Thursday, August 28, 2014
The 1000 grit King Deluxe stone wasn't in as bad a shape as the 6000. The stone was really loaded with steel and had pits in it. I had to take just as much material off of this one. 10 minutes work on the flattening stone and I had it done. Next on to sharpening a kitchen knife.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
This weekend I stumbled onto a couple of water stones. So I decided to try using them.
The stones had been used incorrectly so before I could sharpen anything with them I had to dress them flat. So I setup my trusty sandstone brick and started. It didn't take long and the results are very good.
Take ten minutes and see what a severely damaged stone can become.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Another step on the road to making a workbench. Also a few tools that I wouldn't have bought at full price but they were at a garage sale. I helped someone get ready to move and picked up some cool stuff.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Beam drills are an interesting study in old tools. Long before electric motors were used to do most of the work in carpentry men used their muscles for power. Leverage and gearing were the advantage that beam drills had over the old fashioned T handle barn drills.
By allowing the operator to use both hands to crank in continuous motion, providing a guide for the drill bit, and some high end models had two speeds.
This drill is complete but it needs some of the parts replaced. Best bet is it laid on a wet floor because the power head isn't rusted but the end of the curved brace and the top bar on the rack is dry rotted.
The wood is going to be replaced with new oak. All the screws will be replaced. The set screw in the chuck is frozen and will have to be replaced. With those and 2 new knobs the drill will be in top shape again.
Friday, August 15, 2014
In a lifetime of projects, ideas develop spontaneously. Usually they are in response to a problem that crops up. This one was because I spent way too much time sanding with a pad sander. Grit changes from 80 through 220. Each one requiring fiddling with the paper and trying to fit it in the clamps. Then I read somewhere about improving the life of the paper by bending it and breaking the grit loose from the resin. This idea sprung forth.
Monday, August 11, 2014
After finally getting the welder setup in the garage I pulled the tractor and blade in so I could weld up the damage from last winters heavy snowfall. Like most projects a simple weld turned into a much larger project. After about 6 hours I was done.
This is a video of highlights from the grinding and preparation prior to welding.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
6 years of schooling, a minimum of a masters degree, and this guy can only resort to threats of violence. Do you want your child taught by this guy?