I specialize in vintage woodworking and machinists tools. My focus is on providing usable tools to people who work with them.
I have a large selection of parts from ranging from the common to the esoteric. Also included in this list are "project" tools... tools that need a little help but are worth of the effort of restoring them.
My library of tool and woodworking related resources. Articles, vintage tool advertismets, and the Stanley bench plane type study
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Here is something unusual I found at an auction last weekend. It was described as an "unsigned oak tool chest w/ assembled set of tools". Everything was sort of jumbled around inside when I looked it over. I'd like to say I knew what it was right away but all I saw was the mint C.E. Jennings brace and the 4in drawknife so I bid on it . It wasn't until I got it home and looked closer when I realized everything inside was marked C.E. Jennings. That's when it clicked.. I knew I'd seen this before.. Thankfully I have a C.E.Jennings catalog (vintage tool catalogs are a great resource) and found it listed. One last trip to the shop to make sure the brace fits properly and it's confirmed.. a C.E. Jennings no. 65 "Tool Outfit". The cool thing about this model is that the handle of the bit brace acts as a carrying handle for the case when it's stowed away. This one is nearly complete. One screwdriver was missing. The nest of saws is also missing. That will be hard to find but fun to hunt for.
Once in a while I write stuff about woodworking, tools, etc..