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The canon camera I have sucks in that I can't just replace the faulty lens. I not only have to replace the entire lens assembly but also the CMOS circuitry that makes the pics. The last time this happened it cost me $225. It is not something I want to shell out $$$ for again. Besides that, the last time I had it done the camera guy said parts were getting hard to find for it. I found the camera I started taking pics with when I started this blog 10 years ago. I'll use that until I figure out what to do next in the pic snapping department.
|so far it's working|
|working on the stone holder|
|bandsawed the wedge and squared it up|
|waste removal next|
|waste removed, router will get me to a consistent depth|
|wee bit too deep with the saw on this wall|
|side rabbets 4, me %%$#^^@@=&*( zero|
|same luck on the left side|
|disaster I forgot|
|the wedge is cocked|
|should have done it this way?|
|road test up coming|
|it is working on both|
|the wedge is cocking|
I don't know what I'm going to do with this holder. I could glue the wedge in place and start over but I'll revisit this tomorrow.
What is the oldest US Greek letter college society?
answer - Phi Beta Kappa established at the college of William and Mary in 1776
|I'm so happy with this I could wet myself|
|last rub down with 4-0 steel wool|
|got my two inch hake brush|
|the proposed home of said cabinet|
|1/2 x 6 x24 poplar|
|first piece of scrap white oak|
|found a bigger piece|
|squared a reference edge with my new 5 1/2|
|I'll use the off cut to make the wedges|
|this end will get a dado for the two wedges|
|sawed the two walls for the bottom dado|
|did pretty good this time|
|wee bit tight|
|using the 4 1/2 to thin it|
|fits snugly here but too tight on the near side|
|snug fit side to side|
|it is not rocking|
|the offending end|
|glued and cooking|
What does the word "amen" mean?
answer - so be it or let it be
|time to see if anything stuck together|
|same thing on this side|
|passed the tap test|
|trying it again|
For the rest of the week the frame and bookshelf will be sharing the #1 spot on the Workshop hit parade. I will slip in making a new stone holder sometime this week too. I've been thinking of something new with that.
|step one with the bookshelf|
|small card scraper on the long grain edges|
|gave the 4-0 a good workout|
|this looks good|
|I love the look of the back slats|
|my hake brushes|
|solid wood is my first choice|
What do J.C. Penny's initials stand for?
answer - James Cash
|took it apart to try and salvage it|
|part of a chinese oak stair tread|
|X marks the high corners|
|the other side isn't twisted|
|miter box saw|
|wasn't 100% successful with that|
|the spine bottom will ride on top of these|
|the arm's pivot circle|
|the table pivot point|
|the legs don't lie flat|
|they don't lay flat on all four points|
|made a Wally World run|
|the bottom of the spine|
|the one thing I checked off the A+ list|
I'm going to put a piece of metal in this pie shaped indentation to strengthen it. I don't want to rely solely on the epoxy holding this together.
|first step is to make a rubbing of the metal piece|
|step 2 - glue it to the donor|
|step 3 - file the outline|
|step 4 - the filing will guide the cutoff wheel|
|wee bit too fat|
|a little filing and checking batted next|
|pretty good fit|
|ready to epoxy in place|
|backside of the coarsest diamond stone|
|cooking until tomorrow|
|used it on this end|
|the real stuff|
|tried it on the long grain edge|
|against steel wool on the other long edge edge|
|results weren't any better on the poplar|
|the winner is the real stuff|
|four coats of 1 lb cut on the certificate frame|
|4 coats on the end tops too|
How many people have won the Grand Slam in golf?
answer - Bobby Jones did it 1930 (before the Masters) Tiger Woods held all four titles in a row but not in the same calendar year
I didn't sleep very well last night. The peepers failed open at 0130 and I after an hour of trying to fall back to sleep, I got up. I wasn't going to work OT today but it was way too early to be in the shop so I went to work. I planned on only doing 3 hours but I did 6. We were taught a new way to scan certain documents into the system and today was my first time doing them solo. I got into a rhythm with it and when I came up for air I had already put in over 5 hours. I stayed to round it out to 6 and left then.
|had to sweep the deck|
What brought out the cleaning bug was me looking for something buried somewhere in the shop. As I was looking for that, I realized that I have way too many irons in the fire. I stopped counting after 7 and I could have probably gotten into double digits on just my immediate to do list. Granted some are quickies like setting the shavings on the 5 1/2, but picking the first one to do was giving me a headache.
Priority #1 I decided was me taking a day of rest. Getting up 4 hours before oh dark thirty was catching up to me and it wasn't even lunchtime yet. First batter was doing a leisurely sweep down of the shop which took until the early afternoon.
|WTF is it?|
|this didn't help|
|last thing I did and found|
|largest Ashley Iles chisels|
|ditto with the Buck Bros|
|31 year old delta 14" bandsaw insert|
|failed the bounce test with Mr Concrete floor a long time ago|
|had to make something today|
|the former one was here|
|ugly finger divot hole|
|just enough to get my finger underneath it|
|Grace saw nut screwdriver|
|easier to clean sans the handle|
Along with doing the saw I will have to get some grease for the pivot on the miter box. It doesn't look like it had much grease in it as there is some scoring on both seats.
How much does the skeleton of an average 160 pound human weigh?
answer - about 30 pounds
|packing from the miter saw|
|this was job #1 tonight|
On my lunch break I searched the WWW for a 2358 instruction manual and came up dry there but I came across a blog post I did in 2011 on doing the same thing for my 358 miter box. It's been 6 years since I got the 358 and got nowhere trying to breathe some life back into it. Bob, the Valley Woodworker, gave me a link to one on his famous tool blogs and the 2358 instruction manual is there.
Bob from Logan's cabinet shoppe made a new handle for the saw and sharpened it also. I only used it about 3-5 times and gave up on it. The 358 I have is worn out, missing a lot of parts, and it was too difficult trying to saw anything with it. The guy I got it from said it belonged to his father who was a carpenter who did rough and finish work.
|a few rust blooms to sand away|
|the posts fit on the saw|
|saw guide buttons|
|2 degrees warmer in the shop today|
|I'm satisfied with the color|
|re did the flat on this side|
|why I fettle the chipbreaker this way|
|I was thinking of a plane till at lunch today|
|it's going to be a big cabinet|
|#2 lever cap|
|it's a Disston saw|
|almost cleaned up|
Who holds the record for the longest senatorial filibuster?
answer - Senator Strom Thurmond does, doing it for 24 hours, 18 minutes in 1957
|wednesdays' night work|
|knurling is still dirty|
|plane parts ready to depart the citrus bath|
|everything goes in the strainer|
|back to the adjuster|
|15 sweaty minutes later|
|maybe the last ebonizing application|
|it's like a box of chocolates to quote Forrest Gump|
|it has a slight hollow|
|5 minutes later it is flat enough to start on the bevel|
|bevel rough shaped|
|I concentrate on the very edge|
|consistent scratch pattern from the R to L and no hollows|
|coarse diamond stone next|
|stoned a flat on this side|
|leading edge is shiny without any stropping|
|oiled up the plane parts - no more playing with the #2 tonight|
|it's not a breadbox|
|Stanley 2358 broken down for shipping|
|these parts are seldom seen on miter boxes for sale|
|I put this in place like this for now|
|I need to look these up|
|looks like an ordinary light switch cover|
|LED lights at the bottom|
|gets the power off the two silver terminals|
This is it. I could have done more but I dislike sweating and working in this weather. I'll just have to slow down and take it easy until this weather goes south.
What is the significance of latitude 39° 43' in American history?
answer - it's the Mason-Dixon line
|from Bill Rittner|
|rear end done|
|the before and after|
|Bob said to use the Autosol on this|
|first of 3 things I like about type 11's and down|
|#2 is the plain lever cap|
|shiny brass is better than dull steel|
|this is a sweet looking plane|
|it is also the home for the #3 and 10 1/2|
|the 5 1/2 can't go here|
|might fit here|
|it's been working|
|fingers crossed on opening up my #2|
|my first look see|
|iron and chipbreaker|
|rear end of the bus|
|screws aren't stripped|
|there's rust under there|
|mixed up a fresh citrus bath|
|brushed off as much rust as I could before the citrus bath|
|sole looks good|
|cleaning the brass adjuster and barrel nuts|
|brass soaking in Bar Keeps while I have dinner|
|had to wire brush to see it|
|few rust spots on the heel|
|R/L cheek walls are rusty and have paint loss|
What do the letters represent in the stock market acronym NASDAQ?
answer - National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations
|it's faded a bit|
|the outside rabbet|
|the inside rabbet|
|tannic acid applied|
|shucks, it is 2 1/4" wide (5 1/2 iron)|
|I did this|
|the 4 1/2 iron doesn't fit the 5 1/2|
|4 1/2 lever cap in the 5 1/2|
|the 5 1/2 lever cap in the 4 1/2|
|my japanese 4 1/2 iron|
|I'm screwed on having an extra 5 1/2 iron|
Nothing came in today and nothing was up on the tracking sites for anything neither. It is looking like I'll be getting my toys on friday or saturday. Maybe, I'll know better when the tracking numbers get up on the USPS site.
How thick is gold leaf for gliding and lettering?
answer - about 1/200,000 of an inch thick.
Got a surprise from Bill Rittner. He said he wasn't accepting new orders until june 10th but I placed one anyways telling him I would pay for it now and he could ship in june. He emailed saying that my order was in the mail today. I bought two barrel nuts and two brass toe screws from him. Getting that email was a nice surprise.
|back of the frame after round one|
|I may have dodged the bullet here|
|forgot one step|
|sanded, brushed off, and ready for the next round of ebonizing|
|I have my happy face on|
|my 1905-1911 5 1/2 lever cap|
|it is rust free|
|the back of the lever cap|
|which one do you like?|
|sanding the lever cap|
|the dynamic duo|
4 1/2 on the left and the 5 1/2 on the right
What is a pangram?
answer - a sentence or verse that contains every letter of the alphabet
In keeping with mother's day, besides lunch, I was a good boy and got the plate rail shelf installed. No major hiccups to deal with and the only PITA was hauling my fat ass up and down the stairs to get tools. I also managed to squeeze in almost finishing my 5 1/2 and doing step one of the ebonizing on the frame. Some of the non plate rail stuff was done before oh dark thirty and the rest when making trips to the shop to get tools for the plate rail installation.
|frame sanded and ready to ebonize|
|back of the frame|
|new tannic acid|
|sanded up to 320|
|adjuster is done|
|600 grit shine|
|tannic acid applied (pic with flash)|
|this pic didn't flash|
|the japanning on the 5 1/2|
|the back of the frog|
|cleaned and wire brushed|
|my frog sanding board|
|glue a 1/2 sheet of sandpaper to the board|
|cut out the middle part|
|scraping the face|
|I've got a hump|
|sped things up|
|stopped the frog work and applied the iron|
|not sure if this is hide glue or not|
|there was hide glue at this corner|
|3rd paper change|
|part one of the plate rail|
|trying to find a stud|
|made a 16" stud finding gauge stick|
|what I have to remove|
|knifed my lines|
|chiseled the face first|
|split off the waste|
|back to the frog|
|5 1/2 and 5 side by side|
|rear end view|
|nice fluffy shavings|
|thinking of moving these 3 to make room for the 5 1/2|
|plane till location|
|my molding workbench|
|one piece here|
What are pilchards?
answer - young sardines
|not shiny yet|
|surprised by this|
|grinding a new angle|
|been soaking for about 20 minutes|
|still not shiny|
|finally got a little bit of a shine|
|my plane parts|
|new Bar Keeps|
|working on the sole|
|switched to working on the frame|
First I don't make the frame weaker by making a rabbet in it nor do I thin the interior profile down. Adding these strips to make the rabbet crosses the miter serves to strengthen it on the back. The last point I like about this is that the frame stands off the wall and it doesn't lay up flat on it. I used butt joints on this so that they would cross the miters rather then line up with them. I glued these in place with hide glue only, no fasteners were used.
|back to mindless back and forth sanding|
|why I changed belts|
|the unseen part is as good as the front|
Who was the first professional athlete to have his number retired?
answer - Lou Gehrig's #4 on July 7, 1939
I suffered a bit a relapse today where I went a bit nutso buying things. I saw a beautifully restored Stanley 358 miter box for $179 (with all the parts). That price includes shipping but it doesn't come with a saw. I have a Diston saw from my paperweight 358 that I can use there. If it doesn't fit, Lie Neilsen makes replacements.
The miter box was followed by my acquisition of a Stanley #2 type 11. This one looked pretty good in the pics and I have my fingers crossed on it. Before I ponied up my $$, I inquired about the return policy. If I'm not satisfied with it, they will accept it back. I'll get this probably tuesday or wednesday.
I found a lever cap for my 5 1/2 on eBay. Although I loathe buying anything off eBay, I have had good luck buying plane parts there (knocking on wood). I haven't found any of the tool mongers I frequent selling plane parts other than an occasional plane iron and never screws, chipbreakers, etc.
The last parts I bought were two brass barrel nuts and two brass toe screws for the tote. These four parts are replacement modern ones. I won't be getting these until after June 10th. The seller is jammed up with orders and isn't accepting any new ones until then.
I'm calling my collection of Stanley planes done. I have the 10 1/2 so I don't need to get the #10. I have zero interest in the #1 but all of this is subject to change. For now, once I get the 5 1/2 rehabbed and then the #2, there will be much joy and dancing in the streets of Mudville.
Another short night in the shop and I was prepared to put in OT there tonight. Ran smack dab into an accident on the way home. It was avoidable too as I came around the bend there it was. No chance to back up and go home on 95. And I was third in line to find it. Both drivers refused to move their cars until the cops got there so I got to do a Rorschach test on the cloud formations in the sky for over 30 minutes.
|the after pics|
|parts are done bathing|
|sanded the top of one of the barre nuts|
|these parts I'm keeping|
|these parts I'm replacing|
|first time I've seen this|
|quick check on the iron|
I got a replacement screw for the chipbreaker. I got the lever cap for the 5 1/2 from the same seller of the chipbreaker screw. I had bought 4 of them from him and I only needed one. It is nice to have spares.
|still not shiny|
|improved this look|
|shiny brass adjuster on the going back #2|
Who was the first black presidential candidate nominated at a national political convention?
answer - Fredrick Douglas in 1888
I was going to leave them like this because this is a frame that will hang on the wall in my wife's office. After reading a couple of comments and getting a huge blown pic of a spline in an email from a friend, I changed my mind. Fixing that is what I did tonight. These set backs are inconsequential as there is no dead line for this to be completed.
|there is a 5 1/2 in there|
|set up overnight|
|sawed the bad splines off as close to frame as I could|
|the bad spline|
|this is toast|
|new spline stock|
|new splines cooking|
|tote and knob from new old 5 1/2|
|this isn't a type 11 lever cap|
|both sides are clean looking|
|lateral adjust is way too loose for my liking|
|the frog adjust tab|
|iron advance knob|
|bar keeps first|
I haven't used this plane yet and I already like it. I like the width of this much more than that of the #5. The only problem I see with this is I don't have a hole to put it in under my workbench. (That is where I keep my bench planes) This may force my had because I've been thinking about making a till to keep all my planes in one spot. Right now they are spread out around the shop in 4 different places.
How many US Presidents were Quakers?
answer - two Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon
|I had to re-glue 3 corners twice|
|one corner is slightly off the bench|
|it looks like it is flat to the workbench|
|passed the last test|
|two saw cuts|
|worked and didn't work|
|found a thin scrap of poplar|
I clamped the far end and planed the opposite one with the 4 1/2. I got a slip fit after a few trial checks.
|not snug and not loose|
|this surprised me a lot|
I had to use the hammer on the other 3 splines too. With the hide glue I expected it to act like a lubricant and have the spline slide down into position. I know hide glue grabs and pulls parts together but I didn't expect it to happen so quickly.
|I'll trim these tomorrow|
|bottom is done|
|not done yet|
Who was the first US President not born in Virginia or Massachusetts?
answer - Andrew Jackson
|new torture test|
|no it can not|
|setting up until tomorrow|
|made a pit stop at the post office|
Jim Bode emailed me twice today. Once to tell me that he another 5 1/2 coming in and he would send pictures of it. He also told me that the 5 1/2 that had 'damaged' stamped on it had sold. Four hours later he emailed me again saying he had found the 5 1/2 I ordered originally. It was found on another shelf and he shipped it out to me today. It is looking like I can scratch this one off the list and concentrate on getting a #2 and a #10.
Time to go cook some chicken breasts.
What is a rhykenologist?
answer - someone who collects wooden planes
I was a wee bit jittery when I came home tonight because I wasn't sure what to expect with the frame. Whenever I make a mitered frame I always shake the crap out of it. I do every single side and I shake it like I stuck a wet finger in 220 volt outlet. My last frame didn't survive the first leg. I was hoping I would do better this time.
|still flat on the bench|
I do this shaking test to ensure the frame is sound. If it can make it pass me shaking the crap out of it, it will make it to hanging on the wall.
|the open corner|
|the sole looks good which is confusing|
Patrick Leach answered my Email to him today and I was very much surprised by it. Instead of reading I had played with it and I owned it, and said he would take it back. Not only did he write and say he would take back the #2, he said I could also return the 10 1/2 that I had bought from him. I think he must have read my blog post on my woes with the #2 because I didn't mention the 10 1/2 in my email to him at all.
I wrote him back saying I would get the #2 back to him sometime this week but I was keeping the 10 1/2. I've been following his monthly for sale lists for years now and I don't believe that he knowingly put the 10 1/2 up for sale knowing it was repaired. He puts repaired tools up for sale all the time and always makes note it.
Him taking the #2 back and then offering to take back the 101/2 makes him a stand up guy in my eyes. A lot of people I know say that his prices are high but I don't think so. I think that they are in line with other tool mongers I visit. I saw a #2 (type 13), with high knobs for $195 and another #2 that looked like a rusty door stop for $300 (he said it was a pre-lateral #2). I picked this one from Pat for $215 because I have bought so many other good tools from him. Maybe I'll get lucky and he'll have another #2 on June's sale list. Even after this I wouldn't hesitate to buy from him again.
So the saga with the #2 ends here. No more trying to bring this back to user status. I also lost out on the 5 1/2. I got an email today from Jim Bode saying that he can't find the plane so he gave me a refund. He has another 5 1/2 but he says it has damaged stamped on it. I thought about getting it but I don't want to take a chance on it. So the hunt continues for a #2, #5 1/2, and a #10.
|still not done|
How much does the Oscar statuette weigh?
answer - 8 1/2 pounds
|right side shaving|
|center shaving is finally coming out full width|
|left side on test run #4|
|shaving on the right on test #4|
|basically one screw holding the frog in place|
|the iron is dead nuts square|
From the comments I got on this, the majority sentiment says to return it to Patrick. A couple did say that a helicoil would work on fixing the stripped screw hole. I email someone who does plane restorations but he said he doesn't repair frogs or stripped screws in the bed.
Finding a machine shop around here is going to be a problem. I tried to find one to make my dovetail marking gauge and I got no takers. I don't think I will have any luck with someone wanting to do a small thread repair job neither. I'll give it a try nonetheless.
I sent an email to Patrick about this but I haven't gotten a reply back from him. If he will accept my returning it fine. If not I will do my best to get it working.
|on a brighter note|
|he was right and it was sharp and ready to go|
|been looking for #49|
|box if up for grabs|
|I had to try it out|
|it works as advertised|
|took the long screw out|
|making my wife's certificate frame|
|rounding over the center square part|
|tried the beading plane next|
|the winner on the bottom|
|sharpening the irons first|
|I just did this one and only used it once|
|touched it up on these two stones|
|flattening the back again|
|dropped back down to the coarsest diamond stone|
|sharpened and hones up to 1200|
|small round strop for the curved parts|
|stropped the back|
|two long sides down|
|first screw up|
|lot of respect for the old masters|
|finally got it rough sawn|
|shooting board set for 45°|
|plane set for a light cut|
|beads are a bit off|
|planing the beads again|
|all the corners closed up|
|using hide glue|
What were the names of the 7 castaways on Gilligan's Island?
answer - Gilligan the First Mate, Jonas Grumby the Skipper, Roy Hinkley the Professor, Mary Ann Summers, Ginger Grant the movie star, and Thurston Howell III and his wife Lovey
|first hiccup and it's a doozy|
|found a longer screw|
|this is a temporary fix|
If any metal workers out there have a fix, give a shout and leave a comment. My thought is that it should be re-threaded for the next size screw up but I don't know how to do that.
|it feels secure|
|my best fix|
|I've already done 3|
|right side shaving|
I flipped the plane over and adjusted the iron parallel to the front of the mouth and I got the same results. The right side would always make a shaving and the left would/wouldn't. This is one series of speed bumps I have never encountered in all the planes I have rehabbed and set up for use.
|my last try|
|thin shaving on the right|
|a little from the middle|
|get thicker on the right and still nothing on the left|
|is the sole twisted?|
|what does the 80 grit runway say?|
|I'd say there isn't any twist|
|double triple checking myself again|
|it's a helicopter blade|
|it isn't rocking no matter where I try it|
The last tool I bought from Patrick Leach was a Stanley 10 1/2 and that had a broken cheek that had been repaired (not mentioned in the write up). Now I have this #2 that can only be used for a paperweight. And an expensive paper weight at that.
I quit the shop after this. I was so damn bummed out by this experience that I didn't belong in it. I know I would have made one mistake after another all day long if I worked on something else. I thought I would finish up watching Richard Maguire's sharpening videos but I fell asleep at my desk. The video played but I don't even remember the opening credits.
How many flowers are stamped on each side of an OREO cookie?
answer - 12 and each one has 4 petals
|I am little flush right now|
|not a toy - this is a fully functional teeny router plane|
|closed and open throat|
|why I got it|
|LV tool buy #2|
|cabinetmakers screwdrivers for screw sizes #4 to #10|
|small Grace screwdrivers|
|tapered bulb shape|
|U shaped tips|
|comes with a burnisher|
|bottom to top #4, #6, and a #8vscrew|
|#2 plane parts out of the citrus bath|
|found the S casting Pat mentioned|
|holding the screws while I wire brushed them|
|the black spots sanded off easily|
|flattening the back|
|back done up to 8K and I still have a burr|
|burr is gone|
|prepping the chipbreaker|
|even side to side|
|needs a bit of shine|
|tote and knob brass caps|
|had to stop here|
|the after pic|
|the brass cleaner|
|used this for years in the kitchen|
|the after pic|
|plane #1 (last thread)|
|leading edge looks like crap|
|checking the iron for twist|
|this tip is not sharpened and is misshaped|
|another problem area|
|marked the area where I can feel a burr|
|sharpened up to 1200 and stropped|
|ready to road test again|
|felt a difference|
|profile turned to liquid fecal matter|
This is as far as I can go with this test piece of wood. I also think that this plane isn't made for 3/4" stock neither. I got the sharp part of the iron figured out and the jamming has me stymied big time. I don't have more stock to sacrifice for testing for I'll put this aside for now. I'll pick this back up later and put a win in my column.
Tomorrow the plan is to finish rehabbing the #2, make a frame for my wife's newly awarded genealogy certificate, and do some work on the bookcase.
Which US President served as a hangman twice?
answer - Grover Cleveland while serving as a sheriff in Buffalo NY in the 1870's