Working around the house #1: Restoring Old Hand Tools

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Blog entry by ofthemound posted 05-04-2017 12:26 PM 1598 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello again! So this is where I am at in my journey of woodworking. Over the winter I decided to invest in older, high quality hand tools. Now I have a nice set of hand tools to work with. I always heard the common phrase, ”They don’t make them like they use to!” I never really thought much of it till I was holding two Stanley Bailey hand planes, the oldest being 100+ years old. Still solid to my amazement! I spent time to restore my jack and fore hand planes and now I have my rip and crosscut vintage Disston hand saws. I knew about the files, but nothing of the the saw vise, setter and jointer.

I am about to embark on building an old style “barn or cabin” door for one of the bedrooms of our log house. However before I can start I need these saws in working condition, but the rip saw especially needs some attention. I purchased a setter tool and could consider purchasing an old vise and jointer. However I see it as much more rewarding to build them by hand.

I am currently in the design mode of these projects and will be posting pictures of my progress. I purchased a Nicholson 10” bastard mill file for the jointer and should arrive soon. It is not set in stone, but I was thinking of sawing off the tang. Then build a jointer encasing the file in hinged box. Whose mouth will collapse, securing the file.

Best Regards, Shane

-- Some people are lost in their fires, others are forged in them.

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#1 posted 05-04-2017 12:41 PM

Looking forward to the progress. I’ve not plunged into the saw sharpening pool fully yet (I know, shame on me). Just make sure to watch LJ Brit’s video on sharpening; there’s none better.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 05-04-2017 12:49 PM

What smitty said.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 05-04-2017 01:24 PM

Sounds like a fun project. :)

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

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#4 posted 05-05-2017 12:06 PM

I had asked about sharpening/setting about a month ago, and I too was directed to Brit’s video:

I definitely recommend it, I learned a lot. Have fun! Post pictures of the new door too!

And Smitty, jump in! (I say this after only trying once of course)

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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