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Blog series by Tomcat1066 updated 10-16-2011 12:01 AM 16 parts 28590 reads 111 comments total

Part 1: The Great Beginning

01-04-2008 06:49 PM by Tomcat1066 | 3 comments »

OK, so I just found out that I can actually do blog series on LJ, and that’s just the coolest thing ever. I thought I would document a bit about my tool gathering. It might just help out some other poor soul who’s just starting out, and discussion about it could be a good thing for myself and others as well. First, let me state for the record that my initial intent was to gather heirloom quality hand tools that could be within my family for the next 100+ years. Perhaps build...

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Part 2: Disston enter's the mix

01-07-2008 12:17 PM by Tomcat1066 | 7 comments »

After an unsuccessful try at a #71 router plane, I just had to snag something off of Ebay. It was personal. This time, it was a couple of saws. A Disston D8 and another saw with simply “Warrented Superior” and a patten date of Dec 17, 1887. Why did I get these? Part of it was the fact that I didn’t get the router plane. Sure, one of the saws is a crosscut saw, which is something I need. That was part of it. I had been looking at Japanese crosscut saws, and I decide...

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Part 3: I See No End in Sight!

01-09-2008 01:51 AM by Tomcat1066 | 19 comments »

It’s true, the end is nowhere in sight. I may be gathering tools for my entire adult life. My #80 cabinet scraper got hear yesterday, and the last two of my Japanese chisels got here today. I have a D8 rip saw en route shortly, accompanied by a Warranted Superior saw that looks like a cross cut. I already have a dovetail saw, though I’d like to get a western style to play with. Everywhere I look, there’s more and more tools that I can easily foresee me needing. Lucki...

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Part 4: Come Together...Right Now...Over me!

01-14-2008 12:42 AM by Tomcat1066 | 3 comments »

Sorry, but Aerosmith’s version was on the radio earlier and it just got stuck in my head, hence the title. It’s been an interesting week with tool gathering for me. Yesterday, for example, I was trying to decide if I wanted to fork out the money for a new router plane, or plow plane. I was looking at the Veritas version of both, since I really liked all that I read about these planes. Just for fun, I searched eBay for planes, and low and behold…a #45 combination plane!...

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Part 5: Show off time!

01-17-2008 11:59 PM by Tomcat1066 | 13 comments »

The Thursday after payday is like Christmas for me. Why? Easy. That’s when the tools I bought the previous payday typically arrive! Today was a pretty big haul for me, and since I’ve mentioned these tools before, I have to make sure they actually exist by posting them. So, without further ado, here we go! First is this 12” Tenon saw. It’s marked WARRANTED SUPERIOR in a manner that reminds me of Disston saws. The metal is darkened from either age or some treat...

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Part 6: Oddities of Gatherings

01-21-2008 10:48 PM by Tomcat1066 | 2 comments »

So, here I sit. I’ve got my Stanley #4 sitting in a nice warm bath of citric acid, getting rid of all the rust. This is the one that I purchased with a Stanley #919 10” bit brace for a whopping $1.25. I wanted the brace, for a stupid reason really (The H.O. Studley tool chest had one…how’s that for stupid reasons?). However, when I purchased these two, I saw the diamonds in the rough. No one else on eBay really cared about the brace, and the plane looked horrible....

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Part 7: A Setback

01-25-2008 02:42 AM by Tomcat1066 | 11 comments »

One of my proudest purchases was a #4 Stanley plane and a #919 Brace off of eBay for $1.25. I thought I had made a hell of a deal, and I really did. The brace alone is well worth that price. However, the plane is a bit of a disappointment. First, and I knew this from the pics on eBay, the knob was missing. Second, the tote is slightly cracked, though it still looks like it could be serviceable. These are no big deal really. I checked the sole when it got here and it looked flat. Bes...

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Part 8: I'm cleaning up!

01-26-2008 08:06 PM by Tomcat1066 | 10 comments »

So. As of last night, I’m the proud owner of a #60 1/2 type block plane. I say type because instead of it saying Stanley, it says Norvell Shapleigh & Co. that dates it to around 1912 or so. But the pride of the weekend is my back saw. You remember this ugly and beat up thing, right? Well, it wasn’t pretty. I honestly have no idea what possessed me to even by that ugly thing. It’s really pretty scary, isn’t it. Well, I spent some quality time last wee...

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Part 9: Yet Another Plane

01-31-2008 12:25 AM by Tomcat1066 | 7 comments »

Upon returning home, I was surprised to find a package waiting for me on the bed. Since I’m only waiting for one tool, I knew what it had to be…my Norvell Shapleigh’s 60 1/2 type block plane. For those who don’t know what a 60 1/2 block plane is, it’s a low angle, adjustable throat block plane. Now that we’ve got that covered, on to the details. This is yet another eBay find, and I was thrilled to find it. I’m fascinated with the Diamond Edge s...

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Part 10: Been a While...but worth the wait

02-16-2008 02:29 AM by Tomcat1066 | 4 comments »

It’s been a little while since I posted in this series, but it’s oh-so-worth the wait in my humble opinion. I have goodies aplenty to share with one and all. First, the obligatory Norvell Shapleigh tool. This one is a smoother hand plane. I can’t really call it a #4 or a #4 1/2 either. It’s length is halfway between the two, so I call it a #4 1/4 instead. Actually, it’s a #4 1/4C since the sole is corrugated. Sorry in advance for the crumby picture. Hopef...

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Part 11: Where Was THIS When I Needed It?

11-21-2008 10:25 PM by Tomcat1066 | 5 comments »

Some time back, I was finally able to pick up a Disston dovetail saw. If I remember correctly, these are rare animals out in the wild to some extent, and I paid more than I really wanted to. Again, this was a while back so I may be remembering this wrong. I do remember it being a pain in the butt trying to snag one off eBay. This difficulty of finding decent vintage saws at reasonable prices, coupled with the cost of new dovetail saws that are worth a flip, have been one of the driving ...

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Part 12: A couple of steps back

09-11-2011 11:17 PM by Tomcat1066 | 0 comments »

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 fro...

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Part 13: Buying frenzy on eBay

09-18-2011 03:23 PM by Tomcat1066 | 7 comments »

Yesterday was an expensive day for me…somewhat. I picked up what was advertised as a Diamond Edge plane, but I believe to actually be a Type 11 Stanley #4. It has the Diamond Edge tote and blade, but also shows Stanley patent dates and says Bailey on the toe. The Diamond Edge on the tote doesn’t quite match up with what the date of the plane looks to be, so it’s probably a bit of a frankenplane. No worries for me though. I want a user plane, so the tote won’t matt...

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Part 14: Tools are multiplying like rebates

10-02-2011 04:28 AM by Tomcat1066 | 4 comments »

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, w...

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Part 15: He shoots, he SCORES!!!

10-03-2011 03:10 AM by Tomcat1066 | 8 comments »

For a day I didn’t spend any time building a project for myself or for my home, it’s been a pretty awesome woodworking day. First, there’s the building of my son's toolbox. That was pretty cool all on its own. However, tonight I finally scored the vintage tool that has long eluded me. If you’ve seen Gone in Sixty Seconds, this is my Elenore. What tool might that be? Why, the vintage Stanley #71 router plane. I had about gotten to the point where I was ready to...

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Part 16: Crossed into the dark side

10-16-2011 12:01 AM by Tomcat1066 | 8 comments »

I’m terrified of table saws. Not many woodworkers will admit it, but I am. I know that, if used properly, they’re no more dangerous than any other tool…but I have ADHD and am far more likely to slip up than most folks. Of course, that didn’t stop me from buying one. Let me start at the beginning of my tale. You see, while I’m working out my notice, one of my co-workers is working out hers as well. Her husband is a truck driver. For the last couple of y...

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