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Hand tool collection

Hand tools play an important part in my woodworking and share equal status in my shop with my power tools. I am not a purist; I love the efficiency of powertools, but there are many things which you just can’t do easily/safely with powertools and occasionally it is quicker to use hand tools than to fiddle around with jigs/test pieces/machine setup with powertools.
First pics are of my handtool cabinet; as my collection is growing this cabinet seems to be shrinking…Chisels are a mix of Japanese and Western, the Western style saws on the left get very little use anymore since I discovered Japanese saws; I know everyone is different but I love the speed and accuracy of a pullsaw…


Small collection of block planes; left to right; Miller Falls no. 16 (which gets almost no use, the mouth doesn’t close up tight enough), LN, Veritas skew (awesome for tenon shoulders); a couple shoulder planes and a cabinet scraper.

Hand planes; a couple Stanley no. 4’s that I refurbed and the workhorse of my shop the Veritas bevel up jointer plane, which gets 95% of the use in my shop for everything from rough flattening to smoothing.

A completely useless plane functionally but beautiful to look at, Miller Falls no 709 “Buck Rogers”

Last is a brace I’m in the process of refurbing; a Miller Falls 772

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

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17 Comments

3fingerpat

Congrats Rob, you have a very nice collection of tools!

lanwater

That’s a pretty cool collection.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Thorreain

Very nice collection, I love the ones that we don’t use but are still beautiful and we would never part with. I like your cabinet too. Your thoughts about power/hand are similar to me, as with most woodworkers I’m betting. Thanks for sharing.

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

Michael Ray

Nice collection. Always wanted a “Buck Rogers”. Maybe someday I will get around to getting one. Thanks for sharing.

Manitario

Thanks! Restoring tools is such a labour intensive job that I haven’t crossed the line yet into collector, other than a few planes like the Buck Rogers, but it is a slippery slope….

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

a1jim

Super tool collection plus they’re stored so nicely too. cool

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Manitario

Thanks Jim! Nice to see that you migrated here from LJ’s.

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

lightweightladylefty

Rob,

You have some real beauties there . . . and you know how to use them!

L/W

a1jim

Manitario
It’s fun to go back and forth from here to Ljs,I’ve been a member here for some time and decided it would be good to interact with the folks on WW

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

MaFe

Lovely collection and a wonderful cabinet.
I like that you collect tools and not brands.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MaFe vintage architect and fanatical rhykenologist.

Manitario

Jim, I still lurk on LJ’s too but I find myself lost in the vast sea of other voices on the site, so I don’t post very often anymore. It’s nice to have a small enough community where you can get to know a lot of the other members.

Mafe and L/W
Thanks! Nice to see you both over on WW as well!

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

MaFe

So nice to see you guys here.
My problem is I posted so much on LJ and it have links all over the web so to change spot is like I have to spend a month or so doing it…
But yes we miss Martin and his way of running it, a lot.
Perhaps one day a site of my own will be the change that makes me do it.
Hmmmm perhaps a LJ veterans site, lol.

-- MaFe vintage architect and fanatical rhykenologist.

Manitario

I like that idea; an LJ’s alumni or veteran’s site…

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

MaFe

;-) perhaps just Mad Men Working Wood. ;-) lol

-- MaFe vintage architect and fanatical rhykenologist.

Martin Sojka

Great collection!

Dont miss old LJ. Just stay here ;) that’s my opinionated advice.

-- Martin Sojka, https://woodworkingweb.com