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Found 55 results

  1. Jim Harvey

    Hand Tools - Use 'Em

    Hi, new to this forum. Have been working on restoring hand tools and developing skills for a couple of years. Thought you might be interested in a project from last year. These Eleven Grooved Boxes are made, with the exception of preparing the original stock, entirely with hand tools. A big Stanley miter box, planes 4, 5 1/4, 18, two 45s, and a round side 606. Love them all.
  2. Some great information & pictures to help date Stanley planes by model numbers as well as resources for cleaning, sharpening and tuning planes. Also includes a brief history of Stanley Tool Works.
  3. Grandpadave52

    Time Tested Tools

    Stumbled upon this site while researching a Victor smoothing plane. Lots of good information here about dating tools, restoration, etc.
  4. Haven't watched this all yet, but a PBS documentary on the Stanley Works (about an hour long) https://vimeo.com/253882614
  5. Grandpadave52

    Slim Pickin' Yesterday

    I had a little time yesterday after meeting my brother for lunch before I had to get back home. I hadn't been to Habitat for Humanity Restore for quite some time. Also stopped at the "Flea Market Warehouse" and one other small flea market...found these two "treasures" at H4H Restore. Spent a total of $1.39 including the tax. The blue sticker is discounted 20%. Always can use the "scotchbrite for something...Surform plane to turn quality lumber into chips faster thus saving time..."twin" for my 40+ y/o Craftsman version.
  6. oldwoodie

    Sargent

    Picked up a 408(I think is same as Stanley #4 ) Sargent hand plane that was clean, sharp and ready to go for $10.00. How bad did I do? My thinking is to sell all my Stanley Baileys and Baileys and use the lesser knowns for my work. I have some others like Dunlop, Craftsman, Buck Brothers, etc. I can pick up Stanley knockoffs with no name, and if it fits my hand, is well made, and is in good shape, I can always do all right. What do you say about my theory? Also, I turned down Wood Magazine's last offer because they shut down our community forum. I would not be surprised if they quit publishing it in the next few years if as many people are mad at them as I think they are. I was going to return their offer with this explanation as to why I decided to drop them after more than 20 years of subscriptions.
  7. Grandpadave52

    Combination Squares Oh My

    So a week or so ago, I posted on a recent Craftsman Machinist combo square I added to my growing stable. As I noted then, I didn't need it, but it was $2 and needed a rust revival... Why didn't I really need it? Well... Sorry pictures aren't the greatest but I was (am still) fighting cold cooties. Before picture conditions for most of these appear in other threads, so I won't bore you here. Top one: Craftsman Machinist recently purchased; one below w/ red strap I bought a few weeks ago for ~$1; I thought was a a cheapo Taiwan since that's what the square head was labeled; it was missing the retaining bolt/nut/spring After some serious clean-up of the blade, turns out it was a mismatch; The blade is marked Made in U.S.A., No.1270 M F Co. (Millers-Falls)...sometimes a blind squirrel finds a nut too. Next two below top: 12" has been my go to for a long time; bought new ~1975; It's a John Deere made by Stanley; 6" is an Empire probably ~1977-78; bought new at Furrow Lumber Company; To their right: 18" is a Starrett blade; I think I gave a buck for it but was in pretty good condition after rust revival; the square head is ???; bought at flea market or yard sale for a buck or less; the center head bought at a flea market for a couple bucks if I remember correctly? It appears to have rust on the leg but must be a shadow b/c it's clean Two at bottom of picture: Black square head is Union Tool Co, Mass.; Gray square head, is a Corsair which eventually was bought by Empire; the second square head is unmarked, but was complete so I made a caliper of sorts Blue angle head: Stanley No.125. It was missing the retaining bolt/nut/spring but the darker blue Stanley square head to the right become a donor; The two holes in the blade and near the square head body are where the previous owner drilled and put in a couple screws after he lost/broke the bolts/nut; I gave a buck or two for it and maybe a buck for the two heads; The Stanley is well suited for rough carpentry and can be positioned to lay out studs 16" OC. One immediately below: It's an older Great Neck blade bought at a yard for a quarter maybe? The square head was later added: all the extra square heads have been purchased for a buck or less; The 4 pc set at the bottom: Is a Starrett Machinist; it belonged to my grand-father; My best guess it is from the late 1940's; It's been tucked away since early 1995 after my dad died; I started the refurb on it late last fall...still a ways to go. The square head nut is stowed away A little better view of the Starrett Almost forgot this one. A 6", no markings except Made in England; the blade is aluminum versus steel; it's got a couple waves in it, but hey for 50 cents... So did I need the Craftsman? But since I didn't have a Craftsman before, I suppose I did? Believe it or not, I've passed on several but they're usually too pricey...sometimes $3-$5 or more...will I buy more? If the price is right and the square head speaks to me. Maybe someday I'll get paroled from the National Weather Service and put on work release. Until then, this is the best I can do. Thanks for looking.
  8. HandyDan

    Stanley Sweetheart 104

    Found a Stanley level at the Restore today for $1.50. It is spot on too. Has these markings. It is only 20 years old? This is a picture from Google images. Mine says Pat 6-21-91 6-23-96
  9. steven newman

    Stanley level

    Not wanting to hijack another thread about Stanley Levels.. Happen to remember I have a 24" version of a Stanley SW Level. . 24" long, Cherry & Brass. Hmm...someone even clocked the screws.... This cost me $3 a few years back...a No. 3 Level. There is even a spot to adjust the "plumb" dial Underneath this plate, is how you can adjust this dial... Both levels still work nicely. And, the Brass caps even have all their screws... May see IF the bubbles need any adjustment...sometime...Main one seems to read right on the money....
  10. Last weekend my wife and I celebrated our 41st anniversary and we did so by picking our way to Nashville and then a little more picking on the way home. I did take her out for a very nice dinner at Stone River Steak house in Franklin, TN so it wasn't all about picking and she likes it as much as I do. I didn't take pictures of her treasures, but she got quite a few deals. She like dishes and pottery. I found a variety of things a several different places along the way. So I found that Keen Kutter metal sign and most likely it is repo but it was a cool sign and I wanted to put it up in the shop. Tool signs are hard to find so I try to get them when I can. I also got the Screw and Bolt signs which are double sided. I ran across this one place that had a great collection of really nice tools. They were locked in a glass cabinet. I ask the person to unlock it and told her I was going to be looking in there for a while. She ask if she needed to get the mop to clean up the drool. I first got this nice Keen Kutter Sliding T Bevel square. It is metal and nickel plated. Just below the screw it has a patent date of Oct 29, 07 stamped. I also got this Lufkin No. 014 Caliper ruler. What I thought was really cool about it is the fact that they also put the Stanley number next to their number. Shows you how popular and big Stanley was even them. I have this same small caliper rule in the Stanley 136. I then pulled out this really nice Stanley No. 53 1/2 ruler. When I started college I wanted to be an Architect so this ruler was kind of neat to find. The No 53 1/2 was made from 1879 to 1942. The rule was beveled on the inside edges so the numbers would be close to the page. This ruler has the brass arched ends and brass joints and ends. The patina is really nice and it is very readable. I also saw this nice No. 66 1/2 boxwood ruler that was made from 1870 to 1957. What makes it special it is one of only three 3' four fold rulers to survive WW II. This one happens to be from the Sweet Heart era 1922 to 1935 so this one would have been Pre WW II. This one also had the brass arched ends. This one wasn't cleaned by someone. I have the Stanley No 36 Cast Iron level in the 18" and 12" and it was nice to find this one in the 6" size and all of the vials intact and working. Then I found this Stanley folding ruler with Green Ends. I had just been looking through one of my original Stanley catalogs a week earlier and saw this information on the Green End rulers. So when I saw this Stanley Green end folding ruler at a very cheap price in the cabinet I had to get it out and add to the collection. And then I found my real prize of this pick. I saw this really nice Stanley No. 98 and picked it up and checked it out. No cracks and the finish is in good condition. I had to include it, I just couldn't leave it there. They made these in right and left handed models. The No. 99 is the left side model. I am looking for one of those to add to the group and to make this complete by having a right and left model. This little plane was made from 1896 to 1942. This one appears to be a Type 1a which was made from 1905 to 1907. One of the things about this little plane is the knob is the same size and a perfect replacement if you need a knob for a Stanley No. 1 bench plane. The knob can be worth as much or more than the plane itself. So I have added a few more items to the latest display cabinet in the house. This is the ruler shelf. All of the catalogs are original catalogs and the oldest one is a Stanley 1914 catalog. So that was my anniversary weekend picking and we had the best time out with each other looking for those special treasures. Till next time.... Patriot Picking
  11. Gene Howe

    Stanley #71

    Do any of you guys know an easy way to sharpen the cutters on a #71?
  12. Grandpadave52

    Recent Picks

    These treasures followed me home a couple/three weeks ago...Nothing really exciting and not all wood related BUT the prices were right... Picked these at the "Flea-Market Warehouse"...<$5 with tax total for this pile and... this pile of treasures...saw handle is a remade version...Knob is heavy and has a 3/8"-16 x 1-5/8" shaft....wrench will almost fit spindle collet on a couple of routers...fits arbor bolt on my old 7" Craftsman circular saw... New, never used...mate to one I bought there some time back for a buck...now that I have a pair, they'll probably end up in grandson's tool totes down the road...no arguing that way... These were from the Habitat for Humanity Restore...with the first of the month price adjustments based on price sticker color, I spent $2.45 + tx... The saw guide is for older (e.g. 1970's) Skil's circular & jig saws...I have both. T-20 x 1/4" dr...I seem to go through a lot of that size and for .15c ea.. scraper blade in a repurposed handle works great to scrape glue squeeze out. Another extra arbor bolt wrench for my old Craftsman circular... One never can have enough arbor bolt wrenches...probably a few more stashed not pictured...
  13. Grandpadave52

    Plane Picking

    Behind getting the preliminary pictures posted. During the Covered Bridge Festival I managed to rescue these treasures from the scrap heap. Last thing I needed was another block plane or pieces parts BUT... Top is a Stanley Defiance pattern/model-maker block plane; almost a clone of the Stanley 102. I suspect this is one of the last ones made which was mid 1952. Lower left, remnants of a Stanley 220; middle, remnants of another Stanley similar to the 220 but a tad shorter. Far right, Craftsman 619.3704, adjustable throat. Soles need some work...In-process on the Defiance & Craftsman to at least remove the rust and preserve until spring and warmer weather. Defiance was marked $12; paid $6...other than the color, it's nearly identical to the Stanley 102 I have. One big difference is the iron; the edges along the sides have a radius versus square edge; The (3) on the right were in a bag marked $10; paid $5...I really only wanted the Craftsman and it was complete; other two...well...the adjustment knobs just spoke to me... You can see the two Stanley's have been dropped; The top one is missing the iron, the knob and the cap lever; The middle one is complete except the big chunk missing; It has a pretty decent iron; I'll stash all back as parts donors for now; The Craftsman is complete; The iron will need some TLC to bring back but does not appear to have ever been sharpened. It has a riveted lateral adjustment lever and the cap was originally nickel plated as was the throat lock knob and blade adjustment knob. It'll take some work, but I think it will clean up pretty decent. Thanks for looking...
  14. I headed out to the great State of Iowa over the weekend to visit my folks and, while there, made a stop with dad at an antique and repurpose shop that I never had walked before. I am not so much into this trend of decorating with old and rusty repurpose but appreciate that it is a current trend and many people are. I have started poking my head in these shops however because tools appear now and again. So, I am most of the way through this fine establighment and spy this piece of barnwood tagged as a Towel Hanger". I liked the styling and happily paid the man for my new "towel hanger". With a little rational thought, I have since repurposed my slightly rusty, pitty, but very workable 71 and a half "router towel hanger"! This stuff is so confusing! Hehehe!!! Enjoy a few before and afters.... I also picked up a "schlick" DR Barton Slick and a spoon style brace bit for a 10 spot at the steam show flea market on Sunday. I will need to post pictures of those when I get them. I was overdue to get home and it was a nice weekend all around.
  15. John Moody

    Patriot Picking - Stanley No 45

    It has been a while since I was out Patriot Picking, but Tuesday, my wife and I made it down to a flea market and I ran up on this Stanley No 45 in the Metal Box. I currently have one with an 1890's patent date in the wooden box and got to looking at this one and it spoke to me so I had to take it home. It looks like it had everything in the box with the wooden holder for the blades along with several other blades laying loose in the box. The box was in good condition and the lid fits nice and tight. It has been used, but doesn't appear to be abused. I am looking forward to cleaning this one up. It has a patent day of July 09, 1901. A nice find and look forward to getting it going.
  16. So a friend of mine finally found his inherited Stanley 55 in his cellar, complete with 4 boxes of cutters. I volunteered to clean it up for him as it is grubby and caked with dirt and some surface rust on the rods, screws, etc.... Yeah, yeah..I want to play with it after I'm done...okay...I admit it... (1) I'm having a bit of trouble taking apart the adjusting screw (27 and 28 on diagram)...has a pin at the bottom that goes into the cutter and a knurl knob that makes the adjustment. I'm thinking I don't want to take the pin out...mainly cuz I'll probably lose it...but it doesn't look like it will come apart without doing that. Any of you 55 owners find a Houdini method of taking that apart...? (2) My other minor headache is the tiny cutter (85 on diagram) on the bottom of the left fence/body. A small screw keeps it aligned and the slot in the screw head is worn beyond any screwdriver being able to grab it. I'd like to take it out and put an edge on it...it is very dull and I'm sure it won't do it's job of cutting a good edge. Ok...ya caught me again...yes, I'm hoping he'll think what a wonderful job I did and give it to me...
  17. John Moody

    Patriot Picking - Stanley Levels

    A picker friend of mine ran across a lady who's husband had passed away. Her husband was a Stanley tool collector. When he saw the stuff he had he thought of me. So at this point I am going to just give you a sample of some of the stuff I got so far. I'm having to purchase it as I can. I was able to pick through the levels and get the ones I wanted. I will show you a closer view and break them out in groups. More picking to come.
  18. John Morris

    Back Slats

    From the album: Shaker Furniture

    Once shaped each back slat separately I then ganged them up and did a few more passes with my shave and block plane, to get them all to even height and shape.
  19. John Moody

    Small finger planes and other stuff

    This is the middle shelf in one of my cabinets. Most of the items here are small finger planes, but there are levels and bevel gauges and other things that need a place to rest. couldnt get get a good picture. I don't think I'm a horder yet!
  20. John Moody

    Stanley No 46 Dado and Plow Plane

    Some months back I was out picking and ran across this Stanley No 46 Dado and Plow Plane at a yard sale. It looked to be in pretty good condition with no cracks or breaks. This Combination plane was made from 1874 to 1942. The early versions were japanned. They were similar to the No.45 but with fewer blades and the blades were ground straight across and skewed. This one only had the blade that was in it and as I have learned, that is usually the case. If you can find extra blades they will usually cost more than the plane. The handle and knob were Rosewood. As you can see, it appears someone made a new knob for this one, but the handle is Rosewood. As with the No.45 it has a floral motif early on. The number was a little hard to read when I found it. Almost looks like it was ground off. Either that or it had a hard life as it looks like it was hammered on or dropped. But all in all it is a nice plane and will fit nicely in the display cabinet. I believe I have an extra Rosewood knob I can put on it to bring it back a little closer to original. I just love finding these!
  21. I see Sears sold the Craftsman brand to Stanley, a division of B&D. While many of the Craftsman power tools have been nothing but crud lately, their mechanics tools were still very good....guess that will all change now. I'm wondering how in the world will they make the power tools worse than they are currently?
  22. Grandpadave52

    Push Drill Compulsion

    Technically, it's still not a collection since there are <24, but I may have OCTD (Obsessive Compulsive Tool Disorder). This habit began in 1972 although I didn't know it at the time. My dad had a Yankee, Model 46 push drill so it just made sense to get one of my own. There were no BORGs back then; I bought mine from one of the old fashioned hardware stores which was down-town...same place you bought nails, screws, tools, grass & vegetable seeds, paint,,,well you get it...they were a Blue Grass / Belknap franchise, but sold other brands as well. I had just purchased my first "home" so to speak...a 1959, 10'x50', 3 'bedroom' mobile home on a little over 1/2 acre lot. Fast forward about 37 years...my daughter rented her first house...needed curtain rods put up...got my old Model 46 out as I had tens of dozens time before for just this kind of task...she said, "dad I'd really like one of those." No problem, I'll just look it up on-line and order one...apparently Stanley quit making these sometime in the early 1980's...who knew...the quest began...at the time similar were selling for $25-$100 on eBay plus shipping...started looking at yard sales & flea markets...took a few months but I found a like new 41Y Bell Systems with all 8 bits for $5...she got it for Christmas that year. But the obsession grew...what if I broke a bit on mine? What if I lost it after all these years...so the pictures below reflect the rest...anyways, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Top Row L->R 46Y, no cap/bits perfect otherwise; 46; some bits, works well, cap and handle nasty; my original 46 still have original 8 bits; red handle/black cap also a 46, but marked Yankee North Bros (note in right side pic has the original instructions which are rolled up and placed in one of the bits slots; has 7/8 of bits missing 1/16"; black bakelite handle, chrome steel cap, 45, Yankee, some bits but a couple are Stanley slot shank but twist bits, Made In Germany so likely Dunlap; far right Stanley 03-049; cheaper version of the Yankee's; probably made toward the end of the production; bottom of all in top two pics, is a new replacement driver shank tht would work on all 46 models. Bottom left, one on left is marked Made in Germany, but on the cap embossed Dunlap; second red cap only marked Made in Germany...may be an earlier version of one on the left. Right pic, Blue capped is one of my prize treasures...no bits, marked Made in Germany and is very similar to the Dunlap's but with one major difference.There is an inverted triangle; above the triangle is "Manufacturers Steel Corp"; left side of the triangle marked "Germany"; right side of the triangle "British Zone"; from what I have been able to learn, this would have been produced somewhere between 1945-1954; Allied's occupation of Germany ceased after 1954...likely this was made after 1946 since Germany was allowed little production of any kind until about 1948 and before 1953 as Allied's lessened controls after that. I believe it to be the the first runs of what became Dunlap. I gave 25 cents for it. Sorry for glare but maybe you can see Dunlap on cap; far right are the latest picks; (2)-Stanley 41Y's and the Miller-Falls #100 $2-$3-$2 Left picture, top to bottom; Yankee North Bros No 40? can't make out '0" but believe it to be one of the first in the series; Next is Steel Craft-Germany-may be part of the same era of Occupied Germany; it's a Stanley 41 clone; Yankee North Bros, #41; a nice Yankee North Bros 41 but slightly different chuck than one above; a very nice Yankee North Bros 41 but again another variation of chuck than one above; Yankee North Bros, #44; note the bits store different on this one. A grand total of 17-3/4 (18-3/4 if you count my daughters, but it's not on location so...) Outside of hers at $5 and whatever mine might have cost new, I've never given or $2-3 for any of the rest...most a buck or less. I've let at least this many go just because they were priced above $5... So if you've read this far without your head slamming the table, keyboard or screen, thanks for indulging my OCTD.
  23. Grandpadave52

    "Egg Beater" Drill Habit

    OK, by the standards established in other threads this is not a collection since it's <24, but it's something to do and keeps old tools and traditions alive; plus I actually use now 3 of these from time-to-time. My fascination with hand drills began at over 60 years ago as did my collection...I just didn't know I'd start collecting at age 3. In the picture below, top row, the drill on the far left belonged to my grandfather. There is no name on it and it is not to the level of the Stanley's beside it. The cap is stamped on top 1.59. I seem to recall similar drills in the Hardware Section of our G.C. Murphy Department Store. The cap unscrewed for bit storage but none of the bits remain...probably lost by me at age 3 or 4. I do remember bits in the handle. I would have to drag a kitchen chair over near the china hutch to climb above and retrieve the drill from on top of a cabinet above the hutch. I also recall getting my butt smacked as a deterrent from playing with the drill, but alas wasted effort. The Stanley Yankee Handyman (Model H1221A, Hy-Lo drive) next to it is my most recent purchase. I picked it out of a bucket of junk at a local Pawn Shop. I gave $5 for it. It has 7/8 original bits. It was pretty nasty but cleaned up nicely. The painted wood handle/knobs was cleaned with 50-50 Simple Green/water, then 3 coats of Johnson's Rust cleaned with Dremel & brass wire brush, polished on the buffing wheel then 3 coats wax. Nest to it, with the red flywheel is Stanley (No 1221). Same process as above to refurb. While a 1221, not the H model, so no bit storage or hy-lo crank. Think I gave $2-$3 for it. Next to it is also a 1221 (no H or bit storage) but is a hy-lo crank. I gave $1 for it at a local flea market. Last one on left pic is my prize I bought last fall for $3 at the Covered Bridge Festival. A Stanley Yankee, North Bros, H1431. The brand is on both the chuck and handle ferrule. The black and yellow is a John Deere made by Stanley. I bought this new in probably 1986-87 when Deere closed out their Carpenter Tool line most of which was made for them by Stanley. Has all eight bits plus I bought an extra set. At the time, my cost was less than $5 for all. It's also a hy-lo...very similar to the Red/Blue Handyman just a newer version. Gear tooth side of flywheels The 1.59 on grandpa's drill cap; Still have the original box the JD came in A little better pics close-up...my old phone camera is only 2mp I think I'll probably repaint the flywheel on the older H1221...pretty rusty and it's cast steel. The H1221A had some nasty chalk like stuff or maybe Liquid Nails where the bare paint area is. I tried everything to get it off and finally used some spray carburetor/ choke/ injector cleaner. It removed it, but took most of the paint too. I just can't bring myself to completely refinish; adds to the character don't you think? Anyways, one of my vices...I've let a few go if over $5 bucks or just completely worn out or junk, but at least these are saved. One of these days when I get I may refurb grandpa's drill...Time just isn't right yet. I have typed up a short story, rolled up and placed in the bit storage (since I lost the bits 60+ years ago) about it's history. My grandmother made sure I was the one to get it though! I intend it go to my oldest grandson. Edit: removed redundant pic
  24. Grandpadave52

    Fresh Picked

    Had to go to Little Emerald City (county seat) today for lawnmower gas before it jumped $0.43/gal. Noticed there were a couple yard sales going on...nice day so look what followed me home.... Stanley Yankee Model 41Y with all 8 bits...1/16" might be slightly bent, but this drill has barely ever been used. A little surface rust which will clean & polish up nicely. No price marked on it, so when I asked, the guy said oh 2 bucks sounds fair...didn't even try to negotiate...bits are worth more than that. Didn't really need another one, but, it doesn't take up much space and it needed a family.
  25. I got a chance to do a little picking this week early one morning. I have a collection of Linseed Oil cans and other finishing related cans. I was excited to run across these two to add to the collection. The Linseed can is 3/4 full and the Chief can is about 1/2 full. I really love the color and graphics o the Chief Paint and Varnish thinner can. Both cans are pre '60's. I'll have to do a little more research on them. I also got this Stanley No 5. Quite a bit of rust on the blade and some of the japanning is missing. The knob and Tote are in very good condition. This No 5 is from after 1936. They went to the kidney shaped hole in 1936. This is one I'll refurbish. The good thing is it doesn't have any cracks or chips in it and the bottom is good. Like I really needed another project right now. Just couldn't pass it up, it was free so I'll do what I can with it. I just love picking!!

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