Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'old tools'

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Saw Talk #6: Cowell and Chapman 14" Backsaw Restoration

02-26-2012 01:01 PM by Brit | 45 comments »

2012 is a big year for Britain. Not only are we hosting the Olympics, but we’re also celebrating the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. It’s Her Majesty’s diamond jubilee. Even my wife is organizing a street party for around 200 residents and I’ve been roped into building all kinds of weird and wonderful things for the day. Yes folks, marquees will be erected, brass bands will strike up, flags will be waved and I’m sure we’ll all feel very patriotic by the end o...

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The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #6: Part 6 - What to Look for when Buying a Secondhand Brace and more

09-13-2011 08:53 AM by Brit | 39 comments »

I thought I’d mix it up a bit in this part of the blog and record a video where I: Discuss what to look for when you pick up a secondhand brace and consider buying it. Mention variations in design and size and why you would use one size over another. Address Racerglen’s question on restoring plated braces. Answer lysdexic’s question as to why the Yankee 2100 represents the pinnacle of brace development. YouTube only allows uploads up to 15 minutes in length (...

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Consider Buying Used Tools

11-28-2007 11:52 PM by Blake | 20 comments »

Buying used tools is an under-looked option for low-budget woodworkers. First of all, I should tell you that I work in a used tool store. So this issue is close to my heart because it is not only a hobby for me but also what brings home the bacon. Every day at work I inspect, research, appraise, test, buy, clean, fix, restore and then re-sell used tools. But before I was an employee of the Used Tool Store I was a customer. The Used Tools Store happens to be across the street from the...

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Rosewood fretsaw

07-15-2012 03:52 PM by apprentice | 17 comments »

I have just completed this copy of a Victoria fretsaw, I made it in a day and a half using minimal tooling other than a bandsaw and a pillar drill press.The main frame is made from Honduran Rosewood with an Ebony brace bar handle and adjuster knob. The metal blade holders are made from stock silver steel 10.00mm and made is such a way that they are one piece for durability, there is a 12.00mm slot cut into the middle and a 6.00mm hole drilled at the bottom of this slot to allow the two hal...

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Galoot Gloat - Estate Sale Tools

09-07-2010 11:27 PM by swirt | 16 comments »

I attended an estate sale this weekend. Sad going through another woodworkers shop and rumaging through their tools. Can only hope to pay my respects by choosing tools that I will put to good use and treat them well. (and by well I do not mean collecting dust on some shelf as a decoration). 2 Turn of the century Disston Saws and a couple of North Bros Yankee Drill / Drivers are the prizes. The massive mitersaw is impressive, but I have been after one of the old thumb-hole Rip saw...

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Old tools #1: One mans junk is another WOmans treasure

12-12-2008 02:26 PM by Andraxia | 15 comments »

Being the only driver in the house, I am the one who gets the joy of hauling a trailer load of rubbish to the local tip. I had backed up the trailer to the hopper (who said a woman cant reverse a trailer????) and a young (mid 20s) man was unloading his rubbish into the hopper from his boot (trunk) of his car. I was chatting to him whilst I spaded the junk into the hopper. He was clearing out his granddads shed who had just gone into a nursing home. He was about to throw a box of stuff i...

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Lessons... #1: Inheriting Tools

04-21-2009 11:30 PM by Jim | 13 comments »

I recently went digging through my late Grandfather’s garage and found a practically new Craftsman 1 1/2hp router with the box, but no instructions. I decided to buy a small router table at a local box store knowing it wasn’t anything great but just something to try my hand at for the time being. I finally got around to using it today. I’m finally finishing the cabinet doors I’ve been putting off for months, and decided to route the dadoes using the table. For some rea...

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Galoot Gloat - Southern Addition

01-16-2011 06:44 AM by swirt | 13 comments »

I just got back from 3 weeks of vacation in Florida. Sunshine, sand in my shorts, relatives…what more could I ask for? I sort of cut the cord technology wise so missed out on all the action here on lumberjocks. Fortunately I didn’t have to go through tool withdrawal as well. I didn’t do any woodworking, but my father passed on a to me a collection of tools that he had from cleaning out my grandfather’s winter home when he passed away more than a decade ago.Florida ...

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Chest of Memories - Grandfather's Tool Chest

12-18-2013 09:59 PM by summerfi | 13 comments »

I’ve recently been cleaning up some of my old hand tools to stock a tool chest built by my grandfather sometime in the early part of the 20th century. I inherited a number of my grandfather’s hand tools in 1974 following his death. When my dad died in 1996, I inherited a portion of his tools (Mom sold his power tools to help support herself and the hand tools were either sold or divided among six children). I’ve used these tools, sometimes used them very hard, over the d...

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Refueling the spirit, begin again we must.

07-10-2013 11:09 PM by jjw5858 | 12 comments »

Hello friends, It has been a little while since sitting down to write a blog to share with you. Lately I have found myself in a small rut. I had involved myself in some social media wood working groups. Guess what? I really began to miss Lumberjocks pretty quick….lol. Not to say that I was leaving my participation from LJ’S … way. But I will gladly say that I began to really miss the inspiring camaraderie that I have always experienced on here. I was looking for that...

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