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Blog series by fatman51 updated 05-16-2016 07:54 AM 12 parts 26300 reads 31 comments total

Part 1: Cleaning, finishing the band saw stand, carpentry, and making pestles

09-29-2015 07:33 AM by fatman51 | 3 comments »

I took a look at my project lists this morning, like I do every Monday, and picked out a something that had been waiting a while. It was a carpenter project, custom exterior stair rails. I went out to my shop to take a look around and decide where to start. I decided that before I went outside in search of material, I needed to clean the place up. As I vacuumed the planer shavings out of the base of the band saw stand, I decided to finish the case and build the drawer that I had p...

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Part 2: Repairing my antique basswood drawing board.

10-02-2015 07:48 AM by fatman51 | 1 comment »

I cleaned up my shop after work today, intent on gluing the plane tote pattern I printed from the Lee Valley website to a scrap of wood to make a permanent pattern, thanks goes to terryR for Shop Log 20. http://lumberjocks.com/terryR/blog/47745 . Unfortunately, my printed pattern was off scale, .9487 to 1. Rather than fiddle with he printer settings and hoping for the best, I figured out the scale and grabbed my old drawing board from the closet in my shop. This decision wrecked my plans...

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Part 3: Bench Planes!

10-10-2015 10:40 AM by fatman51 | 4 comments »

With over 100,000 avid or prospective woodworkers on this site, I would not be surprised to learn that there are fifty thousand blogs about bench planes. We love our bench planes, we like to use them and we want to talk about them. As of recently, I have 8 of them in use, which is 2 more than normal and 6 more than I usually need. While I learned about making cabinets and furniture young, I have done far more general carpenter work in my career. In my truck I carry a 9 inchish smoot...

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Part 4: Making my own backsaw

11-18-2015 08:17 AM by fatman51 | 2 comments »

I have been reading blogs and articles recently, by people who make their own hand saws and decided to make one of my own for no good reason. I made a good heavy duty twelve inch 11 tpi rip filed back saw. I made the back out of a heavy piece of lawn border,bluing it with a propane torch and motor oil. I made the blade out of an old wrecked hand saw that had a kink that I did not feel was worth trying to pound out. I watch for these at flea markets because wrecked saws are an inexpensive ...

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Part 5: Making a guide for my Makita D handled routers

11-20-2015 10:20 AM by fatman51 | 2 comments »

I like these routers. The D handle allows for controlled single handed operation of the tool while holding the workpiece with the other. I have 3 of these routers and none of them came with a guide. I wanted a guide for one of them the other day and found myself wishing that I had ordered one, as I was not able to put off the project until I could get one. I decided to order 2 and make 1 so that I could use the router I wanted to use on the project at hand. A radial arm saw will do...

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Part 6: Finally got to those stair rails

12-11-2015 09:36 PM by fatman51 | 3 comments »

Earlier in this series I mentioned a set of stair rails I was supposed to be building for one Mrs Customer, a couple of towns away from my town of Laporte. I got distracted by any number of things and just got back to them this week. The previous stair rails were built to match the existing porch rails. They had deteriorated sufficiently that they had become a hazard and Mrs Customer wanted them replaced in the same style, as her porch rails are in good shape. There were a couple ...

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Part 7: Mr Customer's Reading Table.

12-11-2015 10:05 PM by fatman51 | 3 comments »

Mr Customer finally decided on poplar for his reading table, which is actually a gift for his daughter. As I mentioned when I posted the pictures of the Wife’s reading table, which is made of dimensional lumber and finished with sanding sealer and Poly, like a cabinet, he and his daughter liked the table and the have been bugging me to build one like it for four years. I finally got the hint and the material is now warming up in my shop. Because he is paying good money for a piece of...

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Part 8: My Version of the Chisel Plane

04-24-2016 08:13 AM by fatman51 | 5 comments »

Admittedly, Tow Mater chairs and well executed portable work benches are both more interesting and practical than my fancy decoration but I am always happy when I build a tool that is received well by my woodworking peers. This chisel plane project is particularly special to me because where I have had several occasions to want one, I have never been willing to purchase one, nor had it occurred to make one until I saw that several other Lumberjocks have made their own and done a nice job o...

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Part 9: Fixing my Low $ Stanley Surform.

04-25-2016 04:12 AM by fatman51 | 0 comments »

So I was in my wood shop today, cleaning, organizing, planning the next steps for my current project, a cherry Foyer Bench for Ms. Customer’s front entry, and considering my next tool project, an infill scraper plane, when chance turned me onto a simple repair project that was probably too involved for a $12 tool. I was in the middle filling out drill indexes and putting them away in my drill cabinet when I found that I was completely out of #59 and #21 drills. I jumped into my tru...

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Part 10: New and Improved Tool Posts for my Tool Grinder

05-11-2016 11:32 PM by fatman51 | 2 comments »

Years ago, I bought a bench grinder at a discount import tool and surplus store that predated Harbor Freight stores. I was working on a very tight budget but I wanted a dedicated grinder for sharpening chisels and drill bits. This grinder is rather heavy with a cast iron base and the store owner let me take it out of the box to confirm that it ran smooth. It ran very smooth, in fact, and twenty dollars later I was at home repairing my chisels. All I have ever used this grinder for is sh...

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Part 11: computer glitch

05-16-2016 07:53 AM by fatman51 | 2 comments »

this is a computer glitch, for some reason the LJ website posted the next entry twice. I can not figure out how to delete this and they won fix it. I will post my next blog here.

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Part 12: I broke my old dunlop utility vice.

05-16-2016 07:54 AM by fatman51 | 4 comments »

I kinda want to blame this on my wife. But we all know that she has not been out in my shop pounding on things with hammers. I am not sure when I broke it, but I have a good idea how, because I am always out in my shop pounding on things with hammers. I am kind of bummed to see that I broke my vice. It is a good 3-1/2 inch dunlop vice. More importantly, it sits on the bench at the end of my shop in line with my table saw blade and the top of the jaws rest 3/16 inch below the top ...

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