A couple of years after my uncle saw fit to send of few of my grandfather’s tools home with me, an aunt visited today with a very special gift. It’s a Stanley #103 block plane, one that was her father’s plane (my grandfath...
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Some guys learn engine work while growing up, or fishing, or gain a passion for professional sports teams. I was fortunate to have a dad and grandad very capable with tools. After a 10 year renovation and expansion of our 1898 home, my wife and I are busy raising four kids. Time in the shop is just one of many things that compete for attention. I gained a love of antiques from my mother, and that is exhibited in my tools - SW vintage Stanleys are da bomb! My standing goal is to raise my skill level to the point that I can make quality pieces worthy of passing along to my children.
EDIT: Added 23 May 2012, this portable bench to build.
-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive
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