|Project by docholladay||posted 04-04-2010 04:50 AM||3612 views||0 times favorited||17 comments|
There is an antique/flee mall near where I live. There is a dealer that specializes in tools. I always love to look at what he has on hand. He is constantly getting new items. Anyway, I was in the neighborhood today and decided to stop by. There were many interesting planes and a few hand and back saws that were tempting. There was a Pexto 1 inch chisel that was particularly tempting, but I didn’t have much time nor did I need to be spending much money considering I had just spent a significant sum putting new tires on my car. Just as I was about to leave, I saw a box on the floor. At first glance, it looked like a bunch of items that had not yet been put on display and marked with prices for purchase. Anyway, I couldn’t resist taking a look. Upon closer examination, I discovered that it was a box of pieces and parts of tools and he was selling the whole box for only $5.00. Well, I couldn’t turn that down. There just might be something cool in there. Anyway, you can see from the pictures that there is quite a lot of stuff in there. First of all, there was a Stanley #53 Spoke shave missing the blade. I think I know where to get my hands on one of those pretty easy. There was another wooden and another iron shave, but I don’t know if they can be repaired as easily. There were numerous marking and cutting gauges. 3 of which I have already managed to repair and get working by just putting in a threaded brass insert and a screw. I need to buy some appropriate brass thumb screws for them, but they work. Of particular interest is a plow plane that I think I can repair the adjustable fence and it may give me a reason to attempt a little blacksmithing to make a blade for it. There is also a couple of folding rules. 2 are complete and 2 are missing one part, but they could still be used, just shorter than they are supposed to be. Anyway, if nothing else, I have a couple of marking gauges and rules that are usable. I could always rob some of the hardware on some of the items to use for other things. Then I will have lots of little chunks of good hardwood (there is some boxwood and rosewood that I can easily identify) that can be used to make things like tool handles or plane wedges as well as other things where a nice piece of quality hardwood mike come in handy. $5.00 well spent I would say. Now where do I begin?
-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc