Tools from past are shaping up well

SEE how century-old woodworking tools can be more effective than the latest gadget from a hardware store at a talk in Launceston this week.

Furniture maker Peter Collenette will on Thursday  delve into a chest at historic Franklin House to explain and demonstrate woodworking equipment dating from colonial times.

He said the large chest found among the Franklin House collection had more than 100 tools, many from the 1800s, and all were still useful today.

Included in the haul are a brace, or hand drill, with an unusual range of drill bits, and some ornate moulding and plough planes that did the job now done by routers and other electric tools.

``If you had a bit of wood and you wanted to cut a shape in it, you used one of these,'' Mr Collenette said of the planes.

``And it is only a couple of generations since quite a lot of these tools were in everyday use.''

Mr Collenette said he had similar planes in his Launceston workshop that he used when he did not have the right router attachment.

He said the talk would be a great opportunity to learn about old tools handed down through a family and to see how once-common equipment worked.

 WHAT: Heritage tool talk.

 WHERE: Franklin House, Youngtown.

 WHEN: Thursday, from 10am until 11am.

 COST: $10, includes morning tea.

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