The modern carpenter or cabinetmaker is accustomed to doing everything with power tools. However, his professional ancestor had to make due with hand tools for everything. Yet, they still produced incredible quality furniture, cabinetry and finish carpentry work.
It is hard to find many examples of antique woodworking tools today. Much of what was used in those times was made of high-carbon steel which rusts easily. People who owned those tools left them behind to their families, many of whom didn’t realize the value of what they had. So, what tools did exist have mostly been lost.
However, one can occasionally find excellent examples of antique woodworking tools. Although they may be rusty, that rust cleans off, leaving the tool looking and working like new once again.