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Blog series by Smitty_Cabinetshop updated 04-20-2021 10:19 PM 77 parts 205255 reads 1538 comments total

Part 1: This, My Friends, Is a Pencil Sharpener!

05-18-2012 02:36 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 27 comments »

EDIT: Resurrected from Photo(scum)Bucket Hell, Feb 2018. Smitty Picked this up at an estate sale, and only knew what it was because P. Leach had one in a Tool List some months ago. Yeah, I wanted the one he had, but just couldn’t pull the trigger. This one was more affordable… Consider this style of sharpening an evolutionary dead end. At the time this was available, the other prevalent style of sharpeners were thimble-like devices with wings, that were turned. This is m...

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Part 2: Traditional Cabinetmaker's Tail Vise

05-18-2012 06:58 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 24 comments »

This bench is at my dad’s shop in a nearby town, decided it would get more use there than next to mine. He’s not the kinda guy to use it, though, oh well. In the meantime, if you’re looking at adding a tail to your bench build, thought it’d be worthwhile to post a few pictures showing the detail of the build way back when (bench is about a hundred years old, would have to guess). It actually isn’t as weird when you see the nits and grit...

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Part 3: Shop Fan Club!

05-21-2012 03:35 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 28 comments »

Of all things vintage, needed an electric fan for the shop now that summer is here. Shopping for tools in the antique malls upstate from my small shop, I discovered electric fans are an expensive pursuit. Especially if it has brass fan blades. When I spotted this Westinghouse model for $5.50, knew there’d be a catch… As is. Rats. Took a chance though, and glad I did. Straightened the bent the cage and added some machine oil before spinning it by hand for about ten minutes. ...

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Part 4: A Vintage Tool Chest

06-18-2012 05:39 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 37 comments »

Bought this at Auction over the weekend, mostly to keep it out of the hands of an antique dealer. Nails at the hinges are the oldest I’ve ever seen – clinched and appear to be hand forged. Handles outstanding, also clinched. Plane tracks visible inside and out. But, no lid. There are a few round (modern) nails driven in at the corners that I’ll remove, and there are four more driven across the dovetails halfway up each corner (one visible in the pic) that would requir...

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Part 5: Get a Handle On It!

06-27-2012 04:57 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 11 comments »

Amazing to find that what’s old is new again! Japanned? Made in New Britain? Four pairs with slotted screws, wrapped in wax paper. One pair certainly destined for the sides of the wall-hung tool cabinet! :-) Where to go with the other three pair? Meh, no hurry to decide. Thanks for looking!

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Part 6: Help!! Looking for Old Iron Caster Wheels

07-06-2012 02:39 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 20 comments »

Fellow LJs, I hope one of you can help me with a challenge! I’m trying to (re-) build a tool chest and want to put steel wheels on it. Old ones. I have a pair, but need four. Do you have two cast wheels / casters that look like this? ! ! Height and material and style important; having an exact match not so much. Have you held onto anything like these? Or if you have four wheels that are alike, would you be willing to make a deal with a fellow LJ?

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Part 7: (SW) Dumb Luck

07-07-2012 04:34 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 15 comments »

Went to my Dad’s shop to see if he had casters I was looking for (no), when in a drawer caught my attention. Looked like something I scanned on ebay, so I flipped it over. Ah! Have to find a most worthy cause for the pair! Thanks for looking.

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Part 8: Common Chest Handles

07-10-2012 03:29 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 26 comments »

Working on a chest refurb, and pretty much the fanciest thing remaining on the old thing were the side handles. I’d not seen anything like them before, but now a second pair appeared on a trunk in a nearby antique shop. Wierd. No, I didn’t buy the chest. Nice, but not $465-nice…

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Part 9: Pulling an Iron Into Shape

10-22-2012 06:48 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 11 comments »

Vintage iron on a ‘new’ tool for the shop, decided to take a few pictures as I walked through the ‘sharpening’ of the iron. first step is flattening the back, and that showed me a flaw: A convex back, meaning the sides aren’t flat to the back overall. After a few hundred strokes on the corse DMT, better but not wonderful. At a point, I moved on and will monitor performance of the tool over time… Moving to the primary bevel, know that a sharp e...

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Part 10: A Stanley #50 in the House!

10-24-2012 02:45 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 26 comments »

Won a Stanley #50 on the ‘bay a few weeks ago. It had irons and a user-made box, but alas, a single rod. I sat the body of the plane in Evaporust and began a local search for a #50 rod. (And it looked pretty good after cleanup, right?) A machine shop in my small town took the challenge, and tonight delivered (to my door, no less!) old and new! So it’s in the box and complete! Does it work? Cuts with an iron ‘out of the box’ show prom...

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Part 11: New Connections with the Past

11-05-2012 03:48 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 24 comments »

EDIT: UPDATED to correct PhotoSucket shenanigans, Jan 2018. Smitty~ Went to see my Aunt and Uncle over the weekend, and came home with a very small, but important, set of items. The white ‘blob’ at the base of the picture is a sandbag. Doesn’t seem like much, but way back when, my grandad had a real cabinetshop, and the sandbag in the picture is a third of three that I now have in my shop, stamped with my grandad’s mark. My dad gave me two, and while I wa...

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Part 12: Atkins 'Floral' Handsaw Refurb

11-30-2012 04:15 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 39 comments »

Ornate carving, not seen it before. Medallion is Warranted Superior, not sure it’s original. Repairs will be done, but I’m hoping for a pic of an original. Suggestions? Thanks! EDIT: The saw’s ID is clear, refurb steps captured below. This saw will be resurrected one way or another… Here’s the repaired handle. EDIT #2: Donor blade ID’d: Cut, drilled and fit (broken orig. alongside): EDIT: Done, see below.

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Part 13: A Wedge for a Round

11-30-2012 10:01 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 8 comments »

A very quick installment to confess my sin: I destroyed a wooden, skewed rabbet plane today. Yes, I know, that’s bad. Can it be justified, however, by the fact that it was already modified, not complete AND could be used to resurrect two more useful planes? The skewed rabbet has been around for a couple of years, unused. And crooked. Then I picked up four wooden planes last weekend that included a H&R pair. Owners mark and maker stamps matched on three of them, too. But neither the ...

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Part 14: Flea Mkt Finds

12-15-2012 07:05 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 13 comments »

26” DE (Diamond Edge) handsaw, 7/8” Round Moulder, Pair ‘o Clamps, Folding Rules (inside), Bits and Brace, Hammer New toys for $30 total… Merry Christmas, Early! :-)

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Part 15: A Review of Folding 'Zig Zag' Rulers

12-19-2012 04:28 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 12 comments »

Double post from another blog topic, but wanted to put it somewhere I could readily add to later. Here goes! A very incomplete review of folding rules, and there are a number of variations. The first picture shows a vintage stainless steel Lufkin Rule Co. No. 1174 EM. It’s an outside measure rule for English, and inside measure for metrics. Don’t know how old it is. Another rule in the picture is the Lufkin Two Way, Model 966. It’s an inside rule through and th...

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Part 16: How Do I Find These Things?

03-02-2013 01:18 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 48 comments »

My son came to meet me tonight when I got home to tell me he of a ‘scavenge’ opportunity he lined up. Long story short, here’s one of the things we rescued from the dumpster: The lock is in place, as is the keyplate. Now to find a key that works, tighten this thing up, and enjoy! No work to do with this one compared to the last one. Good times! :-) EDIT: Updated to replace Photo (CHUM) Bucket pics on 08 Aug 2018. Smitty

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Part 17: A Wooden 'What is this?'

03-02-2013 05:25 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 20 comments »

I picked this up yesterday for the material, but now I wonder what it is. Has some characteristics of an old drafting board, or easle, but it would have been very out of place to be where it was found. Clear and straight grained, no pin holes or ink marks. Jointed, but not bread-boarded ends. Note the little ‘shelf’ pieces are on one side then the other. Like a ‘Z’ or zig-zag thing. Any ideas as to the purpose of this thing? Thanks!

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Part 18: Natural Light is On The Way

03-08-2013 05:23 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 32 comments »

Here’s what I’ve had. I’ve peeled the inside to prepare for a change. This window will be installed tomorrow! Looking forward to more light; about 35% more by my calculations, not that I’ve counted. :-) I’ll update when it’s in!

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Part 19: A Good Deal on Pecan?

03-09-2013 09:49 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 18 comments »

Bought this rough-sawn, aged and cured pecan at auction today for $70: Eighteen boards between 5 and 8 inches in width, all 8’ long, all at least an inch thick. Good? Bad? Just ‘fine,’ or ?

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Part 20: Whatsit Update: It's a Typesetter's Composing Stick!

03-24-2013 04:20 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 17 comments »

Found this at a flea mkt today, paid $2 for it. Well machined, smooth operation, obviously used. The ‘arm’ slides along the right wall of the main ‘tray,’ then is clamped into place. I don’t know what operation would need a three sided clamp that’s 1/2” deep. Maybe it’s a part someone needs for a machine, or maybe it’s forever an “I dunno.” Can you help with a guess? Thanks.

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Part 21: The DW102 Powershop Bench

04-16-2013 05:12 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 31 comments »

Anyone on LJs have first-hand experience with this cabinet? Seen one? Have one? The baffle appears to catch sawdust, but short of lifting the saw out of place, how do you extract the caught dust? Strangest design I’ve seen it awhile… I have the measured drawing, it offers no text as to how to ‘use’ this baffle feature. Strongly considering building something close to this bench for my DeWalt RAS, and I’ll include some type of dust collection that featur...

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Part 22: A 'New' Medicine Cabinet

06-14-2013 05:22 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 17 comments »

Need to replace an old steel medicine cabinet that’s rusty on the outside chrome and otherwise in ‘not so good’ condition. It’s recessed into the wall a bit, and surrounded w/ tile I don’t wish to disturb. I’ll make one of wood that’s on hand, with a mirrored door. Many more pictures than words. Here we go! Kind of a ‘hybrid’ shop effort (handplaning of stock, drywall screws and glue for joine...

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Part 23: Reworking a Cheap F-Style Clamp

06-14-2013 07:44 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 10 comments »

I bought a set of four F-style clamps a decade ago for probably $5 at one of those tool ‘auctions’ of new stuff, the precursor to Harbor Freight (perhaps). Anyway, over the years they’ve lost their ‘grab’ and I can’t tighten them with any certainty, with any significant pressure. But I’ve held off throwing them away. Anyway, Today I wanted to clamp through a doghole in my benchtop and reached for one of these bad boys. Ground off the stud at the...

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Part 24: Things that Arrive in the Shop

07-02-2013 03:57 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 13 comments »

A couple of purchases from the ‘bay panned out last week and came in the mail today: A box of New Old Stock (NOS) Stanley pulls, a 9” No. 21 SW combination square (the 7” is alongside just because, well, because they’re a set now!). From another source came a 10” Cincinnati Saw Company backsaw. This is a company name run by George Bishop in the later part of the 19th century, from what I’ve read. They all look good together, and it’s nice to have them...

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Part 25: Saw Files

07-07-2013 06:37 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 15 comments »

There has been a great deal of chatter across the interweb on saw files, or the lack thereof, and if nothing else it’s heightened my awareness as I look through rust piles at fleas, auctions, etc. Yesterday I stopped at what otherwise is a regular haunt to find an irregular site: Bins containing saw files marked $1, $2, $3 etc based on length. Well, I bunched up all the Keen Kutter files in whatever bin had them, then rounded out the search will files marked Nicholson USA and even a ...

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Part 26: New Medicine Cabinet, Pt 2

07-08-2013 01:38 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 24 comments »

Last go-round, I insisted the project was moving along quickly. Hah. Today it was still like this (foot in the picture and all), on the floor of my shop. Some planing of the inside face got the post-glueup faces cleaned up, then the #62 was called on to get the mirror doorframe to size for the cabinet’s overall frame. It fit! Now onto some hinges. Old hinges, found screws in the wood screw drawer (which was tough, eight of them rqd), got to do some chislin&#...

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Part 27: Pewter Cupboard in Milkpaint

07-15-2013 03:13 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 48 comments »

Can’t find where I introduced this, but it’s a cabinet my son made in HS shop class last year but didn’t finish. A ‘threshold’ was missing below the door that needed to be added. Used the #66 to create add a detail to the main shelf, And with crown moulding it was ready for finishing. I applied 3:2:1 mix to the T&G back (all material is reclaimed), taped that off and primed the rest for milk paint. Tonight was the night to experime...

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Part 28: Cupboard in Milkpaint - Complete!

07-23-2013 04:54 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 16 comments »

A couple years ago now, my son and I worked through some reclaimed 1x stock for him to take to school for a shop project: a Pewter Cupboard. He and I jointed the edges with ole’ Heft and Hubris (the #8, course!) and had fun with that, but it was his project to work over the course of the year at shop class. Well, he got close to completing it, but some final pieces were left undone and the carcase came home to roost. Here’s what it looked like at that stopping point: No...

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Part 30: Labor Day Labours - Pine Tree to Future Stock

09-02-2013 09:10 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 14 comments »

Cut down a 50’ ponderosa pine in the spring, today was the day my #2 son helped me load up the 9’ trunk for a short trip to a nearby buddy with a Wood-Mizer. 1” boards for the whole thing. 90bf, cost me a thirty pack of beer… Oh, and he had this pile of cherry… 330bf… headed for Houston TX. Beautiful! ===== ===== ====== ===== ===== ===== ===== ==== I brought my modest pile of pine back to the shop, where it’s now...

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Part 31: Grandpa's Bench

10-09-2013 03:45 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 17 comments »

My grandad at various times of his life was a union carpenter as well as cabinetmaker. Ran his own shop and had, I’m sure, a number of workbenches in his cabinet shop. Well, many years ago at my great aunt’s estate auction this bench came up for bid. I had noticed only minutes before it had been stamped with Grandpa’s cabinet shop mark. Bought it for $5 and had it bouncing from garage to shed to wherever until my shop hit the scene. It’s been there ever since, and got ...

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Part 32: Cut-offs Bin

10-13-2013 07:28 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 7 comments »

A very early build for my shop was this cut-offs bin. It was my first attempt at frame and panel joinery and is all salvage material. I joined the side boards via half-lap, used no screws until it was glued up and set (just added some runners on the bottom and inside slats to the sides). So far it’s held up well. It’s outta there now to clear the shop room as it goes cleaned top-to-bottom. Not much of a blog entry, I know, but wanted to capture it as it’s not been men...

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Part 33: Grandpa's Bench, Redux

11-06-2013 04:22 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 23 comments »

Last installment of Shop Stuff showed Grandad’s bench as it moved out the shop. The wood floor is done now, and it’s time to move stuff back in. The bench was no exception, and it found new life as the base cabinet-like piece for my not-a-Wall Hung tool cabinet. But, long story short, I just didn’t like that it was so much deeper than the tool cabinet. The aesthetic was wrong, and I need the depth when the workbench comes back into the space. So I debated a mod...

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Part 34: Cabinet Changes, Cont'd

11-12-2013 12:32 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 49 comments »

Long time ago, I lamented about underutilized space in this cabinet and did some rework to it. With the shop being re-assembled post-floor, some more work needs to be done on this cabinet that was originally in a hardware store. it does come apart, top unit and bottom unit. And the top unit includes a curved back to it (visible above the coffee cans and gray parts bin), apparently when there were curved ‘seed bins’ that pulled out. Time to go, it’s cramping my styl...

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Part 35: Cabinet Changes - Making a Board (?)

11-21-2013 05:58 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 27 comments »

Yeah, I titled this “Making a Board (?)” because that’s what it entails. I have a need for a board that is 17” wide and 93” long, oak along the front edge. Ain’t got one of those handy, so I have to make it out of a salvage piece of pine along with some rough cut red oak. How, you may ask? Well, I doubt that you asked, but I’m certain you know the process is forthcoming. If you know anything about my installments here on LJs, you know a process is for...

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Part 36: Just Another Shop Cabinet In-Work...

12-07-2013 06:35 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 28 comments »

Really nothing much to see here, just goofing around with storage stuff in the workspace, post-floor, and wanting everything to match at least kinda… So I have a large base cabinet that I call an assembly (assy) table. It was painted up when it came back into the space with colors that complimented the hardware cabinet in the background. Time, though, for a shelving piece that sits at the wall-end and compliments the styling of said hardware cabinet as well. So I pulled so...

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Part 37: Artwork: Carlyle (IL) Swinging Bridge

12-09-2013 04:05 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 13 comments »

I have this painting of the General Dean Suspension Bridge in Carlyle, IL. It is painted on a 4’x8’ sheet of masonite, with a pencil sketch on the reverse (smooth) side and the finished work on the textured side. The painting is signed R. Czerwonka, and I know nothing of this gentlemen but it may be: RAYMOND CZERWONKA of Hoffman IL Date of birth: December 13, 1927Date of death: June 15, 2007 Just posting it here because Google finds nothing on any of this. Mayb...

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Part 38: New Tool Arrival: A Fine Bronze Head

12-10-2013 10:05 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 9 comments »

Short and sweet. A mini-swap with Jim “Boatman” of LJs, he sent me something first: a brass (no, make that bronze) mallet head he made. It’s small, it’s beautiful. I have to come up with a suitable handle, but started with a simple dowel to get some idea of ideal length. What I didn’t realize was balance may be optimized if I choose a handle style that can incorporate some kind of counterweight. Not a lot, but you know what I mean. Anyway, I love it!...

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Part 39: Just Another Shop Cabinet DONE

12-14-2013 04:18 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 11 comments »

I left off calling this a Win, even though the upper half had no backside… The goal was to match (more or less) this cabinet to the one alongside it. The backside of that cabinet has T&G beadboard along the bottom, and galvanized metal on the upper half. So I ordered some steel on Wednesday and it was ready for pickup this afternoon. Got it to the shop, it was time to get busy. First task was to lightly punch locations for screws. Then drill holes. The...

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Part 40: Another "It's Not Walnut" Moment

12-30-2013 06:18 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 16 comments »

Okay. So I did a table refurb that went into it’s second or third week before I realized it wasn’t walnut but mahogany. Well, early last summer my son bought a pile of scrap wood that included these old stair treads and risers. Finally getting around to sorting some of the piles of wood moved and arranged for the shop floor project, and inspecting / stacking this material came to the forefront. Anyway… I sorted the pieces by dividing risers from treads, and that...

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Part 41: Shop Art!

12-31-2013 11:43 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 34 comments »

Not a huge or complex project, but one that makes the shop a nicer place. Picked up eight Stanley shop charts a while back. Like, quite a while back. June of this year, specifically. Well, with the shop floor project done and the charts managing to stay together that whole time, a more permanent solution had to be found vs. having them on a shelf gathering dust. So I slapped together some very rough frames… glued together all the half lap joints… then reach...

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Part 42: A Slight Improvement... RAS Dust Collection

01-02-2014 06:44 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 8 comments »

A good thing to do in 2014 involved capturing the sawdust thrown from my DeWalt RAS. This solution is stolen straight from “hjt” here on LJs. The key for me was using the Irwin expansion bit to get the right-sized hole in the backboard: Scrap pine on three sides, cut to work behind the saw’s rear fence. Also low profile, to ride under the motor. Connected to a very small shop vac. A little bit of silicon caulk sealed the inside of the box and a small bea...

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Part 43: Shop Art ll

02-08-2014 10:48 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 17 comments »

Had eight pictures and posted them to the shop wall a few weeks ago. Thought that was the end of it, then found four more needing a home. So another frame to build! Content of these is pretty cool stuff, too. And then there were three sets of four… As always, thanks for looking!

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Part 44: New Life for an Old Foreplane

02-16-2014 09:30 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 24 comments »

My son picked up this woody yesterday at auction (back right in the pic), in a box of other stuff, for $1. The iron is a Butcher, the sole was ‘patch-ready.’ Someone had excavated for a new insert ahead of the mouth but it was either gone or not finished. A donor plane cut up long ago gave me the piece I needed. Then it was time to ‘joint the jointer,’ if you will. Something about the left side of this plane that’s amazing. An indent where my...

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Part 45: Quick but Necessary Repair

03-09-2014 09:04 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 31 comments »

Picked up a fun, folding-duet-chair thingy yesterday at auction that had a bum leg. Supposed to look like this But one was this instead Some cuts with the gent’s dovetail saw (in creative clamping get-up) squared things up. Matched up cuts to a piece of mahogany… A glue-up ensued Shaped it, looked great… And we now have functional, interesting shop seating! As always, thanks for looking!

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Part 46: Quick Look: Stanley S4

06-14-2014 03:29 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 12 comments »

Picked up a Stanley SW #S4 recently, thought I’d show some detail in a post. A faint, stamped “No S4” in front of the knob. Here’s how it looks apart: Worked up the iron, caught an image showing the burr… Then together. Just some shots to show a plane in detail that’s not all that common. Thanks for looking!

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Part 47: Stanley Clapboard Gauge

08-30-2014 08:31 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 12 comments »

Yep, had siding to replace on the house, prior to painting, and used this tool: I’m going to go way out on a limb and suggest I’m the first in my town to use one of these in the last 70+ years… Tools that work. Maybe I should do a review here on LJs.

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Part 48: Markwell DP2 Diamond Point Stapler

11-15-2014 09:08 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 6 comments »

Not a big thing, but definitely one of those “used one a long time ago, now I want one” things that so many of us can identify with. I worked at the local lumber yard when I was in high school, and spent many hours repairing windows, storm glass, picture frames, etc. in the back room. When my wife wanted an old window re-glassed for pictures, it reminded me how much I hate using these things: ebay is a wonderful thing for finding the most obscure things… It appears...

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Part 49: Another Connection to the Past

12-08-2014 03:57 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 13 comments »

A couple of years after my uncle saw fit to send of few of my grandfather’s tools home with me, an aunt visited today with a very special gift. It’s a Stanley #103 block plane, one that was her father’s plane (my grandfather); the same that ran a cabinet shop and used the saw, sandbags, M-F eggbeater, etc. that are each in my shop. Why the orange color? To tell his tools apart from anyone else’s, my dad says. The color is a dead giveaway, as we have an alum. str...

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Part 50: New / Old Marking Knife

01-30-2015 02:11 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 18 comments »

Went on a run to a few flea markets this afternoon and found a few things to continue my slide down the slippery slope of vintage tooldom: The 7oz SW hammer was a nice find at four bucks, as was the Craftsman-badged saw for six dollars. The Stanley 1/4” No.40 chisel was four bucks, the EC Stearns mitre box was five, and the seller threw in the small, rosewood-handled putty knife for free. And there was a plan for it: I wanted to make it a marking knife for the tool chest. I ha...

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Part 51: Too Much Wood?

02-24-2015 09:30 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 15 comments »

Blogged on a range of topics here on LJs, but not touched on this one ever before: Shop Wood.I’ve got it, let me tell ya. Scraps of wood of all types, from any number of home renovations / tear downs / scavenger hunts over the past 30 years, have invaded my shop and have become quite the problem. And the first step to dealing with problems is admitting them, right? As I was piddling around in the shop last night, I came to realize having the material was not in itself a bad thing… It’s not...

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Part 52: How to Stretch Table Legs

03-23-2015 03:52 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 12 comments »

1. Start with a pile of legs that are each a couple of inches short. 2. Pull the broken wheels from the bottom of the legs. It’s the hole from those wheels that lead to the fix. 3. Cut a ‘fifth leg’ into 3” lengths. Those are doweled and glued to the squared bottoms. 4. When the glue is set, head to the lathe. 5. Some sanding, then cut excess off before a little rasp work and sanding finishes the process. These legs w...

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Part 53: Cam Clamps, Anyone?

01-15-2016 05:45 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 11 comments »

It started with a blog whose author I can’t recall, but the image of the clamps in use caught my eye and wouldn’t be gone. They reminded me of the bench ducks offered by Veritas when I first saw them… ... only not quite. These clamps tightened by a lever rather than a twist. Too cool, the bug bit, and I was on a mission. More searching of the interwebz lead to another blog discussion of weird clamps, and between that dialog and some OldTools talk I found the keyword: ...

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Part 54: Whatsit??

11-04-2016 06:27 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 16 comments »

The title says it all: what is this thing? Obviously not complete, but appears factory made.

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Part 55: I Need a Nail (Screw) Cabinet

11-08-2016 01:27 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 25 comments »

I think it’s time to build a nail (screw) cabinet to hold the assortment of old-stock slotted screws I use on projects. Yes, slotted screws. The best fasteners known to mankind… Anyway, this cabinet is inspired by Roy Underhill’s example, written about in the Feb 2014 issue of Popular Woodworking (issue is available for free download, just search for it). Final push for the project was reading the project post by LJ “harshest” (a very fine example in SYP). Quick and dirty...

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Part 56: Nail (Screw) Cabinet - Forward Progress

11-15-2016 01:18 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 19 comments »

This cabinet is essentially a crate with wood-frame exoskeleton and hinged door. Dimensions were set because the crate is what it is… The depth of the cabinet was somewhat variable. My version sets the framing forward of the crate walls to define the opening depth for the door to be added, and also allows the cabinet to be mounted flush to the wall via ‘hidden’ French Cleat. A major component of the build was creating the wood frames for the top, bottom and sides. After ripping the 1x stock t...

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Part 57: Nail (Screw) Cabinet - Internals Done!

12-07-2016 05:54 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 22 comments »

Last time: “I’ll talk about setting that reference point for stopped dados in the next installment… That’s simple. The stopped dados are set to allow clearance for the hardware (pulls) to be mounted to the fronts of each drawer. I got that hardware in from D. Lawless in Olney, Illinois. The depth of that pull set the depth of the drawer fronts. The #198 set the line, and a little chisel work extended the dado to a consistent setback from the front of the soon-to-be ca...

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Part 58: Block Plane with a Fence?. Yup.

01-01-2017 11:38 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 9 comments »

NOTE: This is a recap of several posts made to the Epic Thread back in November 2016 that I’ve just now decided should be it’s own blog post. Just because. So, here we go. I’ve had this customized #120 for a long time now (Aug 2013), just gave it a re-look tonight. Always liked the custom cap, appreciated the careful shaping along with the smart adjuster / set screw. Pics don’t really do the plane justice, but the user-made cap is serious workmanship. It’s done right, very ...

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Part 59: Repairing Sliding Tambour

04-05-2017 08:38 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 9 comments »

We’ve had this Sellers brand hoosier cabinet for many, many years but there’s no room for it in the house anymore. One issue that needed attention was the rolling tambor door; it was in four pieces. The challenge has always been finding a way to repair tambor that is fixed in place / not removable. The first step was finding suitable tambor door material. The interwebz calls it canvas or duck canvas, so I will too. Fortunately, I kept some canvas from an old printer cover and had it in the...

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Part 60: It Might Be, It Could Be... A Kerfing Plane?

06-06-2017 07:44 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 18 comments »

I’ve been in love with the idea of having a kerfing plane for years at this point, but haven’t gotten one yet. I started a build out of pecan but that stopped because I didn’t have the taps for threading the rods. There were posts and activity on adapting a #55 multiplane for the job, but those planes are too expensive to be used as one trick ponies. Then a Facebook plane group talked about a buy of Chinese (or Indian? I don’t recall) knock-offs of the Record line, to ...

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Part 61: Nail (Screw) Cabinet - Drawer Fronts vs Drawers

07-05-2017 12:24 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 66 comments »

When we left off (last December!), the internal dividers had been set on this piece and I was debating adding the external framing that’s been completed for some time. Before getting into that discussion, I’ll pass along this update: A fellow LJ (OldFart) gifted me a block of spalted maple probably 2+ years ago that I’ve been holding onto for the right project. Good News, this is the project. Here’s the block, on the far end of the bench, back in Nov 2014. After...

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Part 62: Shapleigh Ephemera

07-06-2017 03:10 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 16 comments »

As is usually the case, this entry starts with some background. This particular broken piece was an auction purchase likely more than 20 years ago. It appears to be a three sided display case meant to sit on top of a store cabinet. Problem was (obviously) the glass was in pieces. I liked it and bought it for some small amount and it’s been in a cabinet in the garage ever since. But lately, with the same cleaning exercise that reprised the plumb crate that’s becoming a nail ...

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Part 63: Soft (Brown) Maple in the House

07-08-2017 08:39 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 9 comments »

Cut a tree down last year, a soft maple that was really a sh*t tree, and just got the trunk slabbed today into 5/4 boards. Here’s the tree. Here are the boards. All will finish at 10” + wide and over 8’ long, and there’s spalting too. Over 80 board feet. Ponderosa pine at the bottom of the stack, air drying since 2014 or so. A day with wood is a good day! Thanks for looking.

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Part 64: Craftsman ‘CBB’ Planes

11-09-2017 01:06 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 24 comments »

One of my first ‘pristine’ tool finds was a Craftsman 5CBB jack plane. Still had the decal, and I liked the red and blue accents. Fast forward a half dozen years and I find another ‘CBB’ on ebay and do some research. They’re Millers Falls planes made for Craftsman. Not prime bench planes, but quite serviceable. It seems there were Stanley equivalents for bench sizes 3 through 7, no fractionals. I’m not one to covet a 6 (I find them quite worthless), so with today’s addition of a 7CBB I...

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Part 65: Nail (Screw) Cabinet - Hardware & Glue-up

02-12-2018 05:10 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 10 comments »

So I pushed one of the unfinished drawers into it’s place in the cabinet and couldn’t get it out without help. And that help was installation of a drawer pull. With one put into place, an executive decision was reached to install all eight. One setting of dividers was used to get them where it looked good to my eye. So, divider, pencil and Goodell Pratt Birds-Eye Awl readied each front for drilling via the Stanley eggbeater (sporting the latest in blue painter’s tape ...

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Part 66: Nail (Screw) Cabinet - Final Assembly

02-13-2018 05:55 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 20 comments »

Okay. In the last installment I noted that a glued up drawer front / sides piece went kinda ‘parallelogram’ on me overnight. To affect a repair, I brushed water in each of the front corner joints and set it on the shop heater to warm it up thoroughly. Clamped it square and hoped for the best. I just like this ‘in process’ picture. And clamped drawer backs into place after gluing. Marked, drilled, cut and nailed bottoms. Removed excess from b...

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Part 67: Tumbler for Small Stuff

02-26-2018 10:30 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 15 comments »

I have a Folgers tub mostly full of 1” slotted screws, but they’re a rusty mess. I recently heard a clothes dryer works as a parts tumbler, so here we go! Start with rusty screws and a tightly lidded / sealed container. Tumble with a medium load of towels about 30 minutes and the threads and slots were looking much better. Lots of pulverized rust left behind! I then soaked them with WD-40 and let them dry in the sun before a final wipe down with a rag. Ready...

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Part 68: Unusual SW Marking

09-13-2018 10:18 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 9 comments »

Well, unusual to my knowledge, anyway. Salvaging some hinges earlier this week First one gave up some Stanley love Logo difficult to make out (even more difficult to photograph), but it says “STANLEY WORKS MADE IN USA” all inside that heart. Did some clean up for a better pic: Not important or even tremendously interesting (except for me, of course), but it put a smile into a menial task. Now t find a project to use them on!

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Part 69: A Simple Cabinet

01-03-2019 05:46 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 33 comments »

It all started with a bit of horsing around with one of the M. Crannell moulding planes that came with the H&R half set + I got from Don Yoda over a year ago. Found some straight grained pine and made a decent profile, then decided to rough out a simple cabinet I could nail it onto. Start with more reclaimed (old, salvaged) pine boards and rough ‘em to size. Do some notch cuts and rabbets. Square nail fasteners for the face, then added beadboard back and...

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Part 70: Another Simple Cabinet

01-11-2019 03:39 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 84 comments »

It begins anew… For background, check here. And new build stuff could be on the OP (here) or below, so “WATCH” this blog and stay alert. ;-) First, find some pine. Never mind the one piece had a huge stress crack in it; cut it out, joint the edges and make a good board out of it. Those were gonna be the sides, then the second board needed attention. Then the first one had issues… So, new stock was chosen. Marked and cut corners for fac...

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Part 71: The No 1 Stanley Odd-Jobs

01-25-2019 06:59 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 7 comments »

Let’s explore the No. 1 Stanley Odd-Jobs! There are at least three ‘types’ out there, mostly differentiated by scribe type (earliest ones could hold a pencil) and presence of various patent dates. The Stanley version first appeared in the late 1880s (‘87 or ‘88, per the inter webs) and the tool was ultimately discontinued in 1935. An interesting article on the earliest iterations of the tool can be found here. Here is another article with pics of the tool is use....

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Part 72: Attaining 100%

10-25-2019 10:02 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 12 comments »

Had an inherited oak washstand in the upstairs bathroom. Not complete, as there was no towel rack on the back, as there once was. Literally found one at an auction, stripped, in pieces, but too wide. I cut and reshaped it years ago, never applied finish. Ah, the dreaded “99% Complete” project. Well, that was addressed this week, and today it was installed. BTW, everything above the flat surface (harp looking side pieces with straight rod between) is what I’m calling a ‘...

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Part 73: Continuing to Outfit the Toolchest

01-21-2020 03:30 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 10 comments »

If you know me, you know there’s no substitute for brass and rosewood. No surprise then, my marking gauges of choice are the relatively scarce Stanley Nos. 197 (single post) and 198 models. I have one of each in my bench cabinet, and wanted the same set in the chest. Well, good times, as ebay came through with a 198 last week and that was the piece I needed. Not a big deal, but a nice feeling to continue placing quality user tools in the chest!

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Part 74: A Collection of DeWalt MBFs?

01-07-2021 03:30 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 18 comments »

Well, it started a number of years ago with this MBF, bought via CL ad. Love it, use it just about every time I’m in the shop. Now I am doing a bit in my father’s shop space, using his 80s-era Craftsman RAS that looks like this. Scary tool. Seriously. CL ad last weekend said RAS for $50. I picked it up tonight. Looks new, considering it’s 65 years old! It’s heading to Dad’s tomorrow!

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Part 75: Grill / Griddle Table Pt. 1

04-19-2021 05:40 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 6 comments »

We got a Blackstone griddle this week, and I must say cooking on the thing is kinda fun. And fast! Here’s a shot of the second meal we did: steak and asparagus. But with oh-so-many things these days, the actual griddle was just the beginning. With a Blackstone, it’s all about the accessories! And there are a bunch of the out there. You can see on the pic above that I buckled right away for the griddle dome / cover that sits over food to contain the heat. Melting cheese is t...

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Part 76: Blackstone Table, Pt. 2

04-19-2021 09:31 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 11 comments »

Left off here. No plan to go off of, so I gathered a wide piece of stock, added a front to prevent sagging and to hide the shelf cleats, then cleaned it all up. Set it in place. Don’t like it, cleat visible. Make a board wider? Why not. Pulled clamps, cleaned up faces with the jr. jack, and brought completed project over to the grilling area. Wife wants base painted black. Ugh. That 10% will have to wait. This will get a project post soon, thanks for looking.

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Part 77: Blackstone Table, Final

04-20-2021 10:19 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 4 comments »

Okay, third and final blog installment before this goes to completed project. But before I get started, let me just say April weather is really weird… Moved table into a side shed to get a coat of black paint on the base. First, do some chamfers on the bottoms of each leg, to counter splintering as the table might get dragged around a bit. The Stanley squirrel tail block took care of that. And then sprayed the base! Put the top back on, and put the bottom shelf (that will stay un...

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