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Dowd’s Tools – Austin

Posted by is9582 on August 7, 2015 with 2 Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , ,

Last weekend we went down to Craft Pride, located at 61 Rainey Street in Austin TX, to see our good friends Lynn and Tracy Dowd, who were having their Dowd’s Tools event. They always have a large range of tools, and I almost always find something that must follow me home. While each event is obviously different, since the tools they sell are antiques, or at least used. Lynn and Tracy also have to decide what portion of their tools to carry along to each event, so if you are looking for something specific, contact them directly as they very well may have it.  Their contact information is:

Lynn & Tracy
Dowd’s Vintage & Antique Tools
Garland, Texas
972-271-8665

 

I took a few photos at their event, as well as some of the items I procured. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any shots with Tracy in them.

Dowd's sign on its tripod.

Dowd’s sign on its tripod.

 

More tools and some nice Stanley planes.

More tools and some nice Stanley planes.

 

One of many tool chests, along with mingling patrons.

One of many tool chests, along with mingling patrons.

 

Lynn (on the right) and others at event.

Lynn (on the right) and others at event.

 

Some wooden hand planes.

Some wooden hand planes.

 

A range of saws, from panel to back saws.

A range of saws, from panel to back saws.

 

And now for some of the cool tools that “followed me home”:

 

Cool old Piano wire cutter, which I plan to test on guitar fret wire.

Cool old Piano wire cutter, which I plan to test on guitar fret wire.

 

Saw tooth jointer, used to level the teeth, prior to filing for sharpening.

Saw tooth jointer, used to level the teeth, prior to filing for sharpening.

 

Nice old Buck Brothers chisel, with super narrow shoulders, which almost come to a point.

Nice old Buck Brothers chisel, with super narrow shoulders, which almost come to a point.

 

Starrett adjustable setup block.

Starrett adjustable setup block.

 

If you have the opportunity, either go to one of their events around Texas, or stop by the HQ, in Garland. They are great people and always have some cool stuff.

 

Oh, and here is info on their upcoming event:

THE URBAN FLEA
Outdoor Vintage Market
701 Avenue A
Garland, Texas 75040
(Located directly behind RESURRECTED DESIGNS at 701 Avenue A in downtown Garland just one block off the square.)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH
10 AM – 5 PM

 

Thanks as always for checking out my article. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

 

Lee Laird

 

Luthier wooden clamps, ever have enough?

Posted by is9582 on January 30, 2015 with No Commentsas , , , , ,

I’ve recently picked up a few parts and pieces from my local Home Depot, with which to make some of the mentioned clamps. I know I could stroll down to my local WoodCraft or other similar store, or order some online, but I’m trying to be a bit more frugal with my monies. Heck, besides that, I find it enjoyable to make tools that I need, if they are within my reach.

I drew out a rough sketch of my clamp bodies yesterday, and then transferred that to some 1/8″ hardboard scrap. Now I have some templates from which to work, and it’ll keep my clamps “looking” like they came from the same maker.

I have some alternate ideas relating to a couple of aspects, which I may test out while making the first couple of clamps. I’m thinking it’ll end up making a quicker build, but I’ll have to test it (like always, when vetting your ideas) to find out for sure.

The parts I’ve picked up will make between 4-10 clamps, and without including the wood I intend to use (off-cuts, which is probably no big surprise to my readers), tallies up to just under $25. So, it’ll be interesting to see how far that will go, and see my final ACPC (average cost per clamp, just made that up, so no surprise you didn’t recognize the acronym).

I’ll post some photos and further information as progress is made on the clamps. Thanks for checking in and let me know what you think.

Lee Laird

Hand Saw sharpening – followup

Posted by is9582 on January 28, 2015 with 2 Commentsas , , , , , , ,

After a day or so, I like to go back and re-read my articles, and there are times that I find I’m wanting/needing to add some more detail. On the saw sharpening article, I think it might be useful to show some of the tools I used and hopefully a tip or two. If you’ve […]

Cool trip to Abilene TX

Posted by is9582 on September 28, 2014 with No Commentsas , , ,

This blog is a bit of a departure from my fairly normal woodworking focus, but I think we sometimes forget to explore the area outside our major cities. Don’t forget they can have wonderful finds. We just got back from a fun little jaunt up to Abilene, where they had an interesting balloon festival, and […]