I'm trying to find out what tool is used for the makers mark that, say, M.S. Bickford uses. The same concept as just using a brand and hitting it with a mallet, but I want the "negative", where the letters stand up in relief. Any ideas/thoughts?
I probably see 50 vintage and antique chisels a week, all I have at home are a couple half inch hardware store chisels.
Any tips for identifying vintage worth buying? Specifically makers to look for, I assume no great way to determine quality of tool steel on site.
I’m a new woodworker and hand tool noob too, and I have recently bought a block plane and despite my best efforts and following online guides I’ve been unable to tune it properly.
I have a Magnusson block plane 1½" and just cannot get it to give clean shavings. Does anyone have this plane and could advise me on the proper tuning process.
I put most of the info in the imgur album, but the short of it is that I am super new to woodworking/handtools and went on my first tool finding trip on Saturday. The only thing I found was an 1950ish Stanley saw, a newer disston and this old disston that was in pretty rough shape.
At the time I was a little bummed because I didn’t find much and had a guy who decided not to sell at the last minute after a substantial drive and I bumped someone in a parking lot on the way home. But I was in for a surprise!
(Rest of the info is in the album)
How did I do?
OK, here's some worthy tools for your kit.
First up is North Bros Yankee #41; predates Stanley's purchase of North Bros; you see these push drills all the time at markets, but they lack the flute bits to make them work, this one has 5 bits in the holder, and it is one of the most useful, and original, "cordless" drills ever made. It all works as it should. Yours for $15 plus shipping, see pics in the linked Flickr album below.
Next is an expansive brace bit, Millers Falls #48; if this one was used once or twice it was a lot; almost NOS, and in the box. Truly vintage tools. Comes complete with two inserts; one 7/8 to 1 3/4, the other 1 2/4 to 3". Very nice bit; yours for $18 plus shipping; price 'em new if you can find them, excellent value for the larger holes you need to make time and again. Pics below.
Last but not least is the original Millers Falls #2 eggbeater drill; bit storage in the handle, comes with a handfull of bits; chuck is in great shape, all springs there, works smoothly, a classic. Yours for $35 plus shipping. Again, pics below.
First PM with an unequivocal "I'll take it" get priority; I don't have paypal, a new trick and I'm an old dog, so payment by USPS money order please. Also, include your full shipping address in your PM as I have to quote shipping and print mailing labels. Tools that I would own priced for users. Thanks for looking.
Link to flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/9433588@N08/albums/72157698469779831
Wheres a guy supposed to buy quality panel saws these days?
I know a lot of you buy old disstons and tune them up. I have no idea how to sharpen a saw and the prospect scares me, so I'm looking for something ready to go.
Anyone have experience with the Lie Nielsen panel saws?
I've seen at least two occasions where Chris Schwarz states a bench top out of flat by more than .006 impedes planing. How accurate do you try to get with your bench top flatness?
I can see planing it relatively flat and removing twist, but are people really measuring their bench tops with precision straight edges and feeler gauges? Is Mr. schwarz? Does it really matter?
First hand plane (old Stanley #5) and am learning how to do everything at this point.
I think I'm sharpening enough, I can sorta cut paper with the blade edge. That said, I'm getting tear out in scrap pine regardless of the direction I plane. Does that mean I need to go back to the jig and the stones?
I haven't tried using a ruler to put a back bevel on the blade yet, but that's probably my next try.
I recently restored this very neat German-style plough: https://imgur.com/a/fV1S1Su
It has no manufacturer marks, but it looks a bit like some old Weiss models and a lot like the new ECE ones, which is why I think it's likely German, Austrian or thereabouts in origin.
Unfortunately I can't find any extra blades for it. The English blades I have are all way too wide to fit in the slot, and all the
other ones I can find online are the same.
The only blades I've found so far that will possibly fit are the new ECE ones (https://www.fine-tools.com/G301053.html) but they are hecking expensive, and I can't find exact confirmation of their size either.
I suspect an antique tool dealer in Germany would be the best place to find an old set that will fit. Does anyone know any place I should look? I don't speak any German, and various searches based on Google translate aren't getting me very far.
I am just starting out and am looking to get a basic starting set of tools to begin with. A workbench is my first project followed by tool storage.
I currently have a set of Stanley chisels I am setting up,a recently acquired a speed square a #4 plane and a stanley block plane. I am trying to steer away from newer low quality tools.
If you had to make a list of the basic tools you can't live without, what would they be? (if you have the time and patience include the non "tool" items like clamps/tool maintenance I.e. sharpening equipment)
Thanks in advance!
Curious what everyone here prefers - after some not so great experiences with maple, I’m trying to find something a little easier to handle while not falling apart once assembled.
From what I’ve seen, cherry and walnut are often used in hand tool work. What are your favorites?
I've begun making dovetails with thinner pins, and I'm running into the issue where all my marples chisels except 1/4 inch are too thick to fit between tails to fine tune. With the smaller pins, this means I have to tuck into very small places. and risk making a more ragged edge on the tails if I resort to using the 1/4" chisel. I want to be able to fit a wider chisel between the tails (the tails themselves, not the base of the tails).
Do you have any recommendations (preferably < $40) for a 1/2" chisel with a thinner profile--hoping this can function specifically as my only "necessary" paring chisel. I'm looking at the Narex right not, but don't have a reference for how thick they are compared to Marples.