All I’m missing now are a few chisels, apparently.
I had expected Richard to find me a little saw, and perhaps a plane to show willing. But between conversations at Mr Arnold’s recent charity sale, he filtered through boxes and tables and kept adding to his stash. By the end of the day a substantial pile of tools had accumulated, and you’d be forgiven for thinking they’d been pulled out at random, but he’d actually been very specific and selective.
Every so often, a tool would be placed in to my hand, not to be looked at, but to check the fit and feel. Then he’d get excited over some well set teeth, or a tight mouth.
Buying tools second hand seems overwhelming to me. Even when Richard’s ordered bits online, there’s been times when he’s ended up disappointed. A hands on sale is the better option, but with endless tools sat next to each other I’m still at a loss. No doubt it takes experience to know what to look for, and fortunately I had help. Piling the tool haul in to a box at the end of the day, Richard informed me that restoring all of these would keep me busy. I’d been revelling at the exceptional value of going second hand, when I realised the next stumbling block; getting them working.
I know that Richard will guide me along with this, but I also know that he means it when he says it’s my job. Without him, I would be feeling much more than a little daunted.
Amongst the haul there are a selection of saws, a couple for joinery and a sweet panel saw. They all seem well made, but are very blunt with wobbly handles.
There’s a couple of marking gauges, and a brace and egg beater drill. Then there are the planes; a wooden jack, smoother and several rebate planes, together with a Stanley No. 3 and an old router plane.
This isn’t an extensive collection of tools, but Richard feels these will be ample for getting me started. To go with them, he’s going to dig out an old sharpening stone and a few marking tools he has stashed somewhere.
Old tools like these aren’t difficult to find or expensive, so it’ll be interesting to see just how much work they require to get in to action. I’m opting to start out with a few of the wooden planes, so I hope to have some tales to share about their restoration next week.