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Old 06-08-2020, 05:20 PM   #1
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Howdy all, not a project as such, so going to post a pic of some old tools from my Patternmaking days.. Only a very small selection of the chisels/planes i used over the last 45 years or so. Also have many gouges, more of the long chisels, lathe chisels (all Marple brand) and Grandpa's carving chisels.

Drag a few out from time to time, de-rust, sharpen etc. Nothing like the sound of a sharp plane blade cutting a few thou. off..

Gave my folks old Silky Oak table top a going over recently, came up very nice, with the appropriate scars and nicks still in it..!!

Anyone else that dabbles in old hand tools ?

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I've done a bit of woodworking here and there. I've got a few Stanleys of varying ages (I think a No 3, two 4's, a 4 1/2', and a 6). Also got quite a few marking gauges and things like that from antique tool sales. Tried making a few of my own planes out of chisels and scrap timber with varying results (more practice required). Haven't really done anything in ages, I should try to get back into it.
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If you thought this Ford forum got busy you should (if you havent already) check this aussie forum out. something for everyone https://www.woodworkforums.com/
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Yep, wow, one could spend a lot of time there, thanks for the link..
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Nice selection you have. I still have quite a few from owning a wooden boat.
Adze, Brace and Bit, and a little spoke shave I reckon were my favourites at the time.
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Fair dinkum boat stuff.. never had a lot of luck with adze's, spoke shaves are a wonderful little tool, brace and bits too, v. handy, not much call these days with the whizz bang devices on offer..!!

Have an old Yankee screwdriver, remember them? Almost lethal with a slippage !!
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Fair dinkum boat stuff.. never had a lot of luck with adze's, spoke shaves are a wonderful little tool, brace and bits too, v. handy, not much call these days with the whizz bang devices on offer..!!

Have an old Yankee screwdriver, remember them? Almost lethal with a slippage !!
Yeah, My apprenticeship training taught me not to use power tools anyway but when it came time to convert the trawler out on the mooring, power tools just wouldn't cut it.
Funny enough the 2 best tools I had were a Alsynite saw and a Swiss army pocket knife a friend bought me.
The trawler was a huge learning curve, not a square, level plan to be found.

Still using the brace and bit as I had to cut large holes for posts current cabin building project.
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I am an enthusiastic beginner with wood work and tools. The internet is a great resource for information.

I had access to a couple of old hardwood church pews. I decided to recycle them into a dinning table.

Then decided I would go old school and hand plane the table top. I remembered Dad had what I thought was an old Stanley No 4. My brothers and I used to plane; branches, nails, concrete, anything with it when we were kids.

Dad dragged it out for me and it ended up being an old Australian made Carter No 4 1/2.

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With the assistance of some you tube tutorials I gave it a quick clean up. I mainly concentrated on sharpening the blade and insuring the plane was flat.


To my utter delight it worked!
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4 1/2 is a better plane IMO. That and a 5 1/2 will solve lots of basic joinery issues. 8 is tool porn territory, you really need to have the chops to make it worthwhile.

Donít be afraid of buying a new block plane if the budget is there, from my experience the Lie-Nielson are good and one doesnít get overly precious about loss or damage. They make a great couple of rebating planes, too.
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I now suspect something like a bread board would have been more appropriate for my first project with a hand plane!


The table is 3m X 950mm, I am on a big learning curve understanding timber and the way grain reacts to a plane.
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That is ambitious, cabinet scraper might have been another approach!

Get the iron sharper than sharp, you can cross the grain at 45-ish degrees then, provided its not rising at you.
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4 1/2 is a better plane IMO. That and a 5 1/2 will solve lots of basic joinery issues. 8 is tool porn territory, you really need to have the chops to make it worthwhile.

Donít be afraid of buying a new block plane if the budget is there, from my experience the Lie-Nielson are good and one doesnít get overly precious about loss or damage. They make a great couple of rebating planes, too.
It started off as a bit of a novelty, too see if I could actually do it.

As Loonar mentioned, "Nothing like the sound of a sharp plane blade cutting a few thou. off.. "

It is actually quite satisfying and addictive!
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That is ambitious, cabinet scraper might have been another approach!
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I make a near perfect pass down a section of the table, but unfortunately the plane strays on to the next board with the grain running the other way.
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It’s a problem (picking up the grain) that’s worse with a short plane. Is your iron super sharp?

A torture board or speed file will allow cheating, you can subtly dress down the torn grain area in a work zone of a foot or more, and then scrape along the grain to remove sanding scratches. A properly sharpened cabinet scraper will deal with rising grain.

I don’t see it as naÔvetť to try your approach, it’s just the learning curve.
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Itís a problem (picking up the grain) thatís worse with a short plane. Is your iron super sharp?
Yes scarey sharp, I can shave the hairs off my arm or cut my finger if I go near it without gloves!
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A torture board or speed file will allow cheating, you can subtly dress down the torn grain area in a work zone of a foot or more, and then scrape along the grain to remove sanding scratches. A properly sharpened cabinet scraper will deal with rising grain.
It is not in the spirit of this thread, but I feel it is time for the belt sander!

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I have spent many many hours on the back of this plane, and yes it has been a fun learning curve!
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It might sound odd, but try lightly planing at 90į to the problem area. Your shaving (per iron depth) should be one ply of tissue thick.
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Woodwork and owning a car are one and the same, You cant stop buying parts or tools!!

I have enjoyed working with wood for a few years and have accumulated lots of tools, especially clamps, planes and chisels. Bloody clamps, I have way too many.

I also have some tools from my father and grandfather, which are my pride and joy. I love that I can make something using a tool that my father and grandfather have also used in years gone by.

I mostly enjoy making boxes with various timbers. Here are the last ones I made, the same box using different species of wood. The Walnut box being my favorite.

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Tidy work! I like the tapering bevels.
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Once again not a project as such, thought people may be interested in this mechanical (clockwork driven) fly trap..

It would seem to have been made by "Owari Watchmaking Co." (Japanese, circa 1910's), quite an amazing piece of work, don't have a vid., but barrel rotates, flies (lured by a bait) then land on it, to be swept into chamber where they can't escape..!!

Apparently alive so they can be fed to other critters !![IMG][/IMG]
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These threads don't necessarily have to be specifically about a project. They can be about anything of interest.

We probably should rename this area to Projects / Other Interests / Collections (non car related)
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These threads don't necessarily have to be specifically about a project. They can be about anything of interest.

We probably should rename this area to Projects / Other Interests / Collections (non car related)
Bring on the fly trap thread!
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I have made all the components for my table, a final sand and time to; glue, screw and clamp.
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A big project and it looks like a job well done..
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Nice work. I am slowly rebuilding my collection of chisels and planes, the garage was broken into about 4-5 months ago. They left all the power tools, literally 10ks worth, took most of the beer from the fridge and just happened to grab an old hessian bag that most of my chisels and planes were individually wrapped and stored in.
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^^^^ A very low act, any theft is, but this one, gut wrenching..^^^^
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Woodwork and owning a car are one and the same, You cant stop buying parts or tools!!

I have enjoyed working with wood for a few years and have accumulated lots of tools, especially clamps, planes and chisels. Bloody clamps, I have way too many.

I also have some tools from my father and grandfather, which are my pride and joy. I love that I can make something using a tool that my father and grandfather have also used in years gone by.

I mostly enjoy making boxes with various timbers. Here are the last ones I made, the same box using different species of wood. The Walnut box being my favorite.

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wow, i reckon your work is beautiful.
do you sell it?
if you go to Launceston ,tas. there is a wood product display and most is for sale. i thought there stuff was beautifully designed and made. but the woods products shop is defiantly worth a visit.
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whats really concerning me atm is dads tool collection is in the hands of his partners family, and whilst I don't trust the entire lot of them as far as I could chuck'em, i'm not able to do a whole lot about it....

he's a 75yo retired wooden boatbuilder and tool hoarder.....
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Just as addendum to the 1st post re. Silky Oak table.. Their are 6 S.O. chairs as well, over time these had gotten a bit ratty. (The whole lot was made in 1950 after all)

Finally got around to refurbishing them as well, time consuming process..strip off old stain/varnish (i used Diggers, for domestic use, i.e., low toxicity, water clean up), reglue joints etc., a bit of a sand, then a wood oil application, v. easy (2 or 3 coats). The Mrs. recovered the seats with some vinyl to match the lighter veneer used on the seat backs, just some Cabots clear coat (again 2 or 3, also water clean up). I used some stainless cheese head screws to hold the back on, they look the part too.. Bob is your Uncle..

Couldn't get a S.O. veneer, so settled for an American White Pine (030" thick, nice contrast we thought), after stripping off the layer which was cracked and broken, on 1/2" ply, which we couldn't hope to replicate, the ply also was curved !! It kept me out of mischief for a while, just pottering along at my leisure..

Alas now though i have to find some other wood project to keep me occupied, plenty of other stuff to do, but always good to be playing with wood !!
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whats really concerning me atm is dads tool collection is in the hands of his partners family, and whilst I don't trust the entire lot of them as far as I could chuck'em, i'm not able to do a whole lot about it....

he's a 75yo retired wooden boatbuilder and tool hoarder.....
sorry just saw your post, there is an answer, its not totally legal, in fact its far from it, but burglaries do still happen and either at night time or when no one is around......................just saying.
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