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Is there a tool that uses such a bowed blade?

Or is the blade simply warped due to some unimaginable misuse? It belonged to my great grandfather who died in 1968, so it should be a fairly modern tool.
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What is this adjustable/foldable rack for?

I inherited this whimsical object along with several other woodworking tools. The item resembles a stepladder, albeit a very small one (about 50cm). A hinge is connecting the two main sides - one ...
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What is this part?

I'm willing to give a $200 reward on this, if it's not against StackExchange policy. I know this is Woodworking but I'm hoping leads me in the right direction with folks who like creating/working with ...
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Need help identifying a set of Japanese bench chisels

I ran across an auction of a set of Japanese bench chisels, and there wasn't a lot of info provided (and yes I bid because I'm an easy mark), so I'm trying to gather some details from the photos. The ...
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What is this tool that looks a bit like a dough scraper but with a sharp cutting edge? [closed]

What is this tool? It has a turned wooden handle atop a large straight blade with a semicircular cutout for the fingers. The blade is 7 inches long and 4 inches deep. Were it not for the cutout from ...
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What is this tool with a metal strip mounted perpendicular to a wooden handle?

What is this tool? It is 9 inches long, with a straight wooden handle and a flat wooden head with one rounded and one flat edge. In the flat edge of the wooden head is a thick strip of metal which ...
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How can you identify a Craftsman table saw with no ID tag?

I have a 12” Craftsman table saw with a 220v direct drive motor, how can I get the model without the tag? Only information I have: it is a 113 series saw motor, model is KK48BR-120 240V 7.0 amps 3400 ...
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What is this plane

I bought this plane 35 years ago at a flea market just because I liked it. Can any one tell me what it is or is it a combination of parts?
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Mystery tool ID

Found in an abandoned shed in Fresno, California, 1975. Still haven't found anyone who can ID it. I think it is some kind of bench mounted tool but the purpose is unknown. Anyone have a clue? ...
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Antique tool identification [closed]

Can anyone identify the tools in the picture below:
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I’m having difficulty identifying this hand plane with NO identifying marks [closed]

This is a picture of a hand plane with a hinged cover. There are no identifying marks on the metal hand plane.
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Identification of vintage wood lathe tail stock with 1/2-20 threaded arbor

I have inherited a wood lathe (Spiegel "Precision Bilt" Model 87B630). The tail stock uses an 0.81" (assuming this is 13/16") diameter keyed shaft, and the live center screws into ...
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Unknown tool from auger bits set

Does anyone recognise the tool on the photos below? Recently I’ve bought a set of old auger bits on eBay and among them was that tool. I de-rusted it, but have no idea what do use it for :)
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What size is the T-track for Metabo Bs 0633 bandsaw table?

Problem: I recently bought a used Metabo Bs 0633 bandsaw but cannot find any marketed t-track attachment for the t-tracks running parallel to the blade. Question: What is the name or sizing category ...
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What type of clamp is this?

This is a long (almost 6' / 2m) clamp. Its similar in function to a US pipe clamp but the main body is a wood block, with notches cut or drilled. In the UK I've seen the term "sash clamp" ...
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Can anyone help me identify this No. 5 corrugated plane

This No. 5 plane has no identifying marks other than No. 5 on the toe. It has a corrugated bottom.
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Portable table/stand for cutting wood or boards?

I was looking for a portable table to use for cutting wooden pieces and panels. I saw one in a photo of a tool, but even after long google searches I just can't find what to call it or search for. ...
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Tool Identification

I picked this up at a yard sale for ~$2 about 6 months ago and have been trying to figure out what the heck it is. Any help would be greatly appreciated! UPDATE 4/26/20 - added more pictures. And ...
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Can anyone explain how this plane could be used?

This plane is listed on ebay as a carriage-maker plane but it does not look like one (i.e.: when I think carriage maker I think a jack plane size that can do rebates). Can anyone explain why the sole ...
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Help me identify this Bullnose 75 plane

I have just received this bullnose plane and I'm trying to identify it. I suppose its a record 75 plane, but i'm not sure about that. Someone can help me? Most of record 75 present different caps and ...
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Help me identify this hand plane

Can anyone identify this? It's located inside my boyfriend's great great grandfather's wood planer. Thanks!
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Antique Dowel Maker?

I picked this up at a local 2nd hand store. It is 20"x2"x1/2", cast iron. The holes go from 1/8" to 3/4" diameter. Years ago, I helped a friend put a post & beam addition on his home. All Dovetail,...
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What is this sliding cabinet door with "shades" called, and where can I find info on it?

I remembered I saw a video/picture about cabinet equipped with a sliding door, just like window shades was installed vertically all around the cabinet. You can slide the window shades like door (made ...
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Is a "bradder" the same thing as a "brad nailer"?

It's a dumb thing for work, I just need to know if "bradder" is short-hand for "brad nailer." "Bradder" is coming from this product at Home Depot: F21P GN-31A (CT) Bradder
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I have 3 carving tools and do not know what they are used for

Unknown carving tools, wood handles looks like carbon steel blade
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Is there a name for this particular cutting tool used by people needing to cut into walls to fix things inside?

I used to take a few woodworking classes in which we used the cabinet table saw, a chop saw on a rail, and a router. I also got to use a jigsaw. However, I have seen a strange hand-held power tool ...
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Are there any alternatives of Tanos (Festool) T-Loc systainers [closed]

Gone through the catalogue of Festool systainers and I see a really big number of surprising options and approaches. It sounds like it's worth on investing into them to have everything unified. Though ...
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The Tools used on this cane?

What were the tools used to achieve what was done here? Namely the stripping off of all the bark that used to be over the white-ish parts. Note that the top portion is smooth and sort of transitions ...
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Tool identification (Chisel )

I have a double bevel chisel/knife. Any information about this tool? Thanks]1
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What is this tool with a clamp for dowel, a cutter on handle, and an adjustable stop?

This woodworking tool was bought at an auction. It has a cutter on handle and an adjustable stop, with a clamp for dowel. What is it for?
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What is this old brass item?

This was in my grandfather's tool chest and probably dates back to the 1920's or earlier. It does not have any markings on it. It is made of brass and approximately 4 inches long. Notice that one ...
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Tool recommendation to prick bamboo nodes

I am looking for some kind of tool which I can use to prick through a bamboo. To be more specific, bamboo is hollow inside. There is just some kind of plates "the nodes" which is connecting the ...
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What is this lathe tool that helps me copy a turned object?

I want to be able to make very accurate 'copy' of a lathe turned project such as legs on my lathe. I seen this tool on YouTube and have no idea what this is called but looks very useful. But the flaw ...
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What are these profiled wooden objects with brass end caps?

I'm clearing my mothers basement out and came across these two items. They look like old wood working tools / templates to me so I thought I would ask you guys.
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What is this tool called for making wave surface?

I saw a special tool for making wave surface which looks very useful, it looks like this: It will do you a wave surface! Can someone tell me what the tool is called, that is set on the workbench? ...
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Identify this chuck / faceplate mounting

I'm learning to turn, and found this in a box of chucks and faceplates. The central hole isn't threaded but is recessed on the inside, so I thought it might be a type of mounting for a faceplate, or ...
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How can I identify sharpening stones?

I got some sharpening stones from grandfathers shop. Not many though. Some small ones for doing something like a pocket knife. Green with a gritty. Some red ones of same size and texture. A larger ...
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What is this turning process on the woodworking Wikipedia page?

I was looking for a simple way to describe woodworking and I found myself glancing the wiki page for it. The pictures on the side were intriguing. Particularly one showing one (two?) gentlemen turning ...
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Trying to identify this antique woodworking tool

I am trying to find out what this vintage woodworkng tool is called. It holds a small file. It seems to be cast iron. It does have screws to open & change files. Any ideas? PAT. Jan. ? 1891 No ...
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What are more specific names for these two types of bench-top belt sanders?

The two pictures below tend to be referenced as belt sanders. When I search the web for "bench-top belt sander", images of bth types appear. The two tools look different enough to have distinguishing ...
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How to identify a wood drill bit from a metal drill bit - and does it matter?

I have a drawer of tons of drill bits from all over the place - many donated. Almost all of these bits are dull black or gold-ish colored and don't have much else in the way distinguishing them (...
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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

Barring support for older tools why are keyed chucks still manufactured? Hopefully not just in my own ignorance but I view keyless chucks as just a useful equivalent without being tethered to the need ...
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What is this brace bit cutter tool exactly and how is it used?

I was liberating some old hand tools from my grandfather's shop again, before grandma throws them in the garbage, and found some more interesting things. This time I am sure that this one is a ...
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What kind of a hand saw guide is being used in this video?

Image from Youtube Go to about 1:30 in the video to see the saw guide. I am helping my son build a pinewood derby car, and something like this would be helpful.
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What tool would this handle be for?

I was at LeeValley at the clearance section because I remember the last time I was there they had some cheap totes. I was flipping through the bin and found a couple that I could use. While I was ...
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How do I identify hand planes?

I bought 2 hand planes last week at flea markets, both of them together cost me less than $20 (from 2 different places). Both of course needed some TLC, one was pretty orange on the top, bottom sides,...
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What are the holes on the skirts and legs of benches for?

I have seen several examples but this one captures my question perfectly That is the bench from this question. As you can see there is a nice arrangement of holes along the skirt. As well as a couple ...
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Trouble identifiying a gauge

I have made another trip to my grandfather's shed and I found some more tools that I am very interested to have and use (like the adze I got!). I have been watching enough episodes of The Woodwright's ...
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Turning a railroad tie into a bench, how to make a cut?

I have a couple leftover railroad ties from a retaining wall I built and I would like to turn them into benches. Rather than sit on the old tar covered exterior though I would like to cut a bit of it ...
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What is an infill plane?

I got an answer to my question about second-hand plane purchasing that talks about making an infill plan. What is an infill plane and how is it different than a basic hand plane? On basic appearance ...
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