Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Restore A Hand Plane

The Defiance Planes were made by Stanley for the DIY Market back in the early 50's. Good inexpensive planes. In their day they were very popular. Now they are a real bargain. Better than the Handyman planes or the HF plane shaped objects. Fully restored Defiance planes can be found for under $40.00. Cleaned, sharpened and ready to go.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rebuild a block & tackle

The original setup had two separate pulleys. It needed an upgrade so I rebuilt and added a double block. Now the block and tackle works like it should.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Cushman Chuck Disassemble

I work with antique equipment and a few newer tools. Most of my work is repairing and upgrading houses, buildings, and vehicles that I use day to day. For fun I rebuild old tools with old tools. This is one of those projects.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

Stone carving

Stone carving a memorial for my sister Peggy's dog. From several years ago.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Still working on a need for this process. It's cool but what can I do with it?

Friday, April 28, 2017

Singer Model 66 Sewing Machine

Mom taught us how to sew on a button, patch our pants, and make some simple things.

Her sewing machine was really nice so we never tried it on multiple layers of heavy cloth. The Singer 66 will sew 4 layers of denim, leather, and a multitude of other materials.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Antique Store Finds ~ Irwin Auger Bit Box ~ by Old Sneelock's Workshop

Persistence and a good memory. Never be afraid to ask. You must have been told no at least once in your life. The second one is easier. :-)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Antique Shop Finds

Hunting through stacks of rusty treasures can be addictive. I could quit anytime I want but I don't want to.

Cushman Chuck Disassemble & Clean

When I purchased my South Bend 9C Workshop Lathe 10 years or
so ago it came with a variety of tooling, including a 3 jaw self centering

Unfortunately the chuck only had the external jaws. Chuck
jaws are fitted to a specific chuck during manufacture. Finding a set to fit my
chuck turned out to be difficult if not impossible.

I was able to purchase a Cushman 5” diameter 3 jaw chuck on Ebay. Little did I
know that it was workable but not right.

Sharpening A Disston #28 Tool Box Saw

Sharpening A Disston #28 Tool Box Saw 4/15/17                                    

I didn’t know that when I went to the Dowling Community Sale I would find a gem amidst the junk. The Disston #28 Tool Box Saw is a fully fledged saw designed to meet a specific need. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017


When Lydia posted her idea for a garden planter on her page I started looking for an old wheel borrow to use. No luck.
So I'm making one.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Saw Sharpening tools and their use.

As I progress through the learning curve of saw sharpening I have been recording the process. This is what I have learned.

Workshop Organization

Finding tools after a long hunt is kind of fun at a flea market or antique shop. In your own workshop? Not so much.
Having the tools where you can reach them is the first step. Tool boxes, shelves, and drawers are useful but wall racks are the way to go.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Adjusting Hand Grinder Spindle Lash - a video tutorial by Old Sneelock's...

This little bench grinder has the spindle at right angles to the crank. The result is the wheel is easier to reach.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cruising The Annual Dowling Community Sale ~ July 29th & 30th 2016 ~ wit...

The comments section on this video was the first mention of the prototype Chicken Cam.
I'm going to need a bigger budget and a smaller camera.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Workshop Organization ~ Bench Top Chisel & Punch Rack ~ by Old Sneelock'...

A video from the Old Sneelock’s Workshop Archives. As you can see the video is from when the star of the show had a bit more color in his hair and a bit more hair. This video surfaced as a result of the computer crash. I was forced to go back through all kinds of files trying to recover what had gotten wiped out.
In a dusty file on the backup drive this video surfaced.
It’s not a great rack but it has been very serviceable in the year since the video was taken. By putting a wider base on the rack I was able to have them on the bench without tipping over and dropping tools everywhere

Up Armor For The Harbor Freight Tractor Garage ~ by Old Sneelock's Workshop

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Workshop Organization ~ Pt 8 ~ Plumb Hatchet Hanger

This little hand axe is very nice for rough work in the shop. The only problem I had with it was having it handy without being dangerous.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Workshop Organization ~ Pt 7 ~ Carpenter Hatchet Hanger ~ by Old Sneeloc...

Having a secure spot to store this tool means it will be less likely to be damaged or damage me. It also puts it in easy reach so I can use it easily. It will be much more effective now.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Riveting Experience - Install a homemade rivet - a video tutorial from...

A Riveting Experience - Install a homemade rivet - a video tutorial from...

A video tutorial showing how to make and use rivets by Old
Sneelock's Workshop.
Have you ever been in a situation where you thought
you couldn't finish a project without the perfect tool, fastener, wood, spring,
or other widget that was in the plans you purchased on line? Step out of the
box into a world of your own making. Simple ideas are the basis of every
complex project, and they can be riveting.

Workshop Organization ~ Pt 5 ~ OS Inc. Goes Hi Tech ~ by Old Sneelock's ...

It’s hard to buy presents for someone who wants junk. What junk should you get? Has he got one already. (Not really a problem.) Where can you find the right kind of junk?
Better to buy a new item and be sure it’s nothing he has already. Laser level. That’s the ticket.

Workshop Organization ~ Pt 4 ~ Thinking Things Through ~ by Old Sneelock...

#Clutter, #storage #organization #workshop #studio #organize
#video #stuff #youtube #old tools #restore #repair #antique

Workshop Organization ~ Pt 3 ~ Change In Plans ~ by Old Sneelock's Workshop

Despite spending a great deal of time designing and building all manner of things there are times that you just don’t like the result after you have it finished. Nothing to do but start over.

Workshop Organization ~ Pt 2 ~ Finishing & Mounting ~ by Old Sneelock's ...

$10.00 worth of paint adds $200.00 to the price of the tractor. That’s a saying from my days in Union City. I restored several tons of old iron and one of the nicest things to do with them was to paint them. All the scratches, rust, dings, and funny welds disappeared under a nice shiny coat of paint. This project doesn’t have rust involved but the effect is the same. Everything appears finished when it’s nicely colored the same.

Shop Organization ~ Building Tool Racks ~ by Old Sneelock's Workshop

Moving ahead with the tool wall project. Since I have
repaired and cleaned the push drills they can take a more active roll in the
day to day projects here at Old Sneelock’s Workshop. To improve their
usefulness I have decided to put them on racks behind the workbench. Right out
where I can easily reach them and they will be there to remind me.

Organizing The Workshop ~ Rules For Rules ~ by Old Sneelock's Workshop

Using what you have to make what you need.
Now that you’ve had a chance to visit and look around the place why not comment on what you see. Pointing fingers or pats on the back, all are welcome. Some of the best ideas come from you, the viewers.

Workshop Organization ~ Pt 2 ~ Installing the wall panel ~ By Old Sneel...

Making videos and sharing them with my friends is a fun
pastime. Spending hours trying to get the videos made and edited isn't. To
shorten the time spent doing the work instead of the fun the shop is being
reorganized and restructured.

Workshop Organization ~ Pt 1 ~ Building A New Studio ~ By Old Sneelock'...

Making videos and sharing them with my friends is a fun pastime. Spending hours trying to get the videos made and edited isn't. To shorten the time spent doing the work instead of the fun the shop is being reorganized and restructured.