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Blog series by toolmike updated 03-22-2014 01:26 PM 6 parts 5893 reads 4 comments total

Part 1: Hobbies block planes

09-11-2013 02:19 PM by toolmike | 1 comment »

Ever heard of Hobbies planes? I found them by accident on eBay, and have put together a study on the ones that are now in my collection. Hobbies is a British model maker supplier, in business since 1895. At some point they made their own tools, including planes, fret saws, and drills. If anyone has any information on the missing two planes (i.e specs, pictures), or on Hobbies planes in general, I would be happy to add it to the study. Hobbies block plane study

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Part 2: The Millers Falls Plane-'R'-File

09-14-2013 01:46 AM by toolmike | 0 comments »

The 1950s resonated with some truly interesting tool designs. Millers Falls spent a lot of effort designing aesthetically pleasing tools. Wood was sometimes replaced with plastic, designs were streamlined, aluminum made an appearance. One of the more interesting tools was Millers Falls No. 1220 Plane-’R’-File, a Jekyll and Hyde type tool which could be used as either a plane or a file – their answer to Stanley’s surform. Nice concept, beautiful design, but the tool jus...

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Part 3: "Buck Rogers" planes from Millers Falls - Part 1

09-27-2013 12:27 PM by toolmike | 2 comments »

Streamline moderne is a type of Art Deco architecture that emerged in the mid 1930s and lasted more than two decades. It emphasized curving forms, and moved beyond architecture into industrial design, and even tool design. Millers Falls developed a line of tools in the post-WWII years which were heavy influenced by streamline modern – and symbolic of the 1950s “atomic era”. It is defined by tools such as the No.100A automatic push drill, the No.104 geared hand drill, and the...

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Part 4: Atomic-era tool design

11-29-2013 03:42 PM by toolmike | 1 comment »

The 1950s may have been the last great push in tool design before the dark ages of the 1960s-1980s ensued. This blog posting is a little bit more info on Millers Falls “Buck Rogers” tool line. http://workingbyhand.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/atomic-era-buck-rogers-tools/

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Part 5: Millers Falls No.104 drill

12-19-2013 03:48 AM by toolmike | 0 comments »

A brief Millers Falls study of the No.104 “Buck Rogers” hand drill. This is a very aesthetically pleasing tool, but functionally it doesn’t work as well as some of their earlier models. http://workingbyhand.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/the-millers-falls-no-104-hand-drill/

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Part 6: The now somewhat "rare" Millers Falls No.42 coping saw

03-22-2014 01:26 PM by toolmike | 0 comments »

Shortly after a post about the Millers Falls No.42 coping saw on C. Schwarz’s blog – the saw became “challenging” to find. This might be because it offers one of the better mechanisms for adjusting the blade. So I hunted around for about 3 years before I finally found one, then two, and finally 3 saws. But the one thing that struck me was that all three were different – not strange in the tool world, but maybe strange for a saw. Here’s a small study of the ...

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