The old time woodshop journals #11: Transitional inspiration and a revival for a galoots tool tote

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 07-02-2012 10:52 PM 7335 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s something about the color of the aged wood mixed with black iron that gives it a feel of a time far gone and yet of great interest to the modern day handtool enthusiast.

I think simply put…my love of traditional handtools and their uses are because in todays high tech modern society it has no business being conducted at all…lol. I love that fact…it’s a dinosaur and caveman pastime…and the masses of hurried gadget grabbers and stressed out overachievers almost look at these relics in a sort of joking manner…..your not really going to use that rusty old piece of junk?.....we will be here all day trying to do woodwork that way!….lol

Exactly where the passion for handtools comes together for me….yes…..we might actually be here another hour or two more than the powered and more precise modern machine…, smell the pine…..see the sun or hear the rain…...feel your muscles work again and love the feeling of your heart pumping…your alive!. Last time I looked the pale blue dot we strut around on… not a rehearsal….lol

I had been looking on ebay for a transitional Bailey plane #26 and they are fairly easy to come by…...but not always with totes complete or the base wthout hard wear or cracks.

So I was really surprised and very happy to see my buddy Ralph this Sunday morning at the local flea market with one on his back table not touched yet. ”I haven’t had a chance to get to this one yet so it’s kind dirty still…I was gonna do $25…..your a good customer….say $20” he said. SOLD.......Joe said…lol. Ahhhh… a nice looker of a plane…..and no crazy shipping fees…..lmao!.

I reallly felt good about this one…..I just liked it…like an old car that you know in some way…your going to have to tool box it a little here and there….but that car is going to be a keeper.

I think this plane is a keeper for sure. I took to doing a small restoration on it..a little new paint, some wax, oil, and a ton of good spirit I recieved for the sweated efforts.

The sole is in pretty square shape too…I was very pleased.

I wanted to keep the patina and old looks…..and yet still give it a boost with some shiney new paint as well. I am so glad I did it this way….I love the old rustic wood with age and history all over it.

The blade was sharpened on my diamond stones and the shaves are sheering with joy.

Here are some pics to scroll through, take a look!


So as with any nice handtool revived and ready for use once more….in the galoots tool tote I had to put it….well at least for this blog…lol.

As I was saying….......
It’s something about the color of the aged wood mixed with black iron that gives it a feel of a time far gone …..but, no matter what friends it is wonderful to be here…...right now.

Enjoy now, be well and laugh hard.

Great transitional bailey shavings to all!


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

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#1 posted 07-02-2012 11:16 PM

I wonder if the craftsman that originally used that #26 understood what it meant to smell the wood, hear the sounds a plane makes, and relish the simplicity of the hand tools. I’m thinking not. I’m glad we get to do it for them.

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

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#2 posted 07-02-2012 11:37 PM

Nice job…......................AGAIN!

You are very good at these restores!

Keep it up.

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

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#3 posted 07-03-2012 01:57 AM

Nice job on the restoration, cool pictures, and a well written post. Thanks for sharing.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 07-03-2012 02:18 AM

Really came out nice

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

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#5 posted 07-03-2012 07:08 AM

I must stop reading your posts on work days (like that’s gonna happen) because I just end up dreaming for the rest of the day. Great post Joe. Thought provoking, inspiring and a great plane too. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- - 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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#6 posted 07-03-2012 09:56 AM

Beautiful plane, beautiful words, beautiful thoughts.
I will dream my day away.
Best thoughts,

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

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#7 posted 07-03-2012 12:40 PM

Your words certainly resonate with me Joe and I’m sure many others. High productivity usually dictates the use of machines and let’s face it many prefer them, but us hobbyists can work a bit slower if we choose. Personally my old bones prefer machines, but my brain enjoys handwork. I try to strike a reasonable balance between them in my shop. I do find that hand tools are often more efficient than machines, especially for non repetitive tasks.

I think that there are several very appealing advantages to hand tools. As I see it, they are relatively inexpensive, require much less shop space, have low noise levels and are much more healthy to use, and of course there is the pure joy of just using and caring for them them. I’m glad to see so many here on LJ like yourself who are keeping our traditional woodworking methods and tools alive. Keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 07-03-2012 03:06 PM

The other day my neighbor came over to borrow a cordless drill so he could hang some wire shelves on a hollow core closet door. I handed him my old Goodell Pratt egg beater hand drill. He was like ok yeah sure, took it with him but never even tried to use it. Someone else let him borrow a battery powered drill.

I was like common man you didn’t even try it? he was like man I don’t lift weights and that door is hard! :-0 ha ha ha ha.

Great restore Joe, enjoy making shavings, and keep sharing your fun in the shop with us!

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

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#9 posted 07-04-2012 03:06 AM

Thanks so much friends for the interest…...I am very thankful and humbled we can enjoy these handtools in our hobby time when it was not so much of an enjoyable task back in that actual period when it was very hard labor to feed families and make a dollar.

I want to say I highly appreciate woodworkers using machines as well….....I have learned plenty from there many talents and wisdom and also seek inspiration from the works they produce.

I will have more fun handtool revivals in the coming days I am sure…..lmao.

Be well friends!


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

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#10 posted 07-05-2012 03:30 AM

I am impressed at the fine work you do. As well as the way you wright your blog.
Happy 4th

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

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