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Plane Restorations #1: Stanley No. 45 Boxes Reproduction Graphics

10-09-2012 01:57 AM by grfrazee | 35 comments »

I bought a No. 45, but the cutters did not come with the boxes that were included at the original purchase, all those decades ago. Not wanting to spend a large amount of money for real boxes, I’ve opted to make my own reproductions. However, I wanted them to be as close to the original versions as possible. The astute reader will note that the No. 45 cutter boxes had graphics on them displaying the contents of each box. These tend to get destroyed over time and are very rare to be...

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Accurately heat treating small tools

11-22-2012 09:16 PM by lwllms | 18 comments »

Let’s see if I can write this without getting real technical. It’d be a good thing because I don’t have a PhD in metallurgy or physics and I don’t fully understand a lot of what’s happening in heat treating tool steel. Like water, tool steel exists in several states. Water can be vapor, water or ice. Tool steel is similar. In its soft state tool steel is made up of ferrite and cementite, iron molecules and iron/carbon molecules. When heated to critical temperature, around 1450° F, th...

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Saw Medallion Reference Guide

02-13-2014 01:52 AM by summerfi | 97 comments »

SAW MEDALLION REFERENCE GUIDE Saw medallions, or label screws as they are sometimes called, are invaluable for identifying old saws. Additionally, many of them are small works of art in themselves. I don’t know of a comprehensive reference source for saw medallions that covers all makers, so I decided to start one here. My intent is to add to this list over time to make it as complete as possible. If you run across a medallion that is not listed here, post a picture of it in the comments, ...

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Rhykenology #9: "Buck Rogers" planes from Millers Falls - Part 2

01-30-2014 07:55 PM by toolmike | 2 comments »

A tear-down of a Millers Falls 709, as per the Millers Falls advertising literature. http://workingbyhand.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/buck-rogers-planes-part-2/

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Build Your Own Dovetail Saw #2: Materials and where I got them.

10-29-2013 02:21 AM by ErikF | 4 comments »

I suppose a good place to start this blog is to list the materials I have been using and where I was able to find them. Some of the stuff is basic and some took a little searching. I will try to remember everything (it’s really not that much stuff). First stop: McMaster-Carr This is a really great website, if you haven’t spent any time on it, try it. It got me thinking of lots of new projects. Here are the links to the material I purchased from them. saw plates- http://ww...

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Bit Braces #1: Braces to look for

10-10-2013 11:11 PM by WayneC | 47 comments »

Thought I would share the list of bit braces that I am tracking. The list has been compiled from a variety of sources on the web. If you have suggestions of high quality braces that are not on the list, please let me know. North Brothers Yankee braces, including the 2100, 2100A, 2101, and 2101A series. 8”, 10”, 12”. 14”. Example of 6” versions are rare but known. Whimble braces exist. North Brothers are better Quality than Stanley. North Brothers was acqu...

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Chasing Threads on the wood lathe

09-04-2013 12:19 PM by Jim Jakosh | 25 comments »

I have been wanting to chase threads on my wood lathe for a long time now and just could not find the parts I needed to do it. I wish I could have made a video but I have watched this one many times and I’ll add it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-j16CrwHeM.He makes it look so easy and I found out that it is!!!!!!!!!!! All the threading tools they sell are either 12 TPI or 16TPI and they cost about $75. I wanted tools at 11 1/2 TPI- pipe threads because that is what the thre...

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Dovetail Calculator #4: The Devil is in the Detail

07-26-2013 04:48 AM by Andrew Wood | 0 comments »

Its like Alice tumbling down the hole… the more I do there more I could do. But I guess I enjoy it when I get the chance. UPDATE.. Now at Version 12, which looks like this: Office 2003: https://app.box.com/s/tkjf6ptpo3nkihro9zz9Office 2010: https://app.box.com/s/ptgcfem72ykqnlpg6f7e Again, all the formulas are available on the form (just make the form wider to suit your needs). You can now choose to enter the Tail Width (or the Pin Width) which ever takes your fancy. The...

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Saw Talk #28: Sharpening Western Saws - Full Length Instructional Video

06-04-2013 01:03 AM by Brit | 121 comments »

Aimed at those new to saw sharpening, this instructional video is 2 1/4 hours long and covers the theory, the tools and the practice of sharpening western saws. You get to look over my shoulder as I sharpen four saws – two backsaws and two hand saws. I’ll explain the saw sharpening process and how you apply it to different scenarios. I really hope you find it useful. As to the production quality, I’ve done the best I could. I had to record it outside, so there is a bit of...

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Information #1: Links

12-23-2012 06:46 PM by Weth | 6 comments »

I find myself spending time looking for these links from memory on different computers. Wood Infohttp://www.davehylands.com/Machinist/Charts/Lumber-Chart.pdfhttp://www.thewoodexplorer.com/onlinedbf/index.html (used to be free)http://www.woodweb.com/http://www.woodfinder.com/http://www.woodbin.com/sitemap.htmhttp://www.trugradeveneer.com/ Tool How too’shttp://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/instruct.htmlhttp://torbwine.com/Stuff/Router_Book.pdf (free ...

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