Great Grandpa's Tool Box

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Blog entry by Chuck posted 02-27-2012 07:34 PM 1649 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the weekend I got my Great Grandpa’s tool box. It has 2 wooden planes in it, and 4 saws. 2 of the saws were his, one of them was his dad’s and one was my grandpa’s.

One of the planes has “Boston Navy Yard Oct 1870” stamped into the side of it.
The other plane is a Scioto Works plane that from a quick search through the internet looks to have been made between 1893 and 1907.

More pictures and story can be found on my blog

-- Chuck,

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#1 posted 02-27-2012 07:52 PM

what a treasure it’s cool enough to have tools of that era ,but the fact they belonged to you great grandfather makes it a 100 times more valuable to you and your family .

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-27-2012 07:55 PM

Thats awesome Chuck! Like a lot of folks around here i too have inherited some of my grandfathers and great grandfathers tools when he had passed away. For me they have always been a good reminder to me in the shop of what he stood for in my eyes and what an inspiration he was to me. Im sure that the tools mean a great deal to you as well, treat them with respect and theyll give you generations of happiness as wel

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 02-27-2012 08:41 PM

A great thing has been entrusted to you. I have some family tools from other centuries and I treasure them. they are something those people used and maintained and I plan to do the same. I have used many of the tools. My wife asks me if I don’t want to hang them on the wall. Yes but I need to used the tool the unhappiest tool in the box is the one that never gets used.. I ask myself what would my grandfather want me to do with this tool? Enjoy and thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 02-27-2012 08:50 PM

It’s wonderful that you will have these. What an heirloom.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 02-27-2012 09:16 PM

congratulation with the tools
and being the protector of them until next generation take over
you´ll need to ask your father to give his saw to the box since you can´t have a broken line :-)
idea maybee wuold be to make a little note (book ) of who owned what at what time
and why ….. for the next generations to see

thanks for sharing


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#6 posted 02-27-2012 09:41 PM

Thanks for all the comments guys.

Dennis: Thanks on the idea to ask dad for a saw to put in the box. I plan on getting small brass tags to go on each tool marking who it belonged to.

-- Chuck,

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#7 posted 02-27-2012 09:42 PM

I like the brass tag idea you mention in your blog. I’m sure your great grandfather would be proud knowing your restoring and using his tools. I hope he’s watching.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#8 posted 02-27-2012 10:34 PM

Wow, that is great congrats!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 02-27-2012 10:37 PM

These are wonderful family heirlooms.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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