Hand Tool Preservation
Association of Australia Inc
TOOL CHEST- February 1989 to February 2017

The Tool Chest ~ a thirty-two page journal published and distributed by mail four times a year to members. The Tool Chest includes original articles on aspects of tool collecting and maintenance, with particular emphasis on research into Australian tools. Also reviews of relevant publications, details of interesting finds by members, ongoing debates about tools and their use.

Articles in each isssue of The Tool Chest are listed below. Click on a number to jump to the Table of Contents for that issue.

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TOOLCHEST # 124 - May 2017

Article
Author
Page
Ramsay Standard Catalogue Service - Part 1 Allan Willingham (Hon m)
1
The Puffing Billy Railway - Its History and Workshop Activities Russell Hicks
12
For Whom the Bell Tolls Warren Hewertson (m)
19
Letter to the Editor - The Bramah Lock Terry Butcher (m)
20
Book Review - Campaign Furniture by Christopher Schwarz Warren Hewertson (m)
22
Book Review - Australian Woodworking Planemakers by Trevor Semmons Graeme Plaw (m)
23
Pozidrive® in Australia - A Difficult Birth Graeme Plaw (m)
24

TOOLCHEST # 123 - February 2017

Article
Author
Page
Some Mensurtion Tools Peter Dickson (m)
1
Some Slide Rule History R. Bruce Sandie (m)
7
Design Features of Stanley Hand Drills Richard Williams (m)
20
Letter to the Editor - The Joseph Bramah Challenge Lock - The Story of the Hobbs' Opening James Donaldson (m)
25
The Lynn Woodwork Museum - Ashburton, New Zealand Trevor Semmens (m)
27

TOOLCHEST # 122 - November 2016

Article
Author
Page
A History of the Wheelbarrow Part IV - A Liang Wheelbarrow in Australia Warren Hewertson (m)
1
Editor's Note  
8
A History of the Trewhella Jack Ben Trewhella
9
Bramah Locks Mike Preeston (m)
13
Book Review - The Adjustable Spanner: History, Origins and Development until 1970 John Hawking (m)
15
Writing and Publishing "Collecting Titan Chisels" Dick Lynch (m)
17
Letter to the Editor Fred Murrel (m)
21
The Use of Hand-held Blades-shears in Australian Woolsheds and Attempts by the English Manufacturers of Blade-shears to Market Them in the Colonies James Donaldson (m)
22

TOOLCHEST # 121 - August 2016

Article
Author
Page
A History of Stanley Hand Drills Richard Williams (m)
1
Working Bees Warren Hewertson (m), Doug McIvor (m), Bruce McDonald (m), Peter Dickson (m) and Ian Stagg (m)
6
The Humble Thimble Keith Houston
11
Letter to the Editor Max Kerr (m)
12
Letter to the Editor Jeff Miller (m)
17
In My Shed: Peacock Marking Gauge Richard Williams (m)
18
Tools in the Making Ian Stagg (m)
19
The Wrapper George Radion (m)
23
Two Notable Shearing Handpieces Max Kerr (m)
25

TOOLCHEST # 120 - May 2016

Article
Author
Page
The Inaugural Frank Ham Memorial Lecture Graeme Plaw (m)
1
Book Review - Collecting Titan Chisels Doug McIver (m)
10
Book Review - The Secret of Wheelwrighting - Wooden Hub Wheels & More Warren Hewertson (m)
11
Internal Wrenches Warren Hewertson (m)
17

TOOLCHEST # 119 - February 2016

Article
Author
Page
Engineers' Joint Slide Rules Bruce Sandie (m)
1
The Blondin: The Name's the Same No-6 Warren Hewertson (m)
6
The Legacy Issues of Tool Collecting Richard Lynch (m)
9
The Wrapper - Bentley Sander George Radion (m)
11
A Quick Action G Clamp, 1872 Pat Mick Dowling (m)
17
So What's New? - Pegless Washing Line Keith Houston (m)
19
In My Shet: Bonzer Can-Opener Bruce Williams with Richard Williams (m)
20
Miniature Tools Graeme Plaw (m)
21
Wagon & Carriage Smithing Tools Michael Potter (m)
23

TOOLCHEST # 118 - November 2015

Article
Author
Page
"The Adoption of Metal Tools by the Aboriginal People of New South Wales as a Help to Obtaining their Daily Food" James Donaldson (m)
1
Mechanical Ice Cream Scoops Revisited Warren Hewertson (m)
6
Ron Hickman and his Workmate Mick Dowling (m)
8
Feedback on Corner Braces - Letter to the Editor Geoff Emms (m)
17
The Wrapper - Original Boxes ... a few thoughts Reprinted from TTTG News, with permission of News Editor Bob Crosbie and author John Daniel
18
A Retractable Mystery Solved (Reel Arial by Hawkeye Radio Co) Graeme Plaw (m)
22
A Yard Sale in Hawaii
Editor
24
A Plane Tale ( Turner Bench Planes) Graeme Plaw (m)
26
An Unusual Automatic Plier/Wrench (Griff-Eck) Warren Hewertson (m)
27

TOOLCHEST # 117 - August 2015

Article
Author
Page
Some Australian Hand Tool Makers - From its Beginnings to 1950 Rod Thomas (m)
1
Some Further Notes on the Tools used for the Maintenance of the Early Shearing-Handpiece Machines James Donaldson (m)
8
Book Review - Taking a Traditional Craft into a New Age by Ian Rae (3-D Bioprinting) Reproduced from Dec 2014 issue of FOCUS a magazine of ATSE, reprinted with approval of author
17
The Footprint Brand "Yank" Revisited Warren Hewertson (m)
18
The Titan Flagship Chisel - No 101 Dick Lynch (m)
20
"Priory" Bench Stop - Letter to the Editor
Kevin Lyons (m)
26
The Wrapper - Stanley Plane Iron Blade with HSS tip Graeme Plaw (m)
27

TOOLCHEST # 116 - May 2015

Article
Author
Page
The Biological Nature of Wood Jugo Ilic
1
The Cromna Self Adjusting Wrench Warren Hewertson (m) & George Radion (m)
5
The Replacement of Rural Hand Tools James Donaldson (m)
9
Vale - Dr Frank James Ham Editor
19
Kitchenalia - On Line? Keith Houston (m)
20
Unc. A story about a Patternmaker Mick Dowling (m)
21
Welcome Home - (return of a Kennedy German Jack from USA ) Editor
23
The Wrapper - Crimp-Titen by Ritch Engineering George Radion (m)
24
Book Review - Mr Marquois' Most Useful Pair of Scales by James M. Gaynor Bruce Sandie (m) reprinted from TATHS
25
Letter to the Editor - More on Nose Fire Branding Jim Cook (UK)
27
An Ingenious Credit Card Sized Knife Bruce Sandie (m)
28

 

TOOLCHEST # 115 - February 2015

Article
Author
Page
Preservation vs Restoration: a curatorial approach at Museum Victoria Matilda Vaughan
1
Floor Nailing Gun Mick Dowling (m)
11
Book Review - Colonial Craftsmen by Edwin Tunis Reviewed by Doug McIver (m)
18
Pemuvar Plane - In My Shed series Richard Williams (m)
19
Priory and Edward Pryor Punches Warren Hewertson (m)
20
A Hare's Breath Keith Houston (m)
26

TOOLCHEST # 114 - November 2014

Article
Author
Page
A (very brief) History of the tools and instruments used in the Practice of Surgery Geoffrey Down
1
Traditional Indian Stone Saw Alan West (m)
10
Pastoral and Agricultural Bygones Max Kerr (m)
11
Fire Branding Sheep on the Nose - an almost Forgotten Hand Tool James Donaldson (m)
18
Kitchen Cutters Keith Houston (m)
25

TOOLCHEST # 113 - August 2014

Article
Author
Page
The History of the Wheelbarrow Part 3 - Wheelbarrow Implements Warren Hewertson (m)
1
Trade Tokens, Sickles, Saws and Ploughs Ken Turner (m)
17
Titan Handle Decals and Blade Stamps 1946 - 1974 Dick Lynch (m)
19

TOOLCHEST # 112 - May 2014

Article
Author
Page
Record Hand Tools Warren Hewertson (m)
1
Bridge Construction in Victoria Gary Vines
18
Eric Risstron's Patented Axe Stand Graeme Plaw (m)
24
The First Beautiful Tool? Doug McIver (m)
26

TOOLCHEST # 111 - February 2014

Article
Author
Page
The Caine Collection Rod Thomas (m) & Graeme Plaw (m)
1
George Thwaites & Sons Robert La Nauze (m)
8
Early Bailey Planes - Some Ramblings Mick Dowling (m)
11
Sher (electric handtools) Berto Pandolfo
19
Searching for Answers - Bergs Australian Handtools revisited Graeme Plaw (m), George Radion (m)& Jacob Grossbard
21
Band Setter - The Reward of Persistent Research Ken Turner (m)
24
The First Known Plywood Warren Herertson (m)
26
Silk Garters, Suspenders and Saws Ken Turner (m)
27
Sharmanco Plane - In My Shed series Richard Williams (m)
28

TOOLCHEST # 110 - November 2013

Article
Author
Page
George Thwaites' Tool Chest Robert La Nauze (m) & Glen Rundell
1
Sling Metal Casting Ken Turner (m)
9
Glass Cutters, book by Charles N Williams Reviewed by Warren Hewertson (m)
11
LUFKIN Tape Rules Graeme Plaw (m)
12
Unusual Sledges - In My Shed series Richard Williams (m)
22
The Rounder Michael Smithert (m)
23
The Samson: The Name's the Same No-5 Warren Hewertson (m)
25
The Age of the World's Oldest Timber Construction is determined report by Warren Hewertson
25

TOOLCHEST # 109 - August 2013

Article
Author
Page
The Importance of Carbon in Tools Warren Hewertson (m)
1
Bound for Van Dieman's Land - Tools of Scottish Cabinetmaker Alexander Watson, Hobart 1832 Robyn Lake
21
The Tapered Wedge Adjustable Shifting Spanner in Australia John Hawking (m)
25

TOOLCHEST # 108 - May 2013

Article
Author
Page
Proto Tools Graeme Plaw (m)
1
Saws Incorporating Sprockets and Chains Ken Turner (m)
7
Antique Woodworking Tools Book Reviewed by Frank Ham David R Russell, & Robert Lesage
9
The Peavey: The Name's the Same No 4 Warren Hewertson (m)
12
Forging a Viking (Ladies) Neck Knife Ian Stagg (m)
17
My Plane Collection - Some Statistics Trevor Semmens (m)
19
George Bretnall Trevor Semmens (m)
21
Further Thoughts on Tool Knives Jeff Miller
22
More on the Howel Saw
Laurie Lewis
23
The Wrapper - Turner 220 Block Plane Graeme Plaw (m)
24
The Bowsaw Tool Company George Radion (m)
25
Whatsit Ken Turner (m)
28

TOOLCHEST # 107 - February 2013

Article
Author
Page
Some Early Sheep Shearing Handpieces in Australia James Donaldson (m)
1
European Concealed Hinge Morticing Chisels Svatopluk Odstrcilik (m) & Warren Hewertson (m)
6
World Smoothing Planes of the 18th & 19th Centuries, Series 2, Part 2 Ian Stagg(m)
12
Innovations in Smoothing Planes of the 20th Century, Series 3, Part 2 Ian Stagg (m)
18
Duigan's Patent plug Spanners & Some Other Inventions Warren Hewertson (m)
20
Innovations in Smoothing Planes of the 21st Century, Series 1, Part 2 Ian Stagg (m)
24
Food for Thought (about mechanization in woodwork prior to 1820 - Edward Pinto's book on Treen) Ian Stagg (m)
25
A Systematic approach to Cataloguing Tools Peter Wood (m)
27

TOOLCHEST # 106 - November 2012

Article
Author
Page
Lysaght's Referee: An Ideal Guide for "Just about Anybody who's handy with the contents of a Toolbox" Allan Willingham
1
In My Shed: Bessey Clamps Richard Williams (m)
11
Book Review - Antique Woodworking Tools by David Russell Trevor Semmens (m)
17
The Power and Glory: A report on the rise and fall of the Australian-made portable electric drill Berto Pandolfo
18
Bush Tools Alan West
25

TOOLCHEST # 105 - August 2012

Article
Author
Page
Bark Ian Stagg (m)
1
The Marples De Luxe X4 Smoother Laurie Lewis (m)
6
Trades and Industries Bills/Letterheads Ken Turner (m)
7
Book Review - Pocket Watch Slide Rules by Peter M Hopp Bruce Sandie (m)
8
The Mechanics of Some Hand Tools Bruce Sandie (m)
9
The Rotfuss Multigrip Warren Hewertson (m)
19
Reagan Patent Tenon Saw Mick Dowling (m)
22
A Tradesman's Naming Stamp Laurie Lewis (m)
24
A Maker's Mark Laurie Lewis (m)
26
Book Review - The Frozen Water Trade by Gavin Weightman Ian Stagg (m)
28

TOOLCHEST # 104 - May 2012

Article
Author
Page
Browne long-Scale Cylindrical Slide Rules R. Bruce Sandie (m)
1
Some Further Tool Knives Laurie Lewis (m)
6
New Directions for the Hand Tool Preservation Association Library Jim Badger
8
The "Awls-crew" - A Combination Hand Tool Laurie Lewis (m)
11
Book Review - Sheep Shearing Handpieces in Australia by James Donaldson Warren Hewertson (m)
17
A History of the Wheelbarrow Part 2B - Wheelbarrows of Medieval Origin. (B) To Modern Use Warren Hewertson (m)
18
A Preston Caliper Gauge for Wilson Bros. Bobbin Co Ltd Frank Ham (m) & Warren Hewertson (m)
26

TOOLCHEST # 103 - Feb 2012

Article
Author
Page
Japanese Chisels and related tools: Japanese Woodworking Tools, Part 2 John Berry (m)
1
Innovations in Smoothing Planes of the 21st Century, Series 1, Part 1 Ian Stagg (m)
8
The Royal gane of UR Gil Rogers (m)
10
Wooden Smoothing Planes of the 18th & 19th Centuries, Series 2, Part 1 Ian Stagg (m)
18
The Venturi: The Name's the Same No. 3 Warren Hewertson (m)
20
Australian Made tools on Display (Part 4) Rod Thomas (m)
26
Innovations in Smoothing Planes in the 20th Century, Series 3, Part 1 Ian Stagg (m)
27

TOOLCHEST # 102 - Nov 2011

Article
Author
Page
A History of the Wheelbarrow - Part 2A Warren Hewertson (m)
1
A 1917 Trenching Tool Theo Lutgens (m)
12
Forging a future - P C Miller Graeme Plaw (m)
17
Tippe Top Turning (turning novelty tops that upright themselves while spinning) Lewis Harper (m)
19
Australian Made tools on Display (Part 3) Rod Thomas (m)
24
Some Further Shoesticks Laurie Lewis (m)
25
19th Century Invoices Laurie Lewis (m)
27

TOOLCHEST # 101 - Aug 2011

Article
Author
Page
Dr Frank Ham Laurie Lewis (m)
1
Military Gun Tools Part 2 George Radion (m)
4
"Y' Canna Hand a man a Grander Spanner" Graeme Plaw (m) & John Hawking (m)
7
Letter to the Editor Colin and Elizabeth Goldberg
19
Book Review - Collecting Tech Stirs up Curiosity with Captivating Historic Objects by Peter F Stone Warren Hewertson (m)
20
Australian Made tools on Display (Part 2) Rod Thomas (m)
21
Tools from the Collections: Glaziers' Point Drivers Warren Hewertson (m)
24

TOOLCHEST # 100 - May 2011

Article
Author
Page
Siezing the Light (Capio Lumen) John Weale (1791 - 1862) and his not so Rudimentary Scientific Treatises Alan Willingham
1
Shoe Measures or Shoesticks Laurie Lewis
8
HTPAA's Ephemera and Archives Ian Stagg
10
The Biro: The Name's the Same No 2 Warren Hewertson
12
The Cutting Edge: What is involved? - part 2 Keith Houston
15
Australian-made tools on Display Rod Thomas
25
World's Oldest Ground Edge Axe Uncovered Graeme Plaw
27
"THE TOOL CHEST" celebrates with this issue the 100th edition Editor
28

TOOLCHEST # 99 - February 2011

Article
Author
Page
Japanese Woodworking Tools: a brief history - part 1 John Berry
1
A Mutter Plane Laurie Lewis
7
Book Review - Brunelleschi's Dome by Ross King Warren Hewertson
8
Blacksmithing Keith Towe
9
National: an Australian Mechanical Ice Cream Scoop Warren Hewertson
15
The cutting Edge: what is involved? - part 1 Keith Houston
20
Book Review - Joint Slide Rules by Peter M Hopp Frank Ham
28

TOOLCHEST # 98 - November 2010

Article
Author
Page
Roman Surgical Instruments - Replicas Dr Paul Kitchen
1
Book Review - The Rule Book by Jane Rees Review
6
The First True Multigrip Pliers Warren Hewertson & George Radion
7
User Made tools Alan West
14
New Light on a couple of Planes (George Fraser NZ & Jonathon Cawden, UK) Peter McBride
16
Military Gun Tools (Part 1) George Radion
19
Boxwood Rope & Chain Gauge Graeme Plaw
22
Dating Stanley Tape Rules Graeme Plaw
24

TOOLCHEST # 97 - August 2010

Article
Author
Page
Wooden Fillister & Sash Planes Frank Ham
1
An Unusual Rule by Starrett Doug McIver
10
Stanley Tape Measures - the First Forty Years (book by George Wanamaker) Reviewed by Graeme Plaw
11
The Screwdriver or Turnscrew Graeme Plaw
12
The Story of the Plucker Gil Rogers
20
Butt Mortise Planes Revisited Ian Stagg
22
Stillson: The Name's the Same Warren Hewertson
26
An Unusual Footprint Laurie Lewis
27

TOOLCHEST # 96 - May 2010

Article
Author
Page
A History of the Wheelbarrow - Part 1 Warren Hewertson
1
My Puzzle Planes "Tum" Gabe Bognar
12
Unusual Tools Explained - (several examples covered) Ian Stagg
15
Small Multipurpose Saw Sets Doug McIver
17
A New Kennedy Tool? (wooden clamp in Blackwood) Laurie Lewis
18
Stanley Planes and Screw Threads (continued, part 4) John Bates
20
Letter to the Editor (interesting websites to visit) George Ellis
26
A Rare Australian Tool (Turner Scissors) Graeme Plaw
28

TOOLCHEST # 95 - February 2010

Article
Author
Page
Creating Beautiful Planes - Gil Rogers' Handmade Infill Planes Gil Rogers & Laurie Lewis
1
Tool Collector Types Part 5- The Researcher (Cartoon series by John Rogers) Editor
4
Collecting Sunshine - The story of Hugh Victor McKay and Sunshine Collectables George Radion & Laurie Lewis
5
Stanley Planes and Screw Threads (continued, part 3) John Bates
10
User Made Tools Ian Stagg
17
A Strange Curved Rule Doug McIver
19
A Brick Masons Rule Graeme Plaw
20
Tool Knives Laurie Lewis
22
Alphabet of Animal Artefacts Warren Hewertson
23
A Stanley Plane Salvaged Graham M Thompson
25
Two Saws found in Queensland - disston & V ^ R Editor
27

TOOLCHEST # 94 - November 2009

Article
Author
Page
Wooden Plough Planes Frank Ham
1
Tool Collector Types Part 4 - The Replicator (Cartoon series by John Rogers) Editor
11
Stanley Planes and Screw Threads (continued, part 2) John Bates
12
Saw Collecting and Reconditioning - Part 2 Gabe Bognar
18
Tools from the Collections - Right Angle Saw Doug McIver
24
A Straight "Multigrip" Warren Hewertson
25
The Wrapper - James Watt Nail Punch & other Tools Gabe Bognar
28

TOOLCHEST # 93 - August 2009

Article
Author
Page
Bees, gates and Shovels - A Cyclone Hand Tools Story Graeme Plaw
1
Tool Collector Types Part 3- The Restorer (Cartoon series by John Rogers) Editor
9
Hacksaws and More Doug McIver
10
Stanley Planes and Screw Threads John Bates
12
A Mystery Preston Plane (or Planes) Laurie Lewis
19
Unwritten Handtool Patents (Humour) Editor
21
Whatsit Solved (Ox Bow Pin) Mick Dowling
22
Lightning Responses (short note about Michael Faraday) Warren Hewertson
24
Proper Application of Chelant Based Rust Removers (by the owner of Rust Depot USA) Lee Johnson
25
Apex Rafter Table (repro of some Advertising) Editor
27
The Wrapper - William Hunt Level Co Gabe Bognar
28

TOOLCHEST # 92 - May 2009

Article
Author
Page
Draw Knives and their Relatives (Scorps, Inshaves, Merknives, Crooked Knives etc) Ian Stagg
1
Tool Collector Types Part 2- The Repairer (Cartoon series by John Rogers) Editor
8
User-made Dovetail Guides in the Caine Collection Doug McIver
9
Tools of Mystery - a short Introduction into Lock & Key Tools Graeme Plaw
10
A Household Fly Press: Extrusion and Drawing, (illustrated by Gabe Bognar) Warren Hewertson
13
The Wrapper - Henry Disston & Sons, Sydney Gabe Bognar
18
Saw Collecting and Reconditioning - Part 1 Gabe Bognar
19
Coopering Crossword Puzzle - Solutions to Puzzle in TC # 91 Nigel Lampert
24
Shears, Sheds & Strikes (self published book by James Donaldson) Reviewed by W Hewertson
25
How Long Does it take to Make One of Those? - Poem by John A Styler Discovered by Ian Woodford
26
Butt Mortise Planes (photos: Bruce Sandie) Frank Ham
27

TOOLCHEST # 91 - February 2009

Article
Author
Page
Coopering in the Navies Ian Stagg
1
Rule Accessories Frank Ham
5
Chisels - The Seal, Dental & Button Hole Ken Turner
7
Hand Tool on Australian Matchboxes Jerry bell
10
Tool Collector Types Part 1 - The Reviver (Cartoon series by John Rogers) Editor
14
Letters to the Editor - Des Miller on Shavehorses, Warren Hewertson on Briscoe & Co Des Miller & Warren Hewertson
15
Repairing Damaged Wood Gabe Bognar & Doug McIver
17
Tools from the Collections - Dovetail Marking Guides Doug McIver
19
The Wrapper - Durham Block Plane Gabe Bognar
21
Music from Tools Doug McIver
23
Stanley Mitre and Try Square Frank Ham
24
Forward Thinking - snippet from the Australian Forester 1990 Editor
24
Disston & Morss (wooden level) Frank Ham
25
A Few Interesting Hacksaws Doug McIver
26
Coopering Crossword Puzzle reprint from ToolChest #2 by Nigel Lampert Editor
28

TOOLCHEST # 90 - November 2008

Article
Author
Page
The Shave Horse Ian Stagg, Ken Turner & Gabe Bognar
1
User-made Metal Tools Laurie Lewis
7
25 Years of Rhykenology Trevor Semmens
9
"Bells of the Australian Bush" Book about Condamine Bells & Others Reviewed by Ian Stagg
11
Some notes about Cleaning & Restoring Tools Doug McIver
12
Dating Antique Furniture Terry Dixon
15
Briscoe & Co Revisited Graeme Plaw
21
"The Gasman Cometh" song Michael Flanders & Donald Swann
26
Some Disston Saws Doug McIver
27

TOOLCHEST # 89 - August 2008

Article
Author
Page
Metal Plane Making Peter McBride
1
Cast Iron Carpentry Mick Dowling
9
Have you ever had it happen to you? (plane broken in the mail) David Lynch
12
Letter to the Editor (Update on Bauer's Patent Wrench)) Editor
13
Then and Now (changes over the last 150 years in Melbourne and Tools) Watson Cutter
14
A Collector Reflects (display of one member's collection) R. U. Chick Seivers
21
Salesman Samples & Giveaways Graeme Plaw
24
The Wrapper (Whittingslowe Block Plane) Gabe Bognar
28

TOOLCHEST # 88 - May 2008

Article
Author
Page
A Short History of Multigrip Pliers Warren Hewertson
1
Hand Tool on Matchbox Labels Jerry bell
11
An Australian Scale Rule Maker: W & G Bruce Sandie
16
Letters to the Editor ( Mystery Shavehorse & Scale Rules responses) Editor
21
The Vernier Caliper Doug McIver
24
Revisiting Bridged Lance Tooth Crosscut Saws Warren Hewertson
28

TOOLCHEST # 87 - Feb 2008

Article
Author
Page
A History of Early English Adjustable Wrenches found in Australia John Hawking & Ron Geesin
1
The Wrapper - QPC Chefsaw Gabe Bognar
15
Cutting new Teeth on Acid Warren Hewertson
16
More on QPC Products Doug McIver & Rod Thomas
21
The Plumb Line - Book on Plumbobs by Bruce Cynar Reviewed by Doug McIver
22
Letters to Editor - Mystery Shave Horse Ken Turner
24
Briscoe & Company (Melbourne Ironmongers & Iron Merchants - BriscoeTool Chest Featured) Frank Ham & Bruce Sandie
24

TOOLCHEST # 86 - Nov 2007

Article
Author
Page
Compass and Circular Planes Frank Ham
1
The Wrapper - Ephemera Series Part 2 - McConnell Nail Bit Gabe Bognar
10
Workshop of the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) Ian Stagg
11
All that Glitters is Gold - (Handtools used in Minting) Graeme Plaw
15
Some Bricklayers' Tools - (Line Pins & Tuckpointing Tools) Michael Dowling
16
Letters to the Editor (re wooden Plumbers Tools and Cardboard Technical Scales) Various
20
Tools in Sport - Axes and Woodchopping Doug. Stevenson
22
Shopping for Coffins Laurie Lewis
24
More on Vulcanising Tools Mal Mutimer
26

TOOLCHEST # 85 - Aug 2007

Article
Author
Page
The Micrometer Doug McIver
1
Corrections (issue 84) Editor
5
Craft Cryptis Crossword Hastings
6
Transitional Planes Wal Maynard
8
James Moore & Sons (South Melb Timber Merchant)Catalogue Michael Dowling
11
Redundant Drawing Instruments Gabe Bognar
12
More on Levers - Stone Monuments & their Capping Warren Hewertson
15
Vulcanising Tools Laurie Lewis
21
The Wrapper - Ephemera Series Part 1 - Tiny Town Hobby Plane Gabe Bognar
23
From the HTPAA Collection - E C Atkins Cabinet Scraper Holder Warren Hewertson
24
Response about Cardboard Drawing Scales Info from TATHS # 96
25
The Wooden Tools of the Plumber Laurie Lewis
27

TOOLCHEST # 84 - May 2007

Article
Author
Page
The Development of the Beam Balance Nicola Williams
1
Bergs Australian Tools - Searching for Answers Graeme Plaw
8
Photos for the Tool Chest Doug McIver
11
Letters to the Editor Warren Hewertson
12
Slide Rules - An Intorduction Bruce Sandie
14
Hand Tools on Postage Stamps Graeme Plaw
20
Tools from the Caine Collection - Drawing Instruments Doug McIver & Bruce Sandie
25

TOOLCHEST # 83 - February 2007

Article
Author
Page
A History of Wrenches (Shifters or Shifting Spanners) Part 1 - Made in Australia John Hawking
1
"Modern" Fire Making Tools - Part 2 Warren Hewertson
8
A Bit of a Mystery! (the James Johnson plane) Laurie Lewis
11
Letters to the Editor Warren Hewertson
14
Tools from the Collections - QPC Doug McIver & Rod Thomas
15
"Cook's Pacific Encounters" - review of an Exhibition of Objects from the Cook-Forster Collection at the National Museum in Canberra, 2006 Warren Hewertson
18
The Development os Steam Injection for Thinning Eucalypts and Controlling Woody Weeds Bill Kerribush
20
Japanese Craftspeople and their Tools Ian Stagg
22

TOOLCHEST # 82 - November 2006

Article
Author
Page
Rule Inclinometers Frank Ham
1
Notes on Photographing Tools Bruce Sandie
5
Musings on an Ivory Rule Mike Preeston
8
French Sectors and their Use Bruce Sandie
10
The STANLEY© Trimming Knife Graeme R Plaw
14
"Modern" Fire Making Tools - Part 1 Warren Hewertson
17
Hoppus' Measurer Watson Cutter
21
Letters to Editor Editor
24
An Interesting Find - Stuffers or Scrapers? that is the question! Watson Cutter
25
Tools in the Australian Collection - Woodstock Rod Thomas & Doug McIver
26

TOOLCHEST # 81 - August 2006

Article
Author
Page
Chaplin’s Patent Planes Peter McBride
1
A Review on Carpenters Hall 1428 -1959 – The Carpenters’ Company Jim Donaldson
8
Sidchrome® Tools in Australia Graeme R Plaw
11
Dating Record Bench Planes David Lynch
17
A Notable Australian Level Doug McIver
20
The Sheffield Year Knife Graeme R Plaw
23
Letters to the Editor – Marples “Transitional” Plane - Responses Editor
24
Tools in Sport Editor
24
Encyclopedia of Antique tools & Machinery – Book by C H Wendel Reviewed by Doug McIver
26

TOOLCHEST # 80 - May 2006

Article
Author
Page
Makeshifts Laurie Lewis
1
Tools from the Caine Collection Doug McIver
3
Ten Questions for Tool Collectors Watson Cutter & Ken Turner
4
Ancient Fire Making Tools and Derivatives Warren Hewertson
5
Turner – Atkins Saw Story Jim Dixon
13
Treadle Powered Lathe by Thomas McPherson & Son Michael Johnstone & Ian Stagg
18
A “Late” Transitional Plane Kees Klep & Doug McIver
21
Ten Possible Answers for Tool Collectors Watson Cutter & Ken Turner
23
A Robert Wooding? Tony Derrett
24
Tool Shortages During World War II Editor
25
Cross Cut Saws and the Lazy Stick Ian Stagg
25
Tool Hints Ian Stagg
26
An Unusual Plane - Reply Terry Butcher
27
“WHATSITS” Editor
28

TOOLCHEST # 79 - February 2006

Article
Author
Page
Wedge Adjusting Spanners Patented in Australia George Radion
1
A Mule or Phillips Digger Frank Ham
6
Australian-made Metal Planes - A Pictorial Presentation Ed
7
A Man of Many Talents - F.T. Stanley Graeme Plaw © 2005
11
Whatsit 73-3 - A March to the Scaffold Warren Hewertson
17
Engineers' Rule & the Phoenix Foundry Frank Ham
18
"English" Sectors and Their Use Bruce Sandie
21
Farriers' Horseshoe Gauge Frank Ham
24
Click Go The Shears - In Rajasthan Laurie Lewis
26
Some Even More Unusual Rules Warren Hewertson
27

TOOLCHEST # 78 - November 2005

Article
Author
Page
Preston Tools Frank Ham
1
ebay Mick Dowling
10
The Can Opener Laurie Lewis
14
Nurse's Regulator Ian Stagg
17
Australian Made Sidchrome Products Graeme Plaw
18
Cork Borers and Borer Sharpener Ken Turner
19
A Matter of Principle Warren Hewertson
21
An Unusual Plane Ian Stagg
23
Repairing the wooden screw arm of a wooden plane Ian Stagg
24
A Letter to the Editor - A Leonard Bailey Reflection Graeme Plaw
25
Malleable Iron Doug McIver
26
Sharpening Woodworking Saws Ed
28

TOOLCHEST # 77 - August 2005

Article
Author
Page
User Made or Modified Tools – Towards a System of Classification Ian Stagg
1
19/20th Century Mechanical Kitchenalia – Proffesional & Domestic Tools for Paring Apples, to Cleaning Knives Ken Turner
9
Tool Hints – More on Chisel Handles Roy Fuller
17
Tape rules or Measuring Tapes? Graeme Plaw & Doug McIver
18
A Rule by any Other Name…  
22
A Fork on a Fork – Rodgers’ Patent Carver Fork Guard Warren Hewertson
23
Fitting an Adze Handle Alan West
24
The Art of Fine Tools – Book by Sandor Nagyszalanczy Reviewed by Ian Stagg
25
An Interesting Tool Box Trevor Semmens
26
A Shipwright’s Slice Doug McIver
27
Garden Tools - Book by Slesin, Pellerin, Cliff, Rozensztroch, Touillon & de Dives Reviewed by Graham Thompson (NZ)
28

TOOLCHEST # 76 - May 2005

Article
Author
Page
Hand Tool Sheep Shearing on the Woolshed Boards of Australia Jim Donaldson 1
1
Sheep Shears – a Collector’s Perspective Kevin Chamberlain & Gill Rogers
8
Chris Vesper – Heritage Tool Maker Ian Stagg
18
A Rare Rule Michael Preeston
21
More Uncommon Rules Frank Ham
23
Tool Hints – Fitting a handle to a socket chisel Editor
25
Collectable Blow Torches – Book by Dick Sarpolus Reviewed by Kevin Chamberlain
26
The Saddler’s Bouncer Ken Turner
28

TOOLCHEST # 75 - February 2005

Article
Author
Page
American Metallic Planes Frank Ham
1
Work in Progress Bryan Poynton
11
We need to collect the Knowledge with the Tools Jim Donaldson
12
Moulding and Moulders’ Tools Doug McIver
13
Hod Carrier Gordon Brown Gordon Brown
17
Transitional Planes – review of an article from the English Woodworker Doug McIver
18
Kinney’s Patent Gauge Ripping Plane Ian Stagg
22
Antique Garden Tools Ken Turner
23
Buying Out-of-print Books on the Internet Rita & Warren Hewertson
24
An Unusual Hammer Doug McIver
24

TOOLCHEST # 74 - November 2004

Article
Author
Page
Perforated Cross-cut Saws Warren Hewertson
1
Tools Revisited Jim Donaldson
12
Sewing Machine Patents Roy Fuller
14
Glass Cutters and Combination Tools Ken Turner
15
Handscape with Tools Bryan Poynton
22
The Sailmaker’s Fid Ken Turner
28
Whatsit 73/3 Roy Fuller
30
Tape Measures for Forestry Workers Stanley-Mabo Catalogue no 171
31

TOOLCHEST # 73 - August 2004

Article
Author
Page
Oil Cans Ralph Philpot & Doug McIver
1
Collectors as “Steptoe and Son” characters – Junk Dealers or Treasure Trove Preservers? Jim Donaldson
10
Merino Wool in Australia: It’s Harvesting, Past Present and Future? Jim Donaldson
12
Proportional Dividers R.B. Sandie
20
Metal Wood Screws – The Evolution & History By G G Jenkinson, book review by Kevin Chamberlain
25
More on Japanese Chisels Roy Fuller
26
Whatsit 73/1 Ken Turner
27
A Source Book for Rule Collectors By Philip E Stanley - book review
28
The Good Old Days Gordon Brown
29
Black Japan Doug McIver
30
Whatsit 73/2 Ken Turnerr
31
Condition Classification for Antique & Hand Tools From Fine Tool Journal
32

TOOLCHEST # 72 - May 2004

Article
Author
Page
Manufacturing Stanley tools in Australia 1963-2001 Graeme Plaw
1
The Language and Vocabulary of Tools Jim Donaldson
10
Lim Kee Tye and the “Little Lon” Cabinetmakers John a Leckey
13
HTPAA Tool Conference 2004 Frank Ham
20
Tasmanian Patented Woodworking Plane Sighted Trevor Semmens
21
Worming, Parcelling and Serving Ken Turner
23
Small and Beautiful - (miniature tools) Laurie Lewis
25
Tools from Our Collection – The “Rexos” Wrench Doug McIver
30
Whatsit Ken Turner
32

TOOLCHEST # 71 - February 2004

Article
Author
Page
Collecting Retractable Tape Rules (Coilable) Graeme Plaw
1
The ultimate question of being a collector - the disposal problem Jim Donaldson
9
Ron Edwards; Author, Artist, Folklorist and Saddler Ian Stagg
12
Metallic Planes by Pike & Dean Frank Ham
16
The Parke Rota-Shear - Have we come to the end of the Shearing? Jim Donaldson
19
A Collectors tale Warren Hewertson
24
Tradesman's Paper Caps Ken Turner
25
Two carriage-maker's Planes Roy Fuller
29
Abstract Measuring Devices Watson Cutter
30

TOOLCHEST # 70 - November 2003

Article
Author
Page
Spirit Levels Frank Ham
1
Reaching through the Windows of Opportunity Jim Donaldson
9
The Industrial Revolution Watson Cutter
11
Waste Not Want Not! Laurie Lewis
23
Anvils as Paper Weights Ken Turner
25
The Wheelwright's Shop by George Sturt book reviewed by Ian Stagg
28
How to make contributions to the Tool Chest Doug McIver
30

TOOLCHEST # 69 - Aug 2003

Article
Author
Page
Confessions of a Teenage Ladder Maker Warren Hewertson
1
Making the Right Choices- A way of being "On the Ball" Jim Donaldson
8
Two Early British Metal Bench Planes
Norfolk Smoother c 1885
Melhuish's Plane Pat No 7855 c 1885
Ian Stagg
10
Shade Ring Grips - Their Variation and Singular Purpose Ken Turner
14
Tools from the Thomas Caine Collection - Improved Mathieson Mitre Plane c 1899 Doug MvIver
16
Who was Jas. McLaren? (he made quality Infill Planes in Melbourne c 1890)
Laurie Lewis
18
Alex Mathieson and Sons Ltd., Glasgow - Illustrated Price List of Woodworking Tools - Eighth edition 1899 (reprinted 2003) book reviewed by Doug MvIver
21
E A Berg, Sweden - (brief history of the company) Watson Cutter
22
Further Notes on Iron Oxides and Rust:
The Economic Significance of Iron Oxides and Rust
The Iron Oxides
The Hydroxides and Oxide Hydroxides
Corrosion of Iron and steel
Methods of Rust Removal
Chemical Methods of Rust Removal
- Acids, Chelating Agents, Reducing Agents
Other Methods of Rust Removal
The Prevention of Re-rusting
Kevin Chamberlain
25

TOOLCHEST # 68 - May 2003

Article
Author
Page
The Corkscrew - The most valuable tool in the world? Laurie Lewis
1
Looking at the Collections of Others - A way of Sharing & Learning Jim Donaldson
8
Plumb Bobs Frank Ham
10
Some Specialised Museums in Southern England:
Tunbridge Wells Museum
Building of Bath Museum
The Museum of English Rural Life
National Museum of Gardening
Ian Stagg
17
The Challenge Plane Doug MvIver
23
Surform® Tools in Australia:
Simmonds Aerocessories Product Range
Firth Cleveland
Surform® by Stanley
Graeme Plaw
26
Antique Medical Instruments by C Keith Wilbur, M.D. book reviewed by Kevin Chamberlain
31
Tools From the Caine Collection: Stanley Door Trim Plane No 171 Stanley Rule & Level Co
32

TOOLCHEST # 67- February 2003

Article
Author
Page
Traditional Sailmaking - illustrations of sailmaking tools Rick Mitchell
1
What Holds a Club Together Jim Donaldson
9
Which Pigeon Holes - A Tool by Any Other Name, with Illust's Ken Turner
11
The History of Old Time Farm Implement Companies & the Wrenches they Issued by PT Rathbone book reviewed by Kevin Chamberlain
16
Gold & Gympie Hammers Terry Brady
18
The Reproduction of Missing Parts of Tools Ian McIntosh
20
What is a Hand Tool? - Replies Watson Cutter
22
Open letter to HTPAA - more on defining a Handtool Ian Stagg
24
Defining "Hand Tools" Anthony Keen
26
The Stanley-Titan Cane Knife, with illustrations of cane knives Graeme Plaw & Ian Stagg
28

TOOLCHEST # 66- November 2002

Article
Author
Page
Woodland Crafts in Britain Ian Stagg
1
Collectors and Collections: Some Reflections Jim Donaldson
10
Mechanical Calculating Machines - Listings and Classifications Terry Berreen
12
The Gunter Rule Frank Ham
18
Making Jewellery - an Art or a Craft? Peter McBride
22
Hand Tools Revisited Alan West
31

TOOLCHEST # 65- August 2002

Article
Author
Page
Barrels and Their measurement Frank Ham
1
Excise and Gauginh Slide Rules Bruce Sandie
7
The Ups and Downs of Collecting Jim Donaldson
13
The Nature of Rust Ian Stagg
15
Memories of a Sheffield Tool Maker by Ashley Isles Book Review by Kevin Chamberlain
21
Slate Roofs: A Brief Overview of the Trade and Tools Harry W Ellis
23
Horse Measurers - They're Aware of the Tricks Ken Turner
29
The History of The Farmers Tools by G.E. Fussell Book Review by Jim Donaldson
31

TOOLCHEST # 64- May 2002

Article
Author
Page
Making Saws in Marvellous Melbourne John A Leckey
1
Collecting Tools as a Means of Opening the Windows of our Minds Jim Donaldson
10
The Future of the HTPAA Frank Ham
13
Is there a Turner in your Home? Graeme Plaw
15
Who is Larry? Ken Turner
21
A Face on the $50 Note Janet Kidd
23
Hand Tools Used in the Maintenance of Sheep Shearing Machinery: An Introduction Jim Donaldson
27
Slat Planing Machines David James
32

TOOLCHEST # 63- February 2002

Article
Author
Page
Thomas Sydney Caine - the man & the collection Rod Thomas
1
Theme Focus or Project Collecting Ian Stagg
8
My Experience as a Collector Frank Ham
12
Electrolytic Removal of Rust Kevin Chamberlain
19
My Eight Years as a Tool Collector Reg Bament
27
Answer to November Whatsit submitted by Anthony Keen - November 2001 Tool Chest Editor
30
Book review - Four centuries of Dutch Planes and Planemakers by Gerrit van der Sterre Trevor Semmens
30
Whatsit Tony Derrett
32

TOOLCHEST # 62- November 2001

Article
Author
Page
Calculating Through The Ages Watson Cutter, Bruce Sandie & Terry Berreen
1
Long Lost Junk or Discarded Treasure Jim Donaldson
8
Scratch Stocks Terry Dixon
10
Just a Box of Tools Paul Bannan
14
Measuring Chains Part 2 Ken Turner
16
Perforated Saw Tony Derett
21
From Hand to Machine Shears: Background and Responses to Questions Jim Donaldson
22
Book review - "Slide Rules - A Journey Through Three Centuries" written by Dieter von Jezierski in German, translated by Roger Shepherd, MD Review supplied by Astragal Press
28
Plane Genealogy Roy Fuller
29
Gereedschap Museum Mensert Trevor Semmens
30
Book review - Four centuries of Dutch Planes and Planemakers by Gerrit van der Sterre Review supplied by Astragal Press
31
Whatsit Anthony Keen
32

TOOLCHEST # 61- August 2001 - Federation Issue

Article
Author
Page
Preface Editor
3
Hats off to the Past - Coats off for the Future Jim Donaldson
4
The Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc Frank Ham
7
Indigenous Toolmakers and Traders Janet Kidd
10
Toolmakers in Australia since 1788 John McDonald
17
Mechanics Institutes Frank Ham
21
Australian Rural Icons Jim Donaldson
25
A Corrugated Icon Ken Turner
34
Toilers, Banners and Ribbons Ken Turner
41
Chinese Furniture Makers in Melbourne Kevin Chamberlain
45
Ephemera - A Link With The Past Ken Turner
56
Industrial Heritage - Kilns and Bridges Ian Stagg
64
Australian Artist Craftsmen Ian Stagg
70
Monument to Many Skills Ken Turner
74
Politicians and Tools Roy Fuller
77
Heritage Craftsmen Ian Stagg
81
Index  
88
Acknowledgement of Sponsors - inside back cover    

TOOLCHEST # 60- May 2001

Article
Author
Page
Measuring Chains Ken Turner
1
Don't be a Mug - Never Volunteer Jim Donaldson
8
Sharpening Stones(based on a talk by Andrew Cummings) Doug McIver
11
The Lathe: History, Functions & Romance Pt 2 Ian Stagg
14
Wooden Planes made by H N T Gordon & Co Kevin Chamberlain
22
Something to Think About Terry Butcher
27
Book review - "One Good Turn" by Witold Rybczynski Watson Cutter
28
Gregsteel Hammer Bob Shoosmith
30
Ethical Dilemmas Milt Boyd
31

TOOLCHEST # 59 - February 2001

Article
Author
Page
The Lathe: History, Functions & Romance Pt 1 Ian Stagg
1
Some Ethical Dilemmas in Collecting Tools: a Personal reflection Jim Donaldson
8
Woodshow - Western Australia, August 2000 Nigel Burgess
10
What is a Hand Tool? - How do you Categorise an Egg Beater? Laurie Lewis
12
The Chest of Kleber Claux Robert K Shoosmith
17
Miniature Carving Doug McIver
20
Book review - The Mid Victorian Elwell Catalogue of Forged Tools Editor
24
Peacock's PYRAMID RUFA Nigel Burgess
26
The Tool Collections: the year that was Rod Thomas
30
Reference to the Gympie Hammer, Found Ken Turner
32

TOOLCHEST # 58 - November 2000

Article
Author
Page
Some Notes on Window Making Roy Fuller
1
A Personal Perspective Jim Donaldson
6
Some Notes on Rules, and Some Rules of Note Frank Ham
8
Engineering in History - Kirby, Withington, Darling & Kilgour Book Review
14
Have Hand Tools Had Their Day? - Letters John Bates
16
Hand Leather Craft - Based on a talk by Hans Unger Doug McIver
18
Shipwright's Adze ? - Letters F. Murrell & D. Stevenson
22
Early Australian Toolmakers John D McDonald
24
Hand-saw Makers of North Americaby Erwin L. Schaffer Book Review
29
A Robert Prenzel Carving Sold Doug McIver
30
Flag Baskets and Carpet Bags Ken Turner
31
What Does a Gympie Hammer Look Like ? Ken Turner
32

TOOLCHEST # 57 - August 2000

Article
Author
Page
My Silcock Patent Combination Plane Gordon Chenery
1
A Personal Perspective Jim Donaldson
6
Tracking Bailey Tool Co. Spokeshaves Tom Lamond
9
The Axe and Man by Charles A. Heavrin Book Review
12
The Finch Foundry, Sticklepath, Devon, England Judith Lawrence
14
Letter from Mike Hendrikson, OAM, Wheelwright  
16
The Tools of Intellectual Property Mark Wakeham
18
Robert Prenzel and Woodcarving at Glenormiston Doug McIver
21
A Whatsit from the West Des Miller
24
Billhead - Eyres Brothers of Ballarat  
25
Disposal of a Collection Doug McIver
26
Mystery Item No Longer Jim Wilson
29
Shipwright's Adze ? Bob Wallis
30
References for the Articles on Coachmaking Jim Badger
31
What's an Old Saw Worth ? Ken Turner
32

TOOLCHEST # 56 - May 2000

Article
Author
Page
Classic Sheep Shearing Handpieces Jim Donaldson
1
Have Handtools Had Their Day ? Pub. Committee
6
HTPAA Tool Conference 2000 Frank Ham
8
Fencing and Wire Strainers Lyle Ruddell
11
More on Mast Gauges Rick Mitchell
18
Problems and Progress while collectingWooden Handscrews Milton Boyd
20
Cake Decorating Rule David James
25
Making an English Coach Jim Badger
26

TOOLCHEST # 55 - February 2000

Article
Author
Page
Tools for Bush Furniture Alan West
1
The HTPAA from 2000 on Editor
6
Spills & Spill Planes Frank Ham
7
Wrenches Ian McIntosh
9
Spanners and the Lithgow Small Arms Museum Desmond Miller
14
Update on Australian Makers Rod Thomas
17
Refine Your Collection Alvin Sellens
21
Restoring Antique Tools by Herbert P Kean Book Review
25
Bevels & Tapers Watson Cutter
26
Dry Stone Walls Doug McIver
29
The Melbourne Chair Company Trevor Rowe
31

TOOLCHEST # 54 - November 1999

Article
Author
Page
A History of Coach Building in Australia Jim Badger
1
HTPAA - 16 Years Old Editorial
11
The Other Baileys Frank Ham
12
Manufactured & Patented Spokeshaves & Similar Tools by Thomas C Lamond Book Review
14
Dating Moulding Planes Editor
16
Titan Wood Chisels Rod Thomas
18
Ringers, Hogs and Shoats Kenneth E. Turner
26
More Makers of American Machinist's Tools by Kenneth L Cope Book Review
28
Craftsmanship and Discrimination Kenneth E. Turner
29
Mr Disston's View of Saw Nibs Editor
32
Wooden & Metal Spokeshaves - 4 page insert Thomas C Lamond  

TOOLCHEST # 53 - August 1999

Article
Author
Page
Scales and Balances Laurie Lewis
1
Judging the worth of a Tool Editorial
8
Why is is Antique Watson Cutter
9
English Shepherd's Crook in Australia - Part 2 Ken Turner
12
Patternmaking Today - A Visit to a Modern Pattern Maker's Shop W Cutter & D McIver
17
Knifemaking in Sheffield & the Hawley Collection by R Grayson & K Hawley Editor
22
More on the Slater's Rest Bill Strid
23
Metal Equipment Manufacturers P/L (MEM) Nigel Lampert
26
Australian Axes - AUSAXE - Maker - Dave Shaw George Radion & Dave Shaw
27
Six Tools in One - The Stewart Handyworker Watson Cutter
30

TOOLCHEST # 52 - May 1999

Article
Author
Page
Coopering and other Skills George Smithwick
1
Editorial - Four Years of the Publications Committee Editor
5
Chinese woodworking Tools in Victoria Kevin Chamberlain
6
A Patternmaker's Vice T Roger
19
The Handplane Book by Garrett Hack Book review
17
Barker Brothers - Cutlers, Melbourne Editor
22
English Shepherd's Crook in Australia - Part 1 Ken Turner
23
Travel, Tools and the Lynn Historical Trust Roy Fuller
27
Screwdriver of Turnscrew Frank Ham
29
So, you think you have Spotted a Tool Collector Laurie Lewis
31

TOOLCHEST # 51 - February 1999

Article
Author
Chinese Cabinetmakers in Australia Kevin Chamberlain
A Chinese Cabinetmakers in Melbourne Frank Ham
Editorial Editor
History of Surgical Instruments Frank Ham
Through much Tribulation: Stewart Priers and the Planemakers of Ayr by Nigel Lampert Book review
A very Unusual hammer Laurie lewis
The Duyfken Replica Jim Black
World Competition to Ascertain the Best Saw and Axe Val Quanchi
Metal Equipment Manufacturers P/L (MEM) Rod Thomas
More Makers of American Machinist's Tools by Kenneth L Cope Book review

TOOLCHEST # 50 - November 1998

Article
Author
Editorial Comment Publications Committee
Development of Sheep Shearing Machines in Australia James Donaldson
Craftsmens Wage Rates in 1096 no attributes
Nothing New under the Sun Janet Kidd
The Term of a Patent no attributes
Rules - Their History & Collection Frank Ham
A Scotsman, His Tools and Their History Jim Black
Jas. McLaren - Australian Planemaker Rod Thomas
Practical Blacksmithing Vols -1 - 4 by M T Richardson Book review
Saw & Bag of Nails Kenneth Turner

TOOLCHEST # 49- August 1998

Article
Author
The Rise & fall of the Western Saw -talk by George Ingham Editor
Marking Gauges - a means of Achieving Woodworking Precision Watson Cutter
Repousse - What is it? Watson Cutter
A Price Guide to Antique Tools 2nd Edby Herbert P Kean Book review
Making Musical Instruments - talk by John C Dale Editor
West Australian Whatsit? Editor
Spot the Tool Collector or How to Recognise one in a Crowd Watson Cutter
The Humble Tool Bass, the Tote, & the Toat Kenneth Turner
More about Bast Doug McIver
What is New Today in 1889 Editor
S & O Handee Products - Pressed Steel Block Plane (& H C Vaughan) Rod Thomas

TOOLCHEST # 48- May 1998

Article
Author
The HTPAA Tool Conference Frank Ham
The Way of the Carpenter, Tools and Japanese Architecture talk by Proff Coaldrake Editor
The Mathieson Mystery talk by John McDonald Editor
Australian Planemakers 2nd Editionby Trevor Semmens Book review
The Agricultural Adze Alan West
Christopher Gabriel and the Tool Trade in 18th Century London by Jane & Mark Rees Editor
Carter Update - 1998 Rod Thomas (& others)
The Steel Company of Australia (SCOA) - Steel Founders L Burchell & W Cutter
Tools of the Trade: The Art and Craft of Carpentry by Jeff Taylor Book review
Mystery Plane - (looks like a corrugated cement sheet cutter) Editor
S & O Handee Products - Pressed Steel Block Plane (& H C Vaughan) Rod Thomas

TOOLCHEST # 47- February 1998

Article
Author
The Stanley Catalogue Collection Vol 2 Book review
Missing Tools Michael Potter
The Slaters' Rest and a Dog Kenneth Turner
Tailors Measures, Rules and Squares Frank Ham
Patternmaking Doug McIver
Corebox Planes Editor
Dictionary of Woodworking Tools by R A Salaman Book review
W H Blakeley & Co - 1922 Advertising reproduced Editor
Drawknives - Bevel Up or Bevel Down? Doug McIver
If Some Tools Could Only talk John Daniel
Mathieson Mystery Colin McPharlin
T & M Woolley, Sydney - Planemaker or Merchant Editor

TOOLCHEST # 46 November 1997
TOOLCHEST # 45 August 1997
Article
Article
It's All in a Name by Ken Turner The Art of Blacksmithing: Book Review
Test Your Imagination Miller Cyclone Tools by Rod Thomas
The Mystery has been Weighed Up In Search of Wheelwright's Toolchests by Jeff Powell
A Lucky Find by John Daniel John Derrett, Miniature Plane Maker by Tony Deffett
The Number's Up for Matched Tongue and Grooving Planes
by Watson Cutter
An Interesting Axe by Gabe Bognar
'Select' Planer Razor Blade Tool by Rod Thomas Tool Word Derivations by Watson Cutter
Book Review: For the Smithy The Best Tape Measure?
Joiners, Supporters and Passionate Barrackers John Donkin's Patented Saw by Frank Ham
The Number One - Cute and Useful by Clarence Btanchard Design of Hand Drills
More Tools - With Knobs On! by Michael Potter Restoration of an Ebony Brace by Kees Klep
More About Flying Spanners by Bill Strid Moulding Planes by Des Miller
Wooden Shoes of Holland by Rod Jerard "Sunshine" Australia
  Tools, and a Desperate Doctor by Ken Tumer

TOOLCHEST # 44 May 1997
TOOLCHEST # 43 February 1997
Article
Article
The Cill Plane, by Jane and Mark Rees The Humble Oil Can
Finger or Thumb? Cobb & Co. Coach: an Australian Icon
"HEARTBEAT" and Hand Tools Surform Type Planes and Rasps - An Exercise in Genealogy?
Flying Spanners Book Review: Making Traditional Wooden Planes
Book Review: Antique and Collectible Stanley Tools - Guide to
Identity and Value
The History of My Collecting
Memories of My Apprenticeship Days, by Jim Black What is it or why is it?
Elegy on a Suburban Tool Chest, by Roy Fuller Book Review: The Legend of Stanley
Design of Hand Drills Moulding Planes - Getting with the Strength
Pattern Making, by Frank Ham Finger Planes
My Nightmare Sharpening Moulding Plane Blades
Spokeshave or Spokesheaf Tannic Acid Production
Woodstock, by Rod 7homas  
The Scrap Vice  

TOOLCHEST # 42 November 1996
TOOLCHEST # 41 August 1996
Article
Article
Davelco vs Davleco Screws and Screw Threads - Part 1
Thos B Linley and H.P.L. Unusual Plane by Gleave, Manchester
Letter about Sash-Scribing Planes Robert McConnell - Man of Many Talents - Part 2
Turner (Aust.) - Origins, Trademarks, Diversity & Demise China at Work - book review
Screws and Screw Threads - Part 2 The Making of Window Sashes
Identification Table for Stanley Block Planes Pope Products - History - Pope & Falcon Planes
Trade Marks and Patents - Whittingslowe -Steell Block Plane Thos B Linley - info wanted
Robert McConnell - Man of Many Talents - Part 3 Paradiso- Camberwell - humorous look at the junk market scene
Skew-Backed Handsaws (Henry Disston) Davleco
Plane Facts No 4 Silex & HFH
The Nature of Tool Design Brace yourself for the Boring Bits
The Craft of Masons  
Tool Word Derivations - Auger & Gimlet  

TOOLCHEST # 40 May 1996
TOOLCHEST # 39 February 1996
Article
Article
First HTPAA Australian Tool Conference How did People Manage Before Rabone?
Folding Rules - A Symbol of Continuity Organisation of Crafts, Trades & Labour Part 1
Robert McConnell - Man of Many Talents - Part 1 Museum of the Goldfields - Kalgoorlie
The Starrett Wheels that led to more Wheels Centre Bits
Coffinmakers Silex Tools - with some catalogue reprints
The old Sea Dog Trick (Homour) Visit by Roger K. Smith
My Tool Collecting Experience The Aboriginal Stone Axe
Fine Work with Few Tools A Marking gauge design
Measurement of Barrels and Estimation of Capacity Brisbane Bowsaw Maker - W B Gower
Organisation of Crafts, Trades & Labour Part 2 More on Carter Planes
The Saw Part 2 Song of the Carpenter - verse A Collectors fate - Humour
Whittingslowe - Pressed Steell Block Plane A Dictionary of Australian Manufacturers - Part 2
Some Carpenter's Hammers Plane Facts No 3

TOOLCHEST # 38 November 1995
TOOLCHEST # 37 August 1995
Article
Article
Letters - Barker Bros, Sash Scribing Planes, Dragons Blood McPherson's - From Pig Iron to Machine Tools & Printing
John Buncle - A Melbourne Pioneer Manufacturer Folding Rules Part 2
Aboriginal Tools I Make the Best Hammer That's Made (-Adz Eye Nail Hammer)
A Day in the Life of a Tool collector The Thomas Caine Tool Collection
Tool Word Derivations - Caulk The Britannia Lathe in the Thomas Caine Tool Collection
Alanware - Australian Planemakers Coffin Smoother marked "Morris & Co, Fitzroy"
A Dictionary of Australian Manufacturers - Part 1 A Collectors Helper
Plane talk - Beautiful Precision Tools Recording a Collection
FB Cox Rule - interesting find Tool Collecting in Western Australia
Siegley Planes Unusual Spokeshave - 4 faces, unmarked
UK Visit of a Tool Buff The Saw Part 1 Barker Bros, Melb
Saw Nibs and Tool Traditions Plane Facts No 2
Woodstock Tools Walker's Micrometer Markin Gauge
Windsor Beaders  

TOOLCHEST # 36 May 1995
TOOLCHEST # 35 February 1995
Article
Article
Australian Tools - Carter Planes The Broadaxe - Relic of a Vanishing Art
Replicas, Reproductions and Restorations Pit Sawing
Folding Rules Part 1 Japanese Tools  
Thomas Caine Tool Collection What is a Hand Tool  
Plane Facts No 1 A Screwed-up Tale - humour  
   

TOOLCHEST # 34 November 1994
TOOLCHEST # 33 August 1994
Article
Article
The Mortise Axe Collecting Means Protecting Trojan P/L: 1911 - 1971
The Nature ans Identification of Timber Electro Boracic Steel
One Man's Chest The Tool Trail Part 1 Knobs on Pincers
The Tool Trail Part 2 The Tool Trail Part 3 David Kimberley Plough & Sash Fillester Planes
The Tool Trail Part 4 The Mary Rose Collecting Clocks
Victorian Artistry and Social History Timbers we use - Mahogany
The United Patriots Rational Benefit Society  

TOOLCHEST # 32 May 1994
TOOLCHEST # 31 February 1994
Article
Article
Street Chairmender Melbourne Chair Company Nail making in Early NSW
Scottish Planes: Antiquity, Art, Accuracy Windows Through the Ages
Recent Meanderings King Island Slasher The Art of the Joyner
My Changing World On Apprenticeship Stanley: One Hundred years
Hammer Drills HPL Sydney T & M Woolley Sydney - Australian Planemaker
Gauges: Marking, Cutting, Slitting The Skill of Sharpening
Venice Turpentine On Venice Turpentine

TOOLCHEST # 30 December 1993
TOOLCHEST # 30 December 1993 [Contd]
Collecting Old Hand Tools, talk by Frank Ham Bill Strids Edward Preston Collection
Colonial Office Patents in Early NSW, Bob Crosbie My Collection - Raymond Lord
Kiwi Magic - Spiers type plans made by George Fraser Lie-Nielsen Planes, John Larkins
More on What is a Handtool?, Ken Turner - lots of small machinery illustrated Tools in Private Museums- Sorrento Hardware Museum, Doug McIver
Timbers we use - Oak, Colin Goldberg Dragon's Blood, Graham M Thompson
TOOLCHEST # 29 October1993
TOOLCHEST # 28 August 1993
Handles, Linseed Oil and Other Things, Doug McIver Gregory Steel Products - talk by Jack Ellis
A Winning Attachment - The Humble Nail (History of Nailmaking), Nigel L HMS Victory, talk by Ship Modellers Soc, Vic
TOOLCHEST # 27June 1993
Painting and Decorating, History
Old Tools - talk by Jim Stockton Mont de Lancey, historic pioneer property in Nth Wandin
The Victorian Blacksmiths Assc.
Preston Horse Collar Measure, Bill Strid
Drawknife and Shaving Horse, by Alan West Tuckpointing, Nigel Lampert
The story of Stone Masonry, Gabe Bognar Carbonate of Soda for Rust Prevention, Nigel Lampert
Axes in Australia, by Paul Wilkins
TOOLCHEST # 26 April 1993
What is a hand Tool - Watson Cutter Restoration or Conservation - talk by Alison Wain, Chief Conservator, Museum of Victoria
Molasses in Action - Gabe Bognar & Val Quanchi Plastering - History of the use of Plaster in building, Ancient, England and Australia
What is a Kale Pot?, Ken Turner The United Patriots Rational Benefit Society
TOOLCHEST # 25 February 1993
The Edwin Budding patent Lawn Mower, 1830 pat
Reg Eaton & the Brass Framed Brace
TOOLCHEST # 23 October 1992
Action at High Grange 13/3/1860 Violin Making - Nigel Lampert
What is a Hand Tool The History, Development & Dating of English Moulding Planes - Richard Davidson
TOOLCHEST # 24 December 1992
Visit to USA - Frank Ham (Mercer Museum)
HTPAA Incorporated in September Mediaeval Craftsmen, Tradesmen & Other Workers (Tradenames)- Pt 3. Watson
My New Collection - Preston - Bill Strid - NZ Sharpening Stones - Alex Jenkin
Australian Tools Collection - Inauguration
TOOLCHEST # 22 August 1992
Carpenter's Framing Square, Improving the - Doug McIver Tool Collecting in Queensland - Two Rare Finds - John R Brown - Cox Mitre & Norris A5
TOOLCHEST # 21 June1992
Shot Towers - Nigel Lampert
Mediaeval Craftsmen, Tradesmen & Other Workers (Tradenames)- Pt 2. Watson Plain Furniture - Alan West
Brickmaking - The Hoffman Kiln - Nigel lampert A Remnant of the Ind Revolution - "The Exhibited Machinery (International Exhibition )of 1862" - Ken Turner
The Australian "HYTEST" Racing Axe - Val Quanchi Abrasives & Sharpening Stones - Val Quanchi
Australian Tools - Percy Nichols, Hobart
More on Saw Nibs and Molasses
The Sandusky Centre-Wheel Plough Plane - Laurie Lewis
TOOLCHEST # 20 April 1992
More on the Saw Nib Formation of a Sydney Group - by Henry Black
More on Molasses
Sharpening Saws - meeting report from March 1992
TOOLCHEST # 19 February 1992
Second Annual Tool Sale
The Kirkham Connection - collection of trades tools in Geelong Ken Roberts lecture on English Braces & other Tools
The Mediaeval Tool Chest - Watson Cutter Mediaeval Craftsmen, Tradesmen & Other Workers (Tradenames)- Pt 1 - Watson Cutter
Roof Work in Lead - Nigel Lampert (Lead Tools illustrated) The Art of Brickmaking: Some Historical Perspectives - Nigel Lampert
Roofing - Pitched & Flat Roofs, with illustrations of Lead roofs and tools Interesting Find - Carpenter's New Guide (1793) Peter Nicholson
Australian Tools - Sidchrome, Timber gun, Durham, Plane Works Fitzroy Australian Tools - Timber Splitting Gun
Restoration of an old Mortising Mathieson Machine., illustrations
Molasses in Tool Cleaning
TOOLCHEST # 18 December 1991
TOOLCHEST # 17 October 1991
Routing Planes - talk by Watson Cutter Stanley - 50 years in Australia? - (since 1971 as Stanley)
Roofing - The Magic of Slate. Illustrations of Slating Tools, methods of laying, sizes, etc. - Nigel Lampert The Craft of Thatching
Australian Tools - GMB Melb Basic Tools - The Froe
Cane Collection - someone who knew him The Empire Marketing Board
Millers Patent Plough & Fillister Cane Coll'n - Caine's Registered Mark
TOOLCHEST # 16 August 1991
TOOLCHEST # 15 June1991
Log Numbering Hammer by C McIntosh, Kyogle, NSW
Woodcarving Tools by Colin Goldberg
Tiling Pt 3 - Roofing Tiles Early Melbourne Hardware Trade, Story by Arthur Marsham
Spear & Jackson 1937 Catalogue, photos of S & J Plane Tiling Pt 2 - Wall Tiles
Cleaning Tools by Terry Butcher Caine Report
Aust tools GBM Melb, Robert Henry Pearce, Kingsgrove, NSW Aust Tools - GBM Melb, Falcon / Pope Planes, Catalogue photos
Adept Chamfer Plane Pat Pend no 2994/70, and Pat 34580/71
TOOLCHEST # 14 April 1991
TOOLCHEST # 13 February 1991
Tiling Pt 1 - The Australian Mosaic Tileworks, Melb
Coach Building Pt 4 - Tramway Cars & Equipment Caine Tool Collection - Probate Valuation
Australian Tools - William John James (Pat 15443/20) TOOLCHEST # 12 December 1990
Joiners Tools available in Sydney in 1820 Coach Building Pt 3 - Coach Joinery - mentions woods used - Tulip Wood, Rosewood, Kingwood, Harewood
TOOLCHEST # 11 October 1990
Australian Tools - The Original Plumb - W N Plumb, Sydney
Australian Planes - Alanware, E. Kennedy, Melb
TOOLCHEST # 10 August 1990
Coach Building Pt 2 - Railway carriages & Wagon Bodies Coach Building - Pt 1 - lots of illustrations of Coach building tools, hardware & plans
Australian Makers - Adze by T. Aitken & Sons, Sydney Moulding Planes - Design & Construction
Australian Planemakers - brief history of Falcon / Pope, Turner, Stanley / Titan, Mac Tools & Proto Tools Moulding Planes - Development of the Wedge
British Railway Compant Badges Moulding Planes - Types & Classification
TOOLCHEST # 9 June 1990
Moulding Planes - Restoration - lots of illustrations
Wheelmaking Pt 2 - Machine Made Wheels - lots of handtools & machinery illustrated Australian Planemakers - Aitken & Sons, T B Linley, Pope, Falcon, Turner & Stanley
Wheelmaking Pt 2 - Hand Made Wheels Australian Planemakers - Carter Tools - history of Carter Tools and list of Planes made
Australian Planemakers - Adept
TOOLCHEST # 8 April 1990
TOOLCHEST # 7 February 1990
Ken Roberts lecture - "Tools for the Trades & Crafts"
Ken Roberts Gulf Station - History Wheelwright - The Craft of the Wheelwright
Stanley Toolbox of the World - incl some trademarks and rare Stanley Planes Wheelwright - Timber of the Wheelwright
Caine Tool Collection - Catalogueing Wheelmaking Pt 1 - incl lots of illustrations on wheelmaking
Caine Tool Collection - Tools at Polly Woodside Australian Planemakers - List of Known makers as at April 1990
Caine Tool Collection - The Story of Thomas Caine Historic tools on display in Bendigo at Sandhurst Trustees
TOOLCHEST # 5 October 1989
TOOLCHEST # 6 December 1989
The Adze
Dating Stanley Planes
Pioneer Skills of Australia, Alan West Leonard Bailey - Plane Pioneer - incl lots of Bailey Plane illustrations
Sleeper Hewing - incl illustrations of sleeper cutting tools Caine Tool Collection - the move from Ripponlea
Caine Tool collection - Contents of Tool Box -> 4 pages of handwritten list Caine Tool Collection - Tool Box # 2 - List of Contents
TOOLCHEST # 4 August 1989
TOOLCHEST # 3 June 1989
Tale of an Old Smoothie, Tony Derrett Violin making with Raynor Beilharz
Foundry Work - extensive article incl. Green Sand Moulding & Bench Moulding International Wood Collectors Society, Jock Watson
Caine Tool Collection - TS Caine's Will Stone Tools from 31,000 years ago
  Man & His Tools - A Force for Change, Watson Cutter
TOOLCHEST # 2 April 1989
TOOLCHEST # 1 February 1989
Caine Tool Collection Disston # 10 Imperial Saw tool - instructions for use
Coopering - Art of the Old World Disston - Setting & Swaging Hammers
Coopering - The Noble Art of Cooperage - Lots of Cooper's tools illustrated Disston - How to set & File Cross Cut Saws Disston - Cross Cut Saw Files
Spotswood Pumping Station Museum Bookcase Plane

Back copies of the Tool Chest are available from the Secretary HTPAA

 

Next Tool Sale

The next Tool Sale is on Sunday 9th July 2017 9.00 am to 12.30 pm at St Anthony's Parish Hall 164-168 Neerim Rd (corner Neerim & Grange Rds), Carnegie
Melway Ref. 68 F4 or see the map here. For more information see the Tool Sale page.

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