Around the Shop #11: M-W TCA Regional Tool Meet Feb 2016

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Blog entry by Mosquito posted 02-19-2016 12:40 AM 1010 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I went to the M-W TCA Region A tool meet February 13 2016 and had a good time. The complete list of pictures can be found here:

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-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#1 posted 02-19-2016 12:59 AM

Wow, excellent video Mos! And you’re not alone, re: the Miller’s Patent planes. Beautiful.

Thanks for the pics, gotta check out the M-W TCA.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 02-19-2016 12:59 AM

Wish they had this near CO. I did recently find out about the rocky mountain tool collectors though… might have to look into their meetings.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#3 posted 02-19-2016 02:46 AM

Great Video, I wish they had something like that in Texas.

That was a fun way to put together your video, it must have taken a lot of planning.

-- Putty

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#4 posted 02-19-2016 04:50 AM

Thanks guys, they are fun. I usually do what I can to make it to the meets whenever I can.

And the planning wasn’t bad, I just edited the video/pictures from the swap meet, and then split it into 3 sections and recorded/added the other filler video later. First time I’ve done a video like that, something different. Less of me just standing in front of the camera and talking for 5 minutes straight lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#5 posted 02-19-2016 06:46 AM

Good work Mos. That router plane seems handy with the square sides…

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#6 posted 02-19-2016 05:31 PM

So many fine planes. Thanks for the tour and your comments. From the video it appears that you have a pretty small shop, if so, it illustrates one of the big advantages of using hand tools instead of machine tools. A much smaller investment and no need for a lot of space.

If I were younger and I hadn’t already acquired so many machines I would certainly consider going that way. I do use hand tools a lot though, in spite of my many machines. I find hand work much more satisfying, except of course when there is a lot of sawing and planing to do.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-19-2016 06:14 PM

Thanks Mike! When I started woodworking, it was in a spare bedroom in my apartment, which had a shared wall and neighbors below, so hand tools were mostly the only option, short of driving 40 minutes to my parents’ house to use my non stationary power tools (jigsaw, router, circular saw). Beyond that, I’ve just enjoyed the hand tool aspect of it as well. I’ve got a small shop again (kitchenette/mud room in the new house), but there’s a 24×28 garage that I’m currently working on turning into my shop, so I look forward to that. Hope is to eventually have machinery for some of the more extensive stock prep tasks, like ripping and planing…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#8 posted 02-19-2016 06:14 PM

Good work Mos. That router plane seems handy with the square sides…

- widdle

I look forward to using it!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#9 posted 02-19-2016 07:52 PM

Mos, the video is outstanding. My pick o’ the litter would be the Preston clone. They also have a small version of that router!

Edit: BTW an old friend used to make brass O scale locomotives from scratch using the Unimat. He used the actuall blueprints from the Lima and Baldwin works. Hundreds of hours and thousands of parts, all to scale. They were works of art.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#10 posted 02-19-2016 08:11 PM

Thanks Kevin. A small version you say… I’ll have to see how I like this one, and might keep an eye out for one if that’s the case!

I bet, somehow the details in small scale items are exponentially impressive to me

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#11 posted 02-20-2016 01:25 AM

Fun stuff Mos. Congrats on the new acquisitions. Loved the footage of the meet, it was also cool seeing Paul’s (IIRC) mallet on your bench.

You surprised yourself in the opening sceen?

Thanks for taking the time to share with us!

-- ~Tony

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#12 posted 02-20-2016 04:52 PM

Thanks Tony! Just having some fun lol

SASmith sent the mallet on the bench, and I’ve got one hanging on the wall off the end of the bench from Palaswood. I use both frequently :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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