Vintage Woodworking Tools
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
Knives, axes and other things - for you to enjoy
An assortment of old hammers - mounted on fence palings
The spokeshaves are pretty to look at - (The top left one is a drawknife - not a 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They have largely been replaced by routers and lathes.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
An assortment of old tools
A group of tiny hand planes - The last on the right is for shaping a violin
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Some bows saws from a bygone era - Aren't they graceful?
I made a quilt - featuring these boards of tools
© 2012 Jan T Urquhart Baillie