From the File-Making section of Circle of the Mechanical Arts: PDF: circle-of-the-mechanical-arts_file-section_re-set We shall introduce this article with some admirable observations on the progress of mechanical discovery, exemplified in an account of machines for cutting files, by Mr. Wm. Nicholson. “The folly and consequent distress of pursuing experiments in chemistry, for the sole purpose of […]
Reflecting, I realize that I’ve found a lot of amazing tools in Northern California. I’ve hauled enough iron ~400 miles south to the LA area that compass readings might be affected. Luckily my latest trip up was no different. As they often are, my trip was a bit last minute. I stealthily slipped up and […]
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Desmond Stephan vises have come up before and almost always with a request for replacement bronze half-nuts. I’d picked up a Desmond some time ago with the intention of making it my main vise and upon cleaning was having seconds thoughts about the lifespan of the nut. I was recently cleaning up a Morgan 100 […]
I was looking for one of these online and found little. Luckily I had access to a print copy so I made a color scan. Please download by right clicking the link and choosing “Save Link As”. Elna Elnasuper 62c manual. I also found a service manual for the next years’ model (SU) here: (http://sawback.com/62C/). […]
Wow, was May really the last time I put up a post? I was at the local toolswap trying not to come home with much. Usually, I’m quite good about not buying planes at the swaps but this one stood out. It’s an all-iron body, very heavy (about that of a Stanley No. 8-perhaps a […]
After KE and my swim meet in March, I decided to give Alameda another go in May. Weather was set to be beautiful the whole weekend and it didn’t disappoint. My schedule worked out such that I could get up north Friday and I was able to hit the local sales in the foothills of […]
Some images of another binder’s plough I found recently.
The Porch brought up a photo by Man Ray (Link to photo at London Art Reviews) of Catherine Deneuve. I took a closer look at the photo and here are my findings: First, I believe the planes weren’t old tools when photographed and would barely be considered vintage today. The first photo below shows what […]
I ended my post on Day 5 noting that I’d started one of the aprons. Before I pick up on that, let me cover some early conclusions about my material choice. The simple statement is: ‘whitewood’ from the borg is a poor choice to use in the construction of this bench. In addition to being […]