Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'restoration'

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Restored Stanley No 8

08-31-2020 07:19 AM by carrera4s | 3 comments »

I recently restored a No 8 that I picked up a while ago. I had to make a replacement tote and thus made a matching knob as well. I used African Rosewood, quite like how they turned out. It almost make grandpa’s No 7 look small in comparison. It is the first time that I use a No 8, I could not believe how much quicker and easier it is to get a big piece of wood flat and square compared to the No 7. Or maybe I am just getting better… I cleaned everything as well as I c...

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A Light Restoration of a Dewalt MBF Radial Arm Saw

07-20-2020 01:12 PM by Brandon | 7 comments »

A Light Restoration of a Dewalt MBF Radial Arm Saw I recently purchased this 1956 Dewalt MB / MBF radial arm saw. The saw could not be plugged in to test, so I took the saw apart, rewired it, painted it, built a new table for it and dialed it in for making 90 degree cuts. This is not meant to be a tuturial on rehabilitating these old saws, but to show my experience performing a “light” restoration. For more information on the...

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Fixing cracks in a Stanley knob

01-22-2020 06:20 AM by sansoo22 | 2 comments »

This blog post is a bit overdue and the knob still isn’t 100% finished but close enough to do the write up. A few weeks ago in the Show the Restoration before and after thread I posted this plane. The restoration went well except for the cracks at the bottom of the knob that re-appeared as soon as I tightened it down. They were only hairline cracks while it was off and not under pressure so i filled them with gel super glue but as soon as i tightened it i heard it make a “pop...

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Norris A5 Restoration

12-05-2019 11:35 PM by Brit | 21 comments »

After looking for many years and losing many auctions, I finally won a Norris A5 smoother for a reasonable price. I knew it needed a lot of work, but at least it looked doable. It turned out to be a rollercoaster ride with a number of heart-stopping moments. Here are the seller’s pics (not the clearest photos) so you can see what I started out with. Once I hade it in my possession, the first thing I did was clean the wood with 0000 steel wool and Liber...

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Wooden Jack Plane Restoration

12-03-2019 05:55 PM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 0 comments »

I have had this jack plane for a couple months now. It has been sitting there in the dark corner waiting for repairs. The body on this plane was pretty good shape, but the iron was rusty and it had no tote. I have no beech wood or apple wood so I went to my local woodworking shop and just picked up a chunk of lumber for $5. This is the second tote I have made and this one turned out 150% better than the last one. I did however break the first one due to a crack that I didn’t see. I used...

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Morris chair restoration #5: Assembly: I might be considered square, but this chair certainly wasn’t.

11-11-2019 09:59 PM by lightweightladylefty | 4 comments »

Absolutely nothing was even close to square. The left side of the front rail was ¼” taller than the right side. The legs (front and back) were not square to the frame. You can see that the cushion frame is crooked as it attaches to the wooden framework. The back horizontal piece was too twisted to retain so I replaced that part. The arms, spindles, and carved parts of the chair were oak, but the remainder is a conglomeration of other woods, although mostly maple. The seat por...

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Morris chair restoration #4: The seat cushion

11-11-2019 09:14 PM by lightweightladylefty | 0 comments »

The seat cushion was really delightful. A couple of separate foam cushions had been added to the chair to make it usable when I was a child, but this is how it looked now. It’s hard to imagine anyone could sit on this with the padding nearly disintegrated and untied springs protruding! After detaching the legs and removing the original upholstery, this is what remained. In the front the undulated wire which held the springs was badly bent; in the back it was completely broken. N...

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Morris chair restoration #3: The back cushion

11-11-2019 09:00 PM by lightweightladylefty | 0 comments »

I removed the mid-20th-century gray marble vinyl to reveal more of the chair’s history. The top cushion’s original upholstery which was under the gray marble vinyl appeared to be an early attempt at Naugahyde – almost like a painted coating on the fabric. The back cushion’s springs were in good shape. The original straw and cotton was in pretty good shape, too, but I decided not to recycle any of it. So I retied the springs and reinforced the back with two strips of wood . . . ...

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Morris chair restoration #2: The frame

11-11-2019 08:37 PM by lightweightladylefty | 0 comments »

The wooden frame was much worse than I had realized. Boards had been nailed to the bottom to keep the springs from falling through. The burlap was recycled from a Burlington, Wisconsin Murphy Products feed sack which still had a portion of the label attached to it. You can also see that a rough piece of lath across the front inside had been screwed to the front legs to hold the legs together. Initially, I thought I could simply take the four main chair sections apart. I redrilled the ho...

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Morris chair restoration #1: I may have bit off more than I can chew

11-11-2019 08:08 PM by lightweightladylefty | 0 comments »

Disclaimer: Please be aware that just because I have documented this journey does not mean that I have a clue about what I’m doing. Note: The chair is now finished but I decided to document my journey in a blog rather than posting all these photos with the final project. [I tried to put sections together in a way that would be understandable and not necessarily in the order in which I tackled the project.] When I was a kid, I remember napping in this Morris chair at my grandpar...

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