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  1. Remember that WIDE chisel I picked...? I got to checking the bevel a bit closer... About the 1st 1/8" was pitted..badly...even on the back... Makes it very hard to get a sharp edge....Bevel was rounded instead of flat... hauled a big glass of water to the shop...we have work to do.. First off, get rid of the pits.. 90 degrees, until no mo pits... Right wheel (coarse), left wheel Fine ...Coarse to grind away the pits...fine to flatten the back.. Tall glass of water...Oil stones in a little bit..Got the bevel hollow ground to just barely the edge...checking for square ( alot) Then off to the sanding disc.. 6", 80 grit...start near the center of the disc, and pull to the rim...DUNK, repeat as needed... 1st stone is quite coarse..a bit of 3in1 oil to get things moving....2nd stone is a 600 Medium India stone...a few drops of oil. On both stones, I also hit the flatten back..finally.. A few minutes on the 1500 wet-or-dry paper...paper is clamped to the India stone...helps keep things flat....getting close to sharp.. That is a 6" cloth wheel on my #2 grinder...A Green crayon gets applied to the wheel...and then the back and bevel of the chisel go for a ride... Back is flat where it needs to be...other chisel is 24mm wide...it is more of a wide paring chisel... And the bevels....there IS a bald spot on my left forearm...about 1-3/4" wide. So....how many hours of sheer "drudgery" did this take? About the same amount of time as this load spent in the washing machine. Have started working on plane irons too... The Stanley No. 5 now has a slight camber to it's edge, as befitting it being a Jack Plane. The Sargent 410c has been thoroughly cleaned up..pitted edge cleaned and now square to the edge... Millers Falls No. 9 with need a clean up and sharpening... Just puttering around...
  2. Had already cleaned up one drill... Which left these 3 items to work on.. Stanley Handyman drill...Craftsman block plane...Fulton Tool Company chisel.. Chisel was cleaned up..where I found the Logo. Overall length is 14"...had to clean and tighten the handle.. Width? 1-3/4" wide...will grind a new edge, someday...to get back past all the pitting... Next up was the Sargent, Made for Sears Craftsman Block plane All cleaned up, iron was sharpened..moving parts got a drop or 3 of 3in1 oil.. Which left this drill A Stanley Handyman No. H1220... I cleaned all the crud off of the drive gear.. Gears cleaned up. Drop of oil in that oiler hole. Chuck shined up..price tag removed..Drill runs nice and quietly. You can even change the speed, by sliding the crank handle.. Opened the red cap And 7 bits slid out... 6 drill "points" and a 1/16" twist drill bit.. So.. These 3 are all cleaned up and ready for work..
  3. kmealy

    Quick fix up.

    Got one of a set of nesting tables from a friend that had a leg broken off. Process of repair: Take off one end of legs with the damage Work apart the joint on the other end since the dowel pins were at right angles Find broken off pieces and glue and clamped them back on Removed broken off dowel pin. Cleaned out holes Filled remaining missing piece with stick epoxy, let cure a few minutes then chisel and sand down to flush Glued in new dowel pin and reglued the rest Lighty sand top Apply a bit of touch up marker where needed Apply a couple coats of shellac, then a coat of lacquer Before Putty with overfill Putty after sanding Glue up Back together
  4. Hello folks, if you could only have three traditional turning tools, what would they be? I am looking at some turning tools for pole lathe turning. At Tools For Working Wood, they advertise three main tools, I would be doing spindle work on my pole lathe, chair legs, spindles etc. Here is the list they provide. 3/8" Finger Nail Gouge $33 1 1/4" roughing out gouge $43 3/4" Skew Chisel $33 Chisels shown below, I believe they are the three on the left. Made by Ashley Iles. Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated.
  5. From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers with Operation Ward 57 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays - 2022

    Beautifully crafted, well-balanced WoodRiver 6 Piece Bench Chisel Set. CRV steel blades hardened to RC 59-63 with steel ferrules and nicely finished off with genuine hardwood handles which are as much a joy to the eye as they are to hold.
  6. One of my Facebook acquaintances is a trucker on the road most of the time, even as a trucker, his love of woodworking does not escape him, when he has some downtime on the road, he works the wood in his sleeper cab. Talk about the love for it! In this image he is making a wooden hand plane, from the sleeper cab of his truck, hat off to ya sir!
  7. Gunny

    Chisel Advice

    Recently did some mortise and tenon work and found my basic chisel set in need of an upgrade. Having my eye on Narex chisels for awhile I am asking for some advice on what type of chisel or chisel sets would suite my needs. These would be a nice upgrade: Narex chisel set BUT, what else would I need to do more work?
  8. "Back From The Archives" Originally titled "Throw Back Thursday 6-9-14 Patriot Picking". This week's pick takes us to a nice vintage tool that is a bit larger than a hand plane. Last weekend I received a call from one of my picker friends who ran across this very nice woodworking machine and called me to see if I was interested. I know I have started with that line before and it seems they all know what I am out looking for and they have started helping me, well sorta, since I buy it from them, it cost me a bit more than if I located it myself on the pick. However we are all friends doing the same thing and usually works out to get me a good deal Okay so I will get on with this weeks pick. A W.F. & J. Barnes Mortising machine, foot powered. W.F. and John Barnes made a formal partnership in 1869 and became incorporated in 1872 in Rockford, Illinois.They operated in Rockford until 1964 when they were bought by Babcock-Wilcox. Pedal powered equipment was their main focus but in 1881 they were beginning to make some powered machines. They were making what was considered to be lightweight foot powered machines but this mortise machine weighs in at 130 lbs. Seneca Falls and Barnes were the only two at this time making professional grade machines. Their tools were intended for the serious workshop. They were man-size and robust They were known well for their foot powered Scroll Saw. They were also specializing in drill presses and that line really took off with the acquisition of the Thomas Farmer friction plate drill press patent. John S. Barnes, son of the founder John, took over the company in 1920. He started taking the company more toward the lucrative automobile machinery trade. Assembly line tools became the main focus. By 1937 the line of foot powered tools had practically ceased however even today they are remembered for the line of high quality foot powered machinery. This Mortising machine is complete and working except that it didn't have any chisels. On the back of the machine the name is cast on one side. And Rockford, Ill on the other side. It has three awesome claw feet. There are two on the front and one in the back. This is a type 4 machine and was the last one they produced. It was made between 1892 and 1936. The early machine had a wooden spring that looked somewhat like a wagon bench seat spring. The first one was produced in 1877 and it went through a few changes, most notable was the change in the spring. Until the Type 4, they maintained the brackets for the wood spring. A Type 3 was only produced in 1892. That was when the tilting table was added. The Type 2 added a wooden table top on the cast iron table. It has been removed from the one I got, but the holes are there for the piece of wood to be attached. There are also adjustable hold downs brackets on the front. An adjustment on the back allows the table to be moved up and down depending on the size of wood you are putting a mortise. The head moves in and out to set the mortise where you need it. The handle on the top front will rotate to turn the chisel so you can clean up each side of the chisel. The cover of the 1907 Barnes catalog. The mortise machine as pictured in the 1896 catalog. Yes that is right, $20.00 for the machine. I did pay more than 20.00. Here is the machine listed in the 1927 Catalog. So like it sits I could make mortises but I really need to locate some chisels. They weren't that expensive back in the day. I am hoping that someone out there may have some or know of someone that has them. If not, then I may have to find a machine shop that can make me a few. This is the only number that I have been able to locate on it so far. I am excited to add this piece to my shop and one more of my manual operated machines. As soon as I can move it outside I will give it a good cleaning and see what I will need to do as far as any restoration. I love the way the old machines were made with so much character and detail just like in the legs and feet. You just don't see that on anything made today. I may even put it in the house it looks so neat. I am going to put a nice piece of cherry on the table. Back to Patriot Picking.....
  9. One of the items picked last weekend... Was what I thought was an 1/8" wide Sash Mortise Chisel....however... I didn't think the back on this was meant to be ..flat? More of a skinny gouge? Not sure how to either sharpen it, or use it... Any ideas?
  10. Well, some downtime in the shop. Good time to sharpen things up, maybe clean a few items up.... Since the honing guide went airbourne a while back...will have to rely on free-handing things.....Had a few that were in need.. Some had backs that weren't quite flat,,,yet.. The 2 on the left were the worst of this group.....the 2 Aldi's beside them weren't too bad.. Had one other chisel to do, for this afternoon... Had a lot of "issues" going on. Back needed work, and the handle needed fixed... Edge is NOT cambered on one of these chisels...should be straight across. top ring is loose, handle is not tight in the socket.... We have ways....some of the handle work was done on the bench grinder...."cone" was shortened, ring was lowered a tad...had to drive it on with a hammer and an old socket... The back and that edge were free hand sharpened... I worked down at the right hand end, right where the metal "floor" begins....Got the edge reground to a flat 30 degrees or so...and flatten the back a bit. Then, over to the stones.. A coarse oil stone ( a strop) and a 600 grit Medium India stone...then the papers... A 2,000 grit, and a 2500 grit paper. layer of oil on the stone, lay the paper on the stone ( oil helps hold the paper still) a bead of oil...and go through both grits....then the strop.. I have one of those brass wire "toothbrushes"....and cleaned the strop...and then just used it as is....Might have a year's worth of that green stuff in it...somewhere.. New flat bevel. Handle is fixed.. Back is flat where it needs to be flat...test drive? Hand-powered peeler? Taking a layer of rough off. But..this is not a paring chisel.. 1-1/4" wide. More for Timber Frame work. Still have more chisels in the line-up.. and.. Might take a day, or two? While doing a final clean-up on that wide chisel...felt a slight "tug" on my left index finger.....looked to see a 1/4" long slice....never really felt it.... had one of the freshly sharpened Aldi's decide to roll over....and on to the shop floor....guess it will be first in line, tomorrow
  11. Found these in the junkyard today. The screwdriver is a Starrett . The chisel I think was a Foot Operated Mortiser Cutter Bit. I made a handle for it before I googled it. The Hand saw I want to make a lathe wire burner out of it.
  12. How about a broken sledge hammer handle turned into chisel handles. Also a pretty good example of how not to use a lathe but I am learning.https://youtu.be/5dYnNZQn8s8
  13. No, it’s not a tuning fork. A few years ago, I read an article in Fine Woodworking Magazine that featured a craftsman (Toshio Odate) using a chisel like this while making a shoji screen. Upon seeing the chisel, I decided to research it a bit a see if I could locate one on eBay. I learned it was referred to as a nihon mukomachi, was very hard to find in good condition, and could be rather expensive. I didn’t want one so much because I’m always using 1/4” twin tenons in my work (I’m not), but because I, like a couple other guys I know ( looking at you Steve ), just can’t pass up a good deal on a good tool. So after a couple years of searching eBay and a few other vintage tool sellers, I finally found one for a good price. On top of that it came honed, hollow ground, ready to go. The only fault is a tiny split in the handle that I’m not too worried about. The two blades measure exactly 1/4” each and the gap in between is also exactly 1/4”. It also came with a nifty wooden sheath. Anyway, just wanted to share this unique tool with everyone. Cheers.
  14. One of the very first woodworking blogs I ever became interested in is this blog by Kari Hultman, a wonderful craftswoman and artist really, in my opinion she brings hand tooled woodworking to another level of refinement. Kari and I have been social media buddies since the old days of this blog, even though Kari has picked up a new line of work and interest (leather), I still visit her blog frequently. It reminds of a time on the internet when things were just simpler, and straight forward, and her old blog is still live, whenever I visit the blog, a nice cozy warm feeling comes over me, enjoy!
  15. From the album: John Morris's Hand Tools

    Just a very handsome Stanley No. 40 I picked up. 9" long, heavy with a great feel. I'd love to complete it with a whole set. I'll be on the look out.
  16. I have been sharpening my chisels & plane blades with a homemade guide, assorted papers spray glued to a piece plate glass for some time now and decided to move up to something less bulky. Found the FASTTRACK on Woodcrafts web site that linked me to https://www.m-powertools.com/. Signed up for the news letter & received 20% off my purchase. First thing I noticed was the weight, 2 pounds. As suggested I screwed it down to a board with a cleat on the end and clamped it in my wood vise. One screw and the rubber feet kept it in place. Road tested on a used chisel, and ran thru 100, 220,& 450 diamond stones.Working the sled I had no problem with it sliding out too far. The set up was easy and there was no movement on the stones as I sharpened, the magnet held the stone in place. I ran a pin across the chisel and did not feel any grooves or lines that appear in the picture. I think a little time on #600 would take away the lines. This was my worst looking chisel and required the most time, about 10 minutes. My other chisels cleaned up in less than 5 min. Overall I'm happy the way it performed. I did have an email question and did receive a fast reply. The only thing I did not like was the handle on the sled. Big enough for my hands but, the edge was a bit hard on the hand. I think a file can soften up edge.
  17. Took a bit today, to assemble the parts, and fit things into the tool chest. Tray turned out a bit wider than needed. Lumber was a bit thicker than needed to be. had to cut a rebate along the tote tray's side, to allow the tray to sit down in the chest. Next time, will use a thinner stock..( and there seems to always be a "next time") Ok, a look or two of the completed tray, all nestled into it's new home I suppose I had better hide than level, before Moody shows up. A view from the other direction I think this chest is getting ....almost full nah, I think i can fit a few more things in there...
  18. so, back to the Dungeon Shop I go. Have a nice stash of chisels, nothing real fancy, but they need a better home. Already have a spot for the router bits but I don't think it would work to hold chisels. Grabbed a pine board that was long enough to go in the Tool Chest as a tray. It was a might wide so I ripped it down the middle with the old Craftsman circular saw. There are just some things I will not do by hand, and ripping long boards with a handsaw is one of them. Got the two halves into the vise, to take care of any dippity-dos I did both edges, too. That Wards #78 was next. Needed a rebate to house the bottom of the tray. Photo is a might fuzzy( again) but There IS a rebate there. The wood was so smooth, it shone like a beacon. Then, hand sawed for some dados. needed one on each end, and one in the middle. I was going to rebate the bottom of the dividers, but the fights were starting. So, made the floor board the full length, instead. One dado was in some knotty grain, and broke out, screws for that end. Trial fits as i go I WILL get YELLED at for having my "junk" on HER washer. The floor boards are two pieces. The old sycamore one there wasn't quite long enough, and had a bow at one end. Had a thin piece of QSWO available, just a might wide, and too long. Saw the end off, and used a jointer to get to the right width. Did find out something strange about this old oak It makes little curly things, instead of long shavings. I did get the floor for the tray ready for a test fit Just some screws, nails and glue. then come the fun parts, getting a way to set all them chisels in the tray. That will be...next time. Stay tuned.
  19. A Village wide yard sale day was a bust..for me..the Boss found a few items.... Second try later in the day....one site had a few "water pump pliers" at a dollar each. Since I can never find mine WHEN I need them..bought three...and gave a couple to my Daughter, since she is the one that swipes mine, anyway.. Hit a few more places....not much...where do they find all those clothes, anyway.... Found a spot...had a shed full of tools.....must be paying for the shed with the prices he was asking....found a $2 Chisel hiding amongst the $10 ones.. It IS an 1-1/2" wide chisel...stamped DEFIANCE by STANLEY Made in USA Another mushroom to clean up...and find a handle for....also in that shack/shed was a bucket of braces...8 or so..all overpriced.. Still carrying around that chisel, walked out back, to a "yard sale" area the fellow has....old tools and hardware, just sitting around on tables....exposed to any weather that comes along.. Found this trying to hide in a shady spot... Handsome, ain't he? Gave it a good drink oil 3in1 oil in all the moving joints ( like the Tin Man?) and got things cleaned up.. Sanded the wooden handles, wire wheeled the metal areas....added a coat of stain to the dried out wood.. Looked just like a slightly larger one I had...the larger one is a 10"... "New one" is a Stanley No. 945, 8" Has Stanley stamped all over the place.. Even on the chuck. As for that chisel..ground the mushroom down a bit.. Shined things up a bit, to where the logo will show up....DEFIANCE by STANLEY No. 1251 Made in USA May take a bit of work, to get it cleaned up.. Look close at the edge...see it "frown" there is also a slight bevel there... And this side has a double bevel ( chin?) and you can see the frown better.. need a bucket of water, and a day at the grinder, maybe...and find a leather-hooped handle for it... Not a great day, but, not too bad? The brace? Cost me a whopping $4
  20. Ok, awhile back I picked a plastic tub of tools and such....in one of the many "layers" of toys in that tub, was a chisel shaped object. All metal, mushroomed tip, must have been hurting, tip is all red... Well, finally some free time in the shop, got rid of that mushroom.. Could even read all the writing on it..."Made by Crescent Tool Co." "Jamestown, N.Y." No. 175 1 1/4 Made in USA Hmmm, that might take awhile....bevel had a 40+degree angle to it, and was skewed.... Took a large cup of water to the shop, and set it right beside the grinder. VE Haft Werk to do..... Looking better, now. No attempt at a bevel..just straight in. And dunk it often. Once this was straight, I could work on a new bevel...at 35degrees.. And made sure the back was flat.. Will do....then the stones and papers.. A very coarse stone, until a wire edge showed up.. Bench dog to keep things from sliding away. Medium stone..600 grit..then the fine stuff Set each paper, 1000 grit, 1500 grit, and 2000 grit right on the stone. Sprtiz of WD40 on the stone, and the paper...then the leather belt strop, loaded up with the green compound... First test drive.. Yep, it will curl some shavings...but, this is not what this chisel was designed for...next test drive.. Say this is a floor, or ceiling joist, and you needed to run a water line, or electric lines through it...rather than drill a hole that may or may not fit..just chop your way through.....including through lath with brown coat, joists with nails..this chisel will cut through....and that be the hammer most often used... These were sold with a shiny blade, a blue/black handle, and a red top.. Just like new. Might have to find a use for this one, around the house...
  21. John Morris

    Hand Tools

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  23. Well, yard sales are over around here, until next spring.....there is a store downtown that has a basement section...called Junk Rescue... Finally had a little extra in my pocket.....decided to buy a few items... Sooo, THIS is what $20 + Tax will get ya.... Might need a little clean up....Chisel? Sold as "Clearcut" 1-1/4" wide Firmer Chisel....that rusty gear box? On the now cleaned crank handle.....Defiance...Made in USA...need a few drops of oil to get things moving.... Yep, two bits for a dollar.....inflation? They did clean up nicely.. Three are 4/16", one is a 5/16" Left a few things down there, but....save those for another day.
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