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Forum topic by lethentymill posted 07-09-2008 10:42 AM 1447 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2008 10:42 AM

Does anyone out there use old woodworking tools, in particular old wooden planes? If so, how did you get on with them? I find them quite an inspiration!

-- Allan Fyfe, Lethenty Mill Furniture,

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#1 posted 07-10-2008 06:21 AM

I have some old planes that I use. I bought them at yard sales, or wherever I could find them. I’ve found that if they are in decent shape, then they need nothing more than a tuning and blade sharpening and your off and running.

Almost all my tools are old, my Great Grandfather’s, Grandfather’s, and Father’s. I love to just be around them, it reminds me of my late Grandfathers, as my Father is still living. They are inspriational, for sure.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 07-10-2008 01:58 PM

I have some old wooden planes that I use. My favorite is a old wooden jointer plane. It’s 26” long and does an amazing job on edges when I dont feel like firing up the jointer. I got mine at a farm sale. I think it was less that $5. I have also had some luck at yard sales and flea markets(outdoor venders seem to sell them more than the ones located in the buildings.) getting wooden planes. I have thought about ebay, but really don’t trust others pics, but you might want to look their if you are looking for a certain plane.

-- Steve-o

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#3 posted 07-10-2008 04:42 PM

If you interested in playing around with old tools, a good book to read is Restoring, Tuning & Using Classic Woodworking Tools by Michael Dunbar.

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

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#4 posted 07-10-2008 04:56 PM

I use them a lot in my antique repair. here is one cabinet of them.

Sometimes I have to make new ones the reproduce a profile.

-- Richard

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#5 posted 07-10-2008 08:44 PM

I love my old tools… I haven not yet had the pleasure of using wooden planes. However my old hand drills, bit & brace, an 100 yr old Stanley iron planes do bring me a lot of joy in their use.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 07-10-2008 10:20 PM

We found an old Jack Plane while cleaning out a barn…owner of the barn gave it to my stepson. Anyhow, I restored it so I could use it…he didn’t want it. When I took the black finish off the handles and found rosewood underneath…made it all worthwhile. Now he wants it. Recently bought two more at a yard sale ($5.00). Have a look.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#7 posted 07-10-2008 11:06 PM

i only use old second hand tools i love the feel of them and to know that someone years ago used them to make something fascinates me and in the uk second hand tools are so much cheaper


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#8 posted 07-10-2008 11:23 PM

If you know how to make some thing with hand tools, then you’ll be more than able to do it with power tools.
I use hand tools every chance I get. I buy mostly old tools and tune them up. I have a few new planes, chisels and Japanese hand saws, but I try to find the oldies at garage sales and Ebay.

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#9 posted 07-12-2008 04:26 PM

The other day I found two beautiful Japanese wood planes on Craigslist for $10.00 each. The old guy I bought them from was parting with them due to no longer being able to do any woodworking because of his failing health. He figures them to be about 60 years old. His father had brought them back from Japan in 1948. I took them to the wetstone and honed them with my 8000 King, within 10 minutes you could shave with them. It’s incredable how sharp they are.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#10 posted 07-12-2008 10:10 PM

Antique tools are about all I use, both power and hand tools. I have a few new ones like my routers and a Marples chisel set but I like the old ones best.

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#11 posted 07-15-2008 03:13 PM

Thanks for all your responses about antique tools. It is nice to see that there are bonkers blokes out there like me! Not only do I enjoy using these tools but I find a lot of pleasure in restoring them. A couple of years ago, I was offered a tool chest containing a set of cabinetmaking tools and I just ‘went for it’! I have written a couple of articles about how I used the tools from the chest to make a chair (see here and here). Please scroll to the bottom of each of these articles to see a mini movie about the tools in the chest. This is part of the ‘Non-Electric Chair’ story (!) – a longer story about how I made a local traditional chair from one of my beech trees without the use of electricity or machine tools. If you have the time to read the story, I do hope you enjoy it.

-- Allan Fyfe, Lethenty Mill Furniture,

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