Vintage Dresser Rehab Completed

So, in the last installment we rebuilt the dresser drawer runners, that had become badly worn. In this post we will look at the rest of the restoration…in particular, staining, painting and waxing the piece. First, the piece got an overall sanding to prepare it for the chalk style FAT paint,and we decided that a…

Vintage Dresser: Drawer Runner Rehab

A couple of weeks ago we picked up an old dresser that needs some love. Overall it was in great shape, but there was some wear to the face frame that indicated that the drawer runners/guides had worn out. An inspection revealed that the tops of the runners had worn away as much as 1/8″-…

Antique Empire Sideboard Redo

About a month ago my wife is perusing Kijiji classifieds, looking for furniture projects, and kittens…always kittens (it’s her Kryptonite). Suddenly, she comes across a sad looking Empire styled sideboard for $20. By now you know where this is headed…a lightning quick series of emails are exchanged, and I find myself being transported on a…

Half-Bath Trim

The past couple of weeks I started trimming out the small downstairs half-bath. It’s a late 1800’s farmhouse, so…you guessed it, big wide baseboard and casings. First I had to make the moldings…you can’t just buy this stuff anywhere, and if you could it would be pricey. The baseboard consists of a couple of shaper…

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…