It dawned on me that we are about to run out of warm weather so I'd better make enough progress on this dormant project that I can finish it indoors. I had taken it all apart and there it sat...in the way everywhere. Now it is on its way back to functionality. It's a Bridgewood BWS15 wide belt sander. I've replaced a few bearings, stripped and painted everything, and most important, secured it to a pallet to prevent tipping. Part of the reason for this rebuild is that when I brought it to the shop, it toppled off the fork lift and landed on its top! Bent some sheet metal, but didn't really break anything serious. It was already in bad shape because it had been neglected and abused in another life. But it will be like a brand new machine in a few days when I finish it. I hope I can get all the electrics and pneumatics hooked up right the first time.
I have added several new items to my portfolio pages. There are several display case additions and a game box on the Boxes and Chests page.. There are several new items in the Miscellaneous page.
Getting busy making stock for the Olney Arts and Crafts show September 26, 9 am- 4 pm at the Olney City Park. Hope to see you there!
Surprisingly often a need arises for custom round stock, sometimes in the form of a dowel 3/4" diameter or less. For years I've tried to make a handy device to form dowels so they are smooth, truly round, and accurately sized. That end turned out to be as elusive as the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But now I have a solution in hand that fills that void and has collector value.
So here is a short video of a Stanley 77 dowel maker in action. Thanks to a pointer from Walden, I was able to obtain this pristine “recent” model. I misspoke in the video about it having 11 sizes. Only nine are stock and I’ve been thinking about making two custom heads, so I had the wrong number in my head.
Popcorn and a beverage are good, and there might be a test, so pay attention!
Here is a group of hand saws to be restored. Couple of Disstons, a Warranted Superior, and a stainless steel tapered Craftsman, a back saw, and some junk. Have to repair the two Disston handles, and make a couple new ones. I traced the wheat carving into a digital image and the file can be downloaded below. It should print out the correct size for a "thumby" handle (a Disston handle with a thumb hole). I will be carving the wheat pattern into the two thumbhole handles shown with repairs, and the new ones. I just think the wheat carvings are classy. The handle I used for wheat pattern master is extra and has a repaired upper horn. All will be stripped, bleached and finished with some stain and Antique Oil until they glow. The repaired handles are going back on their original blades. The blades are in various stages of need for resharpening, which I will do with great care. I really dislike dull tools.
I knew when I started buying these chisels that eventually I would have make a till for them. They are vintage Stanley 700 series with my new London Pattern handles made from beetle kill ash from my property. This is a second set of chisels sharpened at 25° while the other set, Stanley 60s remains sharpened at 30°.
So the home is started. Then I got inspired...
It will be a few days before I finish the lid so I can add to this post. It will be a loose lid with a large Celtic knot in the center and basket weave along the sides. Below you see two pieces, front and back. The lid is 1/4" thick so the edge of the lid will be the top border while the border you see here will be the bottom border. Stay tuned.
Got this rotary indexing fixture at a very good price and there is nothing wrong with it. It came with several indexing plates too, so there is almost no limit to the number of divisions that can be made. This picture show a vertical setup and the thing that attracted me to it in the first place is that the head will tilt to horizontal and lock at any point in between. This opens up a LOT of decorative options on plates, bowls, spindles, cups, bracelets, and whatnot. It will function nicely as a tail stock for my wood lathe too! I will use it to upgrade my mufti-sided taper and blank cutter indexing jig which I did crudely and it shows. It weighs just over 100 lbs so I won't be moving it around a whole lot. When the chuck isn't used here, there's a 5C collet setup in the hollow spindle. Nice. Real nice!
The two tilt out tills will hold saws and brace drills and a few hand tools. Pictures of them as they get completed and put in. A downloadable SketchUp file is a couple posts below.
This is one of many test fits required to get this sawbench joinery to fit properly. It's funny how rusty one gets from not doing it for awhile. But progress is being made. This is osage orange and it is really challenging to work with. All type of grain seem to be present and even when it looks straight, it isn't in another direction, so hand planing requires special equipment. What I have that works is a plain old paint scraper very well sharpened for this purpose.
Woke up one morning with this stuck in my head, so I edited my drawings a bit and printed out a new part. I'm sharing the Sketchup 15 file here for you to down load it for yourself. There are several layers and some are not visible, so check the controls. I've set up views or scenes to quickly get to a printable part view and if dimension layer is on, it will be dimensioned for you. Any questions, contact me.
Note that the handle will be locked in central position when stacked, no matter its orientation.
Yesterday I started finding suitable boards and began the rough milling for the four feet and eight legs. The first picture shows my "jointer" process which I find much faster and more accurate in this application than a long bed jointer. The second picture shows the astonishing beauty and quality of osage orange (hedge) in old growth trunks. Picture three is the setup I used to punch the 4 1/2" deep through mortises. The machine is my home built router mill. I flipped the piece over and came in from the bottom edge and was pleasantly surprised how little lip (almost undetectable to 1/64") in the intersection, thanks to the accuracy off the mill. I was glad to have the big mortise chisels to work the cleanup. And finally, that moment when matching mortises receive their tenons like hydraulic pistons and the surfaces are microscopically close to flush with each other!
Dan is an experienced woodworker who is anxious to make an heirloom of the future for you.