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Forum topic by AMERITAS posted 04-10-2021 02:12 AM 1030 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2021 02:12 AM

More work and less projects getting done.

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#1 posted 04-10-2021 02:34 AM

If you have more time then money looks like your doing fine. If you have the money and less time Lie Neilson or Lee Valley planes are ready to go.
Although you might be waiting lots of people taking up the craft for now.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#2 posted 04-10-2021 02:56 AM

Once had a an old motorcycle that took more of my time to fix then ride – glad I passed it on

-- derek / oregon

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#3 posted 04-10-2021 02:57 AM

Welcome to the world of vintage hand tools. It just gets worse

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#4 posted 04-10-2021 12:38 PM

The good news is that once you clean them up, they’ll be good for the rest of your life. Short term cost, but long term payout. Also, you’ll get to know all there is to know about the tools as you get them up to speed.

I have a 5C that I picked up at a garage sale 40 years ago for $3.00. It was my first re-hab, so it took some time and effort to figure it out (pre youtube and LJ days). Very few projects go through my shop without getting touched by that old 5C.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 04-10-2021 12:53 PM

If you think hand tools can get crazy, try boats and boat motors. ...crazy… Don’t ask me how I know that…...

-- Ray

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#6 posted 04-10-2021 02:00 PM

Seems I spend a lot of time making cabinets and storage devices. Jigs also take time. Redoing shop space for that new tool or making placement more efficient Having fun in the shop either way.

-- Ron

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#7 posted 04-10-2021 07:26 PM

I’ve found that I must refrain from buying and rehabbing EVERY old tool I find! I have all the old hand planes I can use but sometimes ….. How do you say No!
And all I had to was take a soft cloth to it.

-- Bob Gnann

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#8 posted 04-10-2021 07:38 PM

It’s the same with old cars, guns, sewing machines – you get hooked. Eventually you realize that beautiful restored car cannot be driven at modern highway speeds and parts are available only from junkers.

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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#9 posted 04-11-2021 01:25 AM

Work on them? Sometimes i just buy them and add them to the collection, not working on them nor using them.

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#10 posted 04-11-2021 01:27 AM

How could you not love spending time showing some wonderful old tool how much you care about them?

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#11 posted 04-11-2021 12:37 PM

I guess it all depends on how you value your time and what you get the most satisfaction from doing. I like to buy GOOD old tools that are made with good steel and craftsmanship but are discarded by other people because they don’t see the value in them. In between projects, I’ll put them back into good shape for use in my shop. One thing I see a lot at flea markets are rusty twist drills. Once they get like that, most people think they are scrap but if it is a good old American brand, it can be cleaned in apple cider vinegar and sharpened and outperform any new Chinese drill bit.

Keep on looking for those old jewels as you travel around and give them new life!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 04-11-2021 01:03 PM

Rehabbing a plane is a one time expenditure of effort, and if its used as a part of your build process, you will get for more use time than the time put in it, if you know how to do the rehab. Power tools, or cars, motorcycles, boats, can be a totally different story. I’ve rehabbed many hand planes and they are always ready for use. I stay away from old cars, motorcycles and boats.

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#13 posted 04-11-2021 03:50 PM

I think maybe the biggest thing to add is to restore, has 2 endings.

In one some just want a user, a tool they put into their arsenal, and use it. Those restores can be as quick as an hours time. Check, and maybe some fettling of the sole, sharpen the blade, and clean the gunk, back to work it goes. To be efficient a tool need NOT be pretty. I have some old Stanley’s that are “pretty” UGLY… Yet they function very well.

There are some who think that to restore is to make it brand new looking. This does nothing for a collector, who also wants the “patina” gotten from a mix of use, and age. Plus as a user it’s time spent where it doesn’t need to be done.

Seeing how the OP stated “use them” in the opening, maybe he is doing to much work?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 04-11-2021 04:11 PM

When one lacks the lumber IN the shop to do projects, one can still spend shop time either rehabbing a few tools, or…do the maintainance to get the tools on hand back to ready to use status… sharpen the duller tools, clean any rust spots..maybe dust things off…..

Soooo, what do YOU do, between Projects?

A Starrett Compass, Patented Sept 26, 1889, before..


-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#15 posted 04-11-2021 04:18 PM

My first Veritas plane is shipping Monday because the price on vintage LA jack planes are close enough to the premium models. This could be a tipping point in my vintage rehab addiction.

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