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    A Sawyer’s Saw Bench

    Posted By on May 28, 2018

    Shortening tablesaw rails

    Posted By on March 2, 2018

    I bought shorter 32” rails for my tablesaw to replace my current 52” ones for my new smaller shop space.  The generic brand didn’t fit my old fence which wanted the square tubing ¼” wider that was on my original 52” fence setup so the clamp wouldn’t grab.

    I went to a metal supplier and got flat aluminum bar that was 1.5” wide and ¼” thick, drilled/countersunk holes and tapped mating holes in the 32” rail to build it out.

    Works like a charm.

    Cost me $16 to fix the problem

    Stanley #113 compass plane

    Posted By on April 19, 2017

    This is the best looking Stanley #113 compass plane I’ve seen. This particular one is a type #2 from 1880-1891 and it moves like butter. Nothing stiff or corroded like it was out of the box.  

    Cutlery Insert

    Posted By on July 3, 2016

    This took me longer than I thought but I made this drawer organizer out of walnut to set inside the kitchen drawer.


    Shop made Festool Kapex crown stops

    Posted By on March 18, 2016

    I made my version of the crown stops available as an accessory for my mitre saw.  They were way too expensive so I made my own. 

    I didn’t make them for holding crown moulding, I made them because I wanted to clamp things to the top like stops, left or right clamping (since I had only one clamp), and for holding smaller workpieces where the stock clamp wouldn’t reach. 


    Kapex mitre saw small parts clamp platform

    Posted By on March 18, 2016

    I made an improvement to my mitre saw. The clamp that comes with the saw is too far away from the blade and I sometimes have to cut small parts that won’t reach the clamp.

    There’s no way I’m holding them with my hand so I made a platform that you can clamp on the top of the saw. I put T-tracks on the top so you can slide clamps in at different positions to hold the workpiece down safely.

    The table also doubles as zero-clearance for the blade below and in back by the fence so it improves dust collection even more.


    T-track dimensions compatible with Festool clamps:


    First Bowl

    Posted By on November 10, 2015

    Someone on my street was cutting down a large maple tree so I grabbed a few stumps to try and turn my first bowl on my lathe.

    The wood looked like fungus had started but it makes a weird star pattern that might look interesting or garbage. I rough turned it to let it dry out quicker. In 6 months I’ll finish it.


    General 100 16” Disc and 6” x 60” Belt Sander

    Posted By on August 28, 2015

    I picked up a used General 100 16″ Disc and 6″ x 60″ Belt Sander made in 1979. 600Lb, in great shape, very good price. Assuming I can find a place for it, it would look fantastic with the rest of my matching General machines.

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    Nice Antique Store Find

    Posted By on July 12, 2015

    I stopped at a small town antique store on my travels during vacation this week to see if they had anything interesting in the way of old tools. I saw a Stanley “Bailey” #3 smoothing plane. It was in mint condition, it looked unused and shiny as if it was kept in grease and just toweled off to view. I knew since it said Bailey on the front it was the older premium line back in the 40-60’s but there was no tarnish to the metal at all.
    I had to double check using my phone. I was right, 1948-1961 type 19.
    I asked the lady if she would go lower than $85, she said she would sell it for $65 but had to double check it’s box.
    “Box?” I asked? “You have the box?”
    She even had the 60-70 year old box for it. She said a man brought it over from England to sell it to her, it even had the price tag still on it in British pounds.

    Taken from http://hyperkitten.com/tools/stanley_bench_plane/type_study.php#Type 19

    Type 19.
    •Planes made by Stanley 1948-1961. •All of the features of the previous, except:
    •The frog receiver, in the bottom casting, now is y-shaped.
    •Rosewood is re-introduced, and is often varnished so heavily that it almost obscures the grain.
    •”STANLEY” is now incised in a vertical direction on the lateral adjustment lever.
    •The original type study doesn’t mention this, but on some of the models of this type “STANLEY” is stamped on both sides of the lateral adjustment lever. I’ve seen enough of these to convince me that’s it wasn’t accidental, or if it was, it was a big screw-up.
    •The knurling on the brass depth adjuster is now parallel on most examples.
    •Later examples have the familiar black paint on the hardwood tote and knob.
    •Type study doesn’t mention this, but the cutters now have rounded tops instead of the angular top. This change happened in the mid–1950’s, in my opinion.
    •Furthermore, the original type study doesn’t mention the change in the finish applied on the forked lever. For a short while, some models had a nickel plated appearance on them as a finish rather than the usual black japanning. Where in the sequence of actual manufacturing this subtle change fits is unknown to me, but I’ve only noticed it on those planes equipped with rosewood knobs and totes and rounded irons.

    Stanley Bailey no3 19

    Hand tool cabinet update

    Posted By on May 31, 2015

    The cabinet is coming along slowly. I’ve installed the doors within the main doors to allow more tool storage. Now the fun part is making individual custom holders for each item. Next step is the main upper mini-cabinet.

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