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6 days ago

Pattern makers chisels - 5 replies

I have a lot mixed lot of patternmakers, or paring, chisels from different makers like Swan, Pexto and Witherby. I have original handles for some of them but all have London pattern handles on the except for one, its just a long(ish) bowling pin looking handle, but all are turned from some hornbeam. All of them are in excellent condi...

35 days ago

stanley #12 with a toothed blade - 5 replies

I picked up a Stanley number 12 the other day and when I took it apart to begin the clean up and tune I discovered that it didn’t have a smooth scraper type blade in it but a toothed blade, forget the proper name for them. This seems to be an uncommon blade? Is it a pre scraper blade? what is its main/best usage?

257 days ago

Problem with how manufacturers mark chisels, plane blades, and most other tools - 7 replies

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...

338 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...

359 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...

400 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...

429 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.

769 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...

771 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,...

773 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...

775 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 ...

780 days ago


The only xacto knife Stanley ever made. Get it before someone else realizes what they have. ;) even has a safety knob.

781 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...

795 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.

804 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...

804 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...

805 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...

812 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 ...

814 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 ...

830 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...

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