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Forum topic by minitool posted 10-23-2011 03:21 AM 5825 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2011 03:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: miniature tools classic tools reproduction victorian

I am new to Lumberjocks, and am using Non-shop Talk as a way to introduce my interest in miniature woodworking tools. Since they use only a small quantity of wood (due to their size) they may not qualify for other topic areas. I began copying classic woodworking tools 10 years ago, focused primarily on Victorian era tools of European origin. So far I have made about 50 tools, most at 1/3 scale. My goal is to duplicate the original tool in design and function, selecting tools that I find personally interesting and/or attractive.

One of my recent projects is shown in the attached photo. It is a French Coachmaker’s Plow Plane from about 1890. This tool was copied directly from an original after several failed attempts to shape the sweeping handle using only photographs.

I selected a small piece of PUTU JUMO for the handle because of its fine grain structure and color. I found the wood among turning blocks at an Oregon supplier and learned the it is also used by folks who make hunting bows. I use the same table-top machine tools on metal and wood parts, so I also like working with dense hard woods (ebony, cocobola, boxwood) which cut clean and hold a sharp edge.

I’d like to find others who enjoy reproducing tools of this period.

-- John's miniature woodworking tools

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#1 posted 10-23-2011 04:07 AM

Great looking plane. I am anxious to see more. I have been getting into the metal side myself lately and have been working on my mini mill and lathe a lot.

Be sure to look at toolchap’s stuff. His work is wonderful.

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#2 posted 10-23-2011 04:09 AM

Nice work;-) Welcome to LJ!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 10-26-2011 06:37 PM

Beautiful work!

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#4 posted 10-26-2011 08:30 PM

Wow! At first I thought this was tools for making miniatures. But this is so much cooler. Really nice work. Are you going to post some more of them? Hope so.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#5 posted 10-26-2011 09:05 PM

Beautifully done. I’d love to see more as well!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#6 posted 10-28-2011 03:09 AM

Thanks for all the responses. I have made 50+ different miniature tools, but

obviously some contain less wood than others. I posted the wedge-arm plow plane (left-rear in the photo) as my first project because it has the highest “wood content” and I’m trying to stay within the guidelines of Lumberjocks.

I continually search for tools with the combination of form, materials and function which convey the artistic talents of the designer, and these are the inspiration for my miniatures. There seems to be a “rich” period for such tools in Europe between 1850 and 1900 where form is neatly balanced against function, and those tools tell a much more interesting story to me. It’s not just a sharp edge, but an expression of love for the tool itself. I think that same balance is reflected in much of the work that I see on this board.

You folks do fine work!

-- John's miniature woodworking tools

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