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05-24-2011 05:54 PM

Strange, old, all-metal hand plane - 19 replies

I came across an old hand plane recently unlike any I’ve ever seen. The plane is all metal, with a sole that is a flat rectangle about 15 inches long and 2 inches wide, the toe and heel slightly rounded. There are no sides except two “wings” near the throat. The knob and tote are all metal and appear to be molded as one ...

05-23-2011 11:53 PM

Trouble finding old hand tools - 2 replies

When I read web articles about fixing up old hand tools (saws, planes, hand drills, etc.), they often say that these tools can be found at antique stores, flea markets, etc. Trouble is, I’m having a hard time finding old tools locally. For example, I’ve made several trips in the last few months to four antique malls with over 100 v...

05-22-2011 04:48 AM

Wax over patina on a vintage hand saw that will be a user? - 4 replies

I bought an old Lakeside Saw & Tool rip saw (Montgomery Ward brand from 80 or 90 years ago, I think) that I would like to use. The handle is solid and the steel blade is dead flat. I know that it needs sharpening, but what about cleaning and waxing it? It has beautiful patina, with almost no pitting, and the Lakeside etching is very clear...

05-20-2011 10:37 PM

Setting a lever cap on a Bailey-type bench plane? - 2 replies

How tightly should the lever cap fit on a Bailey-type bench plane? I know that I can adjust the tightness by turning the lever cap screw, but I don’t know whether the lever cap should be as tight as possible or a loose fit is preferable. (Obviously a tight lever cap will hold the cap iron and plane iron more rigidly in place, but will a...

05-17-2011 06:55 PM

Wood for a park bench? - 5 replies

I have a 15-plus-year-old park bench that looks a little like this: I’d like to rebuild it using new wood, and since all the boards are straight, uniform width, and 3/4-inch thick, it should be a good beginner project. My question is, what wood should I used? I’d prefer to either leave it natural or possible clear-coat it,...

05-14-2011 05:41 AM

A Stanley plane that is not on the normal lists... - 4 replies

While searching for information on Stanley Bailey 5 1/2 planes, I came across this unusual plane that I’ve not seen on the usual lists of Stanley planes: (If the above image is poor, you may be able to see the original web page here). Anybody want to donate a spleen so we can try it out?

05-11-2011 07:15 PM

Recommended pull saws? - 12 replies

I’ve seen books and online articles that recommend types and sizes of Western saws to buy for woodworking by hand (typically carcase saws, panel saws, tenon saws, dovetail saws, etc.).Is there a similar “list” for pull saws? If I want to buy two or three pull saws, what types and sizes should I get first? What types should I ...

05-11-2011 02:31 PM

Old hand saw, sharpened too much? - 11 replies

Beginner question: I bought an old Disston D-23 hand saw for $6 at an antique mall. It has a very narrow tip, a lot like the one shown here (this is not my listing, it just shows a saw similar to mine). Has my saw been sharped so many times that it is nearly “used up,” or were some saw sold this way?

05-06-2011 09:29 PM

Reducing size of dowels - 14 replies

I am building a little project that requires 3/8” dowels to be stuck into 3/8” holes. Only problem is that the dowels are a little too big. I can wrap some sandpaper around the ends of of the dowels and start twisting the night away, but that doesn’t produce a set of uniform, truly round dowels. Are there any techniques for ...

05-06-2011 08:10 PM

Notches in hands saws and plane irons - 6 replies

I bought two vintage saws recently that each had three little notches cut or filed into the top edge of the saw, just in front of the handle. I’ve also seen a vintage plane iron with three similar notches filed into it (on the side, near the top). Anybody know why this was done? Was it for identification reasons?

05-06-2011 04:06 AM

Used saw set? - 3 replies

Anybody have advice on buying a used saw set? I bought a couple old Disston hand saws today ($6 and $8) and would like to sharpen them and set the teeth (or set and then sharpen). The antique tool vendor had four or five saw sets for sale, all very different from each other. Can old saw sets be used, or are they generally “worn out”...

05-04-2011 06:50 PM

Rip hand saws with teeth of different lengths - 5 replies

While out rust hunting, I saw a saw (I did, I did) with teeth of different lengths. In other words, the tooth length altered from long to short to long to short. It seems like the shorter teeth would never contact the wood. What’s the purpose of a tooth pattern like this?

05-04-2011 05:23 PM

Which hand saws? - 7 replies

What types of hand saws do I need to start hand-tool woodworking? I know that I will need a dovetail saw, a rip saw, a cross-cut saw, and coping saw (most of which I have), but what about other saws like back saws, tenon saws, and panel saws? What do I need to get started, and which saws can I wait to acquire later?

05-04-2011 04:58 PM

"Warranted Superior" hand saw - 1 reply

I came across an old hand saw with a “Warranted Superior” medallion. I know that these were second-tier saws, but I’m wondering whether this one could make a good user. It is in very good condition and priced at $8.

05-03-2011 04:43 PM

Advice on handling an eBay tool purchase that was missing parts - 19 replies

Two questions: (1) I purchased a Stanley Bailey No. 7 hand plane on eBay recently for a good price. When I received the plane, it was missing the cap iron screw (which holds the cap iron to the plane iron). The plane was completely assembled in the eBay photos, so I couldn’t tell that the screw was missing. I don’t think the s...

04-29-2011 03:57 AM

Questions about hand saws - 3 replies

I have a modern Disston rip saw that I was given in the early 1990s. I don’t think Disston hand saws are still being made today. When did they go out of production? Also, are any modern, affordable hand saws (like the Stanley Fat Max or other Stanley saws with induction hardened teeth) good for hand-woodworking, or are old, quality ha...

04-23-2011 10:25 PM

Lube and oil an old bit brace? - 2 replies

I bought a Stanley 965 bit brace off’n the ‘Bay recently, and I’d like to know how to keep it in good working order. Inside the mechanical jaw mechanism, there is some dirt and old grease. Should I clean out the old grease? If I do, should I replace it with new grease or just use something like WD-40? Should I do anything to...

04-14-2011 08:13 PM

Advise on buying an old bit brace - 6 replies

I’d like to buy a good, user-quality bit brace for a reasonable price. Can anyone recommend a few commonly available maker/model combinations to look for, and any that should be avoided? For example, “Company XYZ model 111 and 222 braces are all good, but their models 333 and 444 models are junk.” Also, can most brace-bits ...

04-12-2011 09:27 PM

Stanley Bailey planes: How to remove the "Y" adjusting lever and the lateral adjusting lever? - 7 replies

I’m trying to rehab a couple Stanley Bailey planes and I’d like to lap the surface of the frog. How can I remove the “Y” adjusting lever and the lateral adjusting lever? Thanks.

04-11-2011 05:38 AM

Discounts for Lie-Nielsen or Veritas tools? - 2 replies

Are there any ways to buy Lie-Nielsen or Veritas tools at less than full price? Sales, vendors with discounted prices , coupons, specials, etc?

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