My Hand Tool Journey #12: More Restorations

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Blog entry by Kent Shepherd posted 09-07-2011 03:52 PM 1837 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here are some more of my garage sale finds. I still don’t have quite all of them done, but I’m close.
I intended to wait to restore these, but I couldn’t resist. For some strange reason my wife thinks I shoud be working on repairs on our house. I bet if I took a vote here, most of you would back me up.

Thanks for looking.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#1 posted 09-07-2011 03:57 PM

Those are some sweet-looking tools!

I can never find anything good at garage sales around here.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Don "Dances with Wood" Butler

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#2 posted 09-07-2011 04:03 PM

You’re doing beautiful work!

Now, as to the issue of backing you or your wife – – -

I think 5o years of married life has taught me one thing.

I’m Neutral!

And I won’t ask you to take my side, either!


-- Will trade wife's yarn for wood.

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#3 posted 09-07-2011 04:10 PM

Great work ! And I’m with the wood dancer..Neutral..

(just hide in the man cave ‘n do what you gotta do…)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#4 posted 09-07-2011 04:10 PM

I have been married 5 years and I agree with Don.

-- -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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#5 posted 09-07-2011 05:04 PM

I could make a killing if I restored kids clothing and old puzzles with missing pieces because that’s what I keep finding at garage sales around here! I’ll keep looking though! You’ve got to dig a lot of dirt to find the diamonds

-- Romney

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David Craig

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#6 posted 09-07-2011 05:04 PM

Neutral? No Way! I personally say that you march right up to her and let her know who’s boss. When you do so, please slip her my number and let her know that I will pay her a fair price for those tools…

Awesome restores Kent. Thanks for sharing.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#7 posted 09-07-2011 05:06 PM

Nice Going !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 09-07-2011 05:09 PM


I can’t understand why you want sooo many tools…you can only use one at a time….lol. Just pick one out, and go for it…lol. You just need one saw, one drill press, one plane, etc…..:)). You are a man obsessed…..

But I understand your obession…I’m the same way….Seriously though, you’re amassing a great collection of antiques and collectables….You have a collection to be proud of…..I would be…...Oh, and tell Diane I said to leave you alone….a women shouldn’t get between and man and his tools… I’m on your side, pal….. One more thing: Did that guy from Littlefield (?) ever come see you about sharpening some planer and jointer blades? I sent him your way, but didn’t know if you did sharpening or not…..

-- " Geezer.......Not young.....Not dead....Somewhere in between.."

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#9 posted 09-07-2011 06:33 PM


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 09-07-2011 07:25 PM

Sweet restorations! I love seeing these tools put to proud working order.
I’m with you on this. You are performing a valuable service keeping these tools in shape for posterity.

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Don W

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#11 posted 09-07-2011 07:55 PM

some nice restores there.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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Kent Shepherd

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#12 posted 09-07-2011 08:24 PM

So guys, while I have some support concerning my wife, there are way to many of you wimping out!
Are you afraid or what? Don, I have been married 40 years now—maybe I’ve done something right.
Like posting on a website she doesn’t read. I talk big and she is used to it. She basically ignores me, which is often a very good thing.

Rick, if he showed up, I didn’t know you sent him. We do have a guy that sharpens here in town. We serve as a drop off point for a small percentage. And you are right, I am obsessed—or like my wife believes, possessed!

Otherwise, thanks for the positve comments.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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Don W

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#13 posted 09-07-2011 08:30 PM

see I’m very fortunate in that I started looking for old tools because my wife would drag me antiquing. Now we both enjoy the days.

And I’ve got almost 35 years invested, so its cheaper to keep her.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#14 posted 09-07-2011 09:06 PM


The guy I sent out to you said he had just moved down there to Littlefield from up North (?), and had / was opening up a cabinet shop…Sorry..don’t remember his name, but he’s on LJs now…..That’s all I know..

-- " Geezer.......Not young.....Not dead....Somewhere in between.."

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#15 posted 09-08-2011 03:02 AM

Kent, you have done a beautiful job on restoring the hand planes.

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