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|91 days ago||
Does it bother anybody else that no manufacturer seems to actually stamp their logo, name, or tool identification INTO the tools, but rather simply label them with this sort of etching? Take the new Stanley SW chisels, the new Veritas chisels and others as examples. Compare them with the old Stanley chisels that have the name and model numbers s...
|172 days ago||
proper blade for an early 30's block plane - 12 replies
can anyone show or tell me what the logo should look like for a #18 and a #65 block plane from the late 20’s or early 30’s? How the logo should look, the blade shape (round, square) or any other features that would make a blade the correct blade for these two planes. Does anyone have any? If so, I would like to have one or both but I...
|194 days ago||
laminated and tapered Butcher plane blade - 3 replies
I know someone else had to have seen these on ebay. I bought an old Butcher (yes the chisel maker) plane blade that is both tapered in thickness, thick at the front and tapering towards the rear of the blade, and laminated. I hope to use it in a plane of my own construction someday so I thought I would give it a sharpening, NOT!! It is as hard a...
|234 days ago||
Japanese hand tools - 72 replies
I don’t really see much about J tools mentioned here but I have come to appreciate them more and more after having used them a lot through school and in my shop (when I had one). They certainly can be confusing and buying used or vintage certainly carries with it an element of anxiety because it is usually a gamble, something I don’t...
|263 days ago||
stanley 4 1/2 - 8 replies
Are 4 1/2 bodies and side wings usually thicker than even a number 7? I have a 4 1/2 with an unusually heavy body casting. It is in wonderful condition and performs like a champ. Sitting here looking at it and my 7 it is very noticeably heavier than any other plane I have.
|604 days ago||
My latest find - 4 replies
I bought this massive 2” James swan gouge for a song. It is nearly spotless and the blade is full length. This is a very massive tool. I had to handle it with white oak and I also made one of walnut. Darned hard to sharpen though. Does anyone have a particular technique or tool they use to sharpen big gouges or aNY gouges? It does not hav...
|605 days ago||
restoring color of stanley chisel handles - 3 replies
I have discovered a toner that,at least to my eyes,replicates pretty closely,the color of the original stanley handles. Now as I said, its a toner and not a stain which I think is what stanley used as well because while prepping these for a redo the color came off easily and had not penetrated the wood of the handles but was only on the surface,...
|608 days ago||
flattening oilstones - 8 replies
I find myself using my coarse oilstone a lot lately rehabbing the chisels I have beem buying lately (no,not tje pexto chisels),seems I’ve had a fit of chiselmadness lately,like some people with planes. So in the absesce of using the sandpaper/glass method I’ve been using the coarse side of one of my oilstones and have discovered that...
|610 days ago||
What would you do with these? - 21 replies
I do have other chisels but when I bought these I had every intention of putting them into action. These are some dead mint Pexto chisels with the box and even has the packing paper still with them. The handles have, or at least appear to have, never been hit once. These are “my” dream chisels, well, some of them. Since getting them ...
|614 days ago||
EXTREMELY RARE AND VALUEABLE - 15 replies
The only xacto knife Stanley ever made. Get it before someone else realizes what they have. ;)http://www.ebay.com/itm/150846547388?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649It even has a safety knob.
|615 days ago||
chisel explosion?? - 8 replies
I have never seen anything like this before, have you? I was chopping out a fingerjoint type joint in some QSWO I was going to use to make a small-ish tool chest. I was using an old stanley 750 3/4 chisel that, while I’ll admit had some very minor pitting, but otherwise in very nice condition. Force was provided by a, what I would consider...
|630 days ago||
Wanted - 0 replies
Does anyone have a small amount of hornbeam wood for sale? I am needing some pieces about 2-3 inches thick and 4-5 feet long. Can be branches, trunk, doesn’t need to be dimensioned lumber. I am needing it for some tool handles. So round straight branches are perfect.
|639 days ago||
"Great work" to Everybody - 2 replies
I just wanted to say that I am never not amazed when I visit here. I am always smiling when I leave because of all of the beautiful things that you all come up with to make. The time, love and care that is put into the things you guys make is just amazing. There is so much talent here that it is unreal. There is no other material like wood and i...
|639 days ago||
Sogard Hand Drill - 1 reply
I do not have any pre resto pics of this but it was really just dirty anyway. The frame paint was badly chipped and the wood was a bit dull but the metal parts were in decent shape, just a little surface rust spots. I went ahead and disassembeled it as far as I dared and went to cleaning. I scuffed the wood bits with a little oooo steel wool...
|639 days ago||
My first plane restore #6 Bailey - 10 replies
I don’t have many pics pre restore, I didn’t really think I’d ever restore it. I took the body down to bare metal and degreased it. Cleaned and ploished all of the other parts, did a little filing and fitting, and repainted with some stuff I found at the local auto parts place. It is for roll bars and bumbers so I figured i...
|647 days ago||
Swan chisel - 0 replies
Does anyone know if James Swan ever used a logo with JUST a swan and no lettering? I have looked at several of the tool history sites and a few museums but did not see, and did not read anywhere that he ever used, a swan and no lettering. I saw a few with lettering and no swan but not the other way around. I bought a chisel on ebay and the swan ...
|648 days ago||
Hand brace - 21 replies
How usefull are they? How often do they get used in your shop and for what? In what circumstance are they more usefull than say a cordless or corded drill? I know the Yankee brand is supposed to be the top of the line but one pays a premium for one even in not so good shape so I have been studying old lit from the Millers Falls Co., Stanley and ...
|664 days ago||
Stanley Block plane - 22 replies
Concerning only Stanley block planes, either standard or low angle, what are your choices and why? Lets exclude collectors value and rarity and concentrate soley on quality of materials, ergonomics, durability, user friendliness, availability and reasons like those. If you were going shopping for a few good, working stanley block planes, which o...
|678 days ago||
Old Starrett square - 4 replies
I picked this old square up at the flea market this weekend and was wondering if anyone can tell me anything about it. It’s a 3” Starrett square and says hardened No. 4,Athol Mass U S A and The L. S. S. Co. on it and is marked in 8th’s and 16th’s on one side and 32nd’s and 64th’s on the other. It is in dcent s...
|679 days ago||
Robert Sorby turning tools - 12 replies
All of these tools are brand new, never been used and still in original packaging. I have a beading set #55HS Retails for $149.00, a little cheaper at some places, I’ll take $125.00. It is in the original box with instructions. Next is an 812H 1/2” spindlemaster in the original pkg w/ instructions, retails for $55, I’ll take $...