Tag Archives: antique hand tools

Homestead Update 11-29-15

29 Nov

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I haven’t done much around here the last couple of weeks. The weather has been rainy so I just spent more time straightening up in my shop and doing paperwork in my office. I hung up some of the saws I have collected in my work room in my barn. That small handsaw is one I got from my Dad many years ago. I wanted to drill a hole in the blade to hang it up so I got out my drill bit set.

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I bought this set at Harbor Freight a while back and I am really impressed with the sharpness of these bits. Not only are they really sharp, there are a lot of them so if I lose one or break one I can just go to the next size. When I drilled the holes in the shelf brackets I mounted on the bathroom wall, the bits cut through that soft steel like a hot knife through butter. Howerver, when I tried to drill a hole in the tempered steel of that hand saw blade it was a different story. I started out with a 1/4 inch bit and I quickly realized that wasn’t working so I went down to a 3/32nd bit and it still was not doing anything but spinning on the blade surface. That stuff is way too hard to drill through!

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I picked up this book at Tractor Supply for my prepper library. Yeah, I know there are lots of plans online to show how to build bee keeping equipment, but I wanted to have something on hand in case those on-line plans were not available to me. Besides I like to have something to carry into my workshop to look at while I am working. Maybe I can get started on some projects after the first of the year. Keep prepping everyone!

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Antique Wood Drawing Knife

22 Feb

Recently I picked up this old drawing-knife at the Flea Market. I have 2 old drawing knives that my dad handed down to me, but this one had adjustable handles so it caught my eye.

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You can loosen the wing nuts on the handles and adjust them to the angle you need. I see old drawing knives as I am shopping around but this is the first one I’ve seen with the adjustable handles, so of course I had to add it to my old hand tool collection. And at only $12.00 it was a bargain. SCORE!