Tool Resurrection.

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After yesterday’s snowstorm, and before going to stand in the cold for a few hours to caucus, I put a new top & shelf on this old workbench (after giving the whole thing a light sanding, pulling errant staples and nails, and abandoning ideas of refurbishing the eroded old top). This morning I came up with a system to add/subtract the two vices.

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The big lever-arm drives a punch, while the front vice opens at 45 degrees. A very specific tool, for I don’t know what- but handy.  The platform is held in place with wooden dowels that peg into the table top. I need to remake the platform in plywood, but this will work fine until the particle board shatters (I’ve remade it once already, the current platform is a remnant).

 

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This little sliding vice is clamped to the supporting beam of the table via a run of oak.

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Having a clear bench top is key to work flow; the vices store below. The steel wheels roll it in & out of the shop with ease.

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This is the new best spot in the whole studio/shop.

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This is where the woodbench resides. Two new benches and the Impreza still fits in the garage.

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Tuning up tools from Wichita in the afternoon sun.

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An old wooden level, and a hand plane.

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The bubbles are cleared and the wood is conditioned via wax/steel wool rubbing.

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Although still able to cut a curl, I took the Smooth Plane apart and addressed issues of rust & dirt & age, then reassembled it.

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The Jack Plane is a hard contrast to the Smooth Plane. 

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This old Jack Plane will be my next tool resurrection.

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