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Curly

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  1. That is an extra set of bits, but not the same vintage. The paper insert says they are from "Stanley Tools, a division of Stanley Works", which I think makes them newer replacements. While looking these over and taking pictures, I realized that I don't have a full set of the Millers Falls bits. I'm missing the #2 - 5/64"
  2. The resawing on day two was not a scheduled part of the class. Roy had most of the pine stock for our dovetailed boxes precut to thickness and width. When he started showing us how we were going to make the bottom and top for the box, he found that the precut stock for that purpose was too narrow for the boxes, which were already made by then. The only other stock he had at hand was too thick so he decided to do the resawing. He got what he called his Roubo frame saw from its spot hanging in the storefront window of the school and gave us a lesson in resawing. There was only one saw, so he let each of us who wanted to take turns with it. (I was surprised that a few students passed on trying it.) For me, using that saw was one of the highlights of the class. In this photo of the shopfront you can see the lower part of the frame saw in the top of the photo just left of center.
  3. By request in another thread, I'll tell a little about my experience at Roy Underhill's Woodwright's School. The class that I took was the two-day Introduction to Hand Tool Woodworking, the first weekend in March, 2018. You can see the description here: https://www.woodwrightschool.com/classes/introduction-to-hand-tool-woodworking-w-roy-underhill-2019 This is one of the most popular classes and is already sold out for the five offerings in 2019. In late 2017 I kept checking his web site almost every day, and managed to catch it the first day that enrollment opened up for 2018, but before he had sent out the email announcing that fact. I'll start by saying that he's great as a teacher, at least for my inclinations and my (low) level of expertise with hand tools. He's just as entertaining as he is on television. We flew to North Carolina from Michigan. My wife found stuff to do in and around Pittsboro for the two days I was in class, and then we spent most of the rest of the week visiting Asheville and other spots. I think there were twelve in the class, with each of us getting our own bench. The ages skewed older, as you would expect, but encouragingly there were a few younger guys and two women as well. Roy provides all the tools, but you're free to bring your own, and a couple of people did. I was flying with only carry-on luggage, and I didn't think chisels, saws, etc. would make it past TSA so I left mine at home. However, I did bring a saw handle with me. The floor above the school is occupied by an amazing vintage tool store run by Ed Lebetkin. I had a vintage Spear and Jackson backsaw from an estate sale that was missing two of its split nuts and had two broken bolts. I was hoping Ed would have some parts to make it whole again. I'll continue this later, but end for now with two photos. From the first morning, I'm splitting some green wood with a froe on the sidewalk in front of the school, destined to later become bench hooks. From the second afternoon, I'm resawing with a frame saw to create the bottom for a small box. Both of these were among a number of "firsts" for me during the weekend.
  4. And here is the Stanley No. 45 with its box. This one has quite a bit more wear than the MF No. 100 box.
  5. Here's a look at the Goodell Pratt No. 185. It has basically the same turret dispenser for bits as the MF No. 100. In a ring around the upper body, just below the turret, is an array of eight holes matching the size of the bit that gets stored at each location. I guess it's an aid to quickly and easily put a bit back in the right location.
  6. I wouldn't say that the index ring on mine spins, but If I don't hold it in place it does turn somewhat along with the turret instead of staying aligned with the body. I have to keep turning it back to where it belongs.
  7. Thanks loads for the explanation of the innards. After examining mine further, I've decided it will just have to stay assembled for now. I don't have any screw extractor that will fit, and I'm not up to trying to repair the internal threads even if I did have the extractor. As I mentioned, mine already works fine and looks great so I don't need to disassemble it for those reasons. It's annoying to think about the two bits that are jammed together in one slot, but I have other bits of all sizes, so I just have to stop thinking about it
  8. Yes, the No. 100 is quite cool. Mine was an estate sale find, in its original box for $5-10 a year or two ago. It has some minor marks from use, but is completely clean and operational, not really needing any work at all. The only problem is the two bits that are jammed in a single storage slot that I would like to get out, hence the need to disassemble it. I also have a Goodell Pratt No. 185 push drill that uses the same bits as the No. 100, but doesn't fit my hand as well. And a Stanley North Bros. Yankee No. 45 in its original box. Plus a Stanley North Bros. Yankee 30A screwdriver in original box. I had a chance last year to buy the Millers Falls 709 and 714 "Buck Rogers" planes locally, but they were priced too high for their condition and my level of interest. Earlier this year, I was able to use a 714 at Roy Underhill's school. We were using jack planes in one part of the class and I was having trouble with the wood-body model I started with. He went to get me another, and came back with a 714! It worked fine for the coarse work at hand, but it didn't make me want to search one out as a user.
  9. Welcome to the gang Curly!

  10. Hey, can you give me any tips about how the top part comes apart? I've been able to disassemble mine except for the top three parts. I can't figure out what's holding them together. The hemispherical metal "cap" and the tube that it's connected to rotates freely within the plastic body, and the metal trim ring with the drill size markings rotates on the outside of the plastic body. In spite of this, the parts don't seem to screw apart and they don't pull apart with what feels like reasonable force. I emptied all of the drill slots first, except for one, which seems to have two drills jammed into a single slot. That's actually the main reason I want to get the barrel apart: to get those two out. Thanks.
  11. Welcome the the site, Curly!

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      DuckSoup

      Welcome to the site.

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