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

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Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

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3fingerpat ...

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

lanwater ...

That’s a pretty cool collection.

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.

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….

a1jim ...

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

Manitario ...

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

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

MaFe ...

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

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!

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.

Manitario ...

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

MaFe ...

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

Martin Sojka ...

Great collection!

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