Collapsible forged reamer auger
museum tools back to life
Acually this should have been part one since it was the first af the tools I restored… Hmmm life ain’t logic, so why should my blog be so…
The summer 2015 I was at a marked with some friends, there were a guy selling tools, he had gotten his hands on a museum that was closing down and so he had some interesting things, I bought a few, just the once I needed…
One of these tools were a wonderful old hand forged reamer, it was actually this one that caught my eyes, I liked the simplicity and the way it was held in place. Less is more than enough.
Finds of the day.
Here they are again, the old museum tools.
Spoon auger, reamer and two old pole lathe turning tools hooks.
Since we are done with the others, it must be the reamers turn now.
Once again, taking some measures and photos so there will be no doubt later.
The bugs really had a feat here, so even I love the old handle, it have to go.
No bugs are allowed in my shop.
Also it was so badly eaten, that the wood was to soft to be strong enough in use.
It seemed as if the handle has become loose and so some wedges were added, this I can do later if it becomes needed, for now I will try and make a snug fit.
Once apart, the old nails became visible, one really old hand forged nail and one that seemed newer.
Here the wonderful simple old one.
Wood were burned and now time to get in the shop.
Lazi I am, so I cut the fist shape on the band saw.
Then shaping the handle with a drawknife on the one legged shaving pony. ;-)
I have to admit I love using a drawknife.
Shaping the ends with a knife.
Marking the centre.
Drilling a few holes on a row.
Then removing the waste and making a snug fit with chisels.
Once happy with the fit, the metal is fitted in place.
A little hollowing out in the wood is needed to make that fit, this because the old metal is a wee out of line and I don’t want to straighten it.
A card scraper are used for the final finish.
After a wee dye, oil and wax, the tool is back to working order.
I’m almost happy, it will need a little use before the patina is right.
Wonderful that it can come apart this easy, like this it can be brought in a bag for forest woodworking, like a fast chair or so.
Later I decided to burn the wood a wee, then a light scraping, oil and wax again.
That really did the trick, now it have this patina I like, and after a little use it will be as good as old…
It is sharpened and ready to use, in fact it already made tapers for a simple shop stool and works like a gem.
This was the end of the little restore tour, not a giant step for man, but a small rescue for our history.
Hope it could inspire others to bring back life to old tools.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.