Tag Archives: vintage tools

Restoring a Skinner 6” Brace

Having finished the rehab of the 10” Skinner brace, and practicing my restoration techniques on an 8” brace, it was time to move on to restoring my “new” 6” Skinner beauty. Rather than bore you with repetitive details that you … Continue reading

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Brace yourself: the nuanced differences between restoration and rehabbing

Andy, a prolific contributor to Lumberjocks.com, posted a comprehensive blog series about hand braces.  He started his superb tutorial by restoring a hand drill. And his subject was an 8″ Skinner brace that he dubbed “Rusty”. A few things immediately … Continue reading

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Rehabbing a #18 Stanley Standard-Angle Block Plane

I have a late-model Stanley #60 ½ low-angle block plane, a hand-me-down from my dad. It’s tuned perfectly and I like it, but there are times when it feels a bit small in my hands. So I’ve had my eye … Continue reading

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Vintage is to style what plastic is to bland-Oil can rehab

I firmly believe in the motto, “Make life work for you.” That’s why whenever I travel, I find a way to pursue my passions. Wine, yummy unique food, running, photography and, most relevant to you, antique tool hunting. So when … Continue reading

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East Coast Tool Hunting

I was in the DC area recently on business and extended my stay by a day to visit with family. And to try my hand at vintage tool hunting back east. That is why you’re reading this post right? Virginia … Continue reading

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