|Forum topic by Pendragon1998||posted 02-02-2014 12:47 PM||1800 views||0 times favorited||28 replies|
02-02-2014 12:47 PM
Since this is my first post, I guess I’ll briefly introduce myself. I’m in my early 30s, a grad student studying avian landscape ecology, and recently became a dad. My own father has never been afraid to tackle a new project, and is willing to learn any new skill he’s needed to do aircraft maintenance, classic car restoration, carpentry, woodworking, painting (watercolors or vehicles) – you name it. I think I take after him in that way. Especially over the last 10 years, my interests have led me to things like working with clay, auto repair, building a workbench, birding, DIY stuff – any project that presents itself, I’m interested in learning how to do for myself. I have a fondness for made in the USA tools.
Since I was young, I’ve had an interest in woodworking (I’ve watched Roy Underhill since I was a boy). Before Christmas, I was set to have spinal surgery for a badly herniated disc. I’ve been wanting to build a dovetailed box for years, but never had the tools or the money to really put into them. Looking at the (minor, but non-zero) possibility that I might have an adverse outcome in surgery, I decided I was not going to die without having ever made a dovetail! So I mought some tools, and the night before I went to the hospital, I made a really bad dovetail joint in some poplar scrap (but boy was I proud of my first attempt!)
After I recovered enough to move around, I’ve decided I’m serious about this hand woodworking thing. I’ve since picked up a set of decent new Stanley sweetheart chisels, a new Stanley sweetheart smoothing plane (an X-mas gift I’m growing into), a Veritas dovetail saw, and sundry marking and layout tools (Christmas was good to me). I’m teaching myself to do dovetails by hand, taking the approach of a dovetail a day for a month, but it’s taking longer really, because of work and the baby). I’m seeing improvement, I’m developing modest skills, and I’m looking to expand my tools as I can afford to.
My next project will be Paul Sellers’ shooting board. I’m thinking some of the next tools I want are a jack plane, crosscut and rip saws, and a front vise (I’m currently using a mechanic’s vise rigged with wooden jaws I made). Ok! Enough about me!
The #3 (and I might be wrong about the size) only had a ‘U’ in a circle in front of the tote and ‘PAT’ something and ‘USA’ – hard to read. The tote was a bit loose, but nothing seemed cracked or damaged beyond rust. The adjustments were stiff, but they moved. They wanted $17.50, not much, but I was hesitant to pull the trigger on that. Am I right that this is stamped steel, thus lower quality? Here’s a few pics:
The larger one (a #5, I think) was a Wards Master plane. I didn’t have a square, but it seemed like the sole might be a tad warped near the front. The tote was original, but must have been loose at some point, because someone shimmed it with cardboard aeons ago. The adjustment knob was surprisingly smooth. Asking price was $20, IIRC. Pics:
Also saw a brace for around $7. The chuck was rusty, but tightened down well. Wood was fine, but I don’t have one so I wasn’t sure if these things get bent, or what else to look for in an old one.
I saw two saws that initially looked like they had restoration potential, but one had some missing teeth near the front, and the other was being stored blade down in a large crock, and the blade was bent a smidge. Both were $6-15. No pics, sorry.
I figure most of this stuff will still be there later if I go back, so I’m not in a rush to drop some green. My feeling is I can do better for my money (or a little more money) and get some nicer old Stanley planes on ebay that are closer to being ready to work with. I’ve been reading about restoring old saws, so that’s on the menu, but I don’t want my first one to be a morale killer project, so I’m continuing to look for a nicer one.