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What to look for when buying vintage planes

Buy a vintage hand plane for the first time can be a little daunting. There are very few folks who buy planes that haven’t unknowingly come home with a dud. You can be successful at finding a good set of vintage planes if you know what to look...

992 views, 0 by Mtrac

Rust accumulation

How do you guys keep rust from accumulating on your handtools? I’ve been tuning my hand planes, stick them in a cabinet and I t seems like in no time rust stars forming on the sole. The cabinet is open to the rest of the garage, so it doesn’t...

1,913 views, 0 by MsDebbieP


History: Woodworking in the 1600's

You know how the internet goes, you start out one place and you end up at ….. woodworking in the 1600’s! Of course! This is a clip from the ebook “The Project Gutenberg EBook of Woodworking Tools 1600-1900, by Peter C. Welsh” “The boxmaker...

1,317 views, 0 by Madts



I just got some new/very old planes. I need to some major rust removal. Any good ideas?

823 views, 0 by Mtrac

I'm Mike

Hi, I’m Mike. Thanks for letting me join the forum. I’ve been a long time tool owner, but consider myself a real beginner when it comes to woodworking. I’ve decided to put the stuff in my garage to use instead of just gathering dust. I don’t...

910 views, 0 by Thorreain


Homage to chisels

I made a chisel from a hand file over twenty years ago. The one with the blue handle. It has a permanent place in my tool pouch. It functions as a wood chisel. As a fine and medium file. It also works very well as a wood scraper but it’s only an...

401 views, 0 by Dusty1


Waiting for Spring

Cant wait til spring to start hitting antique sales and flea markets in search of some old hand saws and planes!!

925 views, 0 by Joe Laviolette

Joe Laviolette

Finally finished my "tool cabinet"

Which is not much of a cabinet at all. I’ve been meaning to make one for a few months. Previously I just hand my hand tools all over makeshift shelves that the previous owners put in the garage. I decided against a cabinet in favor of using the...

1,297 views, 0 by Don


A #4 surprise and its for sale.

You guys know I don’t post my planes for sale here very often. My web site seems to generate enough traffic to sell what I can find, and I typically can’t keep up with restoration request. But this isn’t just a “for sale” post. It’s a “holy...

683 views, 0 by MJCD

Post-Project Shop Reset; Optimizing the Small Shop

The following covers two areas: getting my shop ready for the next project, and optimizing the small shop. Post-Project Reset We each have our procedures; one of mine is that after every project, I reset the shop. The reset includes re-touching...

829 views, 0 by MsDebbieP


Tool of the Month: BLOCK PLANE

What are your tips and knowledge of block planes? (Bo Peep’s Photo:

2,058 views, 0 by Manitario


World's biggest handplane

David Barron has a bunch of great instructional Youtube videos but he also occasionally demonstrates some pretty cool hand tools like this 5ft long coopers plane: It probably isn’t the biggest in the world, nor can I see it getting much use...

1,062 views, 0 by Don


Show the restoration before and after.

This worked well elsewhere, so why not try here. I thought it would be cool to have a place for a collection of before and after shots. Rules are simple, you must have done the work, and there must be a before and after shot. Any tool...

935 views, 0 by christiebiscuit


Planer questions from the new guy

Hi everyone from Fergus Ontario, I’ve been a machinist for 25+ years now and last year inherited a bunch of wood working tools. A small table model Delta band saw, a craftsman 10 inch table saw and a Ryobi 10 inch planer. These are all probably...

909 views, 0 by Brian


Planer blades welded onto spindle

I haven’t been doing really any woodworking all summer, but now that the weather is changing it’s time to come back inside and get back to work. Last spring I made a couple of things using African super hardwood ekki reclaimed from a pier in the...

1,376 views, 0 by MontyJ


Hand plane help

I will be traveling to Florida next week for business. I figured I would hit CL and see what I might find. I came across this Would you give $10 for it?

1,191 views, 0 by MsDebbieP


History: Planer

There are planers and then there are PLANERS!!! source:

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Looking for a specialty plane

I am building a couple of children’s rockers from scratch, I saw somewhere the tools I needed but cannot locate where I saw the items listed to make the seat indentation. There was several listed but I cannot remember what they were called or...

608 views, 0 by Brian


Tiny plane

I keep this guy in my backpack for emergencies. :-)

784 views, 0 by Jeff B

Jeff B

very old plane knob and tote

Hey everyone, Today’s project is restoring a very old Craftsman number 7 jointer plane to service. It has a corrugated sole. I’m given to understand that the corrugated sole was a thing that came and went before WWII. So I’m guessing the plane...