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Restoring Hand Planes.. My methods #1: Intro and first step of cleaning & rust removal

12-29-2010 11:51 PM by Dan | 10 comments »

There are many good blogs, articles and web pages out there that give you all you need to know about restoring old hand planes. Most of what I learned I got from other peoples advice. Even though there are many resources out there for restoring planes I found myself learning new tips and tricks from each and every one of them. I decided to do a series of blogs on my methods for restoring planes. Most of what I discuss you may all ready know from reading other blogs and sites but hopefully I c...

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The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #1: Part 1 - Restoring a Brace to 'Like New' Condition

08-15-2011 10:41 PM by Brit | 67 comments »

In a recent tool gloat, dakremer showed off three lovely braces he’d purchased and said “Now I just have to learn how to restore this kind of thing”. WayneC was first to congratulate him and then proceeded to drop me in it (only joking) by saying “Brit has lots of experience in restoring braces”. Later in the comments dakremer said he would love to restore at least one of them to like new condition. Always a sucker for punishment, I agreed to do a blog on restoring a hand brace and I’ve...

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Saw Making #2: Gents Saw Conversion Part 1

05-14-2016 07:12 PM by AgentTwitch | 5 comments »

There has been a lot of interest in building tools from scratch, rehabbing tools that needed some love, or repurposing a tool so that it might have more potential or beauty. I have decided to chronicle a few saw builds in these categories in the hope that it might inspire someone to give it a try that was otherwise too nervous to begin the journey on their own. For this series, I am going to do a write up on re-purposing an inexpensive gents saw into a western style dovetail saw. This idea...

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Saw Talk #26: Shopping list for the upcoming saw sharpening video

02-20-2013 11:50 PM by Brit | 18 comments »

Preparations for the video are progressing well and I hope to start recording shortly. I was asked over on the Saws, using collecting, cleaning and buying thread if I would put together a list of the things you will need to follow along with my upcoming saw sharpening video. Here is a list of what I consider to be essential items: 1) A 10-12” second cut hand file for jointing the teeth. You can use a shorter file if you are using a holder like the Veritas Jointer/Edger or one of t...

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Hollow and Round Moulding Plane Build

06-22-2015 09:17 AM by Mattyboy | 6 comments »

After the frustration of eBay, Etsy and tool dealers, I decided to experiment with making my own hollow and round moulding (OK, I’m American but I like the Brit spelling better) planes. Some of you will think I’m a heretic for this, but I made pairs of #6, #8 and #10 by laminating parts together. I am writing this in the hopes it will inspire others to do the same. What follows is the sequence of a typical build. Since this is an experiment and I’m not trying to make p...

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Southern Yellow Pine Work Surface (workbench) #8: Beginning Cuts on Saw Bench/Saw Horses

03-06-2015 01:18 AM by ruddhess | 0 comments »

Cheap tools (except for the Starrett combination square – left over from my metal fabrication days) are getting the job done for now. My saw cuts are getting better. Fairly square – they need to be since I haven’t dug out my jack plane and my block plane needs sharpening, and I don’t have a solid place to hold anything down yet. I’m using my Swiss Army knife to mark my cut-lines and putting a shallow kerf line on three (or sometimes four) sides befo...

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New old planes

03-02-2015 06:01 PM by Rugman01 | 4 comments »

Well I have bugun to start my collection of fine hand tools. I recently spent 3 weeks trying to get the Stanley Bailey set of old hand planes. I wanted to get them all rusted on purpose, so I would gain the knowledge that was going to bw necassry to get them back to good condition and keep them that way. So as the days progressed the planes begain to arrive at my home. I am now the very proud owner of a small Stanley 110 a stanley handyman a stanley #4 flat bottom a Stainley #5 2 Stanley #6 p...

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Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #8: "Rehabistoring" of a Goodell Pratt Eggbeater Drill

02-18-2012 04:52 AM by Brad | 14 comments »

I was poking around in my favorite tool dealer’s booth when I came across a couple of smaller eggbeater drills. One was a Millers Falls and one was a Goodell Pratt. I gave the MF drill a good long look. The crank rotated very smoothly with the merest sound of hummingbird wisps as gears interlaced at high speed. Unfortunately, the chuck jaws failed to work properly so I put it back on its shelf with a heavy heart and a frown. The Goodell Pratt drill also had a smooth rotating action, ...

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Stanley 2358 Miter Box Restoration #1: I found another tool to restore

01-09-2014 03:02 PM by CarterR | 7 comments »

I could not be more excited about this one. I have been scouring Ebay and CL for a while looking for any miter box. Unfortunately I never find them on CL and the ones on Ebay go for a couple hundred dollars plus high shipping rates. I don’t know much about them and after reading many peoples comments about them I was scared that whatever I found would have missing parts or not work. I found this one on CL list yesterday for $35 with the saw. The picture on CL was not very inf...

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Restoring Handplane Totes

02-01-2015 12:16 AM by poopiekat | 40 comments »

There’s lots of planes in my workshop that need a refurbished tote to make them usable. They are all projects for a later date, I keep telling myself. This is a typical tote, found on a transitional #27 on one of my hunting trips: Here’s what I do: To fix the broken horn, I first bandsaw off the stub, leaving as flat a surface as possible. Then, after confirming a nice flat surface, I select a little block of wood of similar grain, and glue it on. I keep exotic lit...

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