Ode to Tools of Yesteryear

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Project by pintodeluxe posted 04-28-2011 04:44 AM 2386 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mounted on rough-sawn barn cedar is my ode to old tools. This is a collection handed down from my father and grandfather that I am pretty proud of. Included are two spoke shaves, a hand plane, a tin box for auger bits, and a brace and bit. This hangs above my workshop to remind me of the way things were (The hand plane is hanging from a cable loop for easy access in case the need arises).

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#1 posted 04-28-2011 05:52 AM

Very cool! Why not use them? Is that a bedrock copy?

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#2 posted 04-28-2011 06:46 AM

I did a double take on your photos. They almost could have been in my shop. Different old tools but the same window, same mortiser, same trees. Mine weren’t handed down. I used to use them.
Honoring the past is a good thing. I salute you.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 04-28-2011 07:18 AM

its a nice idea :-)
but why not use them they seems to be in pretty good shape and a little albowegrease
wuold bring them back to former pride


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#4 posted 04-28-2011 12:47 PM

I would love to have and use old tools like that.I look for them and have found a few but would love to have more.But it is nice to just look at too.


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#5 posted 04-28-2011 12:58 PM

Those are drawknives, not spokeshaves btw…and your tools of yesteryear are my everyday tools. They are stiil the right tools for certain jobs with NO substitutes. How do you peel a log or branch of its bark, for example with any power tool?

Take em down, sharpen them up and use them and become a real woodworker, I say!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#6 posted 04-28-2011 05:24 PM

Those drawknives are useful to I use mine all the time. And the cordless drill comes in handy.

-- Jeff,

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#7 posted 04-28-2011 07:31 PM

I’m with the guys about using them. It is quite possible to make a display that also keeps the tools handy and accessible for use. My favorite tool for driving screws is a brace fitted with a screwdriver tip. I am not nearly as likely to strip screw threads if I do it by hand and it is just a fast as a cordless drill any day. As for the drawknives, once you get one sharp and become familiar with it, there is nothing like it. It is my favorite tool for, as has been mentioned, stripping bark off of a tree. Also, I don’t know of anything that works as well for doing the rough shaping of things like a hammer handle. Also, I don’t know how anyone does any woodworking without hand planes. A properly tuned hand plane almost completely eliminates sanding and I am more than happy to minimize sanding as much as I possibly can. I find it (sorry for the pun) to be an “abrasive” activity.


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

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