Hand Tools #3: It was a good weekend.

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Blog entry by MikeGCNY posted 04-11-2011 03:37 AM 2177 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I stopped by a giant tool sale this weekend. When I got there, it turned out that the person selling all of his equipment was one of the gentleman from the Long Island Woodworker’s Club (of which I am a member).

He had a lot of tools, but for some reason didn’t want to part with anything other than his large machinery. I was there 2 hours, spending one of these hours going through a box of about 100 chisels and then when I made him an offer on about 10 of them I was told “I don’t want to sell any. I still use these.”

But for some reason, he parted with 6 planes and for nothing close to the first number he quoted me. When he first gave me the price I responded with “These say ‘Bailey’ not ‘Lie-Nielsen’”. He eventually sold them to me “Since you are a member of the woodworker’s club.”

My Collection

And I also got a nice Stanley No 77 Mortise Gauge and another marking gauge that I cannot identify.

BTW: This is his add on Craigslist. Lots of stuff for sale. I think that he even had Norm’s Hitachi re-saw.

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#1 posted 04-11-2011 03:48 AM

Nice find.

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#2 posted 04-11-2011 01:54 PM

Very nice. The smaller ones what ate they?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 04-11-2011 03:16 PM

I see the hand tool bug is still holding sway. Good. Great score on some of these. If you get these all up and running you will be making LOTS of shavings.

Do yourself a giant favor, put an arc into one of the Jack planes (5” radius or so) and use it as an intial rough work plane/thicknesser cross grain. That really speeds up the progression through working stock by hand.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#4 posted 04-11-2011 05:53 PM

Thats a nice bunch of planes. Now the fun part of cleaning them up and getting them sharp. Great find!

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 04-18-2011 05:35 AM

RG: how do you put the radius in it? Are you referring to the sole or the iron?

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#6 posted 04-18-2011 03:02 PM

The blade, sorry. I use a hand crank grinder. The way you lay out the radius is idiot proof simple, take a piece of string and tie it around a fine point sharpie marker, measure out 5 inches of string and tack it to something stationary, then line the the string through the middle of the plane blade and set the point of the sharpie on the very tip of the blade (this ensures you remove the least amount of steel…believe me when I say that’s a good thing)

Work to that mark on a grinder (carefully so you done burn the steel) with a block set to grind the blade at 90 degrees, then when you have the shape you want, use a block set to give you a bevel angle of 30 degrees, sharpen evenly without changing the shape. Hone using your favorite method. You only have to go through that mess once, after that, all you do is maintain the shape of the iron you created. Back in the days where power was not an option, a heavily arched blade in a middle size plane was used for that first rough flattening process. They really get the job done fast.

For lighter arcs I just do the grind on the bevel stage freehand, the arc in these cases is just to eliminate digs on a surface being smoothed for a finish. They are very slight so they are better felt than measured.

Have fun,

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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