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I promised my self, that since I was starting my new life as a early retired because of health, I would invest in my workshop, the first part was some state of the art Festool tools from Germany, and second part was this – old wonderful tools for woodworking, and most of all some planes, since this was a big wish for years, at the time where I was working 70 hours as a Architect, and never had time for that.
It amaze me that one circular saw is the same price as I paid for all what you see in the last picture – I must say it’s amazing as you get value for money in the old tools, and how much better the quality are, so thank you guys for all the great inputs, that made the base for my choices.

Today I got a big box of old tools I bought on the web in Denmark for 70$ (first picture).
This was really a bargain, one Stanley 220, one broken Record 130 that I will rebuild to a chamfer plane, a fine old square, a spokshave, a veener saw, a router plane, a special wood plane, a bandsaw tooth adjuster, a marking gauge, and a wonderful old hand drill.
I bought also from the same guy 3 old mahogny chinese style woodplanes for 140 $ (I have no idea if this price was fair, but I fell in love, and felt I had made such a good deal first, that I could pay some extra… He asked for 170 $, but I managed to get it down) (First and third picture), with English Sheffield blades, and they are supposed to have been made in France a long time ago… They came from a retired furniture maker. These planes are so extremely beautiful, that I cant wait to try them out, but I think I have to flatten the bed, and sharpen the blades before, so it will be a fair test. My god I cant wait! It might become my favorite frinds for the finer woodworking.
(I would love to hear if somebody has any information on planes like that).

And one more box with some vintage Record planes I bought from a guy in England for 150 $ (second picture) wich I thik are fair but not fantastic (and the shipping was a little expensive).
As I can see the quality of the Records are the same as the Stanley, except from the very old Stanleys and the Bedrock’s. Does anyone have some experience in that also?

And yes – pinch my arm, there are some wonderful stuff, so now it will be time for hours of restoration…
I was in the woodworker heaven today, and will now sleep with a big wooden smile on my lip!

So I have decided it’s time to build a cabinet, a proper place for all these wonders, perhaps from some scrap pallet wood, as a wonderful contrast, I was thinking of a style like a Japanese toolbox.

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





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HalDougherty

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#1 posted 1595 days ago

You made a great deal! You’ll enjoy your new tools.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Monty Queen

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#2 posted 1595 days ago

Very nice tools, However, thats looks like to much work for me. Have fun.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Chelios

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#3 posted 1595 days ago

Mafe

This is a nice bunch of tools…You may have crossed the line from woodworker to woodworking tool collector…oh wait a minute, is there a difference?

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Routerisstillmyname

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#4 posted 1595 days ago

you’ve got a lot of sharpening to do ;-)

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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olddutchman

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#5 posted 1595 days ago

Enjoy the new tools Make the shop a pure joy to be working congratulations

-- Saved, and so grateful, consider who Created it ALL!!!

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jayjay

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#6 posted 1595 days ago

That’s a nice bunch of tools. Should keep you busy for awhile.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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donjoe

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#7 posted 1595 days ago

Great bunch of tools. I hope you are as excited as you sound.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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docholladay

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#8 posted 1595 days ago

You will have to actually complete a project once in a while to cover for the fact that you are really a tool collecting addict.

Those Stanleys and Records will do you nicely. Get them cleaned up and sharpened and you will have some fine tools. I have a few japanese style planes. They do cut very nicely, but have never tried any quite like the ones you have there. They look very nice. I would think that the main thing is going to be to get the blades good and sharp and to lap the soles and start taking shavings. You will need to make you a plane adjusting mallet for adjusting those wooden planes. You need something lightweight and preferably wooden so you don’t damage or leave marks on your planes when you try to adjust the blade settings.

Most of all have fun. I find that restoring older tools helps me to understand better how they are supposed to work and be used.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 1595 days ago

Good deal

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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JohnnyW

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#10 posted 1595 days ago

I think you have a lovely collection, and for $15 a piece it has to be a bargain. My eye is drawn to that big wooden jointer…...

There is a useful site with lots of information on the Record planes here

-- John

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Dennisgrosen

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#11 posted 1595 days ago

envy envy
you suck mafe :-))
congrat´s with your tool bargain hope they get tocked in you throth :—))
may the luck switch to me and I will laugh with you all the way
they will do excellent jobs when they are cleaned and honed

Dennis

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mafe

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#12 posted 1595 days ago

Yes guys, I can see I was in the sky yesterday, but who would not be on a day like that. And today, my smile are still quite big, also after all your wonderful comments ;-).
woodworking tool collector – yes, I have a soft spot, admit that, I also collect vintage watercolor boxes, and on this point my French girlfriend also ask me if I can really use them all… The truth, no but I love them all.
For the tools, I hope to learn and to be one day even skilled to use them all, I have always had a huge respect for the skilled woodworkers, for me it’s a kind of magic.
Yes, I have a lot of sharpening to do, acually I can’t wait, I love this moment, just before the edge are fine, and the next where the test shows if the efford were good (I have made knifes for some years, so I did a lot of honing).
Thank you a lot for all your comments, and for the Record link.
With love, Mads

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

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DaddyZ

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#13 posted 1595 days ago

Collecting is addicting, Look out !!! :) Nice haul

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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mole

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#14 posted 1594 days ago

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>I bought also from the same guy 3 old mahogny chinese style woodplanes for 140 $ (I have no idea if this >price was fair, but I fell in love, and felt I had made such a good deal first, that I could pay some extra… He >asked for 170 $, but I managed to get it down) (First and third picture), with English Sheffield blades, and >they are supposed to have been made in France a long time ago… They came from a retired furniture >maker. These planes are so extremely beautiful, that I cant wait to try them out, but I think I have to >flatten the bed, and sharpen the blades before, so it will be a fair test. My god I cant wait! It might become >my favorite frinds for the finer woodworking.
>(I would love to hear if somebody has any information on planes like that).

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In my country (Thailand), there are only/and very few wooden plane suppliers (2-3 good manufacturers exist), other than those wooden plane, there is only Stanley contractor-grade iron plane (very few users though). Hence, normally, Thai woodworkers use wooden planes like those in your pictures. A short..(about 7”) new wooden plane will cost ..about $24, while the longest ..(jointer plane) will cost around $45. Note that we only have
simple (no brand) hardenedable blade from China (or Thai(?)).. , the plane body is made from Thai hard wood. As there are fewer customers these days, so it is not easy for the plane manufacturers (tiny manufacturer) to produce or acquire special blade shape by themself. (like in my plow plane, I can only get one blade size..1/4”)..

These planes, which are produced by professional wooden plane maker , do produce quite nice output (as Thai woodworkers can survive by using only these planes). They has been in production since 30-40 years ago and one manufacturer (that I know) is going to end the production soon in the future, as the owners (plane maker themselves) become too old and their successors do not want to continue this kind of business :}

gossip as we know, plane blade depth/balance adjustment is not easy with these kind of planes though!

Here is the picture of my wooden planes (I didn’t attach the long handle though)
https://sites.google.com/a/phreak.net/o-ww/home/tools/plane

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#15 posted 1594 days ago

great deal, enjoy your new tools…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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