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Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #28: The elusive #5 ½ T11 finally finds a home-Part 2

10-12-2014 04:12 PM by Brad | 9 comments »

In the last post, I completed the cleaning and tuning of the #5 ½. In this, Part 2, I cover three common repairs to the mangled tote. Most tote repairs are straight forward. However, I’ve found that replacing a beavertail is very tedious, exacting and time-consuming work. That’s why I’ve described it in detail below. Still, by bother? I have four reasons. 1. I’m a woodworker and there’s a deep satisfaction that comes from repairing my own tools.2. It can take a while to find a...

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Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #27: The elusive #5 ½ T11 finally finds a home

10-12-2014 04:02 PM by Brad | 3 comments »

One snowy day, I found this while rummaging around a used tool store in downtown Denver. I was so gold-fever blinded by my desire to fill the #5 ½ hole in my collection, that I overlooked the fact that it had lived a hard life. And the fact that it wasn’t a Type 11, my chosen user collection “model.” The cold must have dulled my senses too, because when I got it home, I found this. Cracks don’t work for me. So the plane went back. The owner’s “we only give in store credit...

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Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #22: A Problem-child Stanley Transitional #26

02-09-2014 05:33 PM by Brad | 6 comments »

While meandering through an antique store, something toolish and vintage wooed me into a stall. It was a Stanley #26 transitional jack plane. Not that there’s anything remarkable about them. But what set this one apart was its just-came-off-the-assembly-line looks. Even the tote and knob were intact with but one chip to show for its long life. Here’s what I brought home, $20.00 the poorer for it. It had no checks. And the Stanley logo dates it c. 1909-1912. So it fits rig...

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Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #19: Rehabbing a Coffin Smoother For Use In My Shop

02-14-2013 03:56 AM by Brad | 23 comments »

History, curiosity, performance. Those are the three things that motivated me to add a coffin smoother to my tool kit. I got this plane at an antique mall in Scottsdale last summer. It had air conditioning and I reasoned that it was a great place to escape Arizona’s 113-degree oven. One booth caught my eye and soon I held the smoother, noting the New York Tool, CO. maker’s mark plus the Auburn Tools Thistle Brand iron. At first, I was put off that the iron didn’t seat fully ...

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Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #11: Rehabbing a Stanley #3 smoother

05-15-2012 01:18 AM by Brad | 4 comments »

For years now, I’ve been lusting after a #3, so I bit the bullet and picked up a Type 11 to go with my other Type 11s (8, 7, 5, 4). It’s been in my shop getting acquainted with its friends and waiting for me to show it some loving care. Sunday (this was last March mind you) proved to be a beautiful break from the wicked wind and snow. The rehab followed my usual routine. —Sand iron and chip breaker up through 400 grit.—Flatten the iron back and tweak the f...

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