Restored vintage tools for Christmas 2012: Santa’s Tool Box!


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater restored vintage tools

Need a unique gift that you will NOT be able to find in any store anywhere? Take a restored, high quality, vintage tool from SwiftWater Edge Tool Works!

These featured restored vintage tools are still available, get them before they’re gone!

Disston 1 man crosscut saw
Keen Kutter KK6 fore plane
2 man crosscut felling saws
Timberframing corner chisel
Simmons Keen Kutter 816 handsaw
Goodell Pratt miter box
Simonds 325 crosscut saw
Disston D-8 thumbhole rip saw
Stanley Bailey #5 jack plane
Simonds crosscut saw set
Simonds No. 10 star and moon rip saw
Atha Tool Co. woodchopper’s maul

Check out our web site for many more great tools!

Call me at 207-399-7108, email me at saw@swiftwatertel.com, or visit me at any mobile sharpening stop to purchase this item!

Visit me at any of the following locations:

B&G Treasures, 11 Depot St, Norridgewock, ME (Mondays)

Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday)

Somerset Woods turnout, Canaan Rd (Rt 2), Skowhegan,ME (Wednesday)

Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Saturday)

Fryeburg Flea Market (Fryeburg Fairgrounds), Fryeburg, ME
(Sundays, Memorial Day thru end of September)

298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!

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Restored vintage tools for Christmas 2012, 14 days!: Stanley Bailey #5 jack plane


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

Stanley Bailey 5 jack

SwiftWater restored vintage tools

Need a unique gift that you will NOT be able to find in any store anywhere? Take a restored, high quality, vintage tool from SwiftWater Edge Tool Works!

Stanley Bailey #5 17 jack 1942-1945 —

This appears to be a war production plane with the much thicker body casting. Original body finish is 95%, original wood finish is 90% This plane is clean, sharpened, and ready to work!

$45

Call me at 207-399-7108, email me at saw@swiftwatertel.com, or visit me at any mobile sharpening stop to purchase this item!

Visit me at any of the following locations:

B&G Treasures, 11 Depot St, Norridgewock, ME (Mondays)

Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday)

Somerset Woods turnout, Canaan Rd (Rt 2), Skowhegan,ME (Wednesday)

Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Saturday)

Fryeburg Flea Market (Fryeburg Fairgrounds), Fryeburg, ME
(Sundays, Memorial Day thru end of September)

298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!

Restored vintage tools for Christmas 2012, 15 days!: Stanley Bailey #5 jack plane


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

Stanley Bailey jack plane

SwiftWater restored vintage tools

Need a unique gift that you will NOT be able to find in any store anywhere? Take a restored, high quality, vintage tool from SwiftWater Edge Tool Works!

Stanley Bailey #5 Type 11 jack 1910-1918 —

The #5, along with the #4,was the staple of every carpenter’s toolbox in the day. This is a gorgeous, clean, plane with Brazilian rosewood knob and tote, and 99+% of the original body japanning and 100% of the original knob and tote finish (with a couple of very small paint splats on the knob, typical for a #5). This plane is clean, sharpened, and ready to work!

$50

Call me at 207-399-7108, email me at saw@swiftwatertel.com, or visit me at any mobile sharpening stop to purchase this item!

Visit me at any of the following locations:

B&G Treasures, 11 Depot St, Norridgewock, ME (Mondays)

Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday)

Somerset Woods turnout, Canaan Rd (Rt 2), Skowhegan,ME (Wednesday)

Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Saturday)

Fryeburg Flea Market (Fryeburg Fairgrounds), Fryeburg, ME
(Sundays, Memorial Day thru end of September)

298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!

Saw Shop Tech: What’s my old/vintage/antique tool worth?


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

I get this question all the time via the blog, the website, and in person on my sharpening stops. What’s an old crosscut saw worth? What’s a Bailey #3 plane worth? For you folks expecting to make a mint from your “barn fresh” tools, I’m going to let you in on a few secrets.

1. The prices on my finished hand saws, planes, and other vintage tools are NOT what your dirty, rusty, cruddy tool is worth. The cost of the raw unrestored tool itself is only a tiny fraction of the value of the restored tool. You may not get anyone to pay even $2-$3 for a rusty Disston hand saw but clean it properly, spiff the handle up, and sharpen it well and then you have something that’s worth something.

2. Your tool probably isn’t as collectible as you think. Unless your Stanley Bailey plane is a Type 1 or Type 2 in any size or a #1 size or you have an original Leonard Bailey (pre-Stanley) plane, you’re probably not going to be dining at a ritzy restaurant on the take from it. I know it has sentimental value and you think it looks good but I have yet to get any vintage tool in that didn’t require significant attention to bring it up to the level I expect it to be to put it on table.

3. I can’t even give you a ballpark number without seeing the tool. I don’t know how many crosscut saws (I’m always buying crosscut saws) have come to me described as great condition only to find the teeth sharpened down to nubs. I had a customer drive all the way down here from Bangor to sell me a 2 man crosscut saw only to find out that it had a nasty end to end twist in the blade. I can work that out of a 24″ saw blade, it’s near impossible on a 5′ saw blade.

4. It doesn’t matter how nice the blade looks, if a wooden saw handle is missing pieces, it’s kaput. I expect to replace axe handles, no handsaw I’ve seen yet was worth the time and effort to replace a seriously damaged or missing handle.

5. Since the restored tools I produce are intended to be used again, whatever your old/vintage/antique tool is has to be actually useful. The shelves loaded with different profiles of the old wooden molding planes are undeniably cool but they were such a pain in the backside to use that there’s pretty close to zero demand for them.

I’m not trying to get anyone to sell me a $1600 Stanley #1 plane for $10. I know what I can do for an end result from almost any tool, what that end result will sell for, and how much effort and expertise it takes on my part to get it to that point. What’s left over is the value of the raw tool itself. If you want me to give you an offer on an old tool, that’s the formula it has to meet to work.

That said, I’m almost always looking to purchase vintage tools in “raw” condition. A few hand saws out of a shop to a pile of crosscut saws and axes out of a barn, it doesn’t matter what kind of a tool it is, one or one hundred, let me know what you’ve got!

Visit me at any of the following locations:

Elm Plaza, Waterville, ME (Mondays)
Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Fridays)
298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!

In the Saw Shop, New for Sale: Classic hedge clippers, fire axe, vintage Stanley planes.


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

New additions just available, get your restored old tools now!

H. Boker & Co. hedge clippers
This is a pair of classic H. Boker & Co. “Trenton” hedge clippers from the 1930s. H. Boker was far more famous for their excellent knives, this is the first thing other than knives I’ve seen from them. The beefy high carbon steel blades have been thoroughly cleaned and well sharpened and the hardwood handles have been beautifully refinished with a classic linseed oil finish and an acrylic clearcoat for durability. Just a classic high quality tool that also looks great!

$25
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Craftsman classic hedge clippers, 1940s
This is a pair of Craftsman #8653 hedge clippers from the 1940s. The high carbon steel blades have been well cleaned and sharpened and the original ash handles have been treated to an old school linseed oil finish and an acrylic clearcoat. You can’t get a tool like this from WalMart!

$25
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Edge Tool Co. Jersey pattern.
This is an “Edge Tool Co.” marked Jersey pattern poll axe head. This is a full wedge profile 5lb head in great condition, clean, sharp, minor mushrooming on the poll. The head is also stamped “HOSE 10” on one cheek so I suspect this may have been a fire department engine axe in a previous life. This would make a spectacular heavy splitting axe!

$20
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Stanley #4 smoothing plane, type 16, 1933-1941
This is a Stanley Bailey #4 bench smoothing plane. The #4, along with the #5, was the staple of every carpenter’s toolbox in the day. This example is actually made in Canada, with 100% of the original body finish (plus a couple of very small paint splatters) and 100% of the original wood finish. This plane is clean, sharpened, and ready to work!

$30
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Stanley #5 jack plane, type 17, 1942-1945
This is a Stanley Bailey #5 jack plane. The #5, along with the #4, was the staple of every carpenter’s toolbox in the day. This appears to be a war production plane with the much thicker body casting. Original body finish is 95%, original wood finish is 90%. This plane is clean, sharpened, and ready to work!

$45
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Stanley No. 7 jointer plane, type 4. 1874 to 1884.
This is a great example of an early Stanley Bailey with some minor chipping at the back of the mouth that doesn’t effect the plane’s operation at all and a small chip on the side at the toe. Correct Stanley Rule and Level cutting iron (chip breaker screw hole at the top) with plenty of meat left on it. Excellent condition for a 130+ year old tool! The plane has been thoroughly cleaned and sharpened. The body finish is 60%+ , the wood is in excellent shape!. This is a great example of an early Stanley and is completely usable and ready to work!

$75
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Stanley #18
This is a Stanley #18 block plane. This #18 is 6″ long with the adjustable mouth to prevent tearout when planing hard woods, standard cutting iron angle, vertical post depth adjuster, and a lateral adjustment lever. It also includes a “knuckle joint” lever cap (with minor pitting of the nickle plating) and tons of length left on the cutting iron. A great, usable, example of a plane that hasn’t been made since 1950!

$40
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Keen Kutter KK6 fore plane
This is an E. C. Simmons Hardware Keen Kutter KK6 fore place. This plane was made for Simmons by the Ohio Tool Company and closely matches the Stanley Bailey #6 plane. This KK6 has 75% of the original body finish, 100% of the original wood finish, and the correct Keen Kutter marked cutting iron that is much thicker than the Stanley irons. This plane is clean, sharp, and ready to go!

$65
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Visit me at any of the following locations:

Elm Plaza, Waterville, ME (Mondays)
Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Fridays)
298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!

Outfitting your tool box with great vintage woodworking tools.


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

So, you’ve decided you want a set of the great old high quality vintage woodworking tools that don’t come from WalMart and aren’t made in China. In this post, out of an endless selection of different types, sizes, and configurations of vintage tools, I’ll show you how to pick the right ones to set up your toolbox!

Handsaws:

The standard carpenter’s load of handsaws consists of a coarse crosscut (8 tpi), a finish crosscut (11-12 tpi), and a rip (5-6 1/2 tpi). The coarse crosscut is by far and away the most useful of the saws, so that one is a must. If you’re going to be doing cabinetry or furniture making, make the finish crosscut a smaller panel saw size.

My personal saws are a 1920s Craftsman coarse crosscut, a 1911 Disston D-20 finish panel saw, and a 1920s Disston D-8 thumbhole handle 6 tpi rip saw.

Hand planes:

The traditional set of hand planes is a bench smoothing plane (Stanley Bailey #4 or equivalent), a jack plane (Stanley Bailey #5 or equivalent), and a jointer plane (Stanley Bailey #7 or equivalent). The jack plane is the most useful of the sizes and it’s a must.

Also, carry a good vintage block plane such as the Stanley #9 1/4 (high angle), #18 (high angle), #60 (low angle), or #65 (low angle).

My personal planes are a Ward’s Master smoothing plane (Stanley Bailey #3 sized), a Dunlap 5CBB jack plane, a Stanley Bailey #6 fore plane (same width as the #7 jointer, just a bit shorter), and a Stanley #65 block plane.

Chisels:

For best results, get a set of straight vintage bench chisels from 3/8″ up to 1″ in width. Forget chisels over 1″ unless you’re doing heavy framing carpentry.

In my personal tools, I carry TH Witherby chisels in 3/8″, 1/2″, and 1″ widths.

Misc tools:

Look for a sliding combination and bevel square such as the vintage Stanley #21. Also invest in a good steel framing square.

Round out your box with the usual suspects such as a good wooden handled nail hammer, 2′ or longer steel level, a brass plumbbob,

This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list of things for your vintage tool box, but it will give you a good foundation of the most useful tools.

Visit me at any of the following locations:

Elm Plaza, Waterville, ME (Mondays)
Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Fridays)
298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!

Restored vintage tools for Christmas, 10 days! Keen Kutter KK6 plane.


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

It’s creeping up on us!

Do you know someone who would appreciate a nice set of quality tools for Christmas? Before you head off to the big box stores to get the latest shiny junk made in China, take a look at our quality restored vintage “made in USA” tools (I’ll be featuring one or two great tools from inventory every day until Christmas!). Hand saws, crosscut saws, axes, classic woodworking tools, you don’t see these in Walmart!

Today, I have a Keen Kutter KK6 plane (similar to Stanley Bailey #6).

This is a pre-WWII E.C. Simmons Keen Kutter KK6 fore plane, similar in size to a Stanley Bailey No. 6 fore plane, used for jointing or flattening boards or planks. This plane has approximately 80% of it’s original body finish, 100% of the finish on the absolutely gorgeous tote and knob, and an original Keen Kutter marked iron that is more than 3x as thick as a Stanley iron! All in all, just a super plane! This plane has been thoroughly cleaned and well sharpened so it’s ready to go to work! $65.

To purchase any of the tools shown here, please email saw@swiftwatertel.com, call 207-399-7108, or visit me at any of the following locations:

Rt 201 (former Champion Glass), Topsham, ME (Tuesdays)
Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1, Arundel, ME (Fridays)
298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!