Some old tools get a new home

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Blog entry by DylanC posted 08-20-2012 02:39 AM 1181 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a pretty big weekend around here. Every year the little town I live in has a HUGE flea market that basically consumes the entire downtown area. OK, so its only about 8 square blocks, but hey, that is ALL of downtown. Anyway, I went on a search for a restorable hand plane or two. Found a bunch of junk, a couple of serviceable Stanley Handymen, one overpriced Sargent, and a Bedrock that was WAY out of my price range. Ended up going home empty-handed, but I remebered that that my father-in-law had a few old planes of his dad’s laying around. I asked him if I could take a look at them next time he was out and to my surprise, he’s letting me hold on to them for a bit (probably forever, as long as I take care of ‘em). One is a 14” Handyman, one is an older 220 block plane, and the third is a Bailey 5 1/4, Type 18 I think. They’re all a bit dusty and probably need to be sharpened up, but no real restoration work is needed. All-in-all, I’d call that a win.

Anyway, while I was out hunting for planes yesterday, I spied an old (1972) 6” craftsman jointer, model 113.20650. The guy had a reasonable price on it, so I went home, asked for a few LJ opinions on the matter, and brought it home today. It needs a bit more work than the planes do, but not much. Clean off some surface rust on the table and fence, replace the belt, a new set of knives, and she’ll be ready to go. If I get really ambitious I’ll replace the switch and power cord, but the ones that are on it now work fine, just showing their age a bit.

The “as received” pictures are below. I’ll post a few more once I get them all cleaned up and ready for work.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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