Old Tools New Life #1: Planes Annonymous

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Blog entry by coolerjack posted 07-25-2012 12:50 AM 4458 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m relatively new to this woodworking lark and the price of tools can be hard to justify to the other half !

She thinks I have an addiction and can’t understand why I could possibly need another plane !

I started out buying myself a shiny new Stanley SB4 but I wasn’t overly impressed with it so I started to look for second hand planes online.

Since then I have aquired

£ 6 Stanley SB3 ( this one I like as it cuts great so maybee I’ll have to try and tweak the SB4 )
£ 10 Stanley 75 Bullnose
£ 27 Stanley 78 (NEW)
£ 28 Stanley 9 1/2 (NEW)
£ 20 Record 50

I recently made myself a workbench using the tools I already had and a newly aquired biscuit jointer.
See it here

The top needed flatening so I decided I needed a #7 plane.

I picked this one up for £27

It cuts like a dream but I haven’t got round to flattening the bench top yet!

So I’m still looking at second hand planes and I came across this online

Listed as a ” Handy Toolbox and Tools”

I had to collect this after buying it for 16 Great British Pounds!

I bought it mainly for the plane which was listed as a Stanley #4.

When I got it home I found it was a #3….... But it is a Bailey so I won’t complain.

I plan on polishing it up and refinishing the handles.

(I don’t know what type this is so if you know i’d be greatfull)

In the box was a modern 8” Brace and a few bits, I gave this a whirl and thought it was great so i’ve since bought another complete with 11 different sized bits.

So I’m still looking at second hand planes and I came across this online

” old wooden planes ” buyer to collect

and I win it for £2.70

and I collect it

and bring it home

and look

and inside I have this pile of rust

which consists of

one E Preston and one Mathieson Spirit level

one gents saw

nine chisels

one mini plane

some oily sockets

two braces

an Acorn #4 plane

a metal handled drill (info please)

A STANLEY BAILEY 4 1/2 TYPE 9 1902-1907 with a sweetheart blade.

This is missing the 2 3/8” key hole lever cap but I will be contacting the seller to see if this can be located,

and the blade is a little damaged so will need some work !

All in all some great buys, now I just have to tidy them up and start using them !

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#1 posted 07-25-2012 12:56 AM

Nice… You got the Hand plane addiction.
Thats bad, considering you’ll need a bigger shop to fit all those tools.
Nice finds!

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#2 posted 07-25-2012 01:12 AM

Sweet scores, lever cap should be easy to come by. Chisels look like some potential winners too. Congrats.

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Don W

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#3 posted 07-26-2012 12:25 AM

nice gruop of tools your putting together. good luck with the addiction. welcome to the club.

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