The Tool Gathering Odessy #12: A couple of steps back

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 09-11-2011 11:17 PM 1112 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After much work, I had finally gotten my tools pretty much gathered. Now, I can’t find some of them, namely most of my chisels. What the heck?

Of course, it’s all good. I had bought some Japanese chisels from Grizzly that, while they worked just fine, I just wasn’t particularly happy with them. The problems had nothing to do with the metal or anything that mattered, it was purely style. I’ve found that I’m not particularly fond of Japanese style tools from a stylistic stand point, at least as far as chisels go.

When I was first gathering tools, I was intrigued by the Narex chisels Lee Valley was selling. At that point, it seemed that no one was familiar with them, so I listened to others and was steered away. Now, the times have been a-changing. Narex now has a couple of new styles that I really like, including the Classic’s that Lee Valley sells. With a lower sides, I see them working much better on dovetails. The price is also pretty sweet, all things considered.

Not only that, but with Narex also now selling mortise chisels and skew chisels, I’m pretty stoked about these bad boys. It’s silly, but I like the idea of all my chisels matching. It doesn’t matter one way or another, but it’s a personal thing. I should be placing an order in the next week or so. I just have to decide how many I want to start with.

Along with not being able to find chisels, I am having to de-rust my planes and saws. My dovetail saw is relatively rust free, but the handle got broken. I’ve glued it back together, and it seems like it will hold, but I’m still pretty upset. It’s a Disston D4 that I all but quested over and finally got. I felt awful when I realized what saw it was, but that’s all my fault and no one else’s. If, for some reason that this won’t hold up for work, I’ll snag me one of the Veritas saws. I’ve been a fan of those since they were released, so I might just have to snag me one. Not that I’d really complain ;)

Of course, in the process of knocking the rust off of my tools, I decided to pass on a little something to the next generation. My son, Robby, is now ten years old. He helped me re-restore my 65 1/2 block plane and told me he wanted vintage tools himself. As a result, I gave him my second #5 bench plan. This one is a newer Stanley, just post World War II. Still pretty servicable. I figured it would be a good place to start with. Like I told him, even if he decides he doesn’t want to woodwork, he’ll have a kick butt tool :)

I’m excited to get back into building stuff, and snagging tools is definitely one of the most fun parts of it.

-- "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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