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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. "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.....
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. John Morris

    Stanley No. 40 Chisel

    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.
  8. 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.
  9. For years, I had hoped to teach some of my off spring just something I had learned from watching videos, YouTubes, reading books and forums and it seemed hopeless until today. Yes, he is only 12 and I allowed him to use the skew chisel to put a couple lines around the handle. Here he is sanding. I am so sorry that I did not get a picture of him with the skew in his hand. First picture he is sanding on top of the handle, second is under the handle. Now, he is anxious to turn. I have some stuff for him to do but it will have to be dry and warm again. Steve
  10. 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...
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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...
  14. some months ago I used a big project to purchase a couple of pricey tools one was a milwaukee 18 volt circular saw. The weight took some getting used to as I was used to the old school heavy grade worm drive skillsaw. SO I've been using the thing. I gotta say I am really impressed. The prior experience I've had with cordless has all been bad. No power what power there is is fleeting and the batteries run down. They were awful so I didn't buy any. But I'd been reading lately that things have really improved. So I got one. Just one. The saw and two batteries ( two because I still didn't have faith that they had any staying power) and the charger. Well I ended up never using that second battery but one time. The thing is rugged and powerful. One time I ran the battery down on a single job. I was cutting 6" wide dados in several 6 x 6 in beams to use as interlocking joinery. I sliced hundreds of cuts and then used a chisel to make the dadoes. Other than that one time I've never run a battery down. I never noticed any flagging of power in the tool. So now I guess I'm sold on cordless. So I just got a milwaukee half inch drill / driver. And playing with that a little I am very happy with the tool's capability and power.
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  17. 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.
  18. Short & sweet. And that's one wicked sharp chisel (said with Bawston accent) http://www.finewoodworking.com/2014/10/01/chisel-tricks-for-hand-cut-joinery
  19. Located the one Garage Sale in town.....stopped in to "look around" Hmmm, $4 handsaws? already have 20.....$4 hammers...meh..$1 chisel? According to that ruler, it is 2" wide. Seen better days.. Been "Mushroomed" twice, second one after the first broke off. Still had a wood "plug" in the socket.... Ve Haft Vays.....Handle USED to be a lathe chisel from Harbour Freight. We now have a slick.. About 19" long, counting the handle. Back needs a little more work,,, As for the screws...picked up a couple packs at Wall E World......spent more for them, than this chisel... Edge was a bit curved, got it straightened out, and honed to 1000 grit, for now. Seems I did show a bit of "restraint" ....older days, I would have cleaned the sale out...
  20. Using a few older tools today. Made a plane stop a while back. Piece of old saw blade and a wood dowel. Dowel then becomes a bench dog That I smack down into a dog hole near the end vise... The saw teeth grip any wood item pressed against it by the end vise. I also cleaned out the tool well......decide to at least make that chore easier to do the next time around.. So, I made a wood ramp. Nailed in place, it will help out as I can sweep out the well right up the ramp. Once the trash hits the floor, Igor's problem, then. been having a bit of trouble, when chopping out mortises.....how to remove the chips down in the bottom? Found an old Drum Brake adjuster, and an old screwdriver handle.. One curved end becomes a "Goose neck chisel" the other curved end becomes a tang. took a while, using a grinder, and a beltsander. Now I can lever those nasty chips out of the mortises. Width was narrowed down to 1/4", as I can get more use out of it. Then, spent the rest of the afternoon..chopping box joints. MIGHT have a project in the works.... It does involve all the "usual suspects".. Along with my favourite toy.. Something I can park my....er..foundation on. Part of the shop remodel was to clean out a trash bag filled corner... I think Shop Cat has been stealing socks......I even swept the floor today, and the steps. Sent the bill to Igor. Been a busy day...
  21. Well, trying something a bit different. Kind of new at this type of joinery..... I used the 358 mitre box to cut a couple lengths of Poplar. Squared a line all around....did a bit of saw work.... After I had laid out a few finger joints.. That mitre line? It gets worse from here...... Version No.1...didn't quite pan out. Got worse trying to cut the matching part of the joint... I trimmed back the fingers a bit on Version #2, BUT..I cut the wrong sections out......fingers were in the wrong spot.... Tossed that wrong item aside, got it's replacement and cut it all over again. This time, I made sure I was removing the waste....LOT of chisel work going on..... Finally got to where a test fit could be done. Looks just like a mitre joint, right? Wonder what all them squiggles are for...... Clear as river mud? Have a bit ore trimming to do, and then...maybe...do another three corners? Maybe I might get good at this sort of thing? BTW: First time I ever tried something like this.....will be looking for a bit easier way as I go along....stay tuned
  22. I ordered a very inexpensive set of mortise chisels, Narex. A Czech outfit, just chopped a test mortise using the 1/4" chisel and I gotta say, not bad for a set of three for 49 bucks. I purchased a cheap set because I want to custom grind the widths of the chisel, I didn't want to buy high end and grind em down. But these Narex's are pretty decent if you want a starter set to get going with, I would recommend these. Below, 1/4" inch mortise chopped at 5/8ths deep.
  23. Nothing exciting just sharing what is on my bench and what is going. I am trying to teach myself woodworking and hand craft. The attached photos are of box joints I am hand cutting. The box joint will be used in a drawer I am making for my table saw to catch the saw dust. In addition to this box joints, I had to make a jug to hold the work. Further, I sharpened up my tools. It is amazing how easy things are when tools are sharp. I sharpened my chisels to 2,000 grit wet-dry.
  24. Ok, back to a bit of woodworking. Now that the internet "issues" have been fixed, I might be able to post a few items.. I got holder blank #2 into the clamps this morning Only needed three chunks, this time around. Will let this sit awhile. Now that a certain machine is about ready to go.. I might make use of this yard sale find. As for maxi-mouse? meh, save it for saw plates. Next, needed to cut the sides to match the holder. Ran a pencil around a bit, then a combo square to mkade some lines.. Plan is to cut along the line. Then, add the smaller piece to the holder already made. This will be the "bottom page" of the book. Needed to add some slots to the holder. Marked a couple lines where each shank was, cut a knife line to guide the saw. Then saw as much as I could. Then use a couple chisels to chop the waste away... Something like these two. Small chisel to chop, 1" chisel to pare away the junk. Finally got all the slots chopped and pared.. These slots will allow the bits to be raised up enough to be taken out of the holder. Did some trim to fit on the narrow sides and end pieces. A spot or schmear of Elmer's, and some 1" brass nails to add each side piece. Then...more clamps, including one to pull things into almost square... The one at the diagonal. Even using the end vise and a benchdog to help out. Will let this set a while as well......bench is a bit too full right now, anyway... If'n when I can see the top of my bench again...I'll start drilling the second holder.......have a different scheme to try out, drill wise. stay tuned
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