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Blog series by Paul updated 09-16-2007 12:48 AM 8 parts 5354 reads 33 comments total

Part 1: Curious Inactive Collector

05-12-2007 12:05 AM by Paul | 3 comments »

I’ve mentioned that I have collected old tools. Others have alluded to old tool collections as well and we’ve caught of glimpse of some old tools in the plane tuning blog. But I have kind of gone inactive in the past three or four years. I can trace my inactivity back to when I seriously downsized my collection in order to pay for a week-long woodworking class. I got started picking up a wooden plane, rosewood level or a set of socket chisels here and there in my teens as ...

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Part 2: Beautiful Rosewood & Brass

05-13-2007 12:54 AM by Paul | 1 comment »

The first installment of my favorite tools includes; a 36” Stratton Brothers Rosewood & Brass Bound Levela 12” Stanley Rosewood & Brass Bound Levela couple of Rosewood and Brass Mortise Gaugestwo different Stanley marking gauguesand a unique Dunlop marking gauge Favorites #1 I picked up all the gauges off e-bay and flea market tables. I use them all regularly. I just love the quality, beauty and heft of the two levels. I bought the 36” level over twent...

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Part 3: More Stuff

05-14-2007 03:01 AM by Paul | 3 comments »

1. A pair of neat bar clamps I found some time ago. I had not seen clamps like this before and haven’t since. Neat and unique cam action clamping. They work great! 2. Two slicks marked with my grandfather’s intitials – HG – my father married later in life and I never met my father’s father. It’s special to me to be the caretakers of these and other tools marked with his initials. 3. I used to have a collection of these rubber “unbreakabl...

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Part 4: Molding Tools

05-16-2007 04:50 PM by Paul | 5 comments »

I can’t seem to master embedding the pictures in the blog so I guess we’ll stay with the link. 1. Four Wooden Molding Planes – The far left is a center bead plane and the remaining are three different sizes of side bead planes. 2. I’m not a purist, but I do like to do something by hand in every project. It may only be one mortise and tenon of several, but perhaps one. Here’s a close up pciture of a side bead detail I put on the face frame of an ash ...

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Part 5: Millers Falls, etc.

05-21-2007 09:36 PM by Paul | 7 comments »

I mentioned in the comments section of my shop tour that I use just a handful of my plane collection. These old Millers Falls planes are excellent workers: I keep the low angle block plane handy and use it often to shave just a little bit where I need it. The 9" Smooth plane is the next most often used. The 10" Smooth Plane (like a Stanley 4 1/2") and the 14" Jack less often. This large panel gauge or board gauge with a brass thumb screw was one of my first ol...

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Part 6: Stored out of the way

08-14-2007 09:42 PM by Paul | 3 comments »

Sorry for not posting more. I have several projects stacked up in my shop and I have much of what I haven’t shown (little used favorites) stored out of the way in corners and back spaces. I would have to intentionally move projects out into the drive and dig into the deeper recesses of “my space,” take pics and move it all back. I tend to bang and scratch things when I move them too much, so it will be a while yet. I love viewing Wayne’s finds and would still love ...

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Part 7: Grandfathers' Tools

09-07-2007 05:10 AM by Paul | 8 comments »

A Stanley 5 Jack planeA Board ScribeA Draw Knife Each is marked with my Paternal Grandfather’s initials. A neat side note is that I have the die stamps that he used to mark these tools! A Monster MalletA Smith-made draw knifeEggbeater Drill These belonged to my Maternal Grandfather A Stanley 5 jack planeA Stanley 4 smooth planeA Revenoc transitional smooth plane These also belong to my Maternal Grandfather When I get a lull in projects, I need to spend abo...

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Part 8: Grandfathers' Tools Pt. 2

09-16-2007 12:48 AM by Paul | 3 comments »

All maternal grandfather’s, except the rosewood square which belonged to paternal grandfather A suggestion – if you inherit old tools and also enjoy picking up old tools at flea markets, etc. – either keep your family tools strictly separated or mark them with a sticker or make and keep an inventory list. You think you will remember which ones are “family,” but as you age . . . I’m very happy I wrote out an inventory list when these came into my possess...

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