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  1. Ok, latest Project is about ...done. Time to clean up the bench, put away the toys,,,and maybe rehab a few items.. I can finally set this back on the bench....bench is a bit ...full... Over flow from the Tool Well? "Name that Tool"? How do you hang this thing up.... Every shop could use a 4-in-hand rasp/file....but it needs a place to sit, until called for.. Chisel shaped objects, at least the 3 in front...the other was rehabbed long ago...clean, sharpen, and re-do them handles.. May "refine" the other two....Scratch Awls were also cleaned, sharpened up, and a coat of finish brushed on... The rasp was cleaned of rust and crud, pocket knife was too..and sharpened... Anyone want to stop by and help out? Stay tuned..( may build a second row to the back of the bench storage rack....may need 2..?)
  2. 3 planes...first 2 were easy... Handsome, ain't they...spent about $10 for these three "gems"...In the front is a Sargent V.B.M. #5408/408c (Stanley #3 sized) mainly a lot of wire wheel work, a few spots needed a spritz of PBblaster to loosen bolts up....sole was "groovy" Yeah....refinished the wooden parts...old finish was flaking off.... NOT Rosewood, Sargent used East African Mahogany. Base has a coat of penetrating oil...later was wiped down and a fresh coat of black was sprayed on.. Made about 1917. Metal parts were shined up, chipbreaker mated to the back of the iron. Iron's back was flatten, a single 25 degree bevel was sharpened and stropped.. Test drive showed a few nicks still remained in the edge...will remove those in the next sharpening...meanwhile The second plane is a Stanley No. 4, Type 20 (1962-67) with the dark, Royal Navy blue colour scheme... This spot was packed solid in nasty wood fibres, spider nests....and just plain dirt...wire wheels and wire brush to clean out... Lever was frozen in place, both of them ( Goop-off soak, then oiled) Grinder has a 6" brass wire wheel installed... Been sitting a while. Edge was chewed up a bit...new grinder to regrind the 25 degree bevel needed....then 2 oil stones, 2 grits of sandpaper (1,000 and 2,000 grit) then stropped on the buffer wheel on the old grinder.. Bolt for this wheel was wire wheeled clean, along with the rusty stuff. Brass shined up, dab of oil on the threads... Same with the rest of the metal parts....plated stuff was buffed out. Threads cleared and oiled up...test track set up..again.. BTW...The flaky black paint of the handles? Gone, replace by a coat of Gunstock stain, and then a few coats of BLO... Test tracks, one of Pine.. Took a few tries to get the setting just right... And, since I also do a lot of work with Ash.. 1 x 2 is now smooooth and flat.. Looks more like a plane, now. I left the yellow logo alone, the cleaned up Royal Navy Blue was given a wipe down with a thin coat of 3in1 oil.. Which brings us to the third plane... With "Issues" Lots of issues... Made by Millers Falls, sold at your local Sears store as a Craftsman....turned out, this plane had been broken in two...then brazed back together... Wasn't too bad on the right side ( biggie blob inside, though) but the left side? Not his best work.....checked that sole for flat....was more like a banana, or, high in the middle, low on the ends ( OHIO?) well, we have a beltsander, with 60-80grit belt onboard....took a long time (for me) checking with a straight edge every 5 minutes ( and let the cast iron cool down a bit...) Finally..other than a hollow up front, and a little spot on the "fantail" I think I can live with that...flat the rest of the sole. All this done with the frog and handles still in place...the frog? Needed a soak, and a hammerdrill, to loosen two bolts. Frog was too far forward, made it hard to fully engage the slots in the bolts. Once they were loose enough, the frog was slid to the rear..then removed. End of troubles? Nope....took the wheel off, or tried to....got almost to the end of the threads...bolt had come loose, too.....Backed the bolt out of the wheel, clean the rusty blob out of the threads. At least it made it easier to clean up the rest of the frog.. OEM chipbreaker was too rusted on the end..tossed it, found a 2" wide spare....mated it to the cleaned and straighten iron. Iron was bent, curved, pitted...Ball pean hammer time! grind the pitted edge away, started a new bevel. derusted the now straight iron. Back is NOW flat... Cleaned the hardware..brass had been plated..had. New spritz of blue into the logo...then wiped away the excess.... I was going to sharpen the iron...noticed the cup of water was empty...and, I was covered in cast iron grinding dust...even me beard was black...decided that was enough, closed the shop. The Sargent plane took a couple hours, took longer to sharpen. The Stanley? 90 minutes, total....The Craftsman? still working on it....will be a while.. Stay tuned
  3. A while back, like last spring or so...I picked a framing square for about a $1....little on the rusty side.. Flip it over... Nothing was bent...might be worth the effort to clean up? Took some 60 grit paper, and gave a spot a rub down by hand.. Might be ok....80 grit in the palm sander.. Getting rid of the worst of the rusty stuff...except down in the lettering...switch to 220 grit, one "pad" per leg, on each face.... We getting there...wipe each area once it is sanded...then a bead of 3in1 oil, and wipe that around with a rag.... Looking better? About 99.9% of the markings are readable....square should be about ready to go back to work? At one time, one could lay out every cut and build a house, using just a square like this....might be a lost art, now-a-days.....
  4. A while back..picked a $15 Jack plane at an estate sale....been trying to clean this thing up.. Made by Sargent & Co. and sold at Sears as a Craftsman brand tool... Even was marked as Craftsman on the iron... The "BL" was a Sears code for Sargent..... First things I do is tear the plane down to just..parts...and clean each up...metal parts see the wire wheel on my grinder... Frog...bolt and the rest needed a bit of cleaning... That "409" is because Sargent 409 and 414 planes used the same frog. Steel adjuster wheel took a bit of cleaning. Same with where the frog sat...after a bunch of crud was removed... Bolts....used a pair of visegrips to hold these, while the wire wheel went to work....at one time (WW2 ?) the nuts had been blued. A large,brass wire wheel was chucked into a drill, and all rust removed here...then a paint brush with 3in1 oil was used all over, to keep the rust away... Sides were cleaned up with the wire wheel on the grinder..then oiled. the sole? A few scratches...checked it for flat.....sit it on a know flat surface, index finger on each hand...one on each end, try to press down and see IF it rocks...this one never moved...flat enough for me The handles were stripped of the old finish, and ugly paint...smelly BLO was brushed on, and rubbed down...then a coat of varnish. Which left these three.. Had a burr on the bolt's slot to remove, and rust in the knurling....Wire wheel to clean the rust off. I adapted a sander to be the sharpening center... Table was adjusted to a 90 degree to the disc. And a large cup of water was nearby... This is Snaggletooth....what I started out with... Cleaned up, back is now flat...worked on the chipbreaker, too. Then, oil stones.. Long one is a COARSE, small one is 600 grit...rag to keep things clean, and the 3in1 oil as needed.... Then 2 grits of wet or dry paper...a 1000 grit, and then this 2000 grit....we getting there.. Then the strop. Had to work on the chipbreaker a bit..until it sat flat ( no gaps) on the back of the iron. Rest of the plane was still upstairs...happened to have another Sargent Jack plane IN the shop...used it as a test bed, of sorts... Almost done... Took a few trips...took the iron and such upstairs, and re-assembled the jack plane... Look any better? Trying to decide what colour was used on the lever cap.. To make the "CRAFTSMAN" logo stand out better.....blue? Red? Gold? Have seen all 3... Not too bad, for a $15 plane?
  5. "It followed me home, can I keep it?" When last seen, this was screw to an Oak plank, and hung as a coat hook....tag said "Dowel Cutter" $32.50 Plus sales tax. Got rid of the plank,....meh.. Had some issues going on....Got rid of the "coat hooks" , easy-out the broken bolt. Ordered the depth adjuster wheel ( $20, ebay) and cleaned things up a bit.. Easy-out wasn't....iron needs a lot of work.. Sole is flat, and cleaned up.. Tool drawer, I needed a wrench, and a tap.. 1/4" x 20. Have since bought a new thumbscrew at Lowes....1/4" x 20 x 3/4" long. will need to grind a point on it's end. About them handles? had some "spare" knobs, with bolts, had to find 2 that looked like they matched each other... Close enough? Plane is a Stanley No. 71-1/2, patent date is 10-29-01.....1901, that is. Think I can keep it?
  6. One of the "treasures" brought home from Wapak.. I've already rehabbed the Defiance plane, and cleaned the drills up...which left that wood bodied Jack plane... Needed a blade/iron/cutter.....Well, I did have a chunk of decent iron handy.. This is the half that is "leftover"...went back as far as this was flat....used the grinder to cut a deep groove.. Because this chunk of steel was laughing at my hacksaws...got as deep as I could, then snapped the "good" part off. Beginning to think someone had re-worked an old lawnmower blade. More grinding.....beltsander......more grinding...wound up with an almost flat "back" and a cambered bevel... 2" wide iron....could have been a tad wider. Will work on the sharpening later... Had to trim the wedge a bit....will refine the cut later. It was sticking up further than the iron was. Finish the sharpening, may see about tightening the handle a bit...finish the wedge a bit..will do for now. May try to find out how thick the iron is..... Stay tuned....
  7. Ok....downtime IN the shop....taking a short vacation from woodworking projects, for now. Bench was cleared off, planed flat Even a coat of shellac on the bare wood. The plane lying on the bench came from the Wapak Gathering....came home in a pink plastic tub. i thought maybe I could clean it up a bit...and see IF I can make it a little bit better than a junker plane. "Whale Tail" Stanley Defiance. Made between 1955 and 1962....when Stanley crimped the lateral lever down tighter.. Named because it looks like the south end of a north bound whale. Rear handle....may see about rounding it over a little bit better. Hmmm, yeah...need to clean under the hood, looks like? Get the frog to seat better. Flatten the face of the frog, so the iron fits better...the "hood"? Clean the lever cap from this plane, and a spare cap I had on hand. Stanley on the right, Millers Falls Mohawk-Shelburne on the left. Stanley had a big chip-out missing along the leading edge..dead-center....it will still work, but..I also ground things back to remove the chip-out....reason the Millers falls one MIGHT get used? Because it has that piece of spring steel. Keeps the lever from digging into the chipbreaker. The Stanley one never had it, made for a cheaper part..but also a looser fit.. Somehow, I don't think this is the OEM bolt.....I don't had the correct one in the spares box....will work on this thing.. And work on this side, as well...grinder was fired up, again.. The reason these bolts have a flat head? There is a "well" in the frog, where the bolt usually sits...not a whole lot of room in there, either. Too tall of a bolt, and the iron can rock side to side. As for the other side.. Ground flush. These bolts protrude up under the lever cap....again, too tall and things can rock and wiggle.... Stamped as a Defiance, Made in USA. Will work on a sharpening, later... Have this piece of oak as a test track....mainly along the edge grain. I put the plane back together, using the freshly worked on parts...no sharpening was done, new lever cap was used. Set the test track into the vise, and gave the plane a test drive... Took a few tries...adjusted for depth, until it started to cut. It's a start....will be working on this Defiance tool, and another one.. Defiance 1-1/2" wide socket chisel....dead ringer for the Stanley version. About the bench top....had a wooden dog stuck in one of the dog holes...was unable to extract it, or even just drive it on through....so..I drill a new hole..a bit closer to the vise.. PEXTO No. 8012, 12" sweep, Samson chuck. Plane beside it? It is an older version of the Defiance planes, a #3 size. May try to get it working, as well. Drill got put back in the til.. There is a larger brace right next to it....a 14" sweep. Squares...a plough plane, and 3 spokeshaves...there is even a saw set in there.... Stay tuned...we'll see how that "Junker Plane" turns out.....
  8. Earlier this year, picked a $1 handsaw at a garage sale.... Not much to look at? Disston USA, 11ppi, hmmm Scraped away some of the rust....D-8? Checked Disstonian Institute....saw was from 1939-1947 era....so Searched for a Sharpening Service....as them tiny teeth are too small for me to see each tooth, let alone file them.. A place in Piqua, OH., called Chucks Sharpening Service....took this saw over to him....about 10 days later ( chainsaw season around here...) This came back home with me. $10 to set and sharpen....cuts like a new saw should...wood is Ash, saw cuts fast and true. So, I shined up the hardware...plating was worn off... But brass will do...plate was shined up.. And, I can read the entire etch. Stripped the flaky finish off the handle, gave it a good sanding, then a bunch of wiped on Amber shellac.. Top horn was a bit worn...I even was able to "clock" the screws.. Compare to original.. So...for about $11 total.... We have a Finish Carpenter's "Finish Saw". 26" long, 11 ppi, D-8 Might find a bit of use for it? ( I also dropped off an Atkins No. 65 Perfection saw, will see how it comes back..a little easier for him to see the teeth..8ppi...and, he does use a Foley filer..) Stay tuned...
  9. One of these #3 planes got torn down, cleaned up, and put back together, today. warning: Tain't purtty at the start.... Warned ya, didn't I ? PBBlaster soaked for a while, then started a tear down. Took a bit of prying to get two items loose Hammer to adjust the lateral lever out of the way, to get the tote off ( didn't wait long enough on the soak, snapped the bolt off for the tote...easy-out..) More "fun"...getting all of these apart....BIG screwdriver, hammer, and a pair of visegrips.... IF you are afraid to get your hand very, very DIRTY...turn back now....I left well enough alone, with the front bolt....will let it soak a while.. Usual wire wheels, belt sanders, and even a ROS....and a couple of shop rags....Visegrips to hold small parts while I clean things up.... getting there.. Almost done... Sole looks better than it did...Iron may or may not get reused...kind of thin..Turtle wax Polishing Compound to shine things up.. Handles got all the crud cleaned off...time to put things back together, for now...( until I bring the Easy Out kit to the shop..) What I started with... And what it looks like....after 2 hours of soak and work... May work on either the Craftsman No. 3, or the Stanley No. 6, Type 7/8 next....or wait until tomorrow...
  10. Ok, while getting a bunch of pictures today at that estate sale, spotted a pair of calipers. It was a bit rusty, but not pitted. So, I took it apart, and wire wheeled the whole shebang until it was shiny enough for Polite Company to see.. Yep, it is a BIG one! 19" stem to stern. The large wheel has a threaded ball above it, to keep people from running the wheel too far out ( and getting lost) Smaller knob seems to be a fine adjust? I did findout that this was to measure I.D. of parts...BIG parts. I think it could be used to measure O.D. as well. Name that was stamped into the one arm...L.S.Starrett, of Athol, MASS, USA Might be worth the four quarters and two pennies I paid for it? Twas all the change I had in me pocket. Just wish they had waited a week before having the sale......I could have bought quite a bit of stuff there.....
  11. Somewhere this spring, I picked a old axe....cost me a whopping $1....despite the price tag of $2......finally was able to find a handle for it... As I think it needed a new handle.... More cracks than a city sidewalk? After about an hour in the rehab shop....remove old handle, clean off the rusty-crud, remove burrs and such Fit the new handle, add the wedge...tighten things down...trim the excess wood.. And, toss the old handle out, onto the fire pit. Seems I now have a 3-1/2 pound Collins splitting axe....just needs a GOOD sharpening, when I get a bit of time. Not too bad of a deal?
  12. Well, Stopped at ONE garage sale.....Spent a bit over $15...Picked a pair of straight jaw Visegrips, and a "modern" Yankee drill... That had 3 drill points. That was the $0.50 of the $15.50.....and I almost drove off without these two..why? A COMPLETE Stanley Mitre Box with it's OEM saw...had to take the saw out, to make things easier to cart around... So....in order to do a rehab on this new "toy", one item needs addressed... need to put away all of this mess....including those freshly cleaned up bits.. other end of the bench was worse..( board was to test how sharp the saw is....VERY sharp...) Took maybe 10 minutes to go from this mess...to... I think I can live with this... That Disston saw... And, when I cleaned the spine up, there was another Disston & Sons stamp. Took the Brass out, and shined them up. Saw is 26" long, not counting the handle..and WAS 4" under the spine ( now about 3-1/2"..) which makes the Mitre Box it goes to a #246, or a #346 model. IF you look at the bottom of the guide rods, instead of a square block, there is a split cylinder. Both stock rests and both stock holders are there...was missing depth stop back here ( had one in me spares box) Afraid to look under the top deck, and see what sort of shape the main deck is in...No name plate showing Model number.. But there are 4 patent dates, all from 1904...There was one item to replace.. An old break..and I had a replacement in the spares box...Decided to soak the moving parts in PBblaster, since none were moving....got rid of the plywood deck... Well, well, lookee what I found. Those stock rests ( for doing crown molding) These are OEM, OLD ones..they have a small button to keep them from being pulled out too far ( and lost) But, if you take the rest and that thumbscrew and holder around front... That same thumbscrew threads into the metal disc in the deck...and you have a length stop for repeat cuts...Shook up the can of PB..and gave things a soaking... Swing arm did not want to...swing...let this soak for about an hour, gave it another try...was able to move it nicely enough...details? One, in addition to the numbers on top of the quadrant, that show the number of cuts for a given box ( 4 = 4 sides = 4 cuts= 45 degrees) there is a scale along the front edge.. These are degrees. There are detent holes under all of this, to lock the saw in place for the cuts... Still evicting spiders...That HUGE slotted "bolt"? is not a bolt..notice that little hole in the slot? There is a tapered pin in there, when you install the guide rods into the arm, you tight a bolt at the end of this pin. It spreads the slot, and holds the guide rod assembly in place. You can also see the detents the swing arm locks into..other end of the swing arm turns on a "King bolt"... Which I may need to remove, to clean and repaint everything that needs painted.. Intent is to make this Mitre Box & Saw look like the day Mr. L Millice bought it...Saw has been cleaned up....box has been taken down to the bench....need a bowl to toss cleaned up parts in, and a new 6" brass wire wheel for my grinder....and a 3/8" thick plank of Poplar, 6" x 24" Project wood. old wheel sheds worse than a sheep dog in August... Stay tuned...
  13. Not enough lumber to start another project....might as well keep going with the rehab stuff.... 5 planes...some parts were cleaned up, and given a new coat of paint. Threaded items were cleaned off, and oiled up. Decided to work on the red plane Sole is now as flat as I am going to get it. Like the hanger hole This was the easy one...we also have the "Bad".. And the "Ugly"...to go along with the "Good" Yeah....Ok, iron was flattened on the back, honed to 25 degrees and 2,000 grit....then stropped. putthe plane back together Sold by Geo. Worthington Co. of Cleveland, OH. Apparently, this is a made by Stanley #220....Iron is stamped as a Worthington W2200. Pine test track, had to rotate because of grain direction.. Rub a bit of wax of the sole, set the depth and lateral...seems to work. which leaves.. These 3 for tomorrow. Label claims to be a Defiance, by Stanley. Then there is that other plane.. Ummm, yeah. 9-1/2 knock-off. This might take a while.. Stay tuned...
  14. Because, I had spent $7 the day before the Mitre Box find.....soooo Price tag said $8...bought it for $6...needs a little TLC? There were a few "Gems" in this mess... 2 countersinks, 2 screwdriver tips, and German "center" bit... A #20 bit, and twist drill bit...and a Irwin No. 21 expansive bit..without a cutter I think I could use the one in the #22...but not the #1... Inventory? I cleaned a few, to ID them, but.. The 3 off to the right? P.S.&W. Co. Smallest of the 3 is a #8...8/16" That one in the center, with a slightly different flute pattern....Bates A very Motley Crew? Spade bit, with hex shank, no spurs...Concrete bit...piece of the carbide insert in gone ( junk) Somehow, I doubt IF the twist drill is a #12.....as 12/16" is 3/4"...as for the cut up bit? Methinks this were for a 3 jawed Breast drill, or hand cranked drill press... Those other gems? had a few like them, so cleaned them all up.. Smallest bit is a #4, the Gimlet is 3/8", the center bit is 5/8" I now have 4 countersink bits, and 3 screwdriver tips,,,should be enough, for now.. Box needed cleaned out, in more ways than one.. 1/2 rust..1/2 gunk....soaked it in Oxyclean overnight, this morning a HOT water rinse and let it sit out in the sunshine to finish drying out Outside was dried off....and given a "Basic Black" finish... Letting that 85 degree sun bake the Rustoleum....Might have a couple handles, will see about a latch... Wire wheel to clean the bits....rather a bit messy...have to also watch so they don't catch in the wheel... stay tuned BTW: the $1 extra? Atkins/Sheffield panel saw... Cut out the glare... Will tackle this restore, after the bits are done....
  15. A friend dropped off a "project" for me to rehab.... The rest of the parts were in a bunch of baggies.. and these.. and.. Lots of tiny parts....and not all the parts were there.. Lever to unlock the swing arm... Guide rods attach here...block for the front set is MIA. saw guides. assembled on set.. These slide on the rods, and guide the saw. Newer models had roller bearings... One bag had just 4 bolts.... To install the feet with. There is also a dozen small wood screws, to attach a wooden "deck" to the metal frame. Been about 3 years since I last rehabbed a Stanley No. 358 Mitre Box... Trying to remember which part goes where....and, this was a newer model, than the one I am now working on.... Need to buy a 1/2" thick Poplar plank....something about iron vs Oak (or Ash).....there is even a few wood screws, to attach the box to a bench. Might take a while to get the latest version rehabbed, and making sawdust. Stay tuned..
  16. I have a Porter Cable cordless drill with a 3/8 keyless chuck and it is about 5 years old. I really like it. However the keyless chuck has started coming loose and dropping what ever I have chucked in it. Is there anyway to rehab it to its normal gripping power or is a new chuck the only answer?
  17. these stairs were covered w/ red shag carpet, loose (no shims and 8d finish nails) and the riser heights were random... the treads were re-positioned, risers adjusted to fit and center stringers added... Both sets of stairs are kicked/racked ¾" the opposite way of each other... The 1st risers of each set were 7/8" low and the top 2 risers are 7/8" tall.... the fix was to change the elevation of the stairs... pulled everything out and reinstalled them to required height... I'm sure the original installer didn't allow for the finish floor elevation... This project received a new front door and a tiled landing.... pressure sealed (same process as PT'ing wood) the threads and handrail w/ Rexthane, plus 2 coats and started the installs... all of the newels, baullisters and railing were shop produced... this work got me a lot more around the neighborhood...
  18. As part of the Dungeon Clean-up this year....the old plough plane was rehabbed back to life.....found broken, and discarded....new parts were made. New, better wedges were made. Cutter sharpened up. New, Maple handle was made. Skate was cleaned of rust. A new fence, made out of Ash to replace the broken Beech one. New wedges are Walnut. There is a screw to help secure the handle in place, as the old dovetail socket was worn away. Glued the handle in place, then added the #10 screw. Two other #10 screws to attach the fence to it's arms. Had to repair one arm...old screw had split the "boss" where it attaches to the arm. Wards #78 plane to make the rebate. Wedge to hold the cutter was beveled to allow the cutter to reach full depth of cut. It also deflecks the shavings out the right side of the plane. As there is no place for the shavings to go on this side.. far cry from what was dug out of the "trash"... Even the sole of the plane needed worked on....was worn crooked... As found.....iron plane is a Stanley #4. Plough plane does look a bit better, now....
  19. 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...
  20. More of a step by step post, here. Took a little over an hour, to get from "Rust Bucket" to almost like new.... Had an Atkins handsaw, from the auction..wasn't the cleanest one of the bunch.. The big medallion said it was made by Atkins, over in Indy, IN.... Nickel plating was flaking off a bit, or was worn off...tool to remove these.. These then went to the wire wheel on my grinder, for a quick polishing. The next step was to remove the handle.. Fresh sand paper on the palm sander, to down down the rough, worn finish...set this aside.. 80 grit to hold the scratch pad...meh, came back with some 120 grit. Got this side fairly cleaned up..flipped the plate over, and tried something new Didn't work out, too well...scratch pad, then through the 120 grit, and 220 sandpaper.. Started seeing the faint remains of the etch...Atkins Perfection No. 59 tried to bring it out better. . Sometimes this works, sometimes not. Depends on how deep the etch still is. Coat the surface, let it dry, sand away the high spots, and maybe the etch will show up.. Handle was wiped down, and a coat of shellac brushed on...next, was trying to line up four holes to insert the bolts.. Have a long nail set. I work from the center holes out, I also "clocked" the slots to the same spot. Set this saw up on it's edge.. Looks a little better? Bolts were nickle plated Brass...did a test run.. And the results..(allowing for Operator Error, of course) 8 ppi, 26" long, straight backed, crosscut saw. Might be a keeper? For just over an hours work, did not need sharpened.
  21. 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?
  22. Well, first we dropped off Craig at his job, then stopped to check on Mom......not a good time....Call button wasn't working....she needs help to get out of bed....so, somehow she now has a Urinary tract infection, too...along with too many painkillers. Got the nurses motivated, then my sister arrived, and really motivated them.... They were working on mom when we left....with my sister playing strawboss.... On the way back home from there, stopped at a store, for a little rust hunting....$9 +sales tax.. A little 8" sweep brace, with a "Bonus" of sorts.. A VERY minty Craftsman 13/16" bit. Got home, did a wire wheel change, and the cleaned things up.. Almost like new? Wonder IF Craftsman would replace it? As for that brace? The only markings I found, were on the chuck.. A Goodell Pratt, from Greenfield, MASS., USA....PAT. Dec 27, 1892. That "loop" is a gear shift. Flip it to one side, or the other, chuck now will ratchet, center it up, and no ratcheting will happen. I think I know where Millers Falls got the idea about the top attachment.. As Goodell Pratt used the same thing. Was kind of a so-so day....and 1-2" of fresh snow..grrrrr.
  23. Not a whole lot got done yesterday, nothing today. That ..Monday Thing. Last night, got creative ( dangerous, I know..)and decided to try and rehab that junky saw.... Where all the bolt holes were...I cut that off, about 2" worth, then had to grind the edge to match the handle I found. And dig up a few extra bolts. Medallion is just an old Warranted Superior....Saw did make a kerf rip cut in that pine block....makes a nice display stand? Plate will never shine up, too much "patina" going on....had things all nice and lovely...until I noticed the handle a bit closer... Bummer. I MIGHT have a spare handle...that doesn't have a crack in it. Saw is now a 24" long, 8ppi Panel saw that seems to be sharp enough. Ok, The Boss cleaned the top of the fridge off...found this strange item... The lid is actually white, with blue letters. Not sure IF the place is still there, or that phone number still works....Inside? Being from Cleveland......weird tools. A Ratchet Socketool. Not sure if everything is there....never know. Sockets are a hex drive. Usable lumber? There is a square of maple under that Poplar. ( planes are "extras") The long Poplar board is just over 3'.. By 8-1/2" wide. Maybe 1/2" thick? Might see what I can cobble up out of this mess. maybe when Tuesday arrives, I can get a bit of shoptime, doing something besides tool rehabs.
  24. This keeps up...I won't have any room for a new plane.....a Moving Sale, in December? Motored down to take a look this morning....turned down the hacksaws, picks and shovels....but did buy two hand saws.. One MIGHT turn out decently...the other? Only two holes even matched up.... Despite an owners best attempts....there was also too much of this mess... Bad teeth, too......too much work, and I did NOT have a handle that matched this plate.....parts saw... Now, the other saw? Needed a couple tools. The punch is to knock the bolts out of the handle, once the nuts were removed.... Cleaned the bolts up with the wire wheel... Then stashed them aside....so they wouldn't roll away....Set the handle aside, too.. I'll get back to it in a bit,,....Plate needed a bit of sander work.. Dog holes make a great place to stash a screwdriver,BTW. I started with 80 grit, and got to 220 for the final go around.. Looks a little better? Got both sides all nice and spiffy...time to clean a handle.. Got most of the old finish removed, and a few bad spots cleaned up....gave this a wipe down, then another with a bit of amber shellac. wound up with about...three coats, may get a few more....assembled the saw...clocked the slots on the screws.. And the "Show side" Almost looks like a saw? That Disston site says this is a D-112, about 1928 era. 7 ppi, 26" skew back crosscut saw. Set up a test cut.... Cuts fast, no binding, no wandering off. Might just be a keeper. ( Disston quit making these after 1929...) $18 for the pair of saws.....might still have come out ahead? I'll see about a rattle can of clear lacquer later....as Disston used that, instead of varnish. Was a high priced ( $4.50 !!!) saw when first sold, this is the skew back version of the D-12. Not too bad of a day?
  25. Dug out this little plane, and decided to clean it up. . It came with that little paper wrapper to hold the cutter/iron.. Yep, a razor blade. Might be a little rough doing any sort of "back bevel" I cleaned up the sole.. Was a bit hard to tell IF I got it flat....cleaned up the cap iron, as well.. Didn't find any rust, though. Might be a little hard make sure both it and the bed for the cutter mate up. Not a lot of parts It did make a few shaving. Has two openings, but not much to hold onto, I can also cut like a scraper plane.. Hardest part is NOT slicing a fingertip, trying to use this "Little Giant" plane. I hear there was another type of these planes, too....just haven't found one, yet.. Maybe L-N will make one out of Bronze?
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