tool rebuilding day #1: saws,planes, and chisels....

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 02-05-2016 06:19 AM 1540 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not sure who will actually read this blog….some seem to think all I can do is stuff like this..

Some cheap little saw shaped object, not worthy of serious concideration..More on the handle, later.

Build either building tools, or rehabbing tools since High School…..must have done one decently in shop class..

Whatever lathe they had back then, there was even a metal lathe, along with a few for turning wood. Black tape is to improve the grip.

parts came in this week, some for a couple handplanes.

Both of these 9-1/2 block planes needed a part….the knuckle capped one

needed that eccentric lever under the brass knob, Can now set the mouth opening a bit finer. The other?

Needed a different sort of lever. It runs from the brass wheel in the back to that cross shaped area. Old one had almost no teeth on it, could not raise or lower the cut. Drive a pin out, put a new lever in. There is no lateral lever on this one? No room, as this was from before the laterals were being made. i tried to add one, would not let the blade seat properly.

Next, a few chisels were refreshed. One needed reground, was almost a skew chisel. Refreshed an edge on a cold chisel as well.

The wood handle has split, might make a new one. The cold chisel beside it?

Is a Stanley-Atha No.99-3/8” Made in USA. Seems to be a stainless steel.??

Now, back to the saws. A saw plate arrived in the mail…

12” long, has a 9 stamped on it. Task was to make a handle for this saw plate, and bring it back to life.

Made two prototypes, the one on the left was just a cut down nest of saws handle….didn’t like it, found some 5/4 White Oak. With the help of a full sized handle to mark out some of the curves, the right on the right passed inspection. Needed BOTH bandsaws to cut the blank out. Next, fitted up the router in the router table for both of the roundover bits I have. Well, at least it was a start to shaping it up. Beltsander to sand things to a better shape and feel…once that was done…clamped it in the vise, and sawed a kerf to accept the saw plate…and I even gave the wood a coat of Witch’s Brew..

Lot easier to apply the finish this way. Let it dry for awhile….added a pair of holes for the two bolts..

There wasn’t enough room for a medallion I didn’t have anyway..

Oh, and I found a better adjuster wheel for that Stanley No.7c. Wasn’t deformed, and the knurling was intact. Stud had some bad threads too, took a while to get the wheel set right, where it works like it should.

Busy day, there won’t be a part 2 to this blog….may not be any more at all from me… long.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 02-05-2016 09:07 AM

I may not comment, but I always enjoy reading about your rehabs, Bandit. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 02-05-2016 09:58 AM

I always enjoy your work.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#3 posted 02-05-2016 10:46 AM

Thanks Bandit! You get a lot done on a rehab day! I just end up frustrated and still no closer to getting anything finished :D

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#4 posted 02-05-2016 01:25 PM

An excellent day of rehab. And please do not go away, I enjoy reading your stuff…

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#5 posted 02-05-2016 03:14 PM

Just realized how you did the bolts on the new handle. Thought you would use the old blade holes over again. Your way is much easier!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 02-05-2016 03:28 PM

The handle on that last saw looks comfy. I really like it. A bit personal, but that’s what makes it all the more special.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#7 posted 02-05-2016 03:47 PM

That second block plane almost looks like an excelsior, as in, it could have one of the knob extensions on the end. I’ve never had the luck to handle one of those, but curious as to how they’d be to work with.

Good stuff for a blog, Bandit. Saw handle came to life!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#8 posted 02-06-2016 03:56 AM

Always a good read….
When you bring the neglected back to life.

I know you’ll continue the rehabs….
Just hope I’m able to follow along!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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