My hand tools #1: Stanley 66 Universal Hand Beader

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Blog entry by Al Navas posted 06-27-2008 02:43 AM 6288 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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From my blog entry:

A-beading I will go…

I had a dilemma to solve: How to decorate the apron on a small stool for granddaughter #2. She uses a little stool to sit while playing the guitar, during her guitar lessons.

I don’t have any power tools that would give me what I wanted: I really, really wanted a narrow groove and a bead on the bottom edge of the aprons. Finally, the little light went on, and out came the solution:

My Stanley 66 Universal hand beader! I purchased this baby at an auction recently. And it performed flawlessly, after a few minutes tweaking the cutter.

You can read the rest of the gory details on my blog entry


-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

6 comments so far

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 06-27-2008 03:00 AM

Nice looking tool, Al. How much did you have to drop for it? I like the fact that there is decoration in the casting.
Even if it’s only there to improve grip dynamics, it’s elegant in design.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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John Fry

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#2 posted 06-27-2008 04:40 AM

Yep! You’re right Al.

There are just sometimes when the #66 is the best way to get it done. I used mine on the table top edges that called for a round over and bead profile on the drum tables I made.

It worked perfectly.

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture,

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Al Navas

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#3 posted 06-27-2008 02:55 PM

Only $40, as it had only one cutter, and only the straight fence; it is very rare to find the original with both fences, and a full set of cutters. But this 66 is in perfect condition, with a beautiful patina. This was a very good find for me! The decoration looks like feathers, and I think it does help with the grip.


Perfect! I like the color on yours, too ;-) . For those of you who have not seen John's drum tables, you are in for a real treat!!!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#4 posted 06-27-2008 07:14 PM

Great tool. I’ve been looking for one for a while. Hopefully I will come across one for a while. I belive LN sells blades and blade blanks that will work with it.

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

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#5 posted 06-27-2008 11:12 PM

I’ve been looking at the LN beading tool my self. They seem to be the best kind of tool for this work….

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

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Al Navas

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#6 posted 06-28-2008 01:03 PM

Wayne and Chris,

The photo that John Fry shows above is the LN model, and is the same as the one sold by CraftsmanStudio in your link, Wayne. I will probably order the cutter set, already shaped, sharp, and ready to go.

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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