Hand Tool Journey #4: I have officially fallen down the rabbit hole.. and the Misses has followed me!

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 02-07-2013 01:41 AM 2355 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s handtoolapalooza!

Day before yesterday my wife finally read through some of my blog posts here and she asked me why I hadn’t told her about my hand tool decision. I told her I figured she wouldn’t be interested in what was going on in the garage.. Marriage lesson of the day.. never assume anything! She is really excited about it and is on board with it. She grew up with a mom who for a short time ran an antique store and frequently made trips into various hole in the wall towns to find items to stock the store with so she is a fan of anything old fashioned.

This leads to yesterday. I come home from work to find that she has been trolling fleabay all day looking at old and new hand planes and other tools. She had a couple auctions open on my computer and instructed me to have a look and see if they were worth bidding on. One of them was the other was a bit high for me. I ended up winning an old Stanley #220 and a couple hand saws (a crosscut, a rip saw).

She also had spent the day looking at some of the higher end offerings of the new tool suppliers such as Veritas and LN. She has apparently ordered me something from Veritas for Valentines day and not for lack of trying I have yet to get a clue from her yet about what it is.

Add to that a few other various tools such as some new chisels, a better miter saw than the BB yellow box I have now and a Grizzly Edge rounding plane. I am well on my way to stocking my basic tool box. This is just in time to finally start cutting wood on my Workbench Build . Once they have arrived at the house I’ll get a group photo and inventory listed and you guys can let me know how I did and what essentials I might be missing.

Now, I will say that most of the tools incoming are in need of some rehab or another but I think the best way to learn a tool is to find out how it is supposed to function and fixing it is great way to learn that. It is all part of the journey right?

I still need to setup my 14” BB plane but first things are to clean up the garage enough to fit my lumber order into it scheduled to be delivered tomorrow! That will be the next thing after lol.

Thanks for reading and keep the comments coming!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 01:53 AM

Great that your wife is on board. Mine doesn’t encourage my compulsion so much as tolerate it.

-- Brian Timmons -

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