Hand tools #1: They're everywhere. They're EVERYWHERE!!

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Blog entry by CFrye posted 09-28-2015 11:43 AM 3514 reads 1 time favorited 70 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s hard to believe just two short years ago the only hand tools I owned were a retractable measuring tape and a few miniature tools (6” nail bar, vise grips, etc). Then I joined Lumberjocks and shortly thereafter The Hand Plane Swap. That’s when I got The Affliction (or it got me)! I bought two block planes, then a bench plane, then…you get the idea. It didn’t stop with planes. I went to check out a Craig’s List ad for planes and not finding any in my price range I bought a saw, then an eggbeater and a brace… Most of what I buy are in desperate need of resurrection, er, I mean restoration! Who am I kidding, the basket cases that follow me home are pitiable. I can’t seem to help myself…I have to save them. My restoration queue is long and I’m running out of room to work for all the crippled and lame tools. (Don’t even let my husband tell you how I’ve taken over HIS shop!)
The planes…

The saws…

We’re not even gonna talk about the egg beaters and bits and braces here!

Order must be restored before any tool restoration (or woodworking) can take place. I tried a couple of saw tills that didn’t work out. I thought “If I had a place to keep ‘the waiting’ together and out of the way, I might actually get to them!” So I looked for a container that was long enough to hold my longest saws and found a lidded plastic box that fit the bill.

I decided to place the hand planes in the bottom and build a removable saw till to nestle on top. It also needed wheels to make it mobile so it could be moved about with relative ease.

Off cuts of 2×4’s joined with a section of metal broom handle provided support for the saw till. The hand planes were arranged around the supports. It looks like they’re just tossed in. Be assured they were carefully arranged.

The saw till was an off cut of 1/4” plywood cut to fit the inside contour of the bin using the band saw. A black plastic handled Stanley backsaw was employed to cut slots in a hunk of 2×4 for the saws to rest in that was then glued to the plywood.

After the glue set the slots were further deepened and a few widened to accept rip saws with a lot of set to the teeth. A second cleat was added on the opposite side to hold the backsaws.
A forstner bit was chucked in a brace and a few holes were drilled to accept coax cable that will serve as a lift to remove the saw till to get to the planes below. Didn’t quite get it centered. Oops.

For now it rides on a small Harbor Freight hardwood dolly. It works.

If you’ve stuck with me this long, you’re a trooper! I hope to be posting some restorations soon. Any comments, suggestions are always appreciated. Tell me what’ you think.

Upgraded the ‘chassis’...

-- God bless, Candy

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#1 posted 09-28-2015 11:56 AM

It could be worse. Where would you be if you collected tuba’s?

That saw box is a good idea, I’m stealing it. I use those to hold assorted household junk that we never use and won’t part with. I made a cart to hold 10 and strap them down and roll them out of my way.

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-28-2015 11:59 AM

Girl, you have got it bad! It has taken hold of you!!! You are now officially a fanatical rhykenologist like Mads!!

You will get a lots of experience polishing metal bodies, refinishing or remaking handles and sharpening plane steels.

I have the same problem with routers….........I have 9 now.
I have two hand saws and have not used them in 10 years or more. I should contribute them to your collection, but they were my dad’s and I learned to cut a straight line on a 1×10 with one of them.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-28-2015 12:07 PM

One has to have a hobby, right?

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Combo Prof

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#4 posted 09-28-2015 12:15 PM

Egads …. and you still need a scorp!

It looks as if you have it as bad as I do, maybe worse. Start using more of your vertical space. Put up some cleats.

I do like the clever plastic tool chest. Maybe you should post that in What Does Your Dream Toolbox Look Like? forum. (Or start the “What Does Your Desperation Toolbox Look Like?” forum.)

Incidentally last night I just put all my moldy moulding planes in a plastic tub, while I contemplate building a proper shelf for them.

Anyway looking good there Candy. I wish you the best.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#5 posted 09-28-2015 12:17 PM

Candy – looks like you need a couple of things that seem to be missing -

A good battery charger,

Some good battery clips,

Some #6 electric cable (about 4’),

A nice size waterproof plastic container,

A couple boxes of Washing Soda,

A covered place out doors to put all this,

With this, you can start getting the rust off the metal that you have

Good luck!

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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Bob Collins

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#6 posted 09-28-2015 12:37 PM

Wow Cindy and I thought I had a problem collecting power tools. Look forward to seeing how your restorating comes along. You have the plastic storage box set up well on the wheels, easy maneuvering around the shed.
You have a great hobby there and will have endless enjoyment putting life back into those tools. Thanks for sharing, makes me feel good when I look and the collection of power tools I have in the shop gathering cobwebs.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 09-28-2015 01:11 PM

this is how that greek guy hippopotamus
started the first hospital
(think he used wicker for his though)

some great ideas here candy
maybe some ski’s on them soon too

keep ‘em coming

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 09-28-2015 01:24 PM

Candy, I’m speechless!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 09-28-2015 01:28 PM

Congrats on the new storage, Candy! Love the saw till on wheels!

There’s definitely no way to work on patients when they lie everywhere; triage and organization is key. :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#10 posted 09-28-2015 01:29 PM

Let not the woodworker ever forget about the hand tools.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 09-28-2015 01:32 PM

SICK SICK SICK… jim has said, you have it bad, ive got 4 hand saws and thought i had too many, well you have plenty of restoration work to do, saws need to be sharpened and the handles refurbished, blades to sharpen…and the list goes on and on…if you start now you might be done in a few years, congratulations, you have arrived….and then some…lots of some…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 09-28-2015 02:27 PM

Yep, you’ve got it real bad. You’ve got the disease, I could spot it a mile away. However, the first step is admitting you’ve got trhe problem, and you’ve done that. You could be on your way to recovery. However, you may be in too deep already. I’ve seen others with less ‘stuff’ than you and they never recovered. May they RIP. For me, it is saving every piece of wood I can, for you, it is tired Old tools.

Rust removal-It looks like you’ve got time for some of them. Try the Molasses trick. 1pt M. to 10pts water. Dunk & wait 2wks or more, agitating them from time to time. That means swishing the liquid around, not yelling at them.

Storage-Consider storing them out in the open, even to the point of making a permanent home for them right beside your good tools you use on a regular basis. This serves to 1) better organize your final tool rack with space for some of the incoming ‘stuff’. And 2) it makes you look at them, and maybe shame you into actually spurring progress in cleaning them up sooner.

As for your new bin you’ve fixed up, you’ve done it right. But please get the help that you so desperately need, otherwise you will soon be a full fledged galoot. As for me, I run a galoot-en free shop.

God bless you for having a loving husband that understands. :) I really mean that.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#13 posted 09-28-2015 02:40 PM

rance, your a really good man, good advice has been given and the solutions are good ones, ive never heard of the molasses mix, does it work really good, how does it work compared to baking soda or electrolysis….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 09-28-2015 02:59 PM

The bug has bitten you badly.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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Don Broussard

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#15 posted 09-28-2015 03:11 PM

Candy—Yep, bites from rust ticks (where do you think the term “rustic” comes from?) hit hard and are not removed easily. Sounds like you need a bathtub-sized spooge tank to throw all your treasures in for their electrolysis bath. When I look around my shop, I see accumulations of rusty galootness all around me too, so I won’t judge you . . .

Patron—“that Greek guy Hippopotamus”—too funny!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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