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andrewsco

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12-07-2016 09:28 PM

Hi all,

I have been buying, restoring and using vintage hand tools for quite a few years now and wanted to ask the community which hand tools, particularly vintage ones are particularly interesting that you use?

Some of the tools I currently own that I love for different reasons: – Preston decorative spokeshaves – Norris smoothing plane – millers fall cigar shave – record 311 plane – hand made router planes – berg chisels – infill shoulder planes

Anyone got any further thoughts? I’m looking for a few Xmas gifts for myself and love discovering old vintage tools…..

Thanks!


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Tim

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#1 posted 12-07-2016 10:09 PM

I don’t have anything near the high end that you do, but my beam boring machine made for timber framing might be my most interesting. That or my Stanley 62 double bladed reversible spoke shave. I can’t think of anything else particularly unusual. My Stanley 55 is quite a beast, but certainly not uncommon.

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HorizontalMike

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#2 posted 12-07-2016 10:23 PM

“Yankee-type” coffin screwdrivers. Look it up.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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andrewsco

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#3 posted 12-07-2016 10:24 PM



I don t have anything near the high end that you do, but my beam boring machine made for timber framing might be my most interesting. That or my Stanley 62 double bladed reversible spoke shave. I can t think of anything else particularly unusual. My Stanley 55 is quite a beast, but certainly not uncommon.

- Tim

I actually have a Stanley 55 but it is in really poor shape and as a tool I just would never use I’ll be selling it and replacing with a nice 35.

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andrewsco

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#4 posted 12-07-2016 10:25 PM


I don t have anything near the high end that you do, but my beam boring machine made for timber framing might be my most interesting. That or my Stanley 62 double bladed reversible spoke shave. I can t think of anything else particularly unusual. My Stanley 55 is quite a beast, but certainly not uncommon.

- Tim I actually have a Stanley 55 but it is in really poor shape and as a tool I just would never use I ll be selling it and replacing with a nice 35.

- andrewsco

45 damn predictive text!

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Bill White

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#5 posted 12-07-2016 10:41 PM

All the W. Butcher items that I have collected, and I’m lookin’ for more. Just seems to me that the steel is sooooo good, sharpens well, and doesn’t rust.
Wish I had the formula.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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canadianchips

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#6 posted 12-07-2016 10:42 PM

This i like asking which one of my kids are my favorite ?
I hate them all equally !......lol
I think my wooden moulding planes are perhaps the last thing I would ever get rid of.
I enjoy the quiet planing effect each one does.
Pretty much once they are set , they cut .
I find them to be my peaceful therapy that I need these days !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Tim

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#7 posted 12-07-2016 11:27 PM


I actually have a Stanley 55 but it is in really poor shape and as a tool I just would never use I ll be selling it and replacing with a nice 45.
- andrewsco

Check out this blog before you sell your 55. Has tons of posts in addition to this one on using both fences of a 55 to make things easier.
http://bringbackthehandtools.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-stanley-55-planemore-than.html

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bandit571

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#8 posted 12-07-2016 11:27 PM

Which one I like best? The one I am using…...all the tools in the shop are vintage.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Ron Aylor

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#9 posted 12-08-2016 12:14 AM

I agree with Bandit, just about all my tools are vintage, but I have say my favorite is my New York Tool Co. No. 3 “Coffin” Smoother. It just feels good!
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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BurlyBob

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#10 posted 12-08-2016 12:33 AM

I picked up a Stanley 45 this past summer. I’m thinking it’s going to be an awesome tool experience. I’ve yet to really learn it, but it fascinates me every time I unpack it.

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shipwright

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#11 posted 12-08-2016 04:55 AM

Don’t use them much anymore but these are sentimental favourites that I put a lot of hours on once upon a time.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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HokieKen

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#12 posted 12-08-2016 11:53 AM

Paul, that’s a cool looking mallet with the long head and brass end caps. Curious what it’s used for?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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bondogaposis

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#13 posted 12-08-2016 02:30 PM

I’m liking my newly acquired Keen Kutter transition smoother.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Tim

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#14 posted 12-08-2016 04:33 PM



“Yankee-type” coffin screwdrivers. Look it up.

- HorizontalMike

Mike, a web search didn’t turn up anything. Have some info to lay on us?

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Elm55

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#15 posted 12-08-2016 04:59 PM

My printers lead shoot board plane is a workhorse in the shop for cleaning up ends of boards. I have never seen one like it. It is very heavy and cuts through end grain with ease.



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