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#1 posted 12-06-2007 06:44 PM

I consider myself both a collector and a user of hand planes. I can’t get enough of them! I use them in most every project, recently completing a project entirely with hand tools after initial thicknessing. (pic below)

I have in mind the tools that I want to complete my “working” tool collection and buy them as I encounter them. I also have a large number of planes that I’ll never use, simply because I love what they represent, years and years of hand tool woodworking. I think they are beautiful tools, and I am collecting them for asthetic and sentimental value, not for their economic value. If I think one can be restored to working condition, I restore it. If I know it is worth a lot of money, as a couple of mine are, I’ll leave them as be and simply display them in my shop. It pleases me to be surrounded by hundreds of years worth of woodworking tools, and for the ones I do restore, I feel as if the original owner would be thrilled to know his tool was still being used 150 years later.

One of my favorite planes is an 1858 Auburn Tool Co. coffin smoother. I restored it. Heresy? Probably, but it works better than my LN #4!

Here’s that hand tool table…that top was smoothed entirely with an 1858 hand plane. Shaker Writing Desk

-- Just another woodworker

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