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Forum topic by chrisstef posted 09-29-2010 01:36 AM 1061 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2010 01:36 AM

Being a relatively new jock i feel as though i am on my way down a dark path … maybe some of you can help me out. See the last maybe month or so ive been eagerly opening craigslist and the local newspaper on friday mornings to check the local tag / garage sales in the area for the coming weekend. What the heck am i doing you ask .. lookin for hand planes … ut oh. Ive since spent a whopping $9 total to bring home a stanley bailey #4, a Parplus #5 jack, and a Stanley Handyman 1203. Needless to say I’ve all ready spent many hours making a new tote for the #4 and cleaning and restoring them to a usable condition.


Im scared … what do i do? What is it like? Do i have to grow a beard and drink straight maple syrup?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#1 posted 09-29-2010 01:51 AM

To be a proper galoot, you need a beard, no mustache, a wide brimmed flat top hat, and suspenders at the least… But then again, to be a proper galoot, you wouldn’t be on the internet…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 01:55 AM

Galoot… no. Totally screwed, maybe. For nine bucks your having fun and ahead of the game. When the planes clean up nice and they work, its a good feeling. When you buy one on line and realize you overpaid, not so nice. The beard is optional.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 02:03 AM

Yes you is heading down the wrong road! :) Nice score, its all down hill from there.

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 02:03 AM

Congrats on the scores. Good on ya.

Nah, you ain’t in trouble (yet!). After the planes, you still gotta work through the saws, ... and then the drills,... and then the axes and froes and scorps, and spokeshaves, and then maybe a foot powered lathe, not to mention chisels and mallets and floats and slips.

SO, you have a little time yet to grow the beard. May as well let the mustache and hair grow, too, as you won’t have any money for razor blades or haircuts and trivial stuff like that.

Galoots may drink maple syrup up north, but down south its sassafras tea. OF course, occasionally there’s a little “sqeezins”, ‘cause ya gotta do somethin’ with all that scrap wood, and it would be terrible to waste it (don’t need as much house-warmin’ wood where its warmer).


-- Go

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 02:08 AM

yep and no telefon or electric light in the house either
so don´t worry if you havn´t started driving in a wagon driven by okse instead of a car with horsepower
sofare its just light grey clauded where you are…

but welcome on the other side of the line , and after you have try to use a scary sharp handtool
you will discover that there is no return oppotunity to the other side
of destroying electrons….he he he (evil laugh)

but there is three great benifits to this
1. no more paying gymcenter to build muscles =more money to buy handtools to bee safed
2. no more dressing out like you was having a spacewalk
3. you can work like a jentleman in silence without to disturb everybody ells with noise

take care

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 03:30 AM

Well Gofor im all ready in stage 2 galootness .. I’ve rehabbed a disston #7, D7, D8, back saw, a witherby draw knife, 2 stanley block planes and witherby chisel that i recovered from my grandfathers house after he passed. Those were actually what triggered my illness … and at thirty years old its gonna be baddddddd.

Glad i could goof aorund with ya guys.

BTW .. tea sounds delicious but fresh maple syrup just hits the spot here in new england.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#7 posted 09-29-2010 03:45 AM

Errr..yup after that last post, you are on your way. When you start looking for projects that you can do without firing up the electric tools… you are getting there.

When you start advertising in the local paper or Craigslist, for a pit-man, then you are there.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 09-29-2010 03:46 AM

Welcome to the dark side.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#9 posted 09-29-2010 03:51 AM

yes youlve got the bug and it’s spreading.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#10 posted 09-29-2010 05:44 AM

Your not a Galoot yet. (Not that I am one to judge).
Just suck it up and ENJOY ! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Hoooooooooooooooooo

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

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#11 posted 09-29-2010 05:59 AM

This is just plane bad.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 09-29-2010 08:28 AM

From what I can gather, this is a symptom of a particular strain, of the dreaded “LumberJocks Disease” !
But be on the lookout for other symptoms like finding sawdust in unusual places, loosing track of time and above all seeing wood related items/projects in just about everything!
Good luck in your recovery, but what I hear is that it can take some years to get back to normality!

-- Theresa,

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