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The Tool Gathering Odessy #14: Tools are multiplying like rebates

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 10-02-2011 04:28 AM 4531 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I need a rebate plane. It was an inescapable fact. The problem is, finding the right one. I love vintage tools, so that was the logical place to start. The problem is, I know I need one, but damned if I know what I’m actually looking for. Vintage wasn’t a lot of help because I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for. So what was a guy to do?

Well, to start with, I had a copy of The Anarchist’s Tool Chest that had some guidelines of what I needed. However, when I looked around I decided there was only one way to go.

Just a few moments ago, I pulled the trigger on a Veritas Skew rabbet plane, a right handed one. This will actually be my first new plane, but a Veritas is hardly a bad place to start, especially on this one. I looked around at the reviews. It seemed like the best option for where I was at as a woodworker.

As much as I love vintage tools, there are limitations to them. One is that if you don’t know what you’re looking at, you could get a complete dog of a tool that’s not worth a thing. I’ve got one Stanley #4 that’s just that. With buying new, you can at least check reviews and get an idea at what you’re looking at. This one shouldn’t require all kinds of tweaking to make it work just right. It shouldn’t require electrolysis to take the rust off. It’ll be good to go from the start.

That’s not to say I won’t keep buying vintage tools. It’s just to say that sometimes, there ain’t nothing wrong with new.

-- "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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#1 posted 10-02-2011 01:32 PM

TC, it is always fun to add new tools to the shop. It sounds like you made a pretty good addition to your tool collection. Post some pictures of the plane when you get it and give us a heads up on how it performs.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 01:37 PM

3finger: Thanks for the brief review. Your experience seems to echo the reviews I read. I’m pretty stoked. For years, I drooled over the Veritas and Lie-Neilson planes, even when I wasn’t really woodworking. I envied guys who had their shop filled with these tools with maybe a spattering of vintage here and there for “shop cred” or whatever. I wanted a rabbet plane that could do it all, or at least a half decent job of “it all” and the LV model seemed to do the deed.

Scott: You’re right. I’ve got a few others I need to get some picks of and just haven’t done it yet. I have a #4 and a couple of vintage folding rules that I need to get pics of. That’ll be coming shortly :)

-- "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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#3 posted 10-02-2011 09:27 PM

Its great to buy a new tool, aint it?

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 10-02-2011 09:42 PM

Yep, it’s nice. My bank account isn’t so crazy about it though ;)

-- "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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