Old tools for a young man
If you don’t know already, Maine is a great spot for used handtools. On a recent trip there I came across a Stanley No. 7 jointer plane that is in great shape. That’s impressive since it is about 140 years old. For you old tool junkies, that means it’s a type 2. I don’t collect tools, so this one will see use as soon as I get a new blade. The old one is a bit too worn, even though it still takes a keen edge.
I also found a very cool plane gauge that attaches to the side of any larger plane, from a No. 5 jack to a No. 8 jointer. Basically, it is an adjustable fence that allows you to cut a consistent bevel or maintain a nice square edge on your board. I got it because I have a cabinet with coopered doors floating around in the back of my head. This will be just the tool to bevel the staves. (I know that I could do that on a tablesaw, but I prefer the nice whisper of a sharp plane iron and the slow pace of handwork.)
I won’t tell you exactly how much I spent on these beauties, but I will say that they cost less than a tank of gas for an SUV. I bought them from a friend, so I won’t tell you were I got them either. But if you’re in Maine and want to shop for some used tools, try the Hull’s Cove Tool Barn. I’ve been there and it’s a great place to spend a morning.
If you know of a good brick and mortar store for used tools, let us know. Handtool fanatics like myself are always looking for another dusty place to spend time in.
A good fence makes good edges. This plane gauge, which came in the original box, is a nifty way to cut accurate bevels or square edges without electricity. It's definitely old school, but also more elegant than a router.
Still Strong. I recently bought this No. 7 jointer plane. It's a Stanley Type 2, about 140 years old, and doesn't have a lateral adjuster. But it cuts wonderful shavings from thick to fluffy.