Rob, my Canadian friend, made a comment in another "glass" thread about he wasn't sure why I would need glass for sharpening hand tools.....so I thought it was my duty to show him why I do need glass.
First, today, LOML (the Glassman) and I went to the Habitat for Humanity store in my town (don't know about your town) where they have all kinds of used furniture/building materials, and sometimes brand new stuff donated by different building material companies. We go by there all the time...
So Glassman spied out this nice piece of 1/2" used glass with beveled edges for $4. He told me that if I bought it new from a glass shop, I should expect at least $50.
And then here is why I need the glass.
I'm not sure in what order these photos will appear, but basically there are 3 new (old) planes, + one I found a while ago, 2 photos of the same one and one photo of 3 lying down, and one photo of the new (old) glass.
The first 2 are Stanley I think, and the big one which has 2 photos is Hellstedt. Please note that I stood them up for the photo without the blade touching anything but otherwise I keep them *lying down*, and the 4th plane which is currently in pieces was photographed standing up a couple of months ago when I didn't know any better.
I was hesitant to post these photos earlier because I thought some readers might get bored with seeing me acquire a lot of tools for an *empty* shop. LOML found these in a box we opened while unpacking. Not sure where they came from...an old boyfriend or husband I guess.... .... but they appear to be in perfect condition (for their age). They were carefully wrapped in cloth and wool socks and are coated with some kind of ...oil? And razor sharp.
So here are the 3 new-to-me ones, + I've got the one that LOML gave me that's still in pieces in a bag, but unrusted. I posted a photo of that one a while ago.
One more thing: Glassman said I could use granite just as well and it's less fragile. He said in his experience, machinists use granite to "indicate vises etc." whatever that means. He said he'll get a "machinist surface plate" for about the same price, and it would be less fragile.
Rob!!?? Are you there????