September #handtoolthursday recap!

#handtool Thursday continues to be a huge hit! While mostly confined to Instagram, it is slowly but surely crossing over onto Facebook and twitter. Let's keep the momentum going! 

Here are my contributions for the past month. Let's start with today's post. This is my early Stanley 71 router plane. One of the earlier models, it comes without the depth adjuster and removable shoe that were introduced in the late 1890's. Found this gem on eBay a while back with the original 1/4" cutter! I sent pictures of this plane to Joshua Minnich for inspiration when he was working on my original logo design.  

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Last week, I posted a picture of my much loved Stanley 48 tongue and groove plane. I used it a lot last weekend, prepping pine boards for some much needed tool organization in the shop. With some freshly honed blades, this beauty performed just as well as the day it was made. 

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One of my favorite #handtoolthursday posts was of my amazing miniature mallet that was given to me by my good friend and miniature prodigy Marco Terenzi. He crafts everything by hand, without the aid of optics. He also has to make a lot of the tools used for his minis, which is an even more impressive feat!

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And last but not least, here is my contribution for the week we were at Woodworking In America. I had to bring an assortment of tools for demo use. I could think of no better way to transport them than to use one of my handmade waxed canvas tool rolls. 

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Belated #HandToolThursday!

We've been so busy prepping for WIA, I completely forgot to cover the #handtoolthursday posts from the last three weeks! I'm a slacker, but I promise the products at WIA will be worth it! Here is a look back at my last few weeks of #handtoolthursday posts. I'm proud to say that with each successive week, the contributions almost double over the previous week. We are up to over 700 total posts on Instagram alone!! It's starting to cross over into Facebook and Twitter as well. Let's keep the momentum going strong!

 

Here is a set of 19th century blacksmith made dividers. I picked these up in a large craigslist score a year ago. I use them on almost every job I perform. 

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Next up is my prized Stanley 66 beading plane. Almost all of the nickel plating is intact. The moveable fence is still there as well, along with the original Sweetheart blade.  

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This 24" Starrrett level was part of the same craigslist score in which I picked up those dividers mentioned earlier. About 85% of the japanning remains. It has some patina, but is still straight and true as the day it was made. 

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Since the last few weeks have been crammed with WIA prep work, it was only fitting that one of my posts involved my Moxon Hardware kits. Here are 32 kits boxed and ready to be shipped off to North Carolina. Damn things are heavy!

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And last, but not least, a comparison shot of a Stanley #5 and my newly acquired Clifton #5. Only time will tell how well this Cliton plane will work. If it's fit and finish are any type of indication, this plane should be a worthwhile addition to my tool collection. I will be bringing it to WIA, so stop by and make some shavings with us! Next #handtoolthursday falls on the setup day for WIA. I'm sure there will be some interesting pictures getting posted that day! I look forward to seeing them all!!

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Handtool Thursday!!!

I love the Instagram community. It is a tremendous resource, providing a wealth of knowledge from a large, diverse community that is very supportive. This morning, I had the bright idea of starting a new hashtag, #handtoolthursday

The idea is that once a week, Instagram users will post up a pic of a hand tool. Whether it's new, used, handmade, or in the middle of an in depth restoration. Any info on the tool pictured is welcome, too. Any background history or special provenance are great. I started off #handtoolthursday with a picture of a Buck Coachmaker's Router plane that my mother in law picked up in an antique store in Mason, TX.  Pretty much the most unlikely place to find a specialized European plane! It's in immaculate condition, appears to have never been sharpened. The blade is 1/2" wide. I'll post my pics here on the blog every Thursday along with any other tools that catch my eye from other users. So check back each week for something new!

 

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