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Blog entry by CFrye posted 09-07-2013 09:43 PM 1814 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a very modest collection of miniature tools. Among these are a 6” nail bar, a 3” retractable box knife, 4” vise grips…you get the idea. To be in my ‘collection’ the tool has to be around half the size of ‘normal’ or smaller yet still functional. Surfing the internet for a hand plane to add to the collection I came across this article about William R. Robertson. Mr.Robertson creates 1/12 scale miniatures. The picture shows a reproduction of an 18th century tool chest and shows a hand plane with shavings from a full scale pencil. The saw blade, next to the plane, has 160tpi. No, I didn’t count, I listened to the audio link.
Anyway, now I am going to be obsessed with recreating this tiny hand plane. First step, get a better magnifier!
Are there any other miniature tool collectors out there? What’s in your tool box?

-- God bless, Candy



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NormG

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#1 posted 09-07-2013 10:37 PM

Can’t say I have heard of one, I do have a friend who has small hands, all her tools around the house are the smaller version of the “normal” one’s you would purchase. But it is just so they fit her hand. I could see where it maybe difficult to locate some tools that would fit your requirements thought, great idea

-- Norman

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CFrye

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#2 posted 09-07-2013 11:02 PM

Thanks for commenting Norm. It is not a fast growing collection and space is not a problem. ;-)

-- God bless, Candy

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Christophret

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#3 posted 09-07-2013 11:07 PM

I love lookng at the miniature tools.
I cant say I would like to make them, but I am facinated by them and the people who craft them.
Here is one link i was very impressed by.
Enjoy. this man is a very talented miniature tool maker.
http://www.papawswrench.com/vboard/index.php?PHPSESSID=ki7bmd1v9gtnpog1h6du34umr4&topic=8353.0

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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CFrye

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#4 posted 09-07-2013 11:25 PM

I am enjoying! Thanks for posting the link Christophret!

-- God bless, Candy

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CFrye

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#5 posted 09-07-2013 11:42 PM

Duh! I searched ‘miniature tools’ here on LJs and there is ArtRafael. The same guy from from the link you posted Christophret!

-- God bless, Candy

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WayneC

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#6 posted 09-08-2013 12:07 AM

Those are pretty cool. I have see them before.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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CFrye

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#7 posted 09-08-2013 12:57 AM

Wayne, on the above mentioned search I found Jim Crocket had posted a link to the same tool box on yet another site. I know I should do I search before I post anything. Just got caught up in the excitement I guess!

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/8726

-- God bless, Candy

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stefang

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#8 posted 09-08-2013 10:43 AM

Robertson is a genius miniature builder. It is just incomprehensible to me how he does it. A true master woodworker and also a lot of metal pieces too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Christophret

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#9 posted 09-09-2013 12:16 AM

Duh! I searched ‘miniature tools’ here on LJs and…

Double Ditto Duh!
My bad for not searching here.
Truely the patience of a brain surgeon..bumped for awesomeness.

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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Dave Rutan

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#10 posted 09-09-2013 01:08 AM

I have some small tools, but I don’t know if they count as miniature. I have them mostly from my other hobby, model railroading (1/87 scale) They consist of screwdrivers, files, tweezers and a set of Xacto knives including a razor saw. I also have a few small (tiny) nut drivers. I have my eye on a pair of brass mini bar clamps from Micromark.

-- - Ni faru ion el ligno!

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CFrye

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#11 posted 09-09-2013 02:42 AM

Mike, yes he is.
Christophret, welcome to my world!
Sounds like they count Dave. I checked out those bar clamps. 3 3/4” long. Sweet!

-- God bless, Candy

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SamuelP

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#12 posted 09-20-2013 05:33 PM

You should check out Paul Hamler. He is a master at miniature.

And check these out right here on LJs. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/32625

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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CFrye

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#13 posted 09-20-2013 07:45 PM

Thanks for the info SamuelP! Checked ‘em both out!

-- God bless, Candy

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