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Posted on Where do you draw the line with tool restoration?

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#1 posted 07-11-2014 02:21 PM


It sounds like you really love the rehabbing part of the process, bringing something back to life. Many of the the people who posted above are the same way. So to answer your question, I agree with the posts above. Cracked castings, broken totes or knobs, heavily pitted iron are the dealbreakers in my book. Some would say you can make a tote and knob, which is true, but it takes some effort.

In my personal woodworking, I am very much a “what can you do for me” kind of guy when it comes to my tools (JFK would be ashamed). Shampeon sort of hit on it up there ^. So, over time I have found that I don’t really like restoring planes or chisels, I like using them to do woodworking. Because of that, I typically buy already rehabbed planes off of Ebay for a mark up, maybe $60 or $70. To me, the extra $50 is worth not having to do the work to clean it up. So, in short, I am the guy who Don W is making money off of, but that is ok with me. We each approach our shops and tools differently. There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing your own rehab, and honestly I wish I liked it more, but I just don’t. So ebay is my handplane store.

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