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Getting Rid Of Duplicates #3...

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:28am
Up for sale, I have a Veritas Small Plow Plane with Fence, Depth Shoe and five (5) Imperial Standard Blades.

This is Lee Valley's Right-Handed Small Plow Plane.

This is a great little plane that Lee Valley gave me in lieu of payment for a cartoon that reflected some customers' confusion about Veritas' new style of saw and block plane that were introduced in 2008.

Here is the earning cartoon...

And this is the one that their designer wanted, but wasn't used for publication...

This is a great little plane that I have used to plow slots for bottoms in drawers, all the way up to plowing shadow lines in risers on a 3-tier balcony and deck system on a hot-shot's cottage. it has never given me a lick of trouble and the A2 steel blades show little signs of use.

While this plane hasn't been modified to accept Lee Valley Beading Blades, it is capable of being modified.

Lee Valley sells this plane with the five blades for $329.00 Canadian. I'm selling this really clean, used one for $225.00 Canadian.

Face-To-Face Delivery is available in the Greater Toronto Area for no additional charge.
Cash is the only accepted payment for Face-To-Face Deliveries.
I only accept PayPal for payment, when a face-to-face delivery is not possible. 
I ship using the Postal Service only.
I will only charge what the post office charges me for shipping, and do not add on any additional amount of time or shipping materials.
I will fully refund the cost of the tool plus any shipping charges if the tool is found to be not in "as claimed" condition, or there is a problem with the tool that does not show up in the photos.

$225(CAN) firm.

The plane is clean, with no signs of rust or pitting...
...on either side.
The skate is in almost "as-new" condition.
The Blade Holding Mechanism works like its new.
This is what comes with the Plane: one Depth Shoe, one Fence,
and five Imperial Standard Blades
The Blades are in great shape from their front surface...
...to their back surface.
The stock Veritas Tote shows some toolbox
dings, but it is still in great shape with
great grain and colour...
...and it is just as clean on the right side
as it is on the left.
A cool tool that belongs in your hands.



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Time To Clean Out Some Duplicates #2...

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 8:43am
I cannot tell a lie, I do not have a duplicate of this saw, it is completely out of the timeframe I try to stick to for my collection, its purchase was totally an impulsive action, and I’m selling it because it is too big for my usual scale of work so I have rarely used it. It is also a pretty good saw.

I bought this saw from an old guy who was pretty cool for an old fart. He was a retired high school shop teacher and bought it new for his personal collection back in the early 1950s. He said he didn’t use it often, but when he did, it was a joy to use. He didn’t lie either.

This Stanley No. 39-124 Mitre Saw is a beaut, well at least the plate is. It seems to hold its edge very well, it is straight and true, and does not have any rust or pitting that I can see. The 30” plate needs a little touch-up sharpening now as I have never sharpened it over the 12 years that I have owned it, not that it got used that much. I did use it quite a bit when I installed some crown moulding  for a friend. Man, it is a gorgeous piece of kit for a job like that. I don’t think the previous owner sharpened it too often either, as it is exactly 6” high from tooth bottom to back bottom, the same dimension etched into the plate – 30” x 6”.

The handle is a replacement I made from apple wood right after I bought the saw. The original handle taught me how Stanley transitioned from making great tools to making junk. They started with the handle. Man, was it a primitive, cheap looking thing, and not up to par with the plate at all. I actually commented to the original owner about it and he said he always wanted to make a new handle for it but never got the time. It was my first crack at making a saw handle, and while it isn't as nice as my recent two examples, it isn't bad. The stock I used was a tad thicker than the original handle, and the round-overs are actually round, so using the saw with this replacement is considerably more comfortable than if I had left it alone. It has been coated with who knows how many coats of shellac, but I have to admit that I didn't have the patience with finishing 12 years ago that I seem to have now. It is nice, but with a bit more sanding, it could be really nice. I never had any qualms about the user-made handle as this saw will never be considered a true collector's piece. It is and always will be just a nice user quality piece. See the photos to see the quality of the existing handle and you will agree with me that with a little finessing, but not much work, you could make it better.

Please view all the photos of the saw to confirm its quality.

Selling price is $70 (CAN) firm.

I will charge the purchaser exactly what the Post Office charges me for shipping, with no additional charges for shipping materials or my time. If you are in the Greater Toronto Area, it is possible that we can happily deliver it to you personally at no charge. 

I will only accept PayPal for payment.

I added a Coke can to this shot
to give you some perspective
regarding this saw's size.
It has a super clean plate with a clear etching.
The second side is as clean as the first.
This photo is trying to
show how straight
the plate and
back is.
It's a good looking saw...
...from any angle.
It still shows a super-strong etching.

Ok, my lamb is a little mute.
It isn't talking to me from this side either.
This was in the piece of Apple Wood that I made the handle
from. It does not go all the way through the horn. I liked
this, which is why I made sure it was included.

Let me know if you are interested in purchasing this saw at mitchell@liquiddesigns.ca


Billy Mitchell

Categories: Hand Tools

Rasps, My New Fixation...

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 7:58am
I can across this video this morning and found it both entertaining and informative. I have a couple of Auriou Rasps and I'm looking to buy a couple more. If you think one rasp is as good as the next, think again.


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Time To Clean Out Some Duplicates...

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 3:22pm
For Sale - Stanley No. 3 Woodworking Plane - Type 9

  • Overall, the plane is in very good condition with no fault that will take away from it’s ability to surface stock.
  • It isn’t a collector’s piece, but it is a very good user.
  • There is about 85% of the japanning left on the body.
  • The blade has plenty of meat left on it.
  • The tote is solid, with good colour, and quite comfortable to work with.
  • The knob is comfortable, with good colour, but it does have a surface crack running almost its full length with some bits missing around it’s bottom, a common issue with these earlier planes because they lack the protective ring that were casted into the bodies of Stanley’s newer planes.
  • The frog is whole, has a properly working depth adjustment, and while stiff, a properly working adjustment lever.
  • The sole has some staining and minor nicks that a 110 year old plane should have.
  • The vertical edge of the sole’s heel has some roughness to it but it appears to be from the original casting.
  • The mouth is a little rough along it’s forward edge, again appearing to be a result of Stanley’s casting.
  • The keyhole in the lever cap also has some roughness to it, a result of some misuse in the past, but it does not effect the plane’s performance or useability at all.
  • This is a Type 9 plane.
  • Please view the photos of the plane to confirm its quality.

Selling price is $75 (CAN) firm.

I will charge the purchaser exactly what the Post Office charges me for shipping, with no additional charges for shipping materials or my time.

I will only accept PayPal for payment.

This phone was originally purchased to use as a cell phone dock, but the larger phone I am using now no longer fits it, so it is time to let it go, given I have a couple of them. I did use this plane a number of times after retiring its dock job, and it quickly became my go-to plane, rather than using a No. 4 or 4 1/2, manly because of its smaller size and lighter weight. This is a great little plane in excellent user condition.

Stanley No. 3 - Type 9
Stanley No. 3 - Type 9
Stanley No. 3 - Type 9
Stanley No. 3 - Type 9
Stanley No. 3 - Type 9
The Body is solid and has about 85% of its original japanning
Both sides and sole have been mildly lapped
to ensure they are flat
Both sides and sole have been mildly lapped
to ensure they are flat
Both sides and sole have been mildly lapped
to ensure they are flat
The mouth is rough from the original casting. There is a small
chip on its leading edge but it does not effect the plane's performance
The lever cap does exactly what it is supposed to do
The lever cap does exactly what it is supposed to do
The blade is close to its original length
and is free from heavy pitting
The knob has some issues, but none that effect its
performance. There is a surface crack on the
backside of the knob and as you can see
in this photo, some bits missing around
 the bottom, mainly due to no
protective ring in the body casting

This was the original purpose for purchasing
this plane - to use it as a cell phone dock.
It worked great!


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How Do I Spell Filletster? C - O - O- L...

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:51pm
I have always been leery of Facebook and I didn't take the plunge with it for years. Finally, I jumped and while it was great keeping up to date with friends and relatives, I still tended to go back every few months and delete whatever I could find that I had posted previously. Paranoid? Probably, but who ever said I was rational?

After Donald Trump won the election, however, things very quickly changed. I'm not going to get into a political discussion here because my political affiliations and beliefs are none of your business. I do have to say, though, that after that election, I suddenly discovered that many of my friends and relatives were crazy. Many had gone completely crackers. A couple of my relatives have IQs of a gazillion or more, but it seems that their intelligence was unable to help them cope with the loss of their beloved Democrat, which made no sense to me at all, because they are Canadian, for God's sake. When I had finally had enough, I stopped going on the site, then about a week later I went on and tried to delete my page.

Did you know you can not delete your Facebook page? Nope. You can make it "Inactive", but you can't remove it. I also discovered that the content of my deactivated page suddenly became searchable on Google. Before I deactivated the page I never had my own Facebook content appear as a hit in a relative search, but after the page was deactivated, my past research postings suddenly became search hits. Crazy, no?

So I deactivated my Facebook page and three or four days later I did my usual start-off-the-week Google search for tools made by H. E. Mitchell. A hit came up for a Filletster Plane that was made by Mitchell, so I quickly hit the link and found myself on Facebook reading a flag that said, "Welcome back, Mitchell. Please sign-in to proceed." Damn! So I signed in, looked at the posting for the plane and contacted the seller to see if he would be willing to ship to Canada. He was, I paid, he shipped, I got, and I have to say, it is a pretty cool looking plane...

Filletster Planes are specifically designed to cut rabbets or half laps, and come in two styles. The first is the Standard Filletster. This style of plane has an integrated, fixed fence that is part of the plane's body. The second is the Moving Filletster, which involves some pretty specific criteria to be met if the plane is to be called this. The plane must have a skewed iron, a flat sole, a moveable fence and an adjustable depth stop. The fence can be held and adjusted using two screws that run through the fence and into the body of the plane, or an armed fence, similar to those found on a Plow Plane. My latest plane purchase, with the screw-type fence,  has all four of these features so it can properly be called a "Moving Filletster Plane".

My Filletster Plane does have some issues, the main one being a missing Nicker Blade and Wedge to hold it. I going to have to research what style of Nicker Blades Mitchell used because this example has a bit of a strange setting. The slot for it that runs down the edge of the body just in front of the iron is 1/4" by 1/2", the 1/2" dimension running front to back. The exit of this slot on the sole of the plane is 1/8" by 9/16", the longer dimension running from side to side. Weird, eh? It would make more sense to me to have those dimensions turned 90°, so it is going to take a little research to figure out what kind of blade to make.

Another problem with the plane is the Escapement. It looks like someone wanted to make the throat a little deeper so they went at it with a tool that was definitely not suitable for the job. It is going to take some real patience to get that cleaned up.

Other than those two issues, it is a damned nice plane. The grain of the body is straight and clean. The blade is completely useable, and the fence and depth stop work like a charm.

The plane was probably made around 1890 to 1900 as the maker's mark includes the Trade Mark lion, something Mitchell didn't have on his mark until that time. I am also curious about the depth stop mechanism. While there are some slight changes, the overall shapes and the way those shapes work together on my plane are very close to being the same as those shown in the photo below, especially the fact that both mine and the one in the photo have a 1/16" slice of steel covering the bottom of the depth stop foot. Was there a company out there suppling parts like these to plane makers, or did one maker blatantly steal the designs of another maker, without bothering to hide the theft?

Most importantly for me though, is that happy stamp of the nose of this thing...



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