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07-20-2017 09:40 PM

Help Identify These Items - 10 replies

I recently bought a bunch of old tools that formerly belonged to a millwright. There were a few items in the lot that I cannot identify. I thought I’d post them here to see if anyone can help. . #1 This is marked Champion No. 2, A.E. White Machine Works, Eau Claire, Wis. That company made saw swages and saw setting devices. My best...

02-13-2016 08:35 PM

Drill Press Recommendation? - 43 replies

I’m thinking about replacing my 1980s vintage Taiwanese dill press that has excessive run-out. The two most important features to me are minimal run-out and an accurate, easy to use depth adjustment. Other features like long quill stroke, variable speed, digital readout, laser indicator, etc. would be nice but not as essential. A bench mou...

12-31-2015 04:59 PM

Repairing and Rebuilding Vintage Pocket Knives - 23 replies

Anyone have experience repairing or rebuilding old pocket knives? I have a vintage Boker that my dad gave me years ago. It was well worn when he gave it to me, and now it’s too worn out to even use. I’d love to have it rebuilt, but based on what I’ve found online it would cost hundreds to have a professional do it. It’s a...

04-24-2015 03:42 AM

What really happens when a tool handle is "all dried out"? - 22 replies

First let me say I’m not trying to be a smart aleck with this topic. I’m simply trying to better understand the process that occurs when we say a wooden tool handle such as a plane tote or a saw handle has “dried out” and needs to be oiled or rehydrated. On many occasions I’ve heard people say something like, ...

11-21-2014 03:31 PM

Looking for a piece of apple wood - 17 replies

Hello Lumberjocks. I’m restoring an 1840’s Disston backsaw for a fellow LJ. The restoration will include making a new handle. The original handle was apple wood, and I’d like to keep the saw as original as possible. I don’t have a suitable piece of apple, though, so I may have to substitute another wood if I can’t c...

07-25-2014 04:22 PM

Yard Sale Hardwoods - Help Identify? - 14 replies

I picked up this wood at a yard sale this morning for $2. I’m certain it’s all tropical hardwood, but I don’t know the species. Anyone care to take a stab at it? There are at least two, and possibly as many as four, separate species. The wood in the last picture has a finish on it, but the others do not.

07-06-2014 01:26 AM

WTB: Foley Saw Retoother & Accessories - 10 replies

I’m looking to buy a Foley saw retoother, model 385 preferred. Also need a set of ratchet bars and set of gauges for positioning saw on carrier. PM if you have these available or know of any for sale. Model 385 Retoother Ratchet Bars Gauge

07-05-2014 09:46 PM

Help Identify This Tool - 16 replies

I picked this up at a flea market, but I don’t know what it is. It’s not a chisel. The blade is marked Tobrin Tool Co. Plantsville, Conn. The handle is like a “perfect handle” screwdriver. The blade is heavy, rounded on the edges, and tapered in thickness. The tip of the blade is beveled on each side, but I don’t kn...

06-24-2014 02:32 AM

Vintage Woodworking Pic of the Day - 977 replies

Woodworkers of the past were proud of their craft and their tools, and they were usually more than willing to pose for a picture. As a consequence, there are some really cool old woodworking pictures “out there” for us to enjoy. This is a thread to share them with other LJ members. I’ll start it out, but feel free to post your ...

06-20-2014 06:45 PM

A Good Morning's Rust Hunt - 17 replies

Rust hunting opportunities are scarce in my neck of the woods, but I did pretty well hitting some yard sales this morning. The total bill for everything pictured below was $82. A couple of bar clamps at $1 each and a couple pipe clamps at $2 each. Some chain @ $3. A box of miscellaneous stuff @ $3. I think the soldering iron loo...

05-18-2014 05:46 PM

Dead Radial Arm Saw - Repair, Scrap, or Replace? - 26 replies

I’ve used a radial arm saw all my life, and find it indispensable for making crosscuts when cutting stock to length. I don’t really use it for anything else. My current saw, an older Craftsman, has a motor problem. When the switch is turned on, the motor hums but doesn’t spin. Usually if I spin the shaft by hand (with blade off...

03-07-2014 11:32 PM

Hand Saws For Sale - 10 replies

I have a few vintage hand saws for sale. You can see descriptions, prices, and more photos here. Feel free to PM me with any questions. Here are a few example photos of what I have.

03-06-2014 12:12 AM

Someone Hacked My Profile - 19 replies

I happened to look at my profile on my wife’s computer today and noticed something strange. Someone has scattered links to advertisements throughout the text in my profile description. It’s my words, but someone has linked several of the words to ads. What is strange is that when I look at my profile on my computer, those links are n...

01-15-2014 08:15 PM

Central Machinery 8" Wet 6" Dry Grinder - Anybody have it? - 12 replies

I got this grinder for Christmas. I’m thinking the slow speed 8” wet wheel might be good for sharpening tools like chisels, etc. The first thing I noticed though is that there is no tool rest on the 8” wheel. I’m wondering if anybody has fabricated something for that, or for that matter if anyone even likes this grinder. ...

12-31-2013 12:41 AM

Dust on Eyeglasses - 12 replies

When I’m working in my shop it seems I have to stop every few minutes and wipe the dust off my eyeglasses. Of course it’s worse when I’m working with dust-generating equipment like a sander. I do need a dust collection system, and just today I installed an air filter. I’m not sure that’s the total answer though. I&#...

12-27-2013 02:35 PM

Pen Making HELP Needed - 14 replies

My daughter has gotten into pen making on her mini-lathe, and she’s turned out some beauties. But there is one specific step that is causing her problems and a lot of frustration. I thought some of you experienced pen makers might be able to help her out. The problem comes at the finishing stage. She prefers to use cyanoacrylate (super ...

11-14-2013 04:11 AM

Anyone know a source for repair/restoration of vintage rules? - 4 replies

I have an old Interlox collapsing (sliding) rule that I inherited from my grandfather many years ago. I believe it was made in about 1910-1920. It’s not in good shape and some of the section joints are kind of falling apart. If I knew someone who specializes in repairing this type of measuring instrument I’d send it to them to be res...

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