Thursday, May 4, 2017

STANLEY No. 2 Plane Restored

This little gem came from an abused home, bought it for a $1.50 but had to invest in an ebay handle for $17 to make it complete
Never heard nor seen one my discerning eye knew there was something different and snagged it at an estate sale.
It had has lots of issues the worst being a cracked sidewall but it is still completely functional.
I think the beauty of the No2 is the front handle; many planes at this size are one handed tools and so don't have the control.

It has some of the craziest screw sizes; it uses several 12-20 screws

It rounds out the set of large vintage planes in my cabinet.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sherline Lathe 1/4 inch Carbide Insert bit Alternative

Those little triangle carbide inserts are OK although there are some "not worth buying" ones out there so be careful ordering the cheapest.


I was trying to get to a carbide bit for my wood turning project when I came across these diamond shaped inserts and went ahead and made a holder to use with the standard tool post


One is 3/8 square and the other is 1/4 x 1/2

good so far

I think the goal is to use more conventional bits that are easier to find locally

Saturday, January 7, 2017

FoodSaver Adheasive & Epoxi Storage

Yes I have become a storage freak

I found the FoodSaver vacuum pump and decided that its real value was in the shop not the kitchen!

Very simply, the bags are good for a few uses, sometimes only one

I have never determined the exact cause of the reuse failures but I suspect it is dirt in the seal?

The boxes are beautiful and completely reusable.

I feel that after opening these expensive materials it is worth the effort and piece of mind to vacuum seal them