Shop Tools #7: Today's Finds - July 8 2007

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 07-09-2007 12:49 AM 2374 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today was the monthly antique sale here in Sacramento. I got a few interesting things and almost got something I’ve been looking for. I pulled a Fulton #2 sized plane out of a box of old planes. I asked how much and was told $180. Perhaps for a nice Stanley, but for that kind of money I would have been better off buying an Lie-Nielson. Such is life.

I came across a box of Saws and picked 3 out. I’m starting to look for a few good saws and these look like they could be restored. I will begin to do some research on restoration. I know a few internet sites and have some books to read.

Hand Saw

Back Saws

Here is a close-up of the small saw. It is an Atkins…

Atkins Saw

David was asking if I found any planes in the chat on veneering this morning. I found 2. A type 11 4c and a very inexpensive #220 in it’s original box. Normally, I would have passed on the 220. But it found it’s way into my shoulder pack. The 4C has a crack in the handle, but other than that should clean-up real nice. I saw several #4s today. This was the best of the lot and I paid $20 for it.

Stanley #220

Stanley #220 Side

Stanley 4C

Stanley 4C - Sole

I picked up a couple of chisels



And also, you can never have enough clamps…. (I have a thing for machinest’s clamps)

Machinest's Clamps

That is it for today. Have a wonderful weekend and if you have any advise, suggestions or information relative to the saws. Please share. Thanks.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#1 posted 07-09-2007 02:44 AM

Wayne -

Good luck on finding a No 2 Stanley for $180.00 (probably more like 2 to 3 times that in good cond). That was probably a fair price (from a collectors stand point) for the Fulton. It’s getting tougher and tougher to even snag an affordable No 3 nowadays.

Hopefully you can find someone (perhaps an old-timer) that can sharpen those saws by hand (the machines don’t do the best job unless it’s a rip saw set). I’ve accumulated the tool sharpening tools (vice, sets, files, jointer, etc) and it’s a steep learning curve (for me at least). And that was before I needed to start wearing glasses!

-- Paul, Texas

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#2 posted 07-09-2007 03:12 AM

I know what you mean on the prices. I was looking at a later #2 in an antique shop a while back. It was a bit pitted. They were asking $360 for it. The fulton did not have very nice nobs and was not up to Stanley quality. From a collectors perspective, perhaps. But from a quality perspective, I would rather have the LN #2. For one it is based on the bedrock design and is well constructed.

I know a guy who may be able to do the sharpening. I’ll probably go slow with them and do some research before I do anything significant. Both of the back saws seem to cut fairly well.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 07-09-2007 05:31 AM

I had an old Belsaw hand saw sharpening machine. I only set it up to see that it worked and disassembled it and when I moved to NJ. I trashed it. No time to try to sell it.

Good luck on your sharpening. Do you belong to “Hand plane Anonymous”

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 07-10-2007 01:59 AM

Have you seen



or this?

and this?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#5 posted 07-10-2007 02:46 AM

Thanks Dorje, I had not seen them yet. Great pointers

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 07-10-2007 08:07 AM

You bet – Sharpening saws is something that I’d like to learn to do one of these days too!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 07-11-2007 11:28 PM

Wayne -

I always enjoy your tool hunting adventures. Looks like some great additions to your growing collection. Looks like you will need to build a saw till and get cracking on the plane storage system!

Dorje – great links! Thanks.


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#8 posted 08-08-2007 06:36 AM


I was just about to say something about finewoodworking when I saw your “thanks Dorje” comment. I scrolled up before I started to write and wouldn’t you know it, he beat me to it. Must be that clean Seattle air…

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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