Woodworking Get-Together & “Rust Hunting”

On Saturday 4/28, Rick Roberts, a local woodworker hosted a woodworking get-together at his home shop in Ellington, CT. If you frequent the WoodNet woodworking forum you may be familiar with Rick. There he posts under the name RoundToit. The group pooled their money and brought in Steve Branam of the Closegrain woodworking blog to instruct them in making a Roubo try square using only hand tools. Yours truly was invited to stop by for a visit. An invitation I eagerly accepted. Never miss an opportunity to meet new people and learn new things.

This kind of event is really great for sharing knowledge, techniques and skills. You might want to try this in your area. If you do put together a woodworking gathering please let me know how it went.

Last Week’s Pickings

As you may or may not know I have been an old tool dealer for many years. The hardest part of that these days is finding good saleable tools. I haunt the flea markets, auctions, tag sales and estate sales continually.

Above is a little of what I found last week. This lot was found at a local estate sale. There are a wide variety of auger bits. Some made by Jennings and some James Swan. All have the usual tapered square drive for use in a brace, of which I have a few. There are long lengths and standard lengths and short lengths. There are some modern twist bits with the tapered square drive. There is a spoon bit and a tapered spoon bit. This would be good for chair making. There is also a full set plus of tapered wood screw bits. These are a must when using a proper tapered wood screw. On these a straight hole does not give you full thread engagement and therefore you don’t get the holding power that the screw was designed to give.

For those of you here in New England the Brimfield Antique Flea Market, located in Brimfield MA, is opening this week. This is a great place to hunt for old tools, commonly referred to as “rust hunting”. I’ll be there later in the week, hope you pickers leave a little something for this old rust hunter.

If any of you are rust hunters please tell us what you find. I would surely be interested.


Professional furniture maker and restorer. Dealer and collector of vintage and antique woodworking tools.
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