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  1. I am considering purchasing some mortise chisels. My two companies to choose from are Blue Spruce Toolworks, and Lie-Nielsen. I can see from the product page on Blue Spruce that their chisels have a full metal tang, and are currently on sale, with the sale to end March 18. Do the Lie-Nielsen also have a full tang? Their product page doesn't show one way or the other, and the description also doesn't say. Disregarding price, which brand would you choose?
  2. Spend $15 and what did I get? The 2 chisels were $5 each...dollar for the Visegrips Finger Clamp pliers..and a dollar for the Cincinnati Tool Co. No.540 c clamp...the folding ruler? Blue Grass No. BG 46 Extension Rule...need to clean up the brass slider. Wide chisel is 1-1/2" wide, the other is "just" 1/4" wide The Blue Grass ruler is to replace the broken Lufkin X46 ruler in the shop... Not too bad of a day?
  3. John Morris

    Just a Fun Image

    From the album: Big Ash Mallet

    Here is a fun picture showing the hand tools I used to help make this mallet, it took a combination of my table saw to make the slots, the shoulder plane to clean up the slots, the miter saw to cut the blanks at 5 degrees, and my hand tools to shape and make it interesting.
  4. BillyJack


    What's a good cheap set. I was going to buy a set of Craftsman s from a guy, but couldn't meet up. Have a cheap HF lathe I'd like to put to use. Any suggestions? I'm sure it's like golf, I don't need all the clubs, but I need some.. lol thx..
  5. On another site, chisels seem to be the rage...which ones to buy, how to sharpen....so...I thought I show (off?) my little selection.. Along the back edge of my bench,,,there is a rack for the users...Narex Mortise chisels, 2 sets of Aldi's...and a few others Went and emptied the rack of all the other chisels... Including the "Bigs" There is an OLD Harbor Freight just out of the picture on the right. Near the center of this mob, there is a triangular file someone else had made into a chisel....and 2nd from the left is a 12mm Mortise chisel from Okinawa, Japan. In the process of cleaning tools out of the tool well...found a few screwdrivers to put away, too.. Bear in mind, bench, counting tool well, is 16" wide.... I seem to have a thing for wood handled tools... Need to go and finish cleaning things out...
  6. So I've recently Purchased TWO different sharpening systems. I bought a bench grinder that was low RPM. As well as the PSI Chisel Mate Plus from PSI Woodworking. I received it this afternoon it was a bit on the late side. How ever I've opened it up and set it up on the lathe tested it out on a couple of gouges and chisels. Seems to work quite well RECOMMENDED USE WITH VARIABLE SPEED LATHES. Its quite simple to install it goes right on to the spindle head of your wood lathe its already set for a 1 inch 8 tpi spindle head. Works with the Delta lathe wonderfully. This system actually did a better job than the bench grinder for me at sharpening. The tool holder fit nicely into the tool rest for my lathe and it was quite easy to adjust for the shape of the chisel or gouge to easily sharpen it. It was very easy to follow the grind on the tool. If I would have known or realized what this was to begin with I probably wouldn't have bought the bench grinder either way I can use that for other tools that need sharpening. IE mower blades and knives. How ever I think I will be using this particular tool from now on to sharpen chisels and gouges. I would definately recomend this product. It is sold on Amazon and the PSI Woodworking website but I did buy mine on Amazon. List cost $42.95 plus what ever your state charges for taxes. (Shipping not included in price) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D2PNYLL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  7. Laundry Detail to night, had to kill a little time for the dryer to get done.. cross cut and ripped a few pieces of 1/2" poplar... 2 longer ones for the sides... The other two are for the ends....wanted them all the same width..so.. meet Junior....Junior Jack plane, that is. Boards were a tad too short for the longer Jacks...been a while..had to back off the cut quite a bit, from the last time it was used. Chisel selection? We'll see which ones get into the case. Depends on HOW I lay them in there, and what holders I cobble up....1/4" plywood top and bottom panels...and will saw the lid off, again.. Wonder which joiner joint I'll use.....hmmm...maybe a step by step photo blog? Sorry, no fancy-schmansy "timber" available.....Poplar is good enough for shop storage, anyway. Stay tuned
  8. Whatever poisonous garbage the Chinese are putting on Harbor frieght chisels is dangerous stuff. I smoked just a little of it off welding the bases of their 4" brick chisels. The stuff made my shop all smoky and like when one burns rubber there were weird floaties of black goo floating in the air. Then the sickness set in. My throat became terribly raw and I have sinus issues. I've never had a paint do this. I can't even guess what they used.
  9. Checked the Mailbox today...just bills....turned around to go back inside the front door....sitting BEHIND the chair on the front porch ( out of sight from "Porch Pirates"?) was a brown box....came from The Mesa, AZ! Gene Howe had sent a package to me. Got the box opened up, removed all the packing supplies, including some blue tape... Used as edge protectors..worked just fine. Mortise chisels! Gene wanted to know IF I could make use of these. I do believe so! A HUGE THANK YOU!! to Mr. Howe. Will try to use these on the next project....
  10. October already but the weather is more like early September. At least it isn't raining! Please checkout @John Morris's announcement concerning the Easy Wood Tools ornaments. Let's all pitch in and help load up the Easy Wood Tools lobby Christmas tree! You don't have to be the most experienced turner to create some neat items for their tree. Here's a couple of really easy spindle type items- Remember, you don't have to paint/decorate the turnings. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools told me they have volunteers who can do that. Our Patriot Turners- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools has been honing his hollowing skills. Check out this beauty- his first attempt! Jim posted his description here and received lots of positive feedback- @Ron Altier has created another gorgeous ornament. Ron always finds creative ways to embellish his turnings. He received lots of comments and Ron exposes his source for some of his materials- @RustyFN posted a fantastic seam ripper he made as a gift. Lots of interest in his technique and he answered questions about how he produced such an awesome finish- We had a couple of questions this week. @hawkeye10 asked about purchasing turning chisels. The group is pretty much split between the standard tools (gouges, etc.) and the newer carbide tools. Please head on over to Hawkeye's post and give him your insights and experiences. Hawkeye also posted images of his newly cleaned/restored lathe. It sure is a beauty- @Ron Altier asked about the cushioned micromesh sanding abrasives. Ron was curious about sanding speeds and what materials could be sanded with this product. Check his post and the responses. If you have any tips or hints that will help him, please give him the information- @Gerald posted two excellent videos on lathe maintenance. I know I need to do preventative maintenance more often. From The Internet- Our friends from Easy Wood Tools shared a video from Tracey Malady. In this one, she turns a bowl with an internal rim. You get to see the EWT hollowing tools in action! On my old lathe, I had a honing wheel mounted to the "left" side of the headstock. It was really handy for honing tools during turning. Mike Peace demonstrates how to make one of these for sanding or honing- Tim Yoder put up a video about turning a pumpkin. I'm sharing it here not so much for the project but for Tim's concern for safety when turning large pieces. Everything Else- I did get to spend a little time at the lathe. I'm working on the last two ornaments to send to Jim Luley for the EWT Christmas tree. The first one is made from a piece of spalted maple. The "finials' are also maple but ebonized with india ink. The second one is from a blank I glued up a while back that was intended for salt/pepper grinders but that never happened. It's a combination of walnut, maple and cherry. I used a jig designed by Mr. David Reed Smith to create the balls. Everything was completely turned with Easy Wood Tools. Safe Turning
  11. Got home with a stack of forms, to apply as a "First Families and Pioneers of Logan County, Ohio. May take a week to complete those...All the way back to the 1800s when Ohio wasn't yet a state.. Got bored (dangerous) so headed to the shop to putter around....decided to make a bunch of lines on some pine scrap. One of the lines was a circle...took that to the bandsaw.. Meh, will just have to do. All the other lines were for either a hole, or not a hole..next, decided to drill a few of the holes...drill press was set up for rehab work.. We have ways.. Drill down until the tip pokes through, then flip the blank over.. Finish the holes, then the chisels took over... The reason for those two clamps? Seems that big Japanese mortise chisel caused a split....I cleaned things up, apply the glue and clamps, and kept on chopping.. Until the clamps got in the way....narrow chisel was powered more by my chin, than the hammer. Will let the glue set overnight, then try some more.. Maybe call this The Trouble with Trivets? Stay tuned...
  12. Have ya'll heard of Jim Bode Tools, ya, pretty cool. They are advertised in the MWTCA Gristmill. Have fun! https://www.jimbodetools.com/collections/whats-new
  13. On the way to Huber heights, OH thursday..stopped at the store in Brandt, OH...spend a whopping $5 on a pair of chisel shaped objects... Skinny one is 3/4", wider one is 1''....nothing special? No handles, one has a mushroom growing on it....bend at the socket was made that way...even saw a trace of a name stamp on the bent socket... MIGHT need a bit of sharpening? Well, got busy with these two, while the stain was drying....Beltsander to remove the mushroom, and a chunk out of my knuckle...DNA on the new sander Dug out the wooden plug inside the remade socket..dug through the spare chisel drawer, and found a couple loaner handles.. Flattened the backs, got a start on the sharpening.. With the 3/4" firmer all shined up, found a name stamp on it, too. 1" wide is a UNION Hardware Company of Torrington, CONN. USA The 3/4" one? T.H. Witherby....also of Torrington, CONN, USA. It will go with the 1/2" one I have. And the 3/8" Mortise chisel... Not too bad..for $5?
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  15. Took a day off from the shop today.....yard sales were a bust....too nice of a day to go into the shop....Hauled the Boss, and my son off on a Road Trip... Springfield, OH has an Antique Mall.....HUGE one.....8 big rooms of stuff....Number one rule...IF a tool is INSIDE a glass case...take a look, but keep on walking. There was this one stall.....looked like someone had emptied both a Sears and a woodcraft tool section, and just piled it up on a BUNCH of shelves....Dug through over 100+ chisels....looking for a couple wood handled ones I could use.. The wide one is 1-1/4", the other is 1/4"...$6 for the biggie, $1 for the wee one... Sharp? Not even close. But, we have ways... Hoops? Not sure IF I'd hit the little one....biggie has been hit a few times too many.. For $7 and change? I think I can make do....Walked around in the place for over 2 hours, and only saw about half of the stuff. Supper was at Five Guys Burgers.....then a nice drive home.....not too bad of a day...
  16. First off, I am not cheap,.....merely frugal... Picked a few things today, spent about $8.50.... I have a complete Metric set of these 3/8" drive sockets. My son needed a set of SAE Deep well sockets. $5 Original price was $1.99, yard sale price was $0.50 . I will use these more to clean up any "details" a beading plane may leave. NO, I do NOT carve... Bag #1, and.. Dollar for the two of them, gave me nine hinges....only Bag#2 had screws, though...wound up with three styles, three each.. I wonder where I can use these.... Next, sitting UNDER those two bag was this thingy Did not see the chuck key anywhere...drat. A 1/4" drill bit will not fit in that chuck. marked as George A. Terry, of Buffalo, NY. More for working on MAC aircraft...might make some use out of it The Boss spent way more than I did....oh well.
  17. Anybody use them? What's your experience? Good, bad, ugly?
  18. Well, lets see, got out the Saw Vise Squad.. Ol' No. 1 was set up and used.. As this old saw needed some work on the teeth. Saw file was sent along.. As this was it's second saw, we had Back Up available.. But the file was no rookie, and came through without any problems , will get the back up file for another time Decided to at least give these usual suspects a chance to show what they could do.. 6 ppi, filed rip. Got out a 1 x 1 pine scrap, as a test.. But, it turned into a Crime Scene. Saw was hard to start, but once it did, it cut very fast....so fast that the hand that was holding the scrap steady for the start , got caught up in the action... One swipe...was enough to trigger the "Saw_Stop Sensor" Teeth were drifting to the left in the cut, still had burrs on the teeth on that side, stoned the burrs off. Should be ready to go, next time around. Decided to work on something a little safer, got out the leather strop, and the brand new Green Stick, and honed a few chisels....that way, only the strop can get cut.. So, they all should be ready to go, for the next project....I hope. Needs a new bandaid....and a beer...
  19. Noticed an old drawer alongside the curb, awaiting Trash Pickup Day......seemed a shame to let it go... Not much to look at....may refinish the front, shine the knobs up.... Maybe build a small case for around it? Might be something I could use it for? Laid out some tools, time to lay out some thin pieces of pine scrap. Still working on the spacing, but... The larger of the chisels in this group. The other half of the box of chisels was too long for this sort of thing, all the shorter ones did fit in, though. Just laying things out, right now. might make a second drawer for the longer chisels? Thinking some Elmers,and small nails to fix the dividers in place? May keep a lookout for more drawers out on the curb....
  20. If you're like me and keep chisels in a drawer and also buy them at yard sales, they need a chisel guard. Here's a no-cost way to do it. Get an empty water or milk bottle (1 gal HDPE plastic) Heat the side with a heat gun. After a few seconds, the plastic will turn from translucent white to clear. While still hot, plunge the chisel tip in and turn it to cover the tip. Pull it out with the plastic glob on. With a gloved hand, shape the end to cover the bezel and tip. Let cool.
  21. Well, cleaned a few up for Polite Company to view, handled a small chisel to make it usable. Lets start with these..thngs What you see here cost me about $10 today... 3/32" nail set, a 3/16" drill bit ( Craftsman!) and a counter sink bit with no name. $0.75 for these.. A pair of Millers Falls 3/4" wide chisels, one with a fully readable logo. Permaloid handles...$1 each $1 for this block plane iron, with a Stanley "triangle" logo. Might have a plane for this... How many tri squares have a level in the handle? Must be why this was $2? In the first picture, the tool with the ball on the end? Is a Stanley YANKKEE offset, ratcheting screwdriver. No. 3400, even has a patent date. Both "tips" are for slotted screws. Ok. the next one came home in two pieces. I had to fit a new handle to this 3/8" wide chisel.. I think I paid a dollar for each? This is a Buck Brothers 3/8" Mortise chisel Says so right on the back. Chisel will need a bit more work to bring it up to "Ready" status. Have started to grind a new edge, and work on the back a bit. This might take a while. Haven't done anything to the red chisels, other than give them a trip on the wire wheel...were a bit rusty. Out of the $10...I got a quarter back. Three different stops. No wonder I'm worn out. Had to walk today.....sheesh.
  22. Forward, and at one one backwards. Someday, I might just learn how to do woodworking? Morning started out...meh....got a couple things done on the lid's frame.. Bench has been beat up, lately. Needed something for the chisels to bounce off of. There is a second chisel there...because.. It fit in there a bit better, got one end done...I thought.. Including both ends of the long sides, and one end piece. Then the internet had all kinds of problems that I just had to fix.....needed to go out and BUY ( yikes!) new phone line and new CAT5 line. Old ones were breaking down. The CAT5 wound up too short, that is why I had to get a new one. Whew, had to run around with the Boss, for a bit, too..... Finally managed to return to the chopping block....only to find out the lid parts were too long....hate when that happens.. This was after I had trimmed the end piece to length. Couple of marks to show what I needed to remove.. Something like this? Then a few whacks on a chisel to cut away the "extra" stuff. Bummer that the fingers were already done? Not really, make things a wee bit easier. Finally got all four parts joineried.. I think that will do...for now. Still have to figure out how this slab of Cherry will fit in there... Needs cut to fit...but which type of joint to use for it? Might TRY a T&G? Or...just a groove and a rebate? Have to sleep on that awhile. As for dog holes in a bench top....did you know they are good for... Holding a chisel so it won't roll off onto the floor, or worse, stab my foot? The Witherby 3/16" is in one. The New Haven Edge Tool Co. 1/4" one rarely rolls anyway. That old mallet? Turned that a few years ago, out of Spalted Maple. Been pounding on things ever since......Maybe tomorrow..I might get organized a bit better? Nah, then I'd be dangerous...stay tuned for the rest of the story.
  23. Had a few chisels that were a bit beat up. Seems all that work on the last tool chest wore a few out. Set up the center for sharpening. Belt sander clamped into the vise. Honing Guide set to the correct angles ( 2 were needed) Floor tile set out, full sheet of 150 grit clamped to it. 220 set aside, 1500/2000/2500 grits on standby Ok, one firmer chisel had some rust spots that had to go. Wire brush in the drill press took that off. Mortise Chisel needed a new edge ground first, had the rest set @ 30 degrees, and made a new edge. Set it up in the honing guide, gave it a spin on the belt-sander, cup of water handy. then off to the sandpapers. The rest of the items were a couple chisels, and a Stanley Cordovan 9-1/2 block plane. All of these edges needed to be @ 25Degrees. Shined up the backs while I was at it. First off, the chisels on the far left is a Greenlee 3/8" Gouge, out channel. Then the mortise chisel a firmer chisel and two paring chisels. Did I say the backs were done, too Almost mirror bright. Now, about that Block plane. It had seen a lot of use, working on the chest. Backed the iron out a bit, and ran the sole around on the 150 grit. Still a small hollow behind the mouth opening, but not too bad. Next, the iron got a GOOD clean up with the wire cup on the DP. Had some "patina" growing. Now back to shiny metal. Then the whole routine with the sander, and sandpaper. Put the cleaned up plane back together, and tried it out Took a couple tries to get the depth just right. Not see-through, but I didn't set it that close. Did back it off just a hair more. Been working on a spot to store the wee planes I'll just have to move a slider or two out of the way. Yep, tool chest now has a slider installed, with a second one coming later Yep, these only go half way across the length, have other plans for the left side of this chest This side of the divider will get a few things added to it. Just what? Stay tuned....
  24. Been watch a Chinese set of vids lately.The fellow in these has some SERIOUS chisel skills. While some of his videos do have Closed Captioning, most do not. Sometimes, you just turn the sound off, and just sit and watch. First in a series of three on building a Jack Plane The one bench he uses makes my rearend hurt.The "Hammer" he uses is very nice. He does start the swings BEFORE the chisel is set, sometimes, and still hits the mark. Got a piece of Oak, all marked up, and awaiting MY poor chisels. I'll just use my "Normal" hammer for mine. A look at the iron, and a side view of the blank. Irons sit in the rear third of the body, on these. Top view. Lots of lines to cut at. The triangle area is the escapement area, with the two "eyes". Not all that big a plane, either.Still have to make a through mortise for the crossbar "handle" to go through. Now, I think Arlin is lusting after this chunk of wood 11/4 by 11/4 by 22" long. Yep, it is a green colour. Know of any use for it???
  25. While trying to take things easy,...yeah..riiight. Figured I could set up a place the right height to sharpen a few chisels up. Got a 1/4" scrap of plywood to set the oil stones on. Dug out the veritas MkI honing guide. Found a bottle of 3in1 air tool oil. A couple chisels needed a trip to the grinder, first. Most were at 25 degrees, but one was @ 30 degrees. Set the oil stones on the plywood, gave them a shot of oil. and went to town on it with a chisel. Even polished the backs flat. After the stones, then a few trips down some 2K paper. Set the group out of the way when done.. That long, skinny one is the 30 degree Firmer chisel. i was going to do the gouge...but, had other things to do... Tonight, got the last of the chisel work done, I hope. So, now I have another "batch to bring upstairs to refresh the edges Bevel chisels and a bunch of mortise chisels, even a few by Butcher. As soon as I figure the angles out for the mortise chisels, I can get busy on them.. Until then, I just kick back and rest the back....maybe.
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