Time To Cut Bait…

I have been using a contractor type table saw for my work for the past 20+ years. It originally belonged to my grandfather A.J., who (according to the hand-written receipt), purchased it in 1987. Two weeks ago I lowered the blade to make a cut, and when it wouldn’t go all the way down, I…

Repurposing An Antique Headboard

For quite a number of years, we have had an old headboard (or more accurately, part of one) kicking around the shop. We found it prior to buying our current house, so we have had it for at least 21 years…sometimes it is best to ponder on things awhile before you make any rash decisions…

Keepin’ The Flies Out…

  I thought I would post a quick picture description of my screen doors. I have made a number of them but never posted a build here on the blog. I have made a number of configurations, my favorite being the one pictured below, which is on the back door of our own house, no…

Saw Dentistry

It used to be hand planes…my sickness, that is…But having gathered most of the planes I need (and a few I don’t), the obsession…I mean focus, naturally turns elsewhere. Lately I have been fortunate to happen across a couple of saws that were in decent condition…no major tooth problems to speak of. The first one…

Craftsman Walker Turner 6″ Jointer

Brought home a new (read 1930’s) jointer yesterday, I had been interested in upgrading from my 4″ Rockwell Beaver and finally found a 6″. It’s a Craftsman badged Walker Turner Model 102.05600 from the late 1930s. The gentleman was selling because he was downsizing and moving into an apartment…he was motivated to sell and wasn’t…

Tool Chest Completed

Nice to have this part completed. Got the lid panel finish planed then mitered and glued the edging on the front (FYI, the edging is thicker than the top panel so it lips over the carcass about 3/8″ to create a seal). For the cross grain edging on the ends I only glued about 4″…

Put A Lid On It…

I realize I may be jumping the gun here…having only been working out of the toolchest for the past year, but I’ve thrown all caution to the wind and started working on the lid. This afternoon I cut all the boards for the lid, cut the molding that will lip over the sides of the…

Saw Vise

For some time I have been looking for a saw vise for sharpening my saws. Up til now I had been placing a block on either side of the saw plate, and clamping the whole thing in my twin screw vise. This usually involves a juggling act as I attempt to clamp everything in the…

1956 Dewalt MBF Radial Arm Saw

I’ve had this saw in my stable for a few years now, but only recently started using it regularly. According to the data plate on the motor, it’s born on date is 1956. This was one of Dewalt’s finest small round arm 9″ radial arm saws, with a 3/4 horse motor and crosscut capacity of about…

Woodworking Interruptus

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted any progress on anything, six months to be exact…not that anyone is counting. I had the old 2 car garage torn down…it had seen better days and frankly, was a bit of an eyesore. Mainly a place to store the lawn tractor/snowblower, etc. and a home for wayward squirrels…

Vintage Sliding Bevel

A reader asked about my sliding bevel in an earlier post, she had found one very similar in her grandfather’s things. I thought I would post a few details and pictures since there was some interest. I haven’t been able to determine the maker, there are no marks anywhere that I can see, either on…

Half Bath Cabinet Molding

Happy Belated New Years…seems like forever since I posted on the blog, it’s been some time since I’ve been in the shop. Today I fired up the router and made the crown molding, here’s the result: