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Humidity in the shop

July 17, 2021 Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago I noticed on my weatherstation that the humidty outside was 97%, definately on the high side of comfortable and certainly high enough to begin having an effect on everyday life. I am very fortunate to have a shop that is climate controlled and living in TX it gives me the ability to woodwork comfortably year round. Most of my shop furniture however was built much further North often in cold dry winters. I’m see the impact of the lower humidity and have made several adjustments.

My tool cabinet which has hung on the wall for many years needed extensive changes to the doors to enable them to close. Seems like I just did work on it but a couple weeks of high humidity and the plane had to come out and make some changes. Next it was of to the drawers on my small tool chest. I had not been able to close the lower drawer for a couple of weeks so I planed the top of the drawer and got it closed.

The last piece was the movable portion of the tail vise. Although I could use it it was very tight and I actually had to drive it out with a rubber hammer. a few swipes of the plane and all is good.

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Roubo Crubber and Weldwood

June 20, 2021 Leave a comment

Several months ago I installed the Crubber on my benchcrafted Vise. Carefully taping off the area I sprayed it with adhesive and stuck it in place. Two days later I peeled it off and started again! After a little research I realized that I need something stronger than contact adhesive and browsing my local Home Depot came across Weld Wood Contact Cement. Truth be know I was not looking for contact cement rather a paint brush and this little can was out of place and caught my eye.

Clearly a message from above and I purchased it and used it to reapply the Crubber.

After a few weeks it’s still there and working well. IF it fails I’ll let everyone know…..

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Plane Aid

May 21, 2021 Leave a comment

Looking through the local San Antonio Woodworking Guild posts I noticed someone asking for a little help to bring a Plane back to life. The planes didn’t look too bad and I’ve been unable to settle into a project, so i stepped out of my comfort zone and offered to take a look. A few hours later and they were on my bench.

Looking through the planes there are two #5s, a corrugated #4, an unknown brand of Block Plane and a small plane. None of them are in terrible shape and only need a little TLC with the exception of one of the Totes. First job is to disassemble so I can go after the rust.

Getting the dirt and grime off took a few minutes with paper towels, a screw driver to scrape and a little WD-40. Next I took an oil drain pan and lined it with a garbage bag and used rust remover to take the rust off.

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Hanging Tool Cabinet Details

May 6, 2021 Leave a comment

Late 2016 early 2017 my cherry tool cabinet was put to work. There were several parts of the project incomplete and over the last few weeks I took time to make a few changes.

When I mounted the cabinet after moving the shop I noticed that one of the doors would not remain closed. The problem was that I never completed the installation! So 4 years later I ordered some magnets and installed them on the top of the doors.

When installing the shelves I did not account for the thickness of the chisel socks that I used to protect my tools from rust. This was always a problems for the doors. Moving the shelf stop up 1/2 an inch and adding some runners on the shelf to properly support each plane solved the problem and made storage much more secure. It took approximately an hour to complete the project. One project always leads to another and Since the doors wouldn’t open on their own I was forced to add the knobs that have been lying in the cabinet corner.

Next step was adding some chisel racks. I like the idea of having tools easily accessible so after a few measurements, screw drivers and chisels are neatly stored.

It’s really nice to have doors that remain shut and planes held carefully in place, perhaps I should finish projects more often!

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Firewood to Lumber

February 27, 2021 1 comment

A coworker shared some firewood with me a couple months back; while unloading it I noted that several of the pieces were very heavy. The wood appeared to be oak, but I wasn’t sure and after setting up my bandsaw the opportunity to take a peak arrived.

My first step was to build a sled that along with a couple of wedges would hold it upright and allow me to create one flat edge. As you can see the sled is nothing fancy, a few pieces of plywood screwed and glued together.

Setting up for the first cut I noticed that the piece had several cracks running vertically. I guessed that this may be indicating that it happened to be qtr sawn so that is how I placed it onto the sled for the first cut. As the bandsaw sliced away the rough surfaces, underneath was a beautiful piece of oak with some very nice medullary rays.

Cutting the wood into 3/4” thick pieces I was left with a several nice boards that will make a beautiful box. I think I may give it to my firewood suppler. You never know what is hidden away under the bark and rough exterior.

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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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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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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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