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Blog entry by TheWoodYogi posted 06-23-2014 11:42 PM 1891 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always had a passion for restoring things. One of my favourite activities is the resuscitation of old tools. Not only for the beauty of displaying them, but to give them a new sense of purpose and put them to good use.

I pick up old tools at any chance I find. They can be from friends or family that no longer have a use or interest for them. I have found many tools cast away as rubbish and one of my favourite pastimes is routing through piles of rusty parts at secondhand markets. ‘A lot of treasure lie buried if you take the time to dig’

This blog includes information about restoring tools that I collect from many places and includes some of the ways I try to acheive good results.

If you know of any good resouces to help improve in renewing old tools then please contact me, so I am able to include any links or information.

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 06-24-2014 12:09 AM

I think you’ll find a lot of LJs with that interest on several threads here:

Hand Planes of Your Dreams
Mitre Box of Your Dreams
Can we Talk Chisels?
Saws, using, cleaning, collecting and buying

and others I’m not aware of, I’m sure. I’ll follow this blog, hoping to learn more about vintage tools and their restoration.

-- 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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#2 posted 06-24-2014 04:24 AM

Just completed a top-to-bottom restoration of my Great Grand Father's 1950s Craftsman Tablesaw

If you’d like to take a look. :)

I look forward to seeing your projects!!!


-- Measure twice, cut once...Throw board away, go back to Home Depot...Measure three times, cut once...Pray.

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#3 posted 06-27-2014 09:13 PM

Thanks for the links Don. I am restoring an old house and converting one of the garages to a workshop. In the meantime I am part up and running and will have time to post some of my stuff soon. Just finishing a solar dehydrator as it is top of my priority list.

wmixon, that’s a very nice restoration. I think it will serve you well for many years :)

My renewed interest is due to my dad giving me his old planes, chisels and brace bits. They are not in the best condition, but I will do my best to make them function well again and hopefully hand them down to my own kids later on.

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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