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Vintage Woodworking Tools

Updated on March 30, 2016
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All my life, (71) I've been collecting odds and ends, starting with my tiny sewing machine. My new husband Bob collects too. Two bowerbirds!

Old tools are quite beautiful, especially old hand tools

My husband, Bob, collects old hand tools for working with wood.

They are very attractive pieces, some with lovely shapes, and interesting uses.

The handles were usually wooden, curved to fit the hand and polished or varnished to look 'nice'.

I especially love these spokeshaves, with their curved handles.

Why collect old hand tools?

Because you like how they look!

Bob has so many he has lost count. He has mounted lots of these on old fence palings, which suit the previous uses for them perfectly.

Old hand tools come in many shapes and many sizes. Bob can't resist a good bargain, but he gets a little more discerning now.

He tries to collect a tool which is missing from his extensive collection.

A group of assorted chisels and screwdrivers - Even the handles are nice to look at

Assorted tools, including chisels
Assorted tools, including chisels

Knives, axes and other things - for you to enjoy

Assorted vintage tools
Assorted vintage tools

An assortment of old hammers - mounted on fence palings

Old hammers
Old hammers

The spokeshaves are pretty to look at - (The top left one is a drawknife - not a spokeshave)

Vintage spokeshaves
Vintage spokeshaves
Vintage spokeshave
Vintage spokeshave

What is a spokeshave?

Are they used any more?

A spokeshave is used to shape and smooth wood by hand to make pieces for things like chair legs, for example: a cabriole leg which is complex.

The furniture maker drags the blade across the surface to be shaped, using the curved handles.

They have largely been replaced by routers and lathes.

The latest spokeshave - is about two inches long

A wee spokeshave
A wee spokeshave

An assortment of old tools

scrapers
scrapers

A group of tiny hand planes - The last on the right is for shaping a violin

A group of tiny hand planes
A group of tiny hand planes

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Restoring Antique Tools
Restoring Antique Tools

You can learn the best way to restore those lovely collected tools

 

Some bows saws from a bygone era - Aren't they graceful?

Vintage bows saws
Vintage bows saws

I made a quilt - featuring these boards of tools

Wood He? Quilt
Wood He? Quilt

© 2012 Jan T Urquhart Baillie

Are you collecting old/vintage tools too? - Tell us about your collection

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      irubucom 5 years ago

      I don't have near the collection of tools that I would like to have.

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      Spokanewebdesig1 5 years ago

      Love the woodworking tools, I don't have a collection so to speak but enjoy seeing vintage things

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      JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

      I know that my dad has some vintage tools because I remember them from when I was a kid. Love the pictures.

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      magictricksdotcom 5 years ago

      I collect old handcuffs for much the same reason- they are visually interesting hardware.

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      winter aconite 5 years ago

      Love vintage everything......I have a collection of vintage kitchen equipment!!!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Yes, I have some of it from my father. My father is good at woodworking.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Love the vintage tools. Seems like they would have stories to tell. Great lens.

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      The ancient woodworkers got their tools right, very little changed until powertools came along

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      tslizzy 5 years ago

      l love vintage items.

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      DeimonJai 5 years ago

      my father have a collection of the spokeshaves and his hand planes are personally made by him. ^^

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      seedplanter 5 years ago

      My grandpa was a carpenter in the early 1900s and raised his family off his hard work. On the side, he remodeled old homes, and would find all kinds of treasures inside those walls. This lens is wonderful, and brings back so many great memories. Thanks for all the effort you put into it!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I have a big box of my grandfather's old tools. I never thought of going though them. I guess I am off to the garage to see what treasures I can find.

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      wrapitup4me 5 years ago

      I saw some interesting wooden handled old tools at a flea market and I didn't get them. Maybe I should go back again. They were dirt cheap and would make a great display.

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      zigpop lm 5 years ago

      We have many of these around our old home place that were left behind. I am inspired to round them up and display them. Been putting it off but I think I will. Thanks for sharing, great lens.

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      Pieter Bouwer 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Yes, I remember them. I used them long ago... spokeshaves, bow saws the lot. It required a lot of skill. Love them...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love old tools. You have a very nice collection.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I love your quilt featuring your husbands old tool collection - I'm not sure how you did it - but I love it. I love vintage antique items and old tools are indeed beautiful items. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      KiwiGayle 5 years ago

      Great lens. I have a beautiful old miniature plane that with along other miniature tools I display on one of those racks that were used for letter blocks for printing. It provides endless delight for the blokes who visit and far more interesting than silly little ornaments.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      What a beautiful collection! My brother collects old woodworking tools too: I love the look of the spokeshaves, and the feel of those smooth well-worn handles.

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      CCTVwebmaster 5 years ago

      Not collecting myself, but great lens and lovely pictures!

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      GOT LM 5 years ago

      wood theme matches the topic real nice

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      smsr0100451 5 years ago

      I love this collection of tools. Thanks for sharing nice info about vintage tools.

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      vanidiana24 5 years ago

      Nice vintage collection! My father also has some of them.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Naw, but these sure make my heart go pitter patter! Blessed by COUNTRYLUTHIER. Loved the pics!

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings. You have a nice collection of appealing Squidoo lenses, too!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would like to this cool lens with my friends on Facebook, thanks for sharing.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @Gypzeerose: I'm not sure it is a 'real' hobby, just real for Bobby! Glad you like the quilt, too.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @dellgirl: Any more than two is a collection ;>)

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Very interesting - I didn't know this hobby existed. And I love your quilt! Squid Angel Blessed.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      I have a few from my daddy, not enough for a collection though. I like your lens a lot, thanks for sharing. Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @Scarlettohairy: He doesn't use them! They're just to look at and admire. :>)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These old tools are great! I love the look of vintage tools that are useful!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @anonymous: That's the new Wood Theme by Squidoo. It's really cool.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @cyberwizzard: We don't have the space either, but we still collect them LOL

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @peggygallyot: Get started soon then.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @McBub-Squidoo: Collecting vintage anything is nice.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @allenwebstarme: Bob does the arranging. Nice way to enjoy them, isn't it?

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @getwellsoon: Is you collection as big as Bob's yet?

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @Michey LM: Me too!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @johnny6toes: I'm glad you remembered seeing them.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @aesta1: They are nice to browse through aren't they?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very cool lens, and I love the wood background to go with it!

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      cyberwizzard 5 years ago

      Vintage tools are cool. I have a few that I actually use. I just don't have the space for a collection.

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      I would love to.

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      McBub-Squidoo 5 years ago

      It is very interesting to collect vintage tools.

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Never collected and organised like this, I'm having many old vintage tools, you sharing nice idea.

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Never collected and organised like this, I'm having many old vintage tools, you sharing nice idea.

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      My father owned a woodshop and had some of these old tools. I love them and collect them whenever I come across one!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens and tools I like vintage... Thanks

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      johnny6toes 5 years ago

      Very cool topic. My grandfather was a woodworker and I remember seeing some of these tools in his workshop. Brought back some good memories - and interesting to boot!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't but we still have a few from my husband's parents.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @Tracie-Fisher: Yes they do, too. Some of those ones are hand drills the nineteenth century.

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      Tracie-Fisher 5 years ago

      There are quite a few I've never even seen before. A couple of them look like old style egg beaters ;-) Nice work.

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      Actually its not me. Its my dad that has some of these tools.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @Anthony Altorenna: I agree. It would be great to be able to ask the tool where it had been wouldn't it?

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @xXOUTDOORSXx: We love them too much and our house is bursting with all sorts!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @RawBill1: Does your Dad know how much you love his collection? Make sure you tell him vbg

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @pawpaw911: Glad you liked it

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @mcampbell123: I'm sure it was much more difficult that it is now to be skilled with these tools

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Great photos! I have a small collection of vintage woodworking tools, and I'm always searching for old tools. I like to think of the craftsmen who used these tools, and wonder what they made with them.

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      xXOUTDOORSXx 5 years ago

      Love Vintage items! nice Lens!

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I would love to collect old tools as I used to be a tradesman and enjoy working with my hands to create things. But as my dad is currently collecting antique woodworking tools, I do not have to. I will no doubt inherit his collection someday if he does not sell them off first. He is a carpenter who is close to retiring so this has become a hobby for him that he will probably continue with in retirement. I am glad that he has found a hobby to keep him interested in life. He is a lot happier now that he is collecting these items.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Loved seeing all these great vintage tools. Nicely done.

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      mcampbell123 5 years ago

      I bet you had to have a lot of skill to use those tools back in the day. Like my lens back please lol.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      At least they were put to good use. I hope you can build up again.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I once had a huge collection of old woodworking tools, farm implements and household gadgets but had to sell them all to pay for my return to college. I'm starting to collect again, but they prices are much higher than when I started my collection in the early 1970s.