More Tools

I recently attended a quarterly tool meet with the Ohio Tool Collectors Association. The meetings take place throughout the state.  This one was in Grand Rapids, Ohio, near Toledo.  I always assume the basic stuff will be found in abundance, and you never know what else you’ll uncover.

  Here is a fine example of a Bailey 4-1/2.   The asking price was $45, which made me think something was wrong with it.  I gave it a good going over, and gladly forked over the cash.??????????  ??????????

Here is an interesting 90° drill. The chuck is very tight, the gears smooth, and the handle will turn a full 180° for just the right angle.  ??????????  ??????????  ??????????

I don’t usually expect to find tools for useful at work, but this time I did. A trio of Vise-grip clamps and a set of screw extractors.  The clamps are the older, heavy duty, made in USA models. ??????????

Here is a very interesting corner brace. The spring chuck is perfect and it has a tight ratchet assembly.  The double handle (on the right) spins to allow a good grip without hampering the boring process.  ??????????


I’ve been following Peter Follansbee’s blog for a while, and have taken an interest in his work. I came across this Plumb hatchet and grabbed it right away.  It is a single bevel and feels very nice in my hand.

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Speaking of Peter, I also bought one of his serving spoons. This one is apple, and the pictures don’t do the details justice. The handle has beautiful chip carving, and the balance is perfect.

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Wood molding planes have also peaked my interest lately. I bought 3 from Falcon Wood; a 3/8” cove with a bevel, a 3/16” cock bead, and a 7/16” side bead.

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They are all in very good condition and just need a bit of tuning.  I’ll have them working in a week or two.

I also just ordered a ¼” side bead from them. I should have it in a few days.

Here is an unusual saw; a Diston #9 with the improved Reagan handle. It is a 4/5 back saw, which allows the tip to get into tight spaces.


Lastly, I bought a nice piece of figured cocobolo and 2 pieces of ebony. Now I need to build something worthy of such rare woods.



Let’s go build something.

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