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rpx200

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345 days ago

Honestly, I don’t quite know how I’ve ended up in this position.
It started about 2 months ago when I thought I needed a new Stanley plane.
That was until I noticed the plasticky handles etc and thought it better to look for a decent 2nd hand one.
I got one…. then another and now have a third, all from car boot sales and only spent a total of £5.
In passing, I have also collected 5 tenon saws of varying quality, a Disston, a Spear and Jackson and another one I think is about 100 years old.
Then I picked up a set of rusty dividers ( why? I don’t even need any never mind have a use for them?)
They turned out to be Moore and Wrights.
Now, after reading BRITs blogs on rusty braces I’m hooked on them now!
I’ve recently acquired what I thought was a Skinner brace but is in fact marked ‘imperfect’. Looks nice though…...
Now I’ve just got another rusty brace by Comet. Titchy little thing…. might do for my niece…....
In brief, I have a box of rusty ‘junk’ which I hope to pass a few hours doing them up to a standard that I can use if necessary or just look at and say ” I saved that saw, brace, plane etc from the scrapheap’
I have now made a start on the planes and the Comet brace and have discovered the beauty of acetic acid baths.
I soak everything overnight or during the day whilst at work and spend an hour scrubbing and polishing.
Is this my life now?
Ferreting around boot sales for rusty old tools and boring my wife to death showing her ‘before and after’ samples.
Is there any way back to a normal life?

-- A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.... but it's all I have.


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Smitty_Cabinetshop

9621 posts in 1223 days


#1 posted 345 days ago

Sounds like my Happy Place, rpx. Welcome aboard!

and,

Pics would be nice!

:-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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JoeinGa

3107 posts in 611 days


#2 posted 345 days ago

Yep… might as well accept the fact… You ARE doomed!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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joeyinsouthaustin

1223 posts in 677 days


#3 posted 345 days ago

No… and I have some stuff for sale if you want. Disstons, bailey no. 5, rare texas built hand tools. pm me, i will take care of the addicted. ;)

-- Who is John Galt?

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 345 days ago

Your doomed to happiness! Enjoy it, it only gets better.
Welome to the club

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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BTimmons

2078 posts in 1089 days


#5 posted 345 days ago

No, the madness can’t be cured. Only channeled. Now use the freshly restored tools to make stuff. Then you’ll find that somewhere along the way you’ll want another new-to-you tool to try a new trick.

So it goes. But at least you can make something nice for your wife every now and then.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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rpx200

11 posts in 377 days


#6 posted 345 days ago

It’s not just me then!
Might as well make myself comfortable and keep on collecting.
Winter will soon be here and I can go and hibernate in the shed ( along with my new friends….)
Cheers all.

-- A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.... but it's all I have.

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WayneC

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#7 posted 345 days ago

Known as the slippery slope. You are in for a long slide. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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rpx200

11 posts in 377 days


#8 posted 345 days ago

Forgot to mention the 3 wheel braces I picked up too….its worse than I thought!

-- A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.... but it's all I have.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

9621 posts in 1223 days


#9 posted 345 days ago

rpx, there’s a braces thread, a chisel thread, a handplanes thread, a saw thread and a workbenches thread to keep you company as well.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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rpx200

11 posts in 377 days


#10 posted 345 days ago

a workbench thread? must have a look….. no, no….. oh, go on then!

-- A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.... but it's all I have.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

9621 posts in 1223 days


#11 posted 345 days ago

It’s here.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Don W

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#12 posted 344 days ago

welcome to the dark side. We’re all happy over here. But we like pictures. We NEED pictures.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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grizzlymunchin

47 posts in 348 days


#13 posted 344 days ago

I am a addict my name is Joe haven’t bought any tools since Tuesday

-- woodshop by the cornfeild

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chrisstef

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#14 posted 344 days ago

I dunno why this makes me smile so much but it does. I know the feeling all too well. Doomed is one way to look at it but there’s definitely something about cleaning up a tool that had long been forgotten about and making it work better than the day it came out of the factory that is really satisfying.

And yea we need pics. Lots and lots of pics.

Im an addict, my name is Chris, and its been 1 day since ive bought tools.

-- "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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Don W

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#15 posted 344 days ago

the enabler groups. (In addition to the workbench thread)
Saws.
Hand Planes
Bit Braces
Miter Boxes
Chisels
Restorations

What’d I miss?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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