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Forum topic by ShipWreck posted 05-15-2012 11:27 PM 1105 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2012 11:27 PM

I innocently ventured into the Hand Tool forum to ask my fellow LJ’s for some advice on a few Veritas tools for the wife. I never knew about the spell that the seasoned “tool galoots” could put put on a unsuspecting minion like myself. The wife got her tools ok, and she was happy, but soon after I found myself getting up at weird hours and looking through all the planes on Ebay. I also found my self stopping off at old flea markets and antique shops. I never thought I would be the type to sit in front of the computer at 3:00 am in skivvies with a cup of coffee doing battle against other Ebay’ers to win some 80 year old rusted out tool. I also found myself in the shop learning to freehand plane blades while Nascar & golf were on TV….... a total shock to the wife! She even mentioned something about a little dust on my head covers the other day.

I owned a few hand tools prior to the “spell” but never imagined it would come to this. Have any of you LJ’s gone through this experience?

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 12:20 AM

Im living it …. heres my pic that i took about 30 minutes ago lol:

-- "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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#2 posted 05-16-2012 02:09 AM


I am really not trying to be smart but the more accurate question is who of us have not had that experience.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 02:11 AM

Welcome to my world!! :)) I gave up trying to learn how to sharpen freehand. It was taking up waay too much time that could be better used buying tools. In 2 1/2 years, I’ve accumulated about 100 bench planes and almost as many block planes, 25-30 braces, somewhere around 50 hand saws, 6-8 breast drills and I don’t even have an idea how many egg beaters. The truly scary part is that I’m buying tools at garage/estate sales and I don’t even know what the tool is :( I ended up with 2 saw swages a couple weeks ago just because I saw them and thought they looked interesting.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#4 posted 05-16-2012 06:30 AM

hmmm you’ve not discovered chisels yet :X

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#5 posted 05-16-2012 07:02 AM

Or turning?

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#6 posted 05-16-2012 07:05 AM

no, not for turning :P You can get those chisels too though

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#7 posted 05-16-2012 08:52 AM

I’m “plane crazy” my self. Each day without Ebay is hard on me, though I try to stay away. It’s like any other addiction. Perhaps someone could initiate a 12 step program or something.

-- “Because people are dead, it does not follow that they were stupid.” – David Pye

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Don W

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#8 posted 05-16-2012 11:55 AM

just look at my blogs and projects, and remember I’ve been on LJ’s one year as of yesterday.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#9 posted 05-16-2012 12:32 PM

Nice collection of hand tools!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 05-16-2012 02:13 PM

Surely have. It’s how I got over half of all of my hand tools. Nice going.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 05-16-2012 02:18 PM

Welcome to hell. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 05-16-2012 02:29 PM

So you all are the ones scooping up those nice planes on ebay!!

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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#13 posted 05-16-2012 02:42 PM

welcome to the slippery slope of being a galoot …. :-))

just wait to find out how much a pleaser it is to use restored tools ….. LOL

good luck

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#14 posted 05-16-2012 02:49 PM

Shipwreck, I am on much the same journey myself.

I keep saying I can quit any time, but I know that’s a lie.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#15 posted 05-16-2012 02:50 PM

Hi my name is Jacob and I also am addicted to tools and have moved to hardcore tools in hand planes.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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