string trimmer, chain saw and (2) garage door openers in the mix. The snow blower and tillers I've converted model/serial to MTD (most of the Sears part#'s are MTD anyway) so have been able to order parts easily and much much cheaper from our local MTD Parts Warehouse. The chain saw is a re-branded Poulan as are many of the string trimmers.
  12. Sears Sells Craftsman Brand

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/sears-sells-craftsman-brand-to-stanley-black-decker-1483623215
  13. Interesting article. I, too, worked for Sears for a couple of years, but have become disappointed their products and customer service since.
  14. I recently acquired a slightly used Craftsman BAS350 14" band saw. It is the same saw as the Rikon 10-321 band saw. It is equipped with a one horse power motor and a very nicely machined cast iron table with a rip capacity opening of 8.5". I got a 5/8" 3TPI blade and ran some firewood pieces through it to make turning blanks and was very pleased with the performance. It has a 2" dust port below the blade and a 4" port at the bottom of the lower wheel. I connected a dust collector to the 4" port with great results and see no need to hook up the two inch port. With the 4" port hooked up air was being sucked into the 2" port effectively sucking any dust the 2" port might have yielded. I really liked the idea of blowing the dust out into the back yard. No muss no fuss. The red knob on top of the saw is the blade adjustment knob. It is easily removed which is a nice feature. Once the tension is released the knob can be removed and laid in plain sight on the table as a reminder that the blade needs tensioned before using. It has roller blade guides which are bearings mounted to adjustable pins. One of the bearings was making noise so I oiled it. I got the number off of it to see about getting some spares and found they are inline skate wheel bearings which makes them readily available. In fact, I had bought a set of cheap skates to use the wheels to make a lathe steady and had five extra wheels I could get the bearings out of. I did and sure enough they were the same. All in all, I am happy with the saw.
  15. Craftsman #113 TS decommission Yup my old buddy is retired for good. Sort of. About 40+ years ago I got it from Sears as some kind of defect. Some kind. I can't recall what was off about it. Damaged box? Over time it got a new rip fence and I made a heavy steel miter fence for it too. Anyway I mounted it on a frame and ran the daylights out of it up until some years ago when I got a Hammer K3. The old TS served as my metal cutting saw for a while and eventually I got a better option and it's sat silent ever since. So I took it apart today. Ahh the memories. That saw never bit me. Trunion is off, cast iron top is off, The sheet metal body remains and I have the aluminum side table too. Now what to do with it. I built a large disc sander from a honkin huge aluminum jig plate disc that goes on my lathe but I never built the table. I'm thinking of sawing the cast iron table in half to lighten it and get a long flat section and using that. So then what about the trunnion? What do you do with an old TS trunnion?
  16. A while back I bought a couple of these http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-12-in-bar-clamp/p-00931482000P And posted that I rather liked them. I still do, but they are not 12" I was doing a glue up of some drawer boxes and wanted to use the clamps to put the squeeze on the Box Joints. They didn't fit. I measured the box measured the clamp it was a mis match But I observed a limiting factor. The factory drove a plastic stop in the bar. The intent is to prevent one from letting the head slip off the end and at the same time serve as a mounting location stop to flip the little clamp end around for spreading. So I drove them out and go a couple more inches out of the b clamps. It was great, I was a genius, Right up to that point where I slipped the head off the end. Oh man getting all the kings horses back together. Ya gotta use a chisel to cut the bond of the orange rubber grip off to get to a screw. They assembled it with screws but hid one under there. Then when I took the clamshell apart to see about getting the head back on SPROINGGGGggGGGgGGG Yah springs went flying. Oh man. I think I may have actually said something harsh like Gosh Durn DagNabbit and other colorful verbiage It was a hour figuring out (a) if I had all the springs and (b) how to reassemble it. this is what the little plastic bit looks like http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af143/zydaco/Show and Tell/Plastic bit_zpsuycvacqv.jpg This is what I did to keep the head on and get the extra inches. http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af143/zydaco/Show and Tell/Allen screw _zps4gei4ul5.jpg
  17. 50 Ft tape

    From the album Old Tools

    Steel tape from 1962
  18. Craftsman 100' Reel Tape

    Still cleaning my shop guys! Ya I know, been on this adventure for three weekends now and I am still finding items of great interest in the dark reccesses of my humble abode. Many years ago, I came back from my duty station in the Army on a two week leave, during those two weeks I helped Dad on a few woodworking projects and we pulled out this Craftsman 100' tape to measure something, I think we were doing some layout for some garden trellis or something, and during our work a screw came lose, the whole thing came apart and the tape jumped out and landed in a big heap of a tangled mess, it is a steel tape so it was just a big springy mess on the ground. He was ready to trash it on the spot, it was his Dad's, so the tape goes back a bit in family history, though I am not sure how old it is exactly. But I saved it from doom, I jumped on it and told Dad to back off! It can be saved! Well, I rolled up the steel tape on itself, and put the tape and the case into a plastic bag with the hopes of reviving a bit of family history later on. So yesterday, about 25 years later I came across this old plastic bag, with the tape still in it. It was still jacked up, and I was in the mindset yesterday to sit down in my patio, spread the tape out, and figure out how to put this back in it's case and get the wind up crank to work again. I got the tape back in ok, the wind up mech works but I am still missing something that holds the mechanism in place, but at least the tape is home and happy now. I love this old tool, it's in primo condition, and ol grandad owned it, so it's even more special. It is well made, Made in the USA, Sears and Roebuck, when Sears was great. It still even has the original plastic case. I love it, because when you see the tape in the case, it looks all messed up, old and tattered, but when you pop the cover off the case, a jewel is residing inside, kind of like a pearl in an oyster. Oh yes, and did I mention the case is covered in leather!
  19. Craftsman Planer

    ok need help,picked up a planer from craftsman(pics uploaded),where do i go to find out how to set it up,i have a motor for it just need to know where to place it.

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