Stanley #66 Hand Beader

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Forum topic by RS Woodworks posted 05-03-2013 02:08 AM 3153 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RS Woodworks

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05-03-2013 02:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley stanley 66 beader hand beader vintage tool

Here is another freshly restored tool. It is a vintage type 7, (1893 – 1899) #66 beading tool. It works much like a small scraper (similar to the #80) but uses a small beaded blade instead of a flat scraper. The fence allows you to reference off the edge of your work. Originally, this tool would have come with two fences, the straight one which I have, and a curved one as well (convex). I may just make my own curved one for those real tight inside curved pieces. It came with one original blade, but I bough a new set from St. James Bay Tool Co. I don’t know how I could have lived without this tool! I love it. The beading adds just such a nice touch to this project, and I’m sure I will start using it often. This is being used on birch, which will be the curved headboard and footboard of my kids beds.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#1 posted 05-03-2013 02:14 AM

Nice job, looks really good, looks like you did a great job restoring it.

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#2 posted 05-03-2013 02:14 AM

Gotta love the #66! I agree it puts a cool touch on pieces when used sparingly, and your headboard / footboard certainly look great.

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#3 posted 05-03-2013 02:26 AM

Lie-Nielsen sells a curved fence replacement part for their 66, which is based on the Stanley 66, so I think it should fit.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 05-03-2013 03:53 PM

Nice job on the restoration and on the beading. These things are fun to use.

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