Shop Sign

October 17, 2020 Leave a comment

It has to be difficult finding a gift for most of us woodworkers. Several years ago my wife made a logo for my woodworking and it appears in various places such as the shop apron from Texas Heritage, Stickers and a T-shirt. This year she reached out across international borders to have a sign made.

Hanging above my small toolchest it adds an element of professionalism that was definitely lacking. The sign was made by

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Supermax Air Filter from Laguna

October 14, 2020 Leave a comment

Packing up my shop over a year ago revealed a lot about my woodworking. The most noticeable is the amount of fine dust coating everything. Although most of my work is done with hand tools I do use a planer and tablesaw to speed up stock preparation. It’s safe to say that most of the dust comes from these operations and in spite of using a dust collector, more needed to be done.

After a small amount of research, a Supermax Air Filter arrived at my front door and after some planning and help I mounted it to the ceiling joists. If you want to see the unboxing video, there isn’t one, but I’ll provide a brief description. Grabbing my pocket knife, I slit the tape closing the cardboard box, flipped the box over, slid the box over the styrofoam and gently removed the air cleaner. After checking that all the parts were there I stared at the 60+ pound machine for a couple of weeks until I figured out a safe way to install it.

I’m looking forward to trying it out and if you want to know more shoot me an email.

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New Shop-Still Unpacking

October 11, 2020 Leave a comment

Glacial progress continues and perhaps in a few weeks the clutter will be down to a pile of lumber and a couple of boxes. There are certainly several tools that will hit the local San Antonio market. One in particular a 6 inch jointer has been boxed for a couple of years.

Currently I’m working through the Anarchist Tool Chest and Small Tool Chest, cleaning up, sharpening and removing all of the antirust coatings that I used to store the tools. Looks like this may take me a couple of weeks.

Since moving I dont have a working vise so one of the first orders of business will be the completion of the workbench. Ive found the lumber for the vise and sliding deadman, if only I could find the plans…..

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New Shop – First Look

September 1, 2020 Leave a comment

September arrived and with it a new chapter in my woodworking journey. As boxes began to disappear and in their place a collection of objects began to occupy rooms , I snuck a peak into the garage. Piled up in front of me below boxes and stacks of lumber lay my work bench, tools and cabinets. It wasn’t long before they were assembled and after some shifting placed where hopefully they will remain. Shuffling through the packing material I located tools and screws to hang my wall cabinet and saw till. The tool chest was placed on a floor cabinet and the anarchists tool chest rolled close at hand.

If you only look at this half of the shop it is beginning to take on the appearance of order but the hidden half of the space still needs much work. Hopefully with a weekend ahead I can find homes for the needed tools and sell what I don’t need.

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Shop Update

June 21, 2020 Leave a comment

By now many of you realize that my woodworking has been non existent. After packing up my tools a year ago, I have yet to unpack or see them. All is not lost and hopefully in a couple of months we will meet again. At this point I hope the care I took to prevent rust is working, since I only planned to be out of the shop for a few months.

Many things have changed since the tools were packed and the search for a new home began. Finding a house lasted much longer then expected, eventually leading to building a new home. The advantage is a chance to customize a workspace and the disadvantage is time. Moving the third stall of the garage to the outside I was able to add a 6×12 addition with a window adding natural light and more space I also added a 220v circuit, additional lighting, and of course a multi-split ac unit!

Perhaps in a couple of months the tools will be back in their rightful place.

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A Sargent in the House!

February 16, 2020 2 comments

Admittedly, the things that bring me the most joy are simple; a smile and a wink from my wife, an excited dog when walking in the door and a fun text from the kids. My favorite food is a cheeseburger, preferably with bread and butter pickles and I prefer hand tools for woodworking.

Looking in my tool chest the majority of bench planes are Stanleys. Like most of you there are a couple of specialty planes from modern manufacturers, but if you look through my blog the constant companion is a Stanley. All that said, could I be tempted by other manufacturers?

Several years ago while wandering around a

the Sargent plane above caught my eye. There were plenty of Stanleys, Miller Falls and other manufacturers, but this was the one that stood out. It seemed to be slightly heavier than the equivalent Stanley and the sides thicker. The price seemed high and the “don’t want to discuss price” attitude of the owner made me walk away empty handed. Since then I have kept my eye out for a Sargent Plane and stumbled across one on Ebay the other day. Admittedly I do not need another bench plane! But like a good cheeseburger sometimes you have to indulge yourself!

Meet Sargent VBM 409, a new addition, welcome to the family!

More pictures to come.

As for the cheeseburgers; I allow myself one a month so no need to worry about over indulgence.

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Stanleys in disguise

February 12, 2020 Leave a comment

Look around flea markets, antique stores and ebay for hand tools and there has been a definite change over the last 15 years. The law of supply and demand has shown its mettle and the Stanley’s and Sargents that were abundant at ridiculously low prices are harder to find. Although still a deal at current prices, if you are just stepping into the hand tool world there are other options at lower prices.

Admittedly I am partial to the Stanley planes in my tool chest and there will soon be a Sargent joining the group, however my first plane came from Sears. Putting aside thoughts of owning the most common planes it’s worth considering the many other brands that most people walk past. Take a look around the internet and learn who manufactured these planes. Sears was manufactured by Stanley and Sargent, Wards Master is a Stanley with a different name so how much is a name worth? Starting out in woodworking? Take a look and you will find some excellent planes and great prices with some lesser known names.

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Woodworking Withdrawl

February 8, 2020 3 comments

Note to self; when moving and storing woodworking tools for an extended period of time keep a few nearby to sharpen, hold in your hand and polish.

It’s been several weeks since the tools were packed away. They are now in storage and may be there for several months. I’ve read many blogs, articles and comments that reflect on the curious need to touch and look at your tools. Clearly I have a touch of tool..itis, wood..itis and design..itis and I have no idea how to pass the time until the tools are again in their rightful place. Some of the more obvious symptoms:

Sharpening – A desire to sharpen tools. This is a very strangle affliction, sharpening is a necessity not a desire.

All Fine Woodworking Articles look like excellent projects – Any magazine must appeal to a wide audience and Fine Woodworking is no exception. Typically I look through and one article grabs my eye, currently I want to build every project.

Lee Valley Website – Admittedly Lee Valley is a favorite source of tools, however I don’t typically scroll through it endlessly looking at the tools I already own.

The infamous unfinished bed – I’m considering finishing the bed I made 20+ years ago. Why now?

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More Pastries than Tools!

February 2, 2020 Leave a comment

Arriving in a new part of the country provides different experiences and opportunities. Exploring the San Antonio, TX area there is a natural pull towards stores which may have tool treasures tucked away. The postings made a few weeks ago were from a few stores near Boerne, TX. This weekend I sought opportunities in flea markets across the area, and what did I find?

Some great looking apricot Danish pastries or if you prefer a few donuts or cinnamon rolls. After visiting three flea markets, I found one vendor with three planes. One, so rusty that there was no way to make a positive identification and two others that were not for sale because they had been cleaned!

Maybe I take a gander at Ebay…….

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Real – Tool Tote

January 14, 2020 2 comments

In the last post I intended to include a tool tote that was also in the antique store. Several things caught my eye; The sides of the tote are much thinner than the ends 3/8″ vs 1″. Clearly this was done to save weight. The Tote was designed to handle full length panel saws and I can imagine that fully loaded it was quite heavy. Next time I go into an antique store I will bring a tape measure, looking at the pictures I have many questions myself.

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