Old vs New: Planes, Saws, Clamps, and Chisels (how do i choose?)

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Forum topic by ERICsoBAD posted 01-26-2015 02:13 PM 1512 views 1 time favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2015 02:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane chisel clamp

Hey guys I’m pretty new to Woodworking (and Lumberjocks) and interested in doing more by hand. I have have been lurking in the yardsales, Thrift stores and Craigslist in my area for a few months, but they don’t seem to have much and what they do have they want for pretty close to new prices even though they have quite a bit of wear and rust. I’d hate to bite the bullet and just buy new stuff if I can save. Any ideas on where I can find some decent stuff for reasonable prices?

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#1 posted 01-26-2015 02:40 PM

If you haven’t come up with much in your area you have a few options. One is to be patient and keep looking. Eventually stuff pops up. A trick I use is search CL garage sale listings for “tools” then only go to the ones that look promising. I’m sure I miss some that don’t advertise, but I save a lot of time not looking at clothes.

Another option is ebay, and a better option is to buy already restored stuff from LJs that sell used tools. DonW, Dave (Sikrap) and a few others do that regularly. At least for the planes and saws. Clamps are usually better to buy locally or when theres a big sale for new and chisels take some work to assemble a vintage set so the Narex or Two Cherries chisels are often recommended as starter chisels to buy new. But there may be an LJ that has clamps or chisels to sell to.

Do you have specific planes and saws in mind?

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#2 posted 01-26-2015 11:11 PM

I started collecting planes and other hand tools this summer and I am addicted to finding and restoring them. I have purchased a few dozen but only one or two in the last few months. I like to find a really good deal and I haven’t found anything that comes close to that in an antique store or flea market. Everything I’ve found is through craigslist estate sale/yard sale ads. It may be different where you live but where I am you don’t see many estate sales during the winter, it’s too cold. You might find a few here and there but as soon as it starts to thaw out you’ll be able to find more listings and get some really good deals. Be careful- once you buy one you’ll want to buy every plane you see!

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#3 posted 01-26-2015 11:23 PM

Its all part of the trip. Spending a few bucks only to find out its probably not worth much, its missing parts, its broken or whatever. Its how we all learn but the good news is that those mistakes really help. Youll be able to see those flaws the next time around. Youve also go some good people around here that can help when you bring home your first turd and your first treasure.

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

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#4 posted 01-26-2015 11:29 PM

Where are you located?

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 01-26-2015 11:46 PM

Im Newport News VA. I picked up a jack plane today for $20 that I will try to restore. its Bailey N.5 best deal I have seen so far. I’m still looking for a #4. I figured I will probably buy a Ryoba new for about $50 bucks since a replacement blade is about 85% to 90% the cost. Maybe a Tenon saw too. As far as some clamps and chisels…at the moment Im using a buddies set of Jorgensen’s 36” Bar clamps for the glue up of my bench top (first Project) ...I’m in love with them. I haven’t figured out about the chisels yet though maybe a set of 1/4” 1/2” 1”

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#6 posted 01-26-2015 11:50 PM

Man, you’re on the East coast, which = gold mine for old tools. Maybe not in your town but definitely make some drives whenever you can. I bet you could find in a month what I find in a year here in Texas.

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#7 posted 01-27-2015 12:00 AM

Just find some old planes and read up on restorations. That’s how i learned. Not too hard once you get a few under your belt. Be surprised what can be used again.

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#8 posted 01-27-2015 11:39 AM

I bought a few reasonably priced ‘pre-owned’ tools from here: if you don’t mind buying online. I’ve been completely satisfied with the few tools I bought.

-- Jason, JEV Woodworking

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#9 posted 01-27-2015 11:46 AM

If you’ve got the budget for a premium quality new plane, no harm in going with a Veritas, Lie Nielsen, Clifton, etc…in fact, there’s definitely some advantage! If not, I’d pick up an old gem in heartbeat over a newer lower grade plane.

Good Quality Handplanes on a Budget

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#10 posted 01-27-2015 12:05 PM

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#11 posted 01-27-2015 01:06 PM

Rust removal and prevention, use wire wheels and brushes to get the really heavy rust. Tuning up planes I haven’t repainted any of my old planes. The Alox prevents rusting where the japanning is missing.

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#12 posted 01-28-2015 05:51 PM

Thanks for the links. I will be checking out the sites quite a bit. The Rust and Tuning Links helped a lot. I got a the bottom of my plan nice and shiny and about sprung a chub.

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