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Offline Art Rafael

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Miniature Tools
« on: June 01, 2013, 09:26:46 AM »
I had meant to post a comparative scale pic.  Ralph



I'll get this posting procedure figured out yet.  Ralph

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Re: Miniature Tools
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2013, 12:59:59 PM »
Wow those are dynamite Ralph!! Did you make them?
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Re: Miniature Tools
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2013, 03:15:40 PM »
Thanks Scottg.  Yes, I made them for my collection.  They are hardened steel with walnut handles, and they are good and sharp.  Ralph

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Re: Miniature Tools
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2013, 10:59:30 AM »
Thought you might appreciate this set.  Ralph


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Re: Miniature Tools
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2013, 11:06:14 AM »
This hand router is one of my favorite. pieces  Ralph


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Re: Miniature Tools
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2013, 10:26:13 AM »
Fantastic isn't enough of a word for these.   Beautifully finished tools in any size. 
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Re: Miniature Tools
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2013, 11:09:12 AM »
Thanks John.   Here's a hand full.  Ralph


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Re: Miniature Tools
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2013, 12:29:13 PM »
Wow what fun!! I can't tell you how delighted I am to see these! 
 How long have you been at this Art?
  Do you belong to any clubs and/or go to the tool shows?

How come this is the first time I have seen this lovely stuff?
I know John Maki and Pauly Hamlers' stuff like the back of my hand.
Not too many serious miniature toolmakers around.

 I only found out about Hillary's wrenches a couple years ago though. And now you show up!!  :)
 Minimakers unite!!! 
     yours Scott   

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Re: Miniature Tools
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2013, 02:15:20 PM »
Thanks again Scott.  I'm glad that I found this forum -- was just surfing the web searching for ideas.  I've been studying your web page and enjoying it thoroughly.   Have been at this on & off since I was a kid but more seriously the past 20 years or so and even more seriously since I retired lately.  I have not joined any formal groups (don't know any) and don't get around much -- except on the internet, and haven't found much there, so I tend to keep my head down and work to challenge myself.  I don't think that I know Hillary.?  We have been on the same wavelength.  Thought you might appreciate the following pic.  Ralph


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Re: Miniature Tools
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2013, 03:07:31 PM »
You can search on here for Hilary Klein and you will see posts talking about him. He made miniature ( 4 - 5 inch) working copies of 76 different patented adjustable wrenches. Hilary stopped making them a few years ago as he is in his 90's and his eye site is getting to bad for him to continue. Jim Keats is another miniature wrench maker. Both guys made/make from 6 to maybe 12 examples of each wrench and sell them. Hilary is best known of the 2 and some of his wrenches have sold for over $1,600.00 ea in tool auctions.

By the way great stuff you make. I also enjoy the show and tell here and I have peaked at you other pictures posted on the other site mentioned in this thread.

There is another gentleman I believe someplace in the mid West that also make detailed miniatures that rival Paul Hamler. I can't think of his name at the moment.

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Re: Miniature Tools
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2013, 03:23:17 PM »
Thanks for the word.  I did a search here for Jim Keats and Hilary Klein, and nothing turned up.  Can you please give me a little more help to find them?  Ralph

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Re: Miniature Tools
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2013, 03:26:28 PM »
Anyway, another pic from the archives.  Ralph


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Re: Miniature Tools
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2013, 03:43:43 PM »
Just a weathered light rust/WD40 mix patina.

Offline Art Rafael

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Re: Miniature Tools
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2013, 04:37:24 PM »
Recently I stumbled on to a tool that I decided I just have to have in my collection.   Ralph





After what seemed like a long time build and several reworkings:




A couple of comparative scale views.  I do specialize in miniatures.









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Re: Miniature Tools
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2013, 02:09:08 PM »
A pair for the well dressed machinest.  Ralph