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Davis Patent Level

The antique for this week is a one foot long, cast iron Davis Patent Level.  “Davis” levels are very ornate and command high prices on the antique market. Note in the picture above that there is space within the iron casting on either side of the center vial for...

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Hobby Workbench Build

In my post on finishing projects, I discussed taking up the hobby of model trains.  This hobby can be very challenging and time consuming, but the final product can be visually beautiful.  Regardless, you will need a place to work while building your steam empire.  As shown below, my...

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Applying Victorian Steam to a Horizontal Bandsaw – Part 2

In Part 1 of applying steam to a horizontal bandsaw, I began the steampunk “restoration” of a new in the box horizontal metal cutting bandsaw to give it the late Victorian look.  The last post showcased the basics of restoration and some basic machining.  In this post, I’ll tackle some new issues, do the last of the painting...

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Giving the Machine Lathe Some Steam – Part 1

I especially like projects where I can take a new item and through a little work and some minor additions give it some Victorian Steam.  My recent post about applying steampunk design to a horizontal bandsaw is a good example.  So when I look at any tool, new or used, I’m...

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Modifying Modern Furniture: Lessons Learned – Part 1

Five years ago I needed a computer desk but was unable to find something suitable in my antique buying travels.  Antique furniture, and desks in particular, are difficult to find in a correct size.  Remember that we are taller/larger today than our recent ancestors, and we are also richer in material...

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Wallpapers Galore!

Many of the pictures on this blog tell the story of the process, the “how to”, of making something.  They are illustrative in intent, and I post a rather large version of these pictures so my readers can zoom in and see the details.  The below pictures are examples...

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Codex of Endeavors

In my post on the four things makers should have, I mentioned that I had a sketchbook to record ideas and plan future projects:  a Codex of Endeavors.  This Codex is a more recent development because, despite what you might think, I wasn’t always this organized.  Originally when ideas hit, I...

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