Design Your Own Projects

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Designing your own projects is a lot of fun and it isn’t hard.  As you can see from the sketch and simple drawing above you don’t need much to get started.

You don’t need complicated drawing software,  though these programs are great.  You can get started with a pencil,  paper,  and a rule. When you do your own designs your projects will be truly custom designed to fit where you want them to. You will be able to modify existing plans to suit your needs and wants.

If you would like a little more on this subject let me know.

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A Fun Weekend

Making a sale.

Making a sale.

I had a great time last weekend at theĀ  Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking annual open house combined with a Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event. It was a lot of fun and I got to meet many people and make some new friends. It was great to spend a day with my friend Matt Cianci from The Saw Wright blog. I always learn something from Matt. I also met Isaac Smith owner of Blackburn Tools who has a great line of very high quality saws and saw hardware at very reasonable prices. Isaac is a great guy and having the opportunity to talk with him for two days was a real treat. I learned a great deal from him and maybe he learned a little from me. If you have an opportunity to attend a Lie-Nielsen hand tool event don’t miss it. You will learn a lot and have fun doing it.

As always, thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment.

 

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Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

https://www.lie-nielsen.com/hand-tool-events/USA/4

If you are within traveling distance of Manchester,  CT Friday or Saturday please stop in. There is a lot to see and learn. Be sure to stop by the Hardware City Tool booth and say hello. I will be there both days.

As always, thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave leave a comment.

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New Product

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I am pleased to announce the availability of replacement brass barrel nuts for the older Stanley planes. These nuts are manufactured from high quality brass bar stock and are a direct replacement for the OEM nuts.

With this addition to my product line I am now able to offer complete mounting hardware sets for all vintage Stanley bench planes.

As always, thanks for stopping by, and feel free to leave a comment.

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Exotic Wood Tote & Knobel Set

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Applying the finish to an exotic knob and tote set made from African Blackwood. This wood turns very well, but is difficult to work with hand tools. It sands very well and takes a greatom polish. This wood in kiln dried condition is rare. Given its hard workability that makes for an expensive set.

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To Restore or Not

Stanley type 9 #4 smooth plane.

Stanley type 9 #4 smooth plane.

Recently I was reminded that there have been a lot of newcomers to woodworking and especially to handĀ  tools. My philosophy on tools is quite simple. Tools were made to be used. Before you get your feathers ruffled, I am not against tool collecting. It is just not for me. Tool collecting serves a useful purpose in that it preserves tools for the future. One of my main objectives for this blog is to show people how to preserve antique and vintage tools with the purpose of making them available for use to a new generation of woodworkers. And I emphasize USE.

The pic above shows my Stanley #4 smooth plane. This is the plane I use for all smoothing work in my woodshop. It was made in the very early 20th century. I completely restored this plane with no regard to its collector value. But I didn’t go into the restoration blind.

I am often asked “should I restore this tool?” That is a complex question with no simple answer. So here goes. It is my opinion that the owner of any item has the legal and moral right to do anything they choose to with said item. A person may feel that preserving a vintage or antique item in its original condition is a moral obligation, but it is not. If you choose to do this that is fine and dandy, but you are not obligated to do so. So if you choose to restore an antique tool that is nobody’s business but yours. Some antique tools can be worth hundreds even thousands of dollars. If you were to restore one of these tools its value would drop dramatically. Therefore, you would probably not want to restore such a valuable tool.

Before you decide whether or not to restore a tool do some research. There is a wealth of information online to help you determine the value of a tool. For Stanley planes you can start here. In general, with Stanley planes, the older, pre 1900, specimens are the most valuable. Once you have an idea of the value of your tool you can make an informed decision as to whether or not to restore it. The idea is to preserve a tool for another generations use. If you do that by a good cleanup, a complete restoration, or wash it and put it on a shelf with the rest of your collection matters not.

As always, thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment. Oh, I have a feeling I’m going to hear about this one :)

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Customers Plane More Info

A bronze Lie-Nielsen #4-1/2 with a holly knob and tote.

A bronze Lie-Nielsen #4-1/2 with a holly knob and tote.

I have found out that this beautiful plane was indeed engraved by Catherine C. Kennedy. A true artisan.

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