Had a lazy day, have to stay clean and keep a phone to hand. Ready to deal with customers.
So good coffee, good music and no power tools. The only electricity used was for lights and cd player. Water was boiled on a paraffin stove.
This J Tyzack Millwrights Dressing toll arrived in this condition. Complete, dirty. but with the dirt of age. The tips had been badly dressed over time.
The wedge was swollen with old wax and oil.
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The manufactures name was revealed in the cleaning and dressing of the edges.
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The cleaning showed a name stamped into 2 places on the wooden handle, the wedge and the blade.
R. L. Hickman.
The metal was cleaned with wire wool, White snake. Then warmed on the stove and wax polished in.
The wood was cleaned up with "Meths" and wire wool. This showed up the grain of the beech. The wood was finished with a custom shaped cabinet scraper.
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The wedge, is Oak. It needed to be reduced in width. But removing the excess would show up as new wood.
So, clean with "Meths" and wire wool. But keep the dirty "Meths".
Dress back the wood with files, on both sides. Then key with course sand paper.
By this time the dirty "Meths" should of reduced and left you with a dirty sludge. Add some soft wax to make a paste. Then using a fine wire wool stain the exposed new wood.
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Sanding sealer and Polish.
The polish is home made, dissolve shellac with cheep nail varnish remover and apply with a soft cloth.
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This is the old wet stone used to dress the cutting edges.
As it was 4am, the music was classic 80's rock and illuminated by a storm lamp.
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The other item I managed to get some time on was this 2lb Copper soldering iron.
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The handle is stuck on with rock sulphur and was not going to come of with out a fight and noise.
The tip had been droped at some point and was burred over. One rivet was loose.
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Cleaning up showed a manufactures name.
Plus the Number 28 on the other side.
The tip was dressed to give 1 square edge and the other 3 are radius to different amounts.
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Cleaned, polished and waxed.
The rivet was made sound by heating and pressing it in a vice.
The handle has been repaired at some point in it's life, you can see the welds on the bar to head.
The on line catalog showed two types of monument brand 28oz heads.From my apprenticeship tin bashing days over 50 yrs ago ..... IIRC 28 on the stamp usually means a 28 ounce head of copper , On that particular Tinmans 28 oz iron all edges on the pointy bit should be clean sharp edges & flat faces so you can easily sweat solder along seams or tin plate patches turning the iron as needed . Do you ever get any of the old Tinman's axe head irons for seam soldering ?
Made serious inroads on my home-made table saw this weekend. After pricing up a new one I came across lots of "how to make a table saw from a circular saw" videos on YouTube and as I had a circular saw sat doing nothing and plenty of 3/4" board, I gave it a go:
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Still have to finish the rip fence, make a mitre fence, rout 2 mitre slots in the table, fit an on/off switch and a port for dust extraction, possibly cut 2 holes in the front for storage, then give it all a good sanding and put some wax on the table, but I'm very pleased with it so far.
Spent some time squaring the blade to the front of the table before bolting the saw tight then ripped an old piece of board through it using a clamped on temporary fence squared up by eye, and over 24" the width was 4 thou' out so I'm happy enough with that .
They look really substantial and better than any I have seen for that applicationSome hooks, made from 10mm 316 stainless.
Wasn't getting very far with a propane torch so bought some MAPP gas. Much better!
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Even heated up cherry red it needed some serious leaning on.
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Cleaned up OK.
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Test fit. Think they'll do the job. Sod's law, that instantly brought on the rain...
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I've given up buying products online that claim to be stainless, they seem to go rusty as soon as it gets a bit damp.