Just a Bench In Use

Had some very productive hours in the shop tonight and took a couple of pictures. Much was accomplished, a little more to do for a complete project. It’s the journey, right?

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That’s a mix of old and new. Old, because the tool tote features parts from one my grandad made years and years ago. Here’s that box prior to deconstruction:

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The stickers that are visible at each end are from his business; I wanted to save that history by re-purposing parts of his plywood tote in my shop.

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It’s not done, but the intent is clear. This tool tote is sized to fit just right in my toolchest, for those times I take some tools on the road (or across the yard, into the house for a task or two). It’s unused space otherwise, and the chest is on the small side to begin with.

More later, thanks for looking!

“Now THAT’S A Brace!”

The title is an overreach of course, but I picked up a brace today. No big deal, I have more than a couple of them already. But this was a real $2 pick-me-up for sure. I knew it had a wide sweep (Capt. Obvious, right?) but didn’t see a measure or model number at the flea market. But with a little elbow grease at the bench, this came through:

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Wow, that’s a huge sweep! Cool, anxious to give it a try! But sorry, no money shots in this installment. Just a slightly cleaned up, but oiled and free-moving, 14″ sweep brace. Oh, and the other great news? The chuck is stamped “Stanley Rule and Level”. So it fits in nicely with the rest of my ‘old arn’… That’s all for now!

Unloved Side Rabbets

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Until very recently, that is. A recent build needed tailored dado cuts, and after some pretty severe fettling, each of these Stanley side rabbet planes are at the ready. I’d not really even attempted to use them, with good reason as it turned out: The #99 needed the mouth files, cutter bent and edge re-bevelled. Never would have worked the way it was; no wonder it’s in such good shape!

The (missing) fence for the #98 has now been replaced, so both are complete. Huzzah for tools that work!