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  1. Grandpadave52

    Square Deal

    So a couple of months back, you may recall this Craftsman combo square followed me home...working on it a bit here, bit there, finally got it presentable... About the only place not heavily rusted was where the head had sat for decades.... Before it all went into the Evap-O-Rust tank. I had hit the worst of the scale with a slow speed brass wheel. Heavy rusting and pitting on the head surfaces Ta-da...sorry for the poor lighting; discoloration (rust looking) is the reflection off my rust red t-shirt. A lot of lapping on my sharpening plate first with 100g, 220g, 320g, 400g, wet or dry...all was done dry. The head is cast steel The pitting here also is present on the face side; not sure but might have partially been a casting flaw/blow-out when cast. It cleaned up pretty nice...wish I had some machinist greying to coat the surface While i was at it I finished cleaning this one too. You might recall what it originally looked like (one with red zip tie) holding the square head made in Taiwan...turns out the blade is marked Made in U.S.A., No.1270 M F Co. (Millers-Falls). I added the bottom head; no name or markings but seemed appropriate for this blade. Thanks for looking...last one out please turn off the lights.
  2. Dear folks, I have been in a quandary lately, I have some extra funds for this year, and I would like to purchase a table saw. But I cannot decide which one I want, so I am coming to the membership to help me decide. You'll see a poll I created with the table saws I have in mind to purchase. Can you please participate in my poll, and vote for the brand you find most reliable in your experience. Thanks! This is a test topic for our new polling feature, please see tutorial at:
  3. Grandpadave52

    Drilling it Down

    A few weeks back, I posted a thread about a pick that included a Black & Decker corded drill kit. I also have alluded to the fact I may have a problem when it comes to the number of corded drills in my possession. Since the temperature is dropping and we alternate between white-out snow then momentary sunshine and now darkness, I thought I would present this thread for your entertainment, amusement, amazement and harassment. Enjoy the show. WARNING: Proceeding beyond this point is at your own risk. The content of this thread is not advised for those with rational thought processes or hoarding phobias. Some restrictions apply. Void where prohibited. Must be 18 to enter. So it began one December 7th many years ago for my 17th (maybe 18th??) birthday I think. I received my first power-tool. A Skil, 3/8" VS Model 569 drill. Who knew this would eventually lead to an addiction. I did replace the swithc once several years ago. Shortly there-after, my dad also gave me a 1/4" Mall Model 143 drill that had belonged to my grand-father. It has to be from the late 1940's to early 1950's. The original cord finally disintegrated. I replaced it 35+ years ago with the current cord which now needs replaced. I need to search out cord strain reliefs although the spark plug boots i used to use worked pretty well. These were my primary drills for years both at home and occasionally in my work life. The Mall has a piece missing in the replaceable handle portion which is the way I inherited it. That nugget of information is relevant later on in this drill dynasty. Next up is my Black & Decker 1/2" VS, Model 7210. It's story begins in the first JD Dealership I worked. That was in 1973. The drill was already in service and likely had been purchased in the late 1960's from Grainger's. The dealer eventually closed so we parted ways for a year or so. A new dealer reopened the dealership and I was recruited as the Service Manager Low and behold the drill and I was reunited as most of the tooling from the old dealership had been purchased. Some time later, one of the "rookie" mechanics pushed this drill beyond its limits. The armature windings separated from the commutator bar. A replacement was needed immediately and as luck had it, the Mac Tool Rep had just began carrying a new line called Makita. We purchased a 1/2", VSR double insulated drill upon his recommendation. We sent the B&D in for repair evaluation estimate. The cost to replace the armature, brushes and refurb the drill came back more than the new Makita so this drill got tossed back in the cabinet. Several years later during a clean-up session the drill was set out to be trashed. I asked if I could have it and was granted the request. It laid in a box at home for a number of years. I finally made a trip to the old B&D Service Center in Indy, bought an armature, couple set of brushes for around $35 at the time. Finally had to replace the cord a few years back. While doing some remodeling work at my daughters, either my ex SIL or oldest grandson apparently dropped the drill on the "nib" on the upper back handle breaking it in the mounting screw/rear bearing housing. Calling B&D/DeWalt Service Centers all over the country yielded no parts available. I eventually was able to locate a "parts donor" drill but not before lots of searching which leads to a long tale yet to come. I have the original manual and dead-man handle for the drill also. It was and still is a great drill...low RPM and lots of torque. In the midst of the above I acquired this old Sioux, 1/4" in-line drill. It was given to me by a former mechanic. Probably from the 50's. The switch was bad as was the original cord (dry rot). It is the same frame and motor unit as the old Sioux hard-seat grinder. Instead of the angle seat driver head, Sioux offered an alternative drive head. I came upon a used hard seat grinder the Mac Tool Rep had traded for. The gears were bad, but the was switch good...gave a couple bucks for it. Replaced the switch. This drill still gets a lot of use running a carbon cleaning brush and other wire wheel attachments. Probably will need a new cord in the not to distant future. Somewhere in the 90's, I had a need for a D-handle 1/2" drill; something that would do heavier duty work than the 1/2" B&D. My wife bought me this Craftsman for Christmas one year. VSR model. Actually my first reversible corded drill. I primarily have used it to run a paddle to mix drywall compound and thin set mortar. Maybe have drilled a couple dozen 5/8" dia. holes in steel with a twist bit. The (3) on the right followed. The left one is a 1/4" Dunlap made for Sears; circa late 40's early 50's; bought at a flea market for a couple of bucks; it works fine, just needs disassembled, cleaned, new gear grease and the aluminum body polished; The middle is another Mall 143; another flea market find for $3; I originally bought it to use for parts my old 143 however it works great, so again just disassemble, clean, re-lube and polish. The one on the right is an old Montgomery Ward given to me by my late FIL. He got it in a box of crap treasures at an auction. Obviously needs a cord and the normal clean & re-lube. I've had it for years; just need to find round-to-its for all three. Close up view of the Dunlap tag. Also a Did just a little preliminary buffing to see how it would polish up. The Mall 143 tag. The "three amigos", oppoosite side on the far right. You can see they remain in their natural wild state...now where are those round-tu-its? Now back to the quest finding a replacement handle section for the B&D 1/2" VS. So I watched flea markets, yards sales, and even a few auctions to no avail finding a parts donor to repair this drill. Even eBay was coming up empty. Finally a hit on eBay...I won an auction for a 1/2" (one owner). If I recall about $14 with the shipping. However, when I got the drill, it was so pristine, I couldn't bring myself to cannibalize it. It had the dead-man handle but the cord had been replaced. It's the one on the left; I'm pretty sure it's a U-126 like the one on the right. Only single speed, but a very nice drill. The one on the right came later in the parts quest. Found it at a flea market for $8 with some weird coupling attachment in place of the chuck, but pristine other-wise. I bought a Jacobs chuck from H-F. $10 less 20% coupon so $8 for a new chuck bringing the total to $16. The parts quest continued...the one on the far right I believe to be a model 7120 although might be an 1161; both are 3/8" VS models. Anyways won that bid on eBay as a parts only drill...if I recall, it was ~$9 with shipping; might have been less...when I received it, as stated it did not work. Began disassembling to swap the handles and noticed a loose wire in the switch and wires not in the right locations; straighten all that out, and it works fine...so the quest rolls on. The one on the left is a Model U-100, 1/4", single speed; a little different rear handle design without the nub, but interchangeable. Picked that one up for a couple bucks...did the normal disassembly/clean-up; works great...the quest continues... While I continued to watch eBay, after two purchases all of a sudden these style drills began popping up like mushrooms. Seems every flea market I had tried before now were crawling with them... These 2 were next; a 7110 I think, 3/8" single speed in the original metal B&D box for $5. Another U-100 for $3 but needed a cord. H-F has 10' neon orange and sometimes green extension cords on sale for ~$4 from time-to-time. I keep a supply of them as replacement cords; far cheaper than actual replacement cords. Both of these work great and needed minimal clean-up. Next in the quest to find a handle were the two on the right. Finally, success. I gave $3 for the pair. Robbed the handle off the top one. The bottom one while it will run, the front bearing is shot. However I could take these two and make one good usable drill should I need an extra. Unfortunately, by this time the disease had over taken me so.................................... At one of my favorite flea infestations, I stumbled on this Skil 599. Now knowing how hard finding replacement parts for the B&D had been, I justified this purchase figuring the cord and switch would interchange with my first drill if needed. Since it was only $5. As dumb luck would have it, this is a hammer, scraper, drill VSR, 3/8". It all works so.... The drill on the right beckoned me and since I didn't own a plain ole, 3/8" VSR and it was only $5, I succumbed. Knowing how hard parts might be to get for it, the left one appeared at a yard sale. It was in a bucket, chuck down with about an 2" of water...well the cord & switch is probably good and for $2...dang the luck, it cleaned up pretty nice except for a little erosion on the nose housing, works like a champ so... This one in the original case although missing some of the accessories..still needs refurbed when I find some of those round tuits so... This orphan needed a good home and for $8 in the original case with accessories and then.... This trio actually preceded the two sets above. The one on the far right is a U-203; kinda' rare; 1/4" 2 speed. I use it a lot with various brushes to do cleaning and polishing. A slightly different version of the U-100 in the middle, then I'm not sure of the model on the left, but a 3/8" VS. Of course when the first B&D 1/2" went down, I needed an immediate, budget friendly replacement so H-F to the rescue with this 1/2" VSR model....with a coupon it was $24 and some change with tax. It works great and have used it to mix thin set and drywall compound also. So.... It all started when this drill handle failed....so....... There is one more to this stable but current weather conditions prevent me from moving stuff out to get to the cabinet. It's an old Montgomery Ward (I think), D handle with a 1/2" pipe dead man, 5/8" chuck that belonged to my grand-dad I inherited when my dad passed. That drill cost me $200 about 50 years ago. I'll update this saga with it's unique story in the future. These of course are just my corded drills and does not include any of the cordless, screw-guns or drill presses. Once I get over my shame for this post and ya'll recover from the shock and trauma of reading this post, maybe I'll entertain you in another show. Just so you know, I have put back many other drills to allow others around the world to the joy of owning a corded drill if only for a moment. Assuming you remained conscious to this point, thanks for following along. BTW, if you were counting you should have come up with 26 drills total. I may have a problem???
  4. oldwoodie

    Sargent

    Picked up a 408(I think is same as Stanley #4 ) Sargent hand plane that was clean, sharp and ready to go for $10.00. How bad did I do? My thinking is to sell all my Stanley Baileys and Baileys and use the lesser knowns for my work. I have some others like Dunlop, Craftsman, Buck Brothers, etc. I can pick up Stanley knockoffs with no name, and if it fits my hand, is well made, and is in good shape, I can always do all right. What do you say about my theory? Also, I turned down Wood Magazine's last offer because they shut down our community forum. I would not be surprised if they quit publishing it in the next few years if as many people are mad at them as I think they are. I was going to return their offer with this explanation as to why I decided to drop them after more than 20 years of subscriptions.
  5. Grandpadave52

    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.
  6. Another collection of peculiar workshop related items. The stories and pictures you are about to see are real. Call it an obsession, sickness, hoarding, or missing fence rescue, IDK why I do it...I just do... Before you judge me and my madness illness, you should first speak to those voices in my head. Rest assured once you do, you'll be snatching orphan fences from the hands of the weak and infirmed too. With maybe a couple of exceptions, all have been $1 or less. those on the right probably 10-30 cents/ea. The Craftsman on the far left was a buck (maybe less), NIB at a yard sale. Some of the others again were 50 cents or less and maybe in a bucket or box with other "treasures" for a buck or two. Same pic as above, only with the box closed. If I recall, these two were $3...purchased from a Habitat for Humanity Restore in Illinois. Must have come out of a retailer who had a fire since there was soot all the packages and the packages were stained like water damage. The B&D will be assigned to a new old stock B&D 7-1/4" circular saw I bought at a flea market for $20. It was missing the fence. circular saw obsession will be a future post unless good weather comes first. As twisted as it may seem, there at least another 6 or 8 not pictured here. They've actually been assigned to orphan tools. Two of which were identical and perfect for my 5-1/2" cordless 19.2V Craftsman and my 18V Ryobi. Another was assigned to an old Craftsman Jig saw I rescued and re-furbed. I think I gave my ex-SIL a couple too. Well thanks for looking...they tell me it's time for my meds.
  7. Grandpadave52

    Combination Squares Oh My

    So a week or so ago, I posted on a recent Craftsman Machinist combo square I added to my growing stable. As I noted then, I didn't need it, but it was $2 and needed a rust revival... Why didn't I really need it? Well... Sorry pictures aren't the greatest but I was (am still) fighting cold cooties. Before picture conditions for most of these appear in other threads, so I won't bore you here. Top one: Craftsman Machinist recently purchased; one below w/ red strap I bought a few weeks ago for ~$1; I thought was a a cheapo Taiwan since that's what the square head was labeled; it was missing the retaining bolt/nut/spring After some serious clean-up of the blade, turns out it was a mismatch; The blade is marked Made in U.S.A., No.1270 M F Co. (Millers-Falls)...sometimes a blind squirrel finds a nut too. Next two below top: 12" has been my go to for a long time; bought new ~1975; It's a John Deere made by Stanley; 6" is an Empire probably ~1977-78; bought new at Furrow Lumber Company; To their right: 18" is a Starrett blade; I think I gave a buck for it but was in pretty good condition after rust revival; the square head is ???; bought at flea market or yard sale for a buck or less; the center head bought at a flea market for a couple bucks if I remember correctly? It appears to have rust on the leg but must be a shadow b/c it's clean Two at bottom of picture: Black square head is Union Tool Co, Mass.; Gray square head, is a Corsair which eventually was bought by Empire; the second square head is unmarked, but was complete so I made a caliper of sorts Blue angle head: Stanley No.125. It was missing the retaining bolt/nut/spring but the darker blue Stanley square head to the right become a donor; The two holes in the blade and near the square head body are where the previous owner drilled and put in a couple screws after he lost/broke the bolts/nut; I gave a buck or two for it and maybe a buck for the two heads; The Stanley is well suited for rough carpentry and can be positioned to lay out studs 16" OC. One immediately below: It's an older Great Neck blade bought at a yard for a quarter maybe? The square head was later added: all the extra square heads have been purchased for a buck or less; The 4 pc set at the bottom: Is a Starrett Machinist; it belonged to my grand-father; My best guess it is from the late 1940's; It's been tucked away since early 1995 after my dad died; I started the refurb on it late last fall...still a ways to go. The square head nut is stowed away A little better view of the Starrett Almost forgot this one. A 6", no markings except Made in England; the blade is aluminum versus steel; it's got a couple waves in it, but hey for 50 cents... So did I need the Craftsman? But since I didn't have a Craftsman before, I suppose I did? Believe it or not, I've passed on several but they're usually too pricey...sometimes $3-$5 or more...will I buy more? If the price is right and the square head speaks to me. Maybe someday I'll get paroled from the National Weather Service and put on work release. Until then, this is the best I can do. Thanks for looking.
  8. Grandpadave52

    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
  9. Grandpadave52

    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...
  10. Grandpadave52

    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.
  11. Grandpadave52

    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.
  12. 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.
  13. steven newman

    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....
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. steven newman

    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.
  17. Grandpadave52

    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.
  18. 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.
  19. Warped & Twisted

    Sears Sells Craftsman Brand

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/sears-sells-craftsman-brand-to-stanley-black-decker-1483623215
  20. Interesting article. I, too, worked for Sears for a couple of years, but have become disappointed their products and customer service since.
  21. Ron England

    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.
  22. 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?
  23. 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
  24. Courtland

    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!
  25. lew

    50 Ft tape

    From the album: Old Tools

    Steel tape from 1962

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