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So last Friday, I spent most all afternoon and evening performing a series of small jobs for my step-father. The main one was repairing his clothes dryer plus a mixed bag of other things...while picking up my tools in the laundry room, he disappeared for a bit...when I went to check on him, he had pulled these off the fire place mantel where they've "resided" for years. He handed them to me and said "I want you to have these if you want them?" They belonged to his grandfather (a carpenter by trade)... This is not a tool gloat (well maybe just a little), but I was overwhelmed to receive this as family heirlooms...Thanks for looking! I think the one on the left is mahogany??? The one on the right is hard maple. Both are in remarkable good condition for being ~125-150 years old Notice the heavy layers of leather strapping put in place to cushion your hand. Also I'm assuming the optional add on leg bolt to adjust the fence position I think both f these might have been used to cut window sash moldings and also for some trim work as they both have multiple cutters some with a degree of profile The only markings on either were on this one..."great-grandfather's" initials stamped in one end.
I have to brag about a book I purchased a couple weeks ago, it's been by my bed and I have been reading it every night before going to bed. A couple weeks ago I also built a mallet, and I loved the experience of building my own hand tools. It gave me a satisfaction knowing that a tool I need to use, I built! You can see my Big Ash Mallets by clicking on the link. Now, leading up to the subject of this topic, the wonderful and very interesting book, Making and Mastering Wood Planes by David Finck. The book is priced well, actually it's a great book that should probably have a higher retail value on it than what David Finck is selling them at, but shhh, we won't tell him that! You can go to this link Purchase the Book and pick one up for yourself, at this point in time he ran out of new books till mid to late August 2016, but you can still get a great deal on lightly used books for a very deeply discounted price. The book itself is loaded with beautiful images, very easily understood illustrations, and it's not just a plane book, it's also a book on tuning up machinery and hand tools, in order to make your own hand planes correctly and accurately. About 5/8ths of the book is actual hand plane building, the rest is about how to use the tools you need to build them, and once you build the planes to tune them, and use them. This is not only a book to keep in your shop for reference as you build your hand planes, but it would also make a nice coffee table book as well. It's that nice looking! It's not often I give a book review, but I just had to in this case as this is a very special book. Also, if you order David's new book, he'll sign it before he sends it to you, he signed mine, and it looks cool. Have fun folks, by the way, I have no horse in this game, David Finck does not even know who I am, I make no commission on this plug, I just love this book that much, I felt I had to let the world know about it.
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