The old time woodshop journals #8: The Millers Falls, Stanley, and the 2 dollar saw

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 06-18-2012 11:04 PM 2468 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A wonderful day for a handplane… Ok, maybe more than one…they are like a favorite junkfood snack…one is never enough!

I thought I would just mill around a bit in the old time woodshop….sometimes after a project I find it nice to take time and clean some past bought auction finds…..or clean up some messes here or there. Just more of my new approach to not rushing unmindfully straight on into the next idea.

I find doing that confusing and a inner battle of wanting so badly to play in the arena of creativity…all the while being totally unsettled with the actual piece that I want to create. The results in that for me always seem rushed and without fullfillment.

Having a great time horsing around with the tool tote (My last project).....I continue to look at it…and go….hey, I like that….lol

Fits the shop, which is also in a state of needing more finishing….have to get on that…lol

So onto some of the additional cleanups and finds. I was very lucky to purchase a Millers Falls #14 jack handplane! Very happy with it. I also just got finished cleaning up an old handsaw I purchased a few weeks back from a picker who said he found it in an old barn….very cool. Let’s take a look at some pics to explain what is what!

Pic: 1: Nice view from outside of my shop, I like to stop for a moment and look around if I can to set my mind straight and give thanks for what I have.

Pic: 2-3: Ahh…..theres that old beat up saw. Much rust on this one for sure…...I really liked the handle and for 2 bucks I had to get it. I call it my hockey player saw…’s got a few missing teeth but it’s tough as hell…..lmao!

Pic 4-5: This is looking better now….a lot of hand work here for sure….about as clean as I think is needed….and I love the handle with the oiled finish and once more lively brass!

Pic 6: Thought it was a nice pair up with this Richardson and Bros. cleanup I did a few weeks past.

Pic 7-8: The tool tote awaits my seek and find session for either adding in a auction newbie or taking one and freeing up some more room…....this stuff as you all know….can get addicting…lol. The tote carries well although I really have no need to carry it…..and I don’t mind…haaaaaa it weighs in with a full load of around 35-40 lbs….lol. I will save my walk with Roy for my Carolina styled tote…..thanks anyway…lol.

Pic 9-11: Heres the planes…...the resto I just did on the Stanley Jack…and this new already cleaned up Millers Falls #14 Jack. I really wanted one of these…and being with my Dad..he kept saying…that’s a nice one…and we got it!

Pic 12: What the hell I brought out the whole fleet and took a shot… I said….one is never enough….haaaa. Well now…with all of these I estimate I could probably buy 1 1/2 Lie Nielson Jackplanes….lmao.

These simple machines are only powered by sweat and strength, standing the test of time as long as the craftsmen has the will to power it ahead with pride and vision for the task to be done with the highest of standards.

Yes these tools challenge the student with the lessons they teach, just as the grain in planks of wood remind us that nature knows best for our greatest fortunes.

The trees and our blades wage into a tug of war of wit and might but it is the wiser artisan that opens his soul in humility to the wisdom of the branch and the magic of the leaf.

Journies of our woodworking past gives forth the opportunity of the present to rediscover the paths of skill and conduct ourselves with patience, instinct and creativity.

As my long walk carries on I endure and embrace the grains, shavings and joinery of each step and wish my colleagues the best roads ahead.

Best roads to all friends… well!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 06-18-2012 11:19 PM

Really nice fleet of planes Joe. And they are all so clean! Have fun making some shavings.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 06-18-2012 11:19 PM

You are gonna soon need to build a new shop or another room for all your great finds. Good blog and good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 06-18-2012 11:23 PM

I can’t help but think as I listen to you wax poetically about our struggle with wood and iron. That we all need to take more time to appreciate the craft we endeavor on, the journey we travel and the strides we have taken. your words touched a place in my soul reserved for those times when I allow myself to slow down enough to realize all that I have and how little I need. I am at an age when those passing fancies of my youth are long behind me and before me are the years of peace and accomplishment. Thanks for reminding me that I need to stop and enjoy more and worry less. may your days be filled with the joy and peace that you deserve and have earned….. Papa

-- Papa...

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#4 posted 06-18-2012 11:52 PM

Beautiful collection Joe

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Don W

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#5 posted 06-19-2012 12:42 AM

ahhh so nice. Beautiful job on all the restorations.

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

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#6 posted 06-19-2012 01:12 AM

I was just going to read this post because I can’t sleep, but if I look at those pictures properly I’ll be up all night, so I’ll come back in the morning and read it properly. LOL.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 06-19-2012 02:34 AM

Thanks so much Papa for the kind words, so glad that we can share our ideas on here and all the best days right back at you my friend.

Thanks to all of my wonderful LJ’S buddies for their interest and support of what we love. I think we are some pretty awesome LJ’S! I thank you for the inspiration of your talents and time.

Great shavings to all and be well!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#8 posted 06-19-2012 08:01 AM

Another wonderfully inspiring post Joe. Beautifully written my friend. Nice finds too and fantastic restos. Thanks for sharing. Your posts are a great way to start the day.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#9 posted 06-19-2012 03:13 PM

Joe, beautiful words, inspirering, full of heart.
The tools, yes this is like grass, not so easy to hold down… But what a lot of wonderful joy.
What a wonderful lot of planes and saws and what wonderful place for them to be.
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 06-20-2012 10:18 PM

Very well written an blogged. Man you got a tool problem. Welcome to the club. Thanks for sharing.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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