I started fixing up this old #machinist #chest or #toolbox that I bought a week or so ago at the #antique store. Not really doing a #restoration. It’s missing the handle and the paint is in bad shape. More of a #rehab to make this what I want to use. I love antique store smell, but this is so overpowering… It is just awful. FYI- #felt in these was likely put on with #hot #hide #glue. Water and a good scraping takes care of it. Damn #stinkybox

I started fixing up this old #machinist #chest or #toolbox that I bought a week or so ago at the #antique store. Not really doing a #restoration. It’s missing the handle and the paint is in bad shape. More of a #rehab to make this what I want to use. I love antique store smell, but this is so overpowering… It is just awful. FYI- #felt in these was likely put on with #hot #hide #glue. Water and a good scraping takes care of it. Damn #stinkybox

So I spent a good part of my afternoon in what I would consider #handtool and #workshop heaven. That would be with Jim Leamy in his #shop… If you don’t know who this is, I have some good #handtoolthursday pics coming. Anyhew, I brought a recent #guitar and some other little things I’ve been working on. He liked the guitar, and asked “hey, do you use mahogany?”, pulled this board out and said “take this with you, nobody wants #planes made of #fiddleback #mahogany”.  Pretty sweet. He didn’t even know it was my birthday. Probably 2 1/2 sets in there too.  That was the topper of an inspiring afternoon. #jimleamy #tools #planes

So I spent a good part of my afternoon in what I would consider #handtool and #workshop heaven. That would be with Jim Leamy in his #shop… If you don’t know who this is, I have some good #handtoolthursday pics coming. Anyhew, I brought a recent #guitar and some other little things I’ve been working on. He liked the guitar, and asked “hey, do you use mahogany?”, pulled this board out and said “take this with you, nobody wants #planes made of #fiddleback #mahogany”. Pretty sweet. He didn’t even know it was my birthday. Probably 2 1/2 sets in there too. That was the topper of an inspiring afternoon. #jimleamy #tools #planes

Just cut and laid all of the 2” thick #marble #slabs for this walkway this morning… myself. Good thing it’s National #coffee day. I need much more. I can probably adjust the #level on a few of these. I may wait until my #hydraulic back transplant. Check one task off the #yardwork list. Happy coffee day!

Just cut and laid all of the 2” thick #marble #slabs for this walkway this morning… myself. Good thing it’s National #coffee day. I need much more. I can probably adjust the #level on a few of these. I may wait until my #hydraulic back transplant. Check one task off the #yardwork list. Happy coffee day!

I bought a future #archtop #guitar a couple days ago. If all goes according to plan this #figured #cherry will be the back and sides of my first archtop. I can probably get three to four out of this 8/4 board if I #resaw it well. I have a nice #spruce top. Need to figure out the rest of the #wood choices and then start working on forms and #fixtures. Should be interesting #carving one of these. #luthier #woodwork #woodworking

I bought a future #archtop #guitar a couple days ago. If all goes according to plan this #figured #cherry will be the back and sides of my first archtop. I can probably get three to four out of this 8/4 board if I #resaw it well. I have a nice #spruce top. Need to figure out the rest of the #wood choices and then start working on forms and #fixtures. Should be interesting #carving one of these. #luthier #woodwork #woodworking

I made my #workbench just under two years ago. It was my first major #woodworking project. Never really gave it a proper flattening because I didn’t really know what I was doing. Just #planed it flat in couple sessions. My arms are sore!  Just a bit of touch up then some #BLO. There are some minor low spots but I’ll get them next time. Ready for another couple years. #woodwork #handtools #workshop #plane

I made my #workbench just under two years ago. It was my first major #woodworking project. Never really gave it a proper flattening because I didn’t really know what I was doing. Just #planed it flat in couple sessions. My arms are sore! Just a bit of touch up then some #BLO. There are some minor low spots but I’ll get them next time. Ready for another couple years. #woodwork #handtools #workshop #plane

A late #handtoolthursday post. These are two #carving #knives I’m working on, using the #blades I made yesterday. Polished and #sharpened the blades, made some #cherry #handles and attached them. Just need a couple more coats of #BLO and a final sharpening. I’ve never done any carving, just going by how these #tools look based on pictures. The #hook knife seems like it will work. #woodwork #woodworking

A late #handtoolthursday post. These are two #carving #knives I’m working on, using the #blades I made yesterday. Polished and #sharpened the blades, made some #cherry #handles and attached them. Just need a couple more coats of #BLO and a final sharpening. I’ve never done any carving, just going by how these #tools look based on pictures. The #hook knife seems like it will work. #woodwork #woodworking

Made a few more #blades today. #O1 #toolsteel again. My coffee can #forge got hot enough to heat treat them. I don’t know if it’s the change in season, but I’m ready to settle in to something more detailed. Gonna finish up a few #tools and start something bigger.

Made a few more #blades today. #O1 #toolsteel again. My coffee can #forge got hot enough to heat treat them. I don’t know if it’s the change in season, but I’m ready to settle in to something more detailed. Gonna finish up a few #tools and start something bigger.

Take one great view. Then add #copper. Back here for a few days and the weather is perfect. #nyc #Brooklyn

Take one great view. Then add #copper. Back here for a few days and the weather is perfect. #nyc #Brooklyn

My favorite (and cutest) little #antique store find, though it’s a bit of a #tool mystery to me. Obviously an #anvil horn on the front. Maybe the sides were used as #swage blocks? The bottom has a track or upside down #t-slot that makes me think it was mounted and/or moveable. Any idea what this was originally used for?  Whatever it is, it’s 2$ well spent. #machinist #metalwork

My favorite (and cutest) little #antique store find, though it’s a bit of a #tool mystery to me. Obviously an #anvil horn on the front. Maybe the sides were used as #swage blocks? The bottom has a track or upside down #t-slot that makes me think it was mounted and/or moveable. Any idea what this was originally used for? Whatever it is, it’s 2$ well spent. #machinist #metalwork

A #medley of #miscellany from my #antique store visit today. I even ventured into the outbuilding that they don’t let most people into… Sharp stuff and crap all over, you know. One of these items may have come home with me.

A #medley of #miscellany from my #antique store visit today. I even ventured into the outbuilding that they don’t let most people into… Sharp stuff and crap all over, you know. One of these items may have come home with me.