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post #1 of 6 Old 04-23-2017, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hello guys! I am a hobby woodworker, nothing too serious, and new to the forum. I love woodworking and I also love antiques. So I am thinking about smashing the two together and buying up old tools and restoring them.

I have no concerns about my ability to make an old tool look like new, but I am curious to see what tools you guys would recommend. I will probably look for most of them on eBay, but I will also be keeping my eye out locally as well. What would you recommend I look for, anything specific?

I look forward to your responses, thanks!

P.S. Yes I know that some people will tell me that an old tool is most valuable as rusty and patinaed as possible, which may be true for some super rare ones, but a tool was meant to be used, and if the condition prevents them from being used, what is the point?
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-23-2017, 08:07 PM
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I got into restoring old planes about a year ago

I was buying several of the old Stanley 78's and other no. 6 and 7's. and removing the rust, sharpening the blades and painting the knob and handles. My purpose was to use them as well as have them all displayed on a shelf for storage and viewing as a collection of sorts.

Ebay is a great resource, but there is so much to know about them between the Baileys and Stanleys and sweethearts and all the others I got overwhelmed. I've got a few more to finish up and I'll be all set.

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I agree with NathanM. I buy them to use.

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Most woodworking crafters have an "older" WW tool, that is either on display or used in a project. Some great tool books out there that may give you more info as to use and restoration, ie - "Hand Tools, their ways & workings" by Aldren Watson. Also Roy Underhill, The Woodwright's Shop has both books and TV series to give more ideas/history of the old tools and methods. Be safe.
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What are the best websites or books to identify obscure planes? I picked up a couple planes off eBay. I am pretty sure none of them are any good, only one of them is a Stanley I believe, but they will work I am sure. If you guys have any idea what these other planes are, I would appreciate it!

Here is a link to the Google Drive file. There were too many to upload here unfortunately:

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I have a large collection of old tools, but all of my tools are workable, usable tools. The only antique hand tools I want would be planes and layout tools.
I thought I had a pretty good collection of hand planes until Woodnthings posted above. But I think he has 6 or more of every tool in his shop. Ha.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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