Daniel's shop and fun factory
I never tried to start this tractor because I had small children and did not want to accidentally hurt them. Now they are grown ups and the time for the tractor has come. So in this clip I get it started and move it around a bit to a better spot for fixing a few issues it has.
It is a Volvo T31 of unknown vintage, these tractors were made between 1949 and 1957 I think. Volvo made about 6500 of these, it was considered a medium sized tractor at that time. The engine has 34 Hp and should burn Kerosene.
I did rebuild the magneto on it this winter.
I have got my hand on a couple of antique router planes, one of them has a pretty useless iron on it. It get dull at once and will not keep an edge. In this clip I make a new cutter for it using a random square bar of mild steel.
The cutter is also case hardened, that is shown in a separate clip so please check that out too.
I don’t have any dicent mortise chisels, and the nicer one you can buy are pretty pricy, so I decided to make one of my own. This chisel is made out of some mystery metal, a scrap flatbar I found in my stash, I have no idea which grade it is. What you will see me do is to forge it, shape with files and angle-grinder and make a wooden handle.
There is a second part of this build where I do a case hardening on it, so please check that out as well.
I saw a clip from Click Spring where Chris made a set of files from some kind of low grade steel a few years back. I have had this nagging in the back of my mind since then, so I decided to try it out. It is an old school process where one heat mild steel or iron in a closed environment in the presens of char coal.
In this clip I make a batch of char coal and use it to case harden a chisel and a wooden plane iron.
The wife asked me to make a inner wall in the house using rustic wood, those are hard to get hold of so we settled for that fake barn wood instead. In this clip I get to try out making that type of wood and make a crate out of it (crates are popular now I guess).
Basically this clip is only about trying out making fake barn wood and staining it.
My daughter asked for new legs for her desk, but they had to be in the style of the Victorian era. Curved and with feet like a cat or similar. I have never done something like that before so I had to try it out.
The result of this test is a bit crude but she approved. When I make the real legs I'll make sure to have sharp tools to avoid fiber comoression best possible, working in soft wood it is easy to get issues with that.
This is actually the first clip I ever made (2017), the resolution is a bit low.
I have a thing for Spanish ham, the serrano type you know. I had the full ham laying around in the kitchen and it was a bit cumbersome to slice of pieces of it, so I made this thing to keep it upright and looking a bit nicer.
Sorry for the cheesy thumnail by the way, I had to invent something quickly.
Created 1 year, 7 months ago.
Category DIY & Gardening
A little bit of this and that from my garage. You might see me do wood working, clean up old tools or fix cars and tractors. Who knows, if I do something interesting I'll try to keep the old camera rolling.