Random thoughts of wood #1: Hand planes aquired!

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Blog entry by jace_robert posted 08-28-2011 08:51 PM 953 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I have begun my journey in woodworking. I purchased the last of my bench planes, I am now the proud owner or a 604, 605 1/2, and 607 Stanley Bedrock planes. I am very excited to get home and start cleaning and restoreing them to a useable condition. It will be a great thing to restore a tool from before my grandparents were born and use it to make peices of my own today! I am currently looking into other hand tools to buy as I am going to start up with Shannon Rodgers hand tool school. I want to work with hand tools and build furniture I want to try my hand at makeing some of the period peices I have observed in the great magazines and museams I have visited. Well until I have something more that wonders into my head. Happy woodworking and sharp tools!

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#1 posted 08-28-2011 10:28 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. Nice to have another hand tool guy around. Nice choice for planes to start with. I like the fact that you plan to use them and not just put them on a shelf. I do recommend however, that because of the value of those planes that you proceed with caution. You definitely don’t want to do anything that will hurt the value of those tools, but if done correctly, you will have some planes that work very well for you, but are also of some significant value. I don’t have a clue what If you need some reference material, I recommend the Hand Plane Book by Garrett Hack. Garrett Hack also has another book called Classic Hand Tools which is more of a general reference for almost every variety of hand tool. Both are very good books. If you are interested in vintage hand tools and looking for good solid users, I also recommend the website of a friend of mine that is an antique tool dealer. The website is then click on the link for Tools for Sale. Also, if you are looking for anything in particular, feel free to PM me. I might know of other sources where you might be able to find what you need.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Don W

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#2 posted 08-28-2011 10:57 PM

First, I want to second everything Doc said. The book by Garrett Hack is one of the best.

My question is if the 604, 605 1/2, and 607 Stanley Bedrock planes are the last, I’d like to see what came before. Pretty good choice to start with.

Good luck on your woodworking. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 08-29-2011 11:16 AM

@Don W
I was listening to woodtalk online and the disscusion was what would you get if you could get anything and Matt Vanderlist said “A whole set of Stanley Bderock planes.” so I went and googled them and I was taken with the idea of useing a tool from 100 years ago to make so new old furniture. As stated in the blog I am looking to this to the start of a long effort to make some great pieces in some older styles as my skills increase. And as far as what came before. Nothing these were the first tools I have bought and I got all three for less than I would have payed for one of the new veritas planes, so I feel I am way out in front at this time.

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#4 posted 08-29-2011 06:33 PM


Thanks for the tips I will be cleaning the planes and makeing them into the solid wood working machines they were originaly intended to be. I was also thinking as a concession to my vanity, that I would be adding a small ammount of red paint to the lever caps as they are all second or third generation and have the original companies full name I would like to accent that fact just to make it pop and it will cause little harm that can’t be solved with simple paint thinner. As I grew up in Michigan I have a great appreciation of the things from America that we actually made well and were once known around the world for. This is another facet of woodworking that appeals to me is the history of craftsmanship and acctually makeing something to challange the hands of time in there race for destruction.

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