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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

 

Cool addition, Old Disston Saw

Posted by is9582 on January 31, 2012 with No Comments
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I like new hand tools, and with the fairly new resurgence, some are made to a very high level of quality. That being said, I also enjoy finding old tools that still have a lot of life left in them.

I recently bought a cool small panel saw, from friends and colleagues Lynn & Tracy Dowd who own and run Dowd’s Tools. The saw is an old Cross Cut  Disston #12, and based upon the etch on the blade, it is from the late 1870s – 1880s (this is per information on Disstonian Institute’s site: http://www.disstonianinstitute.com/).

Handle on old Disston #12, with missing medallion and screw.

The plate is dead straight and complements my big rip version of the same saw. While removing the handle, on the my new addition, I noticed something on the saw plate that I’d never seen before, nor recalled reading.  The saw plate has an “X” stamped into it, in the area protected by the handle.

Characters on the Small #12’s saw plate.

After researching online, and finding nothing, I decided I’d pull the handle from my other #12. Sure enough, it has the same “X”, in the covered area of the saw plate.

Character on Large #12’s saw plate.
Small #12 saw plate on top of Large #12 saw plate.

I guess it could mean it is extra fine, or something like that, but I’d love to know the real reason it adorns these #12 saws, both of which are pre-1900.

Anyone out there have any knowledge of this attribute, and why Disston evidently used it? Anyone??