handsawgeek's Lathe Stand: A Hand Tool Build For a Tailed Appliance #4: “Armstrong” Tools

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 08-18-2014 01:41 PM 1756 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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All of the boards that make up the primary frame of the lathe stand are now sized to final dimension and the joinery notches cut.

Out comes the smoothing plane to clean up the edges and faces of the rough boards. Even though it’s shop furniture, I still wish to make it look as attractive as possible. What if the Shwarz, or St. Roy, or Norm himself ever happened to drop in on my shop? What would these stalwarts – these woodworking giants – have to say if they saw a lathe stand that looked as if it was pounded together by a gorilla?

Snap out of it, geek, and get back to planing !!!!

As I move the plane – a 1960s era ‘Westline by Stanley’, along the edge of a board, listening to the sshhhk of the blade shaving off a…..shaving… mind wanders, again.

I recall years ago when my recently-late step-dad once showed me one of his hand planes, referring to it as an “Armstrong” tool. In those days, I was very naive about hand tools, so I looked all over the plane, expecting to find the name “Armstrong” stamped somewhere on it. All I could see was a couple of guys’ names- “Stanley”, “Bailey“ and #5.

I got it when I saw his sly grin…

Alright, that’s enough filler material to make this blog post look more substantial than it really is.
Once all is cleaned up, the pieces will be ready for the application of assembly hardware holes.
Next blog post is bound to be pretty boring…

Meanwhile, as the shavings pile up underneath one end of the workbench, ike is goofing off at the other…..

More to come…..Please hang around!

-- Ed

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#1 posted 08-19-2014 08:37 AM

I can relate to the fun you are having with your ‘Armstrong’ tools, a great brand.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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