Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Good Bad And The Ugly


    Well lets start with the bad and ugly. It was a sad day here in Northeast Ohio as there was a shooting in a local area high school 3 young people lost their lives and 2 are injured. This is a very sad note for our school system and country as a whole. I find it very sad that we as a whole have come to this where the only way to settle thing is by killing an other person. My heart and prays go to the families of the victems and hope they will find peace someday soon. As for the shooter well it is sad in it's own right that a young man thought this was the only way to solve his problems. Enough said on this sad note and I will let you know if anything new comes of it.

    Now onto the good. The weather and my health have truned to the better I am feeling good thing are getting bad to normal and the sun is (was) shining. I was able to finally do somethings outside that was needed. One i got to take my faithful shop dog (aka Bullet) for a much needed walk around the block we both enjoyed the sun and fresh air.

    I also got to finally work on one of the saw i bought and talked about in a perveous post also got a chance to dig out a coulpe of other saws that were in the garge over the winter to check and see how bad they are. After some serous sanding with wet dry paper and some penatrating lube (PB Blaster) I managed to removed most of the rust and bluing on the no name saw plate. I did find a number stamp on the heal it is a 7tpi saw I have no other info and there was no etching to be seen. I took some pictures of the finished cleaning and of my other saws. They all will need lots more work to bring them to a useable status.

I also took a few picture of some of the wood I have gotten for the piano place. the large slab is the key bench.


 








So till next time keep safe and keep making shavings.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Spring Is In The Air

       Well the weather is getting nicer more often and as we speak it is 40 Deg, here and the sun is shining. Like I posted earlier I said I was going to start on my saws to clean them up, But, my health has let me down this weekend. I have come down with bronchitis and a sinus infection. I actually got the sinus infection first and it traveled down to my chest and so on. Due to the treatments for cancer I am more likely to have these things pop up on me because of the reduced immune system. They said it mite get better with time but it is what it is and I will deal with it. So for now it is doctoring myself up and getting over this so when the really nice weather hits I will be ready. So for now everyone stay safe and healthy and if it is still cold where you live warm too.

       On a side note my lovely wife has had a few interviews this month and we hope one will pan out. She has also started looking into doing some jewerly making and hopes to maybe sell it online for now.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Trash or Treasure

Well I bought a couple of saws off E-Bay a week or so ago and I have them in my hands. I have already taken the totes off so that I can clean the plates of any rust and grime with out damaging them. 




 

One is a D-23 (post WWII) but is in very nice shape just some light surface rust nothing big, a good sharpening should put this baby back to work.





 



The other one, well hard to say the plate is not original to the tote and may be of new stock that someone tryed to make look old. There is no etching or stamping for PPI on the plate and the holes have been re drilled to fit the tote. Sooo I will clean off all the rust and bluing that has been put on it and see what I spent my money on. If nothing else it will make a good practice saw for tuning and sharpening. also may have a go at engraving. as for the tote, well I think it will be used only as a template for a new one, and then placed on a shelf as it is in bad shape and I do not want to damage it anymore then it has been.

I will post pictures as I get them done and maybe even a few of work in progress(etching etc..). Only time will tell. As the weather is not helping for they are calling for snow and cold for the next few days, but, next week will be a heat wave (if you call mid 40's a heat wave) and i will try to get something done as all of the dirty work will have to be done outside. 

So what do you think trash or treasure, your pick. I for one think both and neither. For trash can be turned into treasure if one so desires. And I am trying to go green so recycle and reuse this goes for tools also.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Every Journey Begins With the First Step

So The ground hog said 6 more weeks that's ok with me. Not that I like the snow and cold (not that we have had much here in the buckeye state) but, because I am still trying to get tools together and setup. I have some older planes that need to be gone over to see if they will still cut the mustard also bought a couple of saws off  E-bay that need to be sharpened etc.. But, the biggest reason is find someplace to set up a shop. You see at the moment my lovely wife and I are living with my brother due to health and economic reasons, and with the way things are going with jobs in Northeast Ohio the wife is having a hard time finding work so that we may move into our own place.

That being said it does not mean that I will be doing nothing. I have a friend that has offered me the use of his shop space but he is a machine man and I wish to be a hand tool person. So the real challenge is going to be how do I move my tools and supplies back and forth between to places. I could leave them there with no fear of them being stole but as you all know If you leave it over there you will need it here. And that in lies the problem it is not like he is next door in fact it takes about 25 minutes to drive to his place which again slows me down due to the money issue.

But all is not lost I am working on a small break down bench that I can set up outside on nice days to do material prep. and tool sharpening etc.. I do own a table saw and may do something with it but not sure yet.

So any advice or suggestion would go a long way here. Ho and here are a few pictures of the spoons I carved and the knives I made to do it.