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those rainy days #1: some of my favourite tools

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Blog entry by rasp posted 06-24-2012 06:51 PM 2051 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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the sky is drizzling, my liver is polluted from Saturday night, and as Johnny Cash would say, there’s something about a Sunday that makes the body feel alone.

I am starting a kitchen refinishing job tomorrow. A neighbour has a 1980’s melamine kitchen with oak finger grips on the doors and drawer fronts.

I ordered 7 sheets of 3/4” flat sliced red oak on particle core, 3 sheets of paper backed flat sliced red oak veneer. The veneer cost more per sheet than the 3/4” PC, which has two layers of veneer. Strange. Picture taken a few days ago, it’s pouring out now.

Got my little 1/2 ton Chevy squattin’ (the hook is a defense against getting rear ended)

Anyways, since I can’t do much cutting in the rain I thought I would share some of my favourite tools with fellow LJ’s. I worked in a custom kitchen shop for about 2 years before going to college for cabinetmaking. Then I worked for a high end custom millwork shop that did a lot of work in Toronto, condos, sales offices, model home and suites, things like that. So I have amassed a modest but expensive collection of tools along the way.

First off, my bread and butter. I think posting this tool first solidifies my standing on the power tool side of the fence. I love hand tools and the ‘old ways’ but it just isn’t acceptable in the workplace to be assembling everything with hand screwdrivers and breast plate drills.

Milwaukee M12 drill and screwdriver. absolutely necessary. I’ve used the Makita, Bosch, Mastercraft and Metabo versions of this tool and only the Metabo can show up these drills. The only issue I have with the drill is sometimes the chuck loosens itself. The bit case was extra, but it holds all the bits I need, plus extra space for counter-sinks, nut drivers, etc all nice and neat in a rugged plastic case. Best bang for your buck, find the screwdriver on sale for $100~, and the drill and radio combo was on sale last week for 107$, my brother and his girlfriend both picked up a set.

The M12 radio is really nice to have if you like having tunes at work, and I do.

Going along with the drill is this Dimar Canada 3/8 carbide counter-sink. Pricey at $26, and it doesn’t come with a drill bit, but it’s drilled thousands of holes and still working fine, paid for itself. A quality counter-sink is necessary if you’re working with particle core or MDF. This counter-sink is usually always in the drill.

These are my favourite measuring tools. Stanley tape, I prefer the smaller ones with both metric and imperial. I have big 25’ tapes too but I leave them in my toolbox. They are a nuisance to put in and take out of your pocket.

6” Shinwa rule, 12” Union Tool combo square and a Swanson 6” combo square. they all have nice graduations, quality steel. the 12” combo square has a certain amount of sentimental value. it was given to me by my grandfathers carpenter friend. I have no idea how old it is, but it came as a complete set, with the protractor, center finder, and a level attachment.

This old Stanley knife was $1 find at re-use it center. Upon opening the knife at home, I discovered the original tip guard, and three original stanley blades made in england, all wrapped in original oil soaked paper. Not bad for a dollar.

so when I’m not at work, I like to use hand screwdrivers. I have two Stanley 130A’s, with the hex bit adapter from Lee Valley so I can use any other bits I might have. I find these are exceptional when dealing with small electrical screws. too cool.

I have begun collecting hand tools, mainly a set of planes I can use. I have a pre World War 2 Stanley No. 8

I just like it for it’s size, weight, rarity. I have plans to put it to use, but I need a proper workbench.

few little Stanleys (Defiance.. ?) One was given to me, the low angle was a $5 ebay find. it is my only low angle plane.

Stanely 220 block. My favourite plane by far. So much so,when I saw a similar plane at a yard sale, i bought it for parts. there are small differences, the mouth on one is bigger, one iron is a bit longer and the grooves don’t line up.

what I really like about this plane is you can quickly pop the iron out and use it to trim edge tapes, anything that doesn’t have a splintery grain, like oak. plane iron trims vinyl edge tape in seconds, and requires little sanding/filing afterwards to get a nice smooth edge.

my favourite hand saw. little irwin pull saw. I don’t have any legit antique hand saws, or decent hand saws, this is the only handsaw I use. I don’t much about hand saws so I can’t comment too much, but this saw has come in handy, and for 10-15$, if it gets bent, damaged or something, it’s easily replaceable.

Stanley #78, in rough shape. This was $40 at a yard sale. There was one on Kijiji recently in perfect condition with original box for $35. sometime its good to shop around. This particular plane is missing the depth stop, I ordered the fence from UK.

I used one of these in college to make a picture frame with all hand tools and immediately enjoyed using this tool. It’s very rewarding to watch a rabbet get cut right in front of you.

I would like to find out where to buy this Evapo Rust product everybody on here is talking about. i’d like to give it a shot on this plane.

few days ago I finally finished planer cart, no more lifting the planer off a shelf alone, tweaking my back!

also put together a quick thin stock jig for it, needed to plane down some splines

Anyways, those are some of my favourite tools. oh, I really like the UniSaw too.

I mounted one of my vintage Black and Decker routers today. I’m going to take the cast iron wings off and put the router on the other side, so it’s on the right side of the fence, like on most table saws.

Rainy days…

thanks for looking (:



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