Wednesday, June 20, 2018

You know I had to...

You know that box that was labelled "Rabot" (Plane in French)…

Well, its been nagging me for a while, I just had to take a break from my cleaning up the shop, landscaping, cutting the grass, working on a few small projects etc. etc... and finally I broke down and decided to open it today and see what I got misplaced for a while . We got back here in Jun 2011, so that box sat unopened until now, 7 years later...

This is what I found inside

13 wood planes, 1 folk sculpture, 2 large and 1 small C-Clamps, a dual beam marking gauge and what I was most excited to see the light of day again...

… Was my hand made from scratch model of my first plane love the mighty CP107 Argus
It was detailed and painted by my good friend Rene Laliberte when we used to be next door roommates in the Base barracks 219.

The poor girl has a broken back and droopy wings.
Wearing the markings at the time we worked on her, late 70s

I used to have a large collection of Canadian military aircrafts models, all detailed by Rene, but throughout my many moves since my singles days on base to now, most are reduced to piles of broken parts.

That one is special, one of a kind, and I will restored her to her former glory. will no doubts required new props...

The folk carving that I found is from a late local folk artist, it too suffered from a few moves, but should be easier to restore, everything seems to be present.

As for the newly rediscovered planes, they will need a third plane till for sure, the two current ones are bursting at the seams.  I will also be more selective in the ones I will keep (famous last word)

The ones from the box. I was looking for the sash plane on the right when I wrote about these planes earlier...Maybe I'll update some pics on that blog now that I found it.

Full, NO Vacancy neon sign flashing

extra storage … in need of a new home

So I guess I know what my next shop project is, a third plane till...

On the landscaping front, we are experimenting with a future picket fence location for Rudy. We are trying with mostly Cannas plants, because last year they grew to 6 ft, we have lots of them (more every year :-) and it should give us more privacy for now.

This antique cast iron string line is a real treat to use.

Line marked, excavated, starting to plant..

And done... almost, she added some more flowers up front

That should quickly gave us an idea of the effectiveness of a fence in this area.
I have been busy cutting trees around my property line in preparation for putting up a fence for Rudy.
Between frost warnings and fire bans it is taking me a while to clear my piles of brushes by burning  them

The scene a few days ago, got a pile of logs too big for my loopers

Cut them all by hand...

With these two tools...

Oh, that thing? Yeah, I cheated, but heh still cutting by hands :-)

On this site, a future shed. More trees to come down

But that would have to wait for the next burns, in between fire bans.

Meanwhile picked up this Stanley No 18 and a North Bros No 2H Yankee 
in yesterday Chocolate run (Tm)

Bob, who is quite busy lately.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Bailey No 3 and 4 spokeshaves

Believed it or not, this is also in response to a question asked by Matt about a  Funky Spokeshave he found.  His is a EC Stearns copy of Leonard Bailey patent, so this is where it all start...

Leonard, yes that would be THE Leonard Bailey of the famed Bailey/Stanley bench planes fame, was involved with a few small companies to manufactures and sell his designs before and after being involved with Stanley Rule & Level Co.

One of them being, the Bailey, Chany & Co.  Manufacturers, Leonard Bailey and Jacob Chany, Boston Massachusetts 1868-1869
Pocket catalog of the firm, shows a full range of Bailey planes from No 1 thru 8 , wood bottom transitionals, and spokeshaves, all of Leonard`s design

In May of 1869, Leonard Bailey entered into an agreement with the Stanley Rule & Level Co of New Britain Connecticut.  The agreement provided exclusive rights to manufacture iron and wood bottom planes, spokeshaves and scrapers under patents issued to Leonard.

Seven (7) patents were involved  from Aug 7 1855 until Dec 24 1867
One of these is the July 13 1858

DATAMP screen shot

At the time that Stanley started producing them, Bailey had two (2) similar models, the No 3 with Gull wing and the No 4 with straight handles.

All the Bailey line of Spokeshaves from the No 1 to the No 9 were renumbered No 51 to 59.
These two in questions, thus became the No 53 and 54 Stanley spokeshaves

My Stanley No 53

And its brother, the No 54

My No 54 with its sturdy brazed job. A long ago repair of a previous owner
Notice it is older. Number is not cast on back and the screw adjuster is different

That Model No 54 just happened to be one of my first real tool I found, back in the early 90s. Always love that shave, it is a sweet user. The No 53 is a much more recent acquisition.

It is pretty well unique and therefore was imitated and still under production today by the German maker Kunz.

Its peculiar feature is the way the mouth adjust in front of the cutting edge.

Set for a fine cut. Notice the wear mostly in the center. 
Mea Culpa, and overdue for sharpening

It not only close or open the mouth to let pass finer or coarser shavings, but how it adjust, also change the sole geometry, the angle of attack changes.

Mouth fully opened

Mouth fully closed (for that blade projection)
Notice the change of radius of the sole.
This one flatter, above rounder

If you are used to conventional shaves, it can be a bit disconcerting at first, because you have to change how you hold the tool.  Ironically, for me, being THE shave I learned with first, it came more naturally. So either way, it's no big deal, and it works sweet once you get used to its quirks.


A number of competitors to Stanley also manufactured similar spokeshaves with an adjustable yoke, by the 1870s and later as the original Bailey patent was then expired.

Among them were
Cincinnati Tool Company
Under the same No 4 at first then changed to No 382.
It is thought that they cease manufacturing spokeshaves in the 1920s

Cincinnati Tool Co No 4 
pic from EBay

EC Stearns No 7 and No 8

EC Stearns No 7

It is not known when they started making tools (Established in 1864 according to some catalog copies) but it is believed that they started making spoke shaves in 1870. The company will last until 1956 making mostly lawn mowers by then, gas and manual. Spokeshaves were still listed in a price list of 1941.

Of all the copies, only the Cincinnati and Stearns had filigree on the adjustable yoke and they are often confused. The name Stearns or Cincinnati never appeared on the yoke

From TC Lamond book

OHIO Tool co No 053
An almost identical copy of the Stanley
Started manufacturing spokeshaves around 1900s. Will cease operation in 1920

From TC Lamond book

Edward Preston England
 Body casting similar to Stanley  Type 7 1972-1873 and Type 8 1898-1902
Never seen such an animal from Preston don't know Number either??
YES, there is a Type study on this Bailey spokeshave,
to be found inside the book from Thomas C Lamond

Record England blue No 053
From 1932 until 1943. They never made a No 054

Lovatt & Sons England (TEMA brand)
1930-1950.  The only one that is physically different

From TC Lamond book

Kunz, Germany
Still being made today, with plastic adjuster nut

Pic from Kuntz site

And Matt shave??

Pic from Matt blog

So there you have it, Matt spokeshave is a EC Stearns No 8 spokeshave of the later model (see filigree pattern and knurling on adj screw). Guessing 1930-40s from the knurling. I do not know when the yoke filigree changed.
A direct descendant of the original Leonard Bailey patent...

Bob, the tool detective

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Shop cleaning day...

With the Boring till now put back together and hanging in its spot on the wall (finally).

Last touch left is to secured it to its top and bottom cleats, 2 screws each.
Not necessary, just making it small earthquake proof, for the tools to remain safe in place without falling over. Being facetious here, where I am, if my underground basement walls move... I have a bigger problem...

I really like the contrast between the hardwoods (Yellow Birch, stained)
and the color of the till. I'm also glad I gave it a fresh coat of paint
prior to re-installing the holders 

But the sad shape of the shop is causing me to pause for a minute.
While I have a few projects  on the go, it is seriously hampering my efforts, and in response to Sylvain concerns about waiting too long before introducing the grand peanuts into the shop, I know that my first order of priority right now is getting this shop to walk around.
As it stands I can take my life into my hands everytime I walk in, but it is definitively not safe for the little ones.

The infamous spot, I started working on,
the space under the window, between both tills.
And NO the window is not centered above

Not only is it hazardous to walk around, it is also not safe for some tools...
Long overdue to own this place, lets roll up our sleeves!!

Concurrently, we are transforming the former  African Violets plant room (AKA Bedroom) into a crafts room for Jean and the little ones. Must finish a small projects I started for her to hang neck laces.
The big hardwood X in the old repurposed frame
has a lot of small dowels layed out for hanging neck laces, below it would be horizontal wire like the smaller frame shown besides, for earings. YES, that is my $8 mitersaw ( NOBEX :-) in use up there, along with a few planes from Veritas and Lie-Nielsen. Yeh, now got 3 shops :-) 
"The bench" is a solid core door on a set of folding table brackets

That room will also received a Murphy bed down the road, but that project is further on the horizon...
For now the two electric beds that were inside have been sold.  Much quieter at nite without the grand peanuts playing with the bed adjustments up/down, up/down :-)
They now have to sleep together in another spare bedroom, what was I saying about quieter...??

Times to suck it up Buttercup and clean up the shop!!

After a couple beers... getting there slowly.
Much safer for little (and big) feet and for the tools, to walk around

Obviously need more and better storage for clamps.
And my Snap-On tool chest needs some Ahem, cleaning to close the drawers :-)

Maybe on this wall space??
Here goes one more shop project...

As I am putting away my tools spread everywhere, err I meant better organizing their layout,  I am quickly reminded that I desperately need more planes till spaces. And Jean found another moving box full of woodies, so ...

1 - That explain why I was missing some, and
2 - I can see another plane till (No 3) on the near horizon...

While I add another plane till for my woodies on my To Do list and ponder some more on life's mysteries, I still need to deal with my current mess, so I am resisting opening that box for now.

Must resist... must....
The box was even labelled Rabot (plane in French)
That tells me that was from my last move from Bagot Qc

And talking of till, been playing around my new one.. :-)

Quite versatile, as you can see. 
I am happy with the results, it does what I wanted.
See all that room at the bottom?  OHHH I got plans for that :-)

Tried a few tools inside the Boring till to see how it is to reach in and put in / remove tools from it.
Works like a charm, but, mind you I am a six footer, maybe a tad high for others to be reaching comfortably.  Bottom line ALWAYS adapt your tools storage solutions for YOUR tools and YOUR physical dispositions. If I was wheelchair bound, I would of course put it lower and perhaps modify to better suit my needs.  Or still too high for a 10 year old girl :-)

Trying various tools convinced me that I hit the sweet spot for my anticipated storage.
This boring tool holder (the lower one) has a series of  twelves (12) one (1) inch holes spaced
two (2) inches apart CL
While the spacing at 2 inch may seems a bit large and wasteful, remember that these were drilled for holding Boring tools not chisels etc, hence the extra room required and the bigger hole size 1 in, versus 7/8 in )

Checking my other holders I was playing with, I realized they have a smaller hole, 7/8 versus 1 inch.
Their spacing's was 1-1/2 in and the other 1-3/4 inches CL. This is the size (7/8) I am going with for the majority of my chisels except for the three true socket chisels (paring), these would need dedicated holder shaped to hold the chisels by their sockets.  Which Ken mentioned in a previous comment, that these socket chisel can be finicky to make proper holder for them.  True, but I have a love hate relationship with them. Love the balance of these chisel in my hands, hate the fact that the handle separate too easily.  Which is both handy for packing and a curse when trying to hold them in a holder.  Lets see if I can come up with some simple solution...
All this means more time needed to trial or muck up some thing else for these chisels. Small price to pay.  All that time figuring out the details as I go along, means that in the end, I get what I need and want, bonus! Just like what happened with my other tills... Coincidences?? NOT!!! :-)

That 6X6 beam on the floor is taking lots of room, and it has spectacularly developed stress cracks and is somewhat twisted. That Pretzel beam had been laying outside in the snow covered ground when I brought it in the garage to acclimatized itself a bit before making it downstairs.  Oh what joy it was to man handle a 6X6 beam down the stairs... No sure anymore if I would be able to salvaged enough of it for my need, it is currently too long and need to be shorten.  Which is simply to put up a post inside my hand tool shop in order to hang my Post Drill on it.  But I do have another beam laying outside... May be better off buying a new one...!!!

The pretzel beam worse end, quite a twist and a large crack

The other end is straighter but also has a crack, albeit smaller
And in case you missed it, these two pics are taken at the same approx. angle,
notice the twist in it?

Said drill was awaiting warmer climates to be stripped and cleaned then repainted outside.
Its time should come soon, but it would be quite messy and involved, so I may just hang it up for now (it's perfectly working as is) and deal with that mess later.

For now priority is to make the shop safe for the kids. Rudy still like to chew on wood and metals so he is still banned for now. He will in time becomes my new official Shop's dog as he matured. He will be turning 3 in a few days (June 15).   For the time being he is quite busy chasing Chipmunks around.

I will continued on my current projects, but I need to make it safer for the kids as soon as possible so we can get started together in earnest.

Bob, now fully committed to own back his shop for the grand kids sake (OK and mine too :-)
Don't know what our first projects would be, but I know I will need some stands for around my benches and work stations :-)