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07-23-2020 09:09 PM

Antique Woodworking Machinery On YouTube. - 5 replies

Yeah, I get hooked on watching YouTube videos, mostly about steam railroads, traditional woodworking, some modern woodworking and sometimes antique woodworking machinery. It is amazing how much antique belt driven equipment is out there and either still operates, or is being brought back to operating condition. Wonderful old arn sheenry…… BUT,...

06-28-2020 10:04 PM

Weekend Tool Chest Find - 6 replies

Here’s a little tool chest I found over the weekend, and was too good to pass up on it. Wide, half-inch pine boards, with braces at the corners and for the till (Which is there, so many are missing!) Possibly crate wood. The bottom has NO rot. (as so many do) Wonderful old varnish finish. Great old hardware....

06-28-2020 09:18 PM

Weekend Tool Chest Find - 1 reply

Found this little gem over the weekend and couldn’t pass up on it. Wide half inch pine boards nailed to braces at the corners and for supporting the till. (which is still there, so many are missing) Possibly made from crate wood. The bottom has NO rot! Wonderfully aged varnish. Great vintage hardware all...

03-25-2020 08:31 PM

Had To Laugh At This Guy's "Workbench Plans" - 26 replies

Was looking at some information on the internet yesterday, and ran across an “individual” who demonstrated how to build a somewhat basic workbench. It was a somewhat more involved than the Bernard Jones model, and fell somewhat short of a Nicholson bench. OK, I like to see various more traditional style workbench designs, as I find t...

09-28-2019 02:39 PM

"Rust Huntin" Took A Different Turn - 4 replies

Visited my local Goodwill the other day (I have to pass it coming home anyway) for a little rust huntin’. Have found a few goodies in there occasionally, so it’s worth a shot to stop in every so often.Tool wise, the pickin’s was kinda slim. There were three shorter handsaws bound together priced at $10. May be worth considerati...

09-18-2019 05:37 PM

Crate Wood/Ring Nails - 3 replies

the GOOD news, a local glass company received a large shipment, and has been giving away the wooden crates in a few sizes. Most common are 28” square and 50” X 28”. With 1 1/2 X full 9” sides. They leave em out back and anyone is welcome to come haul ‘em away. YAY! Some pretty decent pine and the odd other wood mix...

09-04-2019 09:02 PM

Millers Falls Breast Drill Parts Wanted - 0 replies

Looking for Millers Falls breast drill parts: 1. Chuck or just the three jaws, 0-1/2” capacity 2. Three position crank handle, with or without crank. Thank you

09-03-2019 04:23 PM

"Stop The Presses!" - 3 replies

Been naughty again, and have done some more shopping. But with goodies like these last two, I don’t care if Santa does bring me coal in December. Here’s what’s coming within a week. Also with a 1/2 inch capacity chuck: True, It is missing the vise/table. While unfortunate, this has kept this piece within my (...

08-27-2019 08:11 PM

Drill Press Chuck Rebuilt & A Thank You - 0 replies

Have FINALLY been able to get the chuck rebuilt and operational on the Goodell Pratt drill press from earlier posts. This has been by far the hardest part of getting the old girl back in service. There has been a lot of trial, error, sweat, tears and profanity involved, but also some amount of luck.The chuck itself as received had no jaws. (Star...

08-25-2019 11:58 PM

Millers Falls Breast Drill Question - 3 replies

Here’s another question for the group while I’m on a roll. I have a Millers Falls 12-A breast drill as in the top illustration: I bought it, and a attendant canvas roll of bits, from someone who was cleaning out the house of the original owner. The question is, the breast/shoulder pad both show a lot of well worn dark green p...

08-22-2019 05:48 PM

Drill Press Identification/Information Wanted - 13 replies

Bought this drill press on line yesterday. Being shipped from about 90 miles away, so should have it by the beginning of next week. (YAY!!!) Unable to find any markings based on the photos. The seller says it’s 26 1/4” tall, but I don’t know if that includes the hand wheel on top, or just the column. He says it weighs about 28 ...

06-29-2019 05:38 PM

HF "Odd Job" Knock-Off - 5 replies

Does anyone know if HF still sells their “Odd Job” knock off ? I have one which I enjoy a lot, and want to get at least one more, to have a spare and maybe give one to a young man I know who is becoming very interested in woodworking. The HF website doesn’t bring it up, but the disclaimer says that not all items carried in the ...

06-27-2019 08:04 PM

Holdfasts Grow On Trees - 2 replies

Saw a video of a wood carver who was using forked tree branches as holdfasts on his workbench. Well, this idea was crazy enough to pique my curiosity, so I went out in the back yard with a handsaw holdfast huntin’. What the hell, I’ve already made some bench dogs from branches by sizing the shank with a tenon cutter, so why not? The...

06-27-2019 08:01 PM

Holdfasts Grow On Trees - 3 replies

Saw a video of a wood carver who was using forked tree branches as holdfasts on his workbench. Well, this idea was crazy enough to pique my curiosity, so I went out in the back yard with a handsaw holdfast huntin’. What the hell, I’ve already made some bench dogs from branches by sizing the shank with a tenon cutter, so why not?There...

06-27-2019 03:16 PM

Workmate Reaches New height - 0 replies

Having moved recently, been using the Workmate 400 to build a workbench at the new place. Having chopped some mortises for stretchers on it, my back was beginning to ache from bending over so far so regularly. (How does Roy work on those damned little kiddie benches he uses…???) I do like the two position options the Workmate offers, and t...

06-27-2019 03:14 PM

Workmate Reaches New height - 0 replies

Having moved recently, been using the Workmate 400 to build a workbench at the new place. Having chopped some mortises for stretchers on it, my back was beginning to ache from bending over so far so regularly. (How does Roy work on those damned little kiddie benches he uses…???) I do like the two position options the Workmate offers, and t...

06-21-2019 02:23 PM

Leg Vise Question - 40 replies

I’m asking this question in THIS forum, because many of the others A) Have no knowledge of hand tool and workbench relationships, their machines work the wood, not them and B) Have expressed an inherent dislike for the leg vise, just because some fancy, “trendy” magazine tells them which vise is “in” nowadays.In man...

06-20-2019 01:07 PM

Putting Antique Leg Vise Hardware To Use - 0 replies

As stated in another recent post, a recent move has caused the reestablishment of a wood shop space. There is a new bench being built for this space, from lumber which was intended for a bench at the last house. A couple of years ago, I was able to buy a complete antique leg vise at a flea market for $15. Life often gets in the way of living, s...

06-17-2019 05:33 PM

Please Keep Your Videos To The Point - 25 replies

Here’s a tip for those who periodically/regularly/habitually post woodworking videos on YouTube. KEEP THEM SHORT AND TO THE POINT. First thing we check is the subject of the video. The second thing we check is the LENGTH. If a video starts out with someone blathering away for several minutes without DOING or SHOWING anything, we exit out ...

06-15-2019 09:23 PM

Height Of Hand Woodworking Benches Disputed - 27 replies

The debate about how tall one should make their workbench has been in progress since we moved from using actual knee-high benches to the more “modern” higher bench. Many are of the belief that benches used for hand tool work have to be low, due to the nature of the work. As much as I respect, admire and enjoy “Mr. Roy”, ...

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