Planing down a slippery slope

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Blog entry by SST posted 01-19-2008 05:50 AM 950 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am not a plane collector…I am not a plane collector…I am NOT a plane collector. Is there some sort of 12 step program for people with a “tool acquisition” disease???

I have a collection of old electric trains, I know what it’s like to collect things (boy, do I), just ask my wife.
I started out with an old Stanley #4 and 9 1/2. I hadn’t used them in a ton of years, so they just sat on a shelf. Then, sometime back, I started getting back to an interest in hand tools. The more I read, the more I realized just how useful they were, and what a great feeling of satisfaction I received from using hand tools. Still, the old planes stood on the shelf.

Then one day, I got down to sharpening them, and then I made some shavings…the first in a lot of years, and then I believe I felt myself slip (just a little)...felt my whole workshop tilt downward (just a little)...the slope was almost imperceptible, yet was there
Then I thought I’d just take a peek on E-bay, just to see what was out there…and the whole house tilted noticeably, dishes slid off the table, glasses fell out of cabinets, furniture slid across the room. A vortex seemed to appear, swirling, seemingly drawing everything into it’s center, and calling to me as the sirens called to Odysseus. Only there were no rocks, only planes…hundreds of them, all different, all calling.

I began to realize that to become a complete woodworker, I need far more than I had. (I thought a little one and a big one was good enough, how naive I was)

Then came a #3. (I still haven’t succumbed to the urge to own a #1 & #2, unless I find one at a garage sale) Then a 220, another #4 w/ adjustable frog screw (the one I just made handles for), a #5, a #75, a Stanley/Gage self setting #4 (my favorite), a #78 rabbet plane, a Millers Falls low angle #56, 3 tiny Harbor Freight planes (work pretty good when tuned), and a Stanley #45 Rube Goldberg machine…so far.

With each new acquisition, I felt my world tilt a bit more, so that it is only with a great deal of effort that I am able to maintain my grasp on the level plane(sorry about that) of reality.

But…I’m not a collector.

By the way, does anyone have a Stanley #95 that they want to get rid of???


-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#1 posted 01-19-2008 06:13 AM

Pretty nice “non” collection.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-19-2008 12:19 PM

I think there are a lot of non-collectors on this site.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 01-19-2008 12:49 PM

I am a non-collector. I don’t even have eleven hand planes. (yet….)

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#4 posted 01-19-2008 01:45 PM

You plan on using them right? If so, you’re NOT a collector! Collectors just look at their stuff.

On a completely unrelated note, my #45 should be here Tuesday or Wednesday to go alone with my #4 and #5 Stanley’s and my Diamond Edge DE7 ;)

Nope…I am NOT a collector either!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 01-19-2008 03:59 PM

I’m not a collector. My 13 or 14 planes are all sharp and most get used. Gotta love that “Slippery slope”.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 01-19-2008 07:19 PM

#408, #409, #4, #410, #5, #7 – Nope, I don’t have this virus.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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