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

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#1 posted 07-13-2014 12:22 PM

I am also new at the restoration business. But I think what HorizontalMike says above is the right answer. The more you restore
  • the better you will be at restoration
  • you will learn what is within in your restoration abilities
  • knowing what your abilities are will in part determine what is worth your time
  • choosing something to restore that is more and more challenging will increase your abilities
  • knowing about the history and value of hand tools will also determine what is worth your time

If you find restoration rewarding this is great.

If you want to get back to wood working at some point you have to learn to stop. Restoration is an addiction that may need intervention and a recovery program (restoration anonymous) to aide you in quitting. I know I will have trouble stopping. At the moment I am trying to restore anything I find locally, whereas my goal was only to get some hand tools to use. My addiction hasn’t gone so far as to by tools off of e-bay, I have got one from craigslist and was my most expensive purchase. But it was local and within a 20 minute drive. LOL

I suppose you are buying at op shops and open air markets. I’ve only spent a week in NZ, but I have spent 8 months in Australia. I don’t recall at such places that you can negotiate. But if you can, I would say to them “it will take me a lot of work to restore this” and then offer them half price. They always accept my half price offer at garage sales unless they are antique dealers/collectors in disguise. They never accept it at an antique shop. I’ve never found anything at a vinnies or a salvo.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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