I’ve been a member of this site for 219 days, according to my little stat tracker under my name, but I still consider myself a “New LJ”. Over the last 219 days I’ve learned more about tools and woodworking than I have in my 28 years of life, and I am extremely grateful to everyone who freely shares their knowledge. I’ve decided that I will take the hand tool path of woodworking for 3 reasons – 1) cost of machinery, 2) space needed for machinery, and 3) its just plain cool! When I first started down the slippery hand tool slope, I thought I wanted new tools…then I inherited some of my grandfathers old saws and planes, and I was hooked! Now searching for vintage tools in need of TLC has become an obsession for me, and restoring (poorly, I might add) these old tools gives me great pleasure. Plus, I’m a sucker for history, and tend to lean towards the ways of life of our fathers and grandfathers (and great grandfathers, etc!). Yeah, I’m the guy who says “Music was so much better back then!”, and “these new cars are nothing like the old iron from the 40’s”...
All that said, I decided to start a place for me to list the resources and people on LJ’s that have helped me learn…mostly for my own reference, but I can’t make a “private” blog entry, so I guess you all have to suffer with me clogging up the pulse page. Anyway, here goes!
Brit – This dude does amazing saw restorations…I have a hard time seeing his finished products and believing that they aren’t brand new. Also, the resident expert on all things drill…bit and brace, eggbeater, obscure brands…he’s got info on dang near everything!
Don W – In my 100th post on this site, I dubbed Don to be the Yoda of handplane restorations. The force is strong with this one…Actually, he does amazing restorations on everything…saws, vintage machines, it don’t matter. If its tired and rusty, Don will make it come alive again! Don has posted a resource dump for handplane info and one for saw info. Also, Don’s blog is a great resource and inspiration for me: http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com. Some of Don’s restorations are available for sale…someday I shall buy one (once I finish restoring all of mine and the wife says OK!). Oh, and one more thing…I posted an inherited Stanely 110 block with a broken cap. Don hooked me up with a replacement cap…He’s a good guy, never asked me for anything in return…I will always remember that, and will repay that kind favor someday.
Al – need a laugh? This guy can provide that, anytime, anywhere, on any subject. Also, his post about electrolysis taught me everything I needed to know to perform this electrical voodoo on my own. He’s also your go-to guy for anything Porche, as I think he recently purchased one…
Dan – The shaving man…Anyone with a questioning about sharpening or tuning a plane should get some reliable information from Dan. I’ve never seen planes tuned so finely that they would take a shaving like his. I’m quite jealous, actually, as my finest shavings look more like a spilled box of toothpicks on the bench…Dan gives me something to strive for, and once assured me that Wards Master planes aren’t a waste of space…
The Handplane Thread – quite possibly the thread that started my disease…and quite possibly a reason for handplane prices rising. Everything you every wanted to know about every plane ever made…IF you can find what you’re looking for in the 17,000 posts…if you can’t, jump in and ask and I guarantee that someone will know the answer or at least try like heck to find the answer for you.
The Chisel Thread – Anything and everything chisel-like. Expert advice abounds.
The Drill thread – All sorts of great info about the original cordless drills – the bit and brace and the good ol eggbeater. Ask a drill related question and expect Brit to emerge with an answer. Ask about an obscure vintage brand of brace, and he will come back with all the info you could ever expect about it. Simply amazing.
Hand Saws, anyone? – epic saw talk action. Restoring, sharpening, using, buying, selling…its all here! This thread taught me the difference between a panel saw and a hand saw…who knew there was a difference???
More to come, I’ll update as I have time. For now, my real job is calling to me, so I suppose I should do that and make more money for more tools!
-- Jason K