Planes and Sewing machines

Hello people this one might be a little long so bear with me. I have a lot to show and tell.
First I had just received two planes. The first was a Lie Nielson 102 that was given to me by my good Lumberjock buddie lysdexic.
I had done a project for him and this was his payment. Forged Door Pulls. Thank you my friend it was really to much and also my first Lie Nielson.
Then I received a WoodRiver 4 1/2.
With two new planes in hand and some boards to get flattened for the next installment of my Chest of Drawers build I needed to sharpen them. Well there was a problem with the maintenance of my Tormek. This is all my fault and a lesson well learned. If you use good equipment you must keep it flat and true.

After burning a lot of time getting the planes ready I recieved another item I had bought off of eBay.
I have been doing a lot of leather work and hand sewing will work on you after a few hours. So I started looking for a machine to help me. The new machines are very expensive and large. I have a British friend on YouTube and Harry Rogers had another approach. Harry’s tastes and mine are real close. He bodges, smiths and does all sorts of stuff.
With that said I found a 1912 Singer model 66-1 and had to have it.
singer  66
This came in and I did waste a whole weekend playing with it and making things.
Singer logo
I picked the hand crank for its size. Space in my shop is limited. This model could have and still can be attached to a treadle.
I managed to make a few chisel pouches and a bag for all my pipe tobacco gear. Summer is comeing and I wont have a coat pocket to carry everything.

So bring on all the sewing jokes you can. I have already been catching it pretty heavy.

In memory of Roger Clark aka Rex
Roger Clark
This one was for you Rex, you were one of the smartest guys I had the privilege of knowing.

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

12 Responses to Planes and Sewing machines

  1. I don’t know if it’s just me or a real change in purchasing patterns but a few years ago treadle machines were a drug on the market. I never saw them at the stores I frequent because the price was so low it wasn’t worth the floor space. Over the past year I’ve noticed that the old cast iron machines are showing up and at prices that are quadruple what they were previously.

    • David Bardin says:

      Yes I agree. I still see a few on craigs list but they have really gotten out of site. Just as well I want a panel raising plane but the prices are stupid expensive. I am not dropping $300 on a wooden plane that is not that rare. Ill make one first. It is just a moving fillister with a angled bed.
      When the demand goes up so do the prices.

  2. What will you get into next? That’s pretty cool.

    • David Bardin says:

      I don’t know Don.
      Its hard to keep folks entertained.
      It don’t take much to entertain me 😉
      You aught to see what I do for the grand kids on the holidays.
      Thank you for the comment my friend.

  3. DIYaholic says:

    Purdy LN block….
    The WR 4-1/2 looks nice too….
    But that Singer is a stunner!!!
    The old machines were works of art….
    and have much more character, than their modern relatives!

    How were the soles of the planes, out of the box?

    Don’t worry, I wont tease you about being a seamstress…
    You are a galoot tailor!!!

    Soooooo, when does the “Easy Bake” oven arrive???

    • David Bardin says:

      Randy it is a fine little plane. If I could afford it those would by my picks. They are well manufactured and cut wonderfully. You get what you pay for.
      Like the Singer. Those cost as much a s a car. People would do payments through Singer for 15 years.
      It is sad that the new Singers are not like there old brothers. But I guess Singer had to stay with the market. A machine built like that now would probably fetch a few thousand dollars.
      The block was dead flat. The 4 1/2 was under a thou. My wood bodies move that much in a rain storm. For the money I do recommend WoodRiver. That was not solicited. I bought that plane and will buy another.
      I think Micky Mouse was to!
      Next week, hand crank version.
      Randy dont ever change. You make me smile every time.

  4. Joe Lyddon says:

    Dave… You are fine Craftsman… I didn’t know you were a fine Seamstress ALSO!! 🙂 😀

    Very good report… Good sharpening tip…

    My grandmother had a sewing machine like that… I remember getting my finger in the way of the needle… It really hurt… G’ma got it out OK… I didn’t do that again! 🙂

    Nice going!

    That picture of Rex… did you draw it? is it in wood… laser cut? Looks great!

    Thank you very much!

    Keep it up!

    • David Bardin says:

      Thank you my friend. Nor did I!
      Yep once is generally all it takes when the pain gets you. That needle wont stop easily. I bet it did get you good.
      Doe from Lumberjocks did that on a computer. We are doing a plaque for Rex and that was one of the entries.

  5. JL7 says:

    I have to say – that old Singer is a real beauty…….and quite an engineering marvel…….I suppose you can still get parts for them right? There’s no way that 102 year rubber roller could still look that good – it must have been replaced…….Cool little paraphernalia bag too…..

    Cool little planes….that Lie-Nielsen iron was pretty impressive for sure…….

    Always fun to see the new toys…….

    • David Bardin says:

      I think so to Jeff. I kinda like it on my workbench. My back doesn’t.
      Yeah parts are everywhere. A lot of the items are still used in 50 other models.
      The machine was in a repair shop in Colorado. He went through it and it was very oily when I got it. He had worked on a lot of the internal parts with a bit of adjusting.
      Thanks my friend, stand by more to come.

  6. Nice sewing machine Dave. If I tried that with my wife’s little machine the plastic gears would strip out long before it made an inch of seam.
    Mom had a Singer treadle machine but it wouldn’t sew that heavy a material.
    How did you figure out which machine to buy?

    • David Bardin says:

      Thank you my friend. Yeah that is what really started this. I tried to sew some canvass and it bogged her little machine down.
      I went to a few sewing and leather forums and researched witch ones they were using to sew leather. Then I looked at cost. The 66 can be found for a hundred dollars and parts still hang on sewing store shelves. If not there are plenty of parts to be had on the eBay. Singer made over a million of these a year.
      As always thank you for your time and the comments. And keep your videos coming I do enjoy them.

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