Woodworking

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Hilger & Sons Hand Vise

Marked “H&S”, this Hilger & Sons hand vise is 4-5/8″ long with a 1-1/2″ jaw.  These small vises were sometimes call jeweler’s or gunsmith’s vises.  A simple web search turns up many old and new examples of vises this size. Similar to a blacksmith’s leg vise (though on a...

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Edward Preston & Sons Spokeshave

Edward Preston’s tools are famous for their ornate design and this week’s antique is no slouch in the design department.  This cast iron, flat bottom spokeshave is covered in Victorian scroll work. This scroll work covers the top, the back, and the cap. Probably the most unique part of...

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An Antique Machinist Level

This small, seven inch machinist’s level is a fascinating bit of history.  It has a cast iron body with a glass vile topped off with a brass plate.  The alcohol bubble is still intact.  It has a heavy coating of black Japanning. There is no manufacturer’s name.  It’s unmarked...

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Sargent 5206 Block Plane

Sargent 5206 Block Plane

The Sargent 5206 block plane is a beautiful and somewhat collectible artifact produced at the end of the industrial revolution.  It was made during both World Wars with production beginning in 1912 and ending in 1947.  The Sargent 5206 block plane was finished in nickel plate, cadmium plate, black...

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Hobby Workbench Build

In my post on finishing projects, I discussed taking up the hobby of model trains.  This hobby can be very challenging and time consuming, but the final product can be visually beautiful.  Regardless, you will need a place to work while building your steam empire.  As shown below, my...

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Modifying Modern Furniture: Lessons Learned – Part 1

Five years ago I needed a computer desk but was unable to find something suitable in my antique buying travels.  Antique furniture, and desks in particular, are difficult to find in a correct size.  Remember that we are taller/larger today than our recent ancestors, and we are also richer in material...

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Chapter 1: The Antiquarian’s Early Years

I thought it might be fun to cover a little of my relevant history for you faithful readers and for my son’s future reading.  What follows in Chapter 1 covers the early years of my antiquarian ways and gives some credit where it’s due.  A lot happened during this era, especially hand...

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