toolgloat #1: how it started

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Blog entry by Dennisgrosen posted 12-10-2010 05:09 AM 1649 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have over the year always talked about how great and fantastic possibillity
it is for you to have acces to fleamarkets and other places where it is possible to buy good used beautyfull handtools
more or less rusty but with a little albowe grease and knowledge is going to bee great users again
I have envy you alot when I have seen your toolgloats witsh has cost mee many green bulbs and keybords becorse of the droooling
and sometimes I have even been say I have a little gloat underway lately people have told me not to hide them anymore and its ain´t fair to talk about them with out showing them
well after it has been possiple for me to sneak the digitalcamera from the wife… ( I asked politly…LOL )
then I will make a little gloat serie if you don´t mind
all have been draged out from moving box´s and hidingplaces nearly forgotten over the last 11 years of house renovation

the first one in the serie isn´t so much a gloat but more to show how it all started back in the time
with tools I have been enherited , given as gift from the fammely and buying a house

the first pictures is what I have enherited from my father after he passed away a cupple of years ago,
not to talk bad about him but he realy shuoldn´t had been allowed to come near a tool ….but none the less he actuly with some help from many freinds and a big fammely build my parrents own house back in 1972 with out knowing what a hammer and level was….thats pioner-spirit if you ask me :-)

the levels from the housebuilding

the next one is a speciel knife he used in the garden one he had talked from my uncle that used it to grafting his abletree´s
and the brass tool with his name on was one he had get made to him of what ever reason becourse its a tool to open beerbottles with
and I have never seen him drink more than 4-5 beers a year

theese two cheisel is actuly were it all started i think the same summer my parrents build there house , I was on summervacation at my uncle and aunt and he had this lovely basement with a lot of different handtools a candystore to come down in for me
even today I wuoldn´t be able to tell you what half of the tools was used for and were, he was a real Diy-man a man of all trades sort of
when I was there that summer I got this werd thing over me I wanted to make a box to my mother as a gift and my uncle said
okay here is the bench and a 4×4 piece of pine ….build…...BOOOH I said and hoped he wuold show me how to and he did
proppebly the worst box ever made …LOL but it had small brass hinge and a brass hook as a lock and a tiny little room inside
not big enoff to have a pair of earings in , the room inside was made with theese two cheisels and the day I shuold home to my parrents he came with a little packet and said this is yours now hope you can use it
what a gift to recive 9-10 years old and not knowing a thing about how to sharpen , but over the years they have been used alot but mostly abused I can say now and for about ten years ago I did retire them (sort of ) they will be (when time come) in the corner of the cabinet were the few of my fathers and other gifts will have there speciel place
the last item is a handhold sharpeningstone I enherited from my father but placed in this picture becourse I know I had used it in my uncles basement many times to sharpen my folding knifes when he was alive.

theese tools is from my uncles son when he passed away toooo early same year as my father and I bought them cheap from the widdow ,
I just cuoldn´t say thank you to her when she asked if I wanted them she hasn´t so many money so I made an agreement with her
and they actuly got me started to thing more seriusly about this with woodworking again, I still remembered how it was back when I made a chair , a sofatable and a shelfunit beside all the small stuf in the school before I changed to R/c flying

don´t get mad at me when you realise what shape theese tools are in the cabinet behind them hadn´t been open since the day we was looking at the house before we bought it and has been buried in boxes since the day we moved in and opned just now for the picture .... so alot of restoring work in the future for me here…..a goood wintherproject with the rest of my new used tools

this Is the 80-85 year old bench I said to the women who sold us the house …well just leeve it there I don´t mind ….and she did…LOL
the short bench was a 30year gift from the fammely when I had a big party becourse I wanted to see the fammely
they had asked what I would like to have as gift .. and I said a big utillity bench that can hold up to DIY abuse…LOL
and now its my duaghters bench after it had serve me well 17 years

this picture shows a 45cm jointer I got one day from my local baker when I talked about L J to him….LOL
and the borringmaschine is one an old custommer of me gave me as a gift one night I drowe him and his wife home in cold night

and the last cupple of weeks some wood has crossed my road , a few halfpallets , an old tiled mahognytable at the dumpster
a piece of oak from some young carpenters and the mapleleggs is some I had laying around from a table that had a little accident
unfortunly the tabletop it self had seen the dumpster before I realised what had happen to it

that´s it foks for this time thank´s for looking
in the next you will see some real toolgloats

take care

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#1 posted 12-10-2010 05:18 AM

Thanks for sharing those stories. Great tools. Hope to see you use those molding planes!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 12-10-2010 05:29 AM

looks like you have some fun ahaed of you with cleaning things up and getting tools sharp…when i saw the picture of the bench….now that got me really excited…are you going to leave it as is…i hope so..dont think trying to clean it up will do it any favors…its a beauty just like it is…but im sure you know that…happy wood work dennis…this winter just might be the year it all comes together again…you better get some refill for your pipe jar…as i think it will take a few jars to get through all of this…...grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 12-10-2010 05:32 AM

Great stories behind the Tools. A little bit of memories come back every time you get to use or see them. You definitely have some restore projects for the winter.

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#4 posted 12-10-2010 05:48 AM

Wonderful Collection, Dennis, of tools and of history… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 12-10-2010 06:08 AM

You know me…i love the hand tools and it was interesting to hear the history. Nice collection you have there, been going to some flea markets myself, but can’t seem to find the tools i’m looking for… a lot of duplicates of the ones i already have though, you know how that goes, thanks for sharing.

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~

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#6 posted 12-10-2010 06:09 AM

Spunwood :you can bett those planes will see action with all the other I will reveal later :-)

Grizzman : yes the bench is very close to be restored as it is now its a bad build bench by an apprentice
that was in a hurry at the local shipyard I think but I love the bench as it is now and with applinece´s
I have to make it can be a usefull bench even thow its a little too short I think
and don´t worry I have an agreement with the local tobacodealer …LOL

Wseand : to bee a toolaholic deffently requier knowledge from old galoots to save tools and how to do it
but I like to see and hear a good tool sing again having the feelling of conection to old craftsmen

Mike : thank´s for looking

Woodsman : thank´s for looking and yes I know your passion for handtools just have a little patience
and they will come to you too just spread the word around what you are doing and remember
I´m geting close to the fifty´s I still remember how it was when I was younger

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#7 posted 12-10-2010 07:01 AM

Nice horned planes. I love any old tools. These are really good to see. Take care of them.
Can’t wait for your next gloat !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#8 posted 12-10-2010 07:29 AM

Canadianchips :LOL you know very well In December you have to bee patience :-)
but I can tell you the Little horned plane and the little coffinshaped is both very speciel
in the way that they both can be used as the last tool on every project you can imagine
nomatter what its made of…..........they are both bottle openers

so cheers

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#9 posted 12-10-2010 08:09 AM

This is the best tool gloat I have seen on LJ. If we are lucky enough to find nice tools at a flea mart, that is one thing. But when there is a family history to go with them, that is something very special and dear to a galoot’s heart.
Wow! The planes, hammers, bow saws, and the two chisels have still got years of use in them. And probably better steel that many of the new chisels you can buy today.
If this is just a teaser,I can’t wait to see the real thing. Be sure to include a tour of your work shop as well. It is always near and dear to us LJer’s to see and feel where you do your best work.
Absolutely wonderful old tools. You lucky dog you. Great gloat! Your Buddy, Rand

PS I like the wood gloat you slipped in here too. lol

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#10 posted 12-10-2010 08:29 AM

Very cool Dennis! I’m looking forward to seeing more.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#11 posted 12-10-2010 10:29 AM

Hi Dennis,
Congratulation on the close to be set up work shop.
I can see that you have the tools and the wood, so now we look forward to see some projects, unless you are going to become like me, making jigs, and tools for the tools…
Fine old tools with a history, and a wonderful toolcabinet to hang on the wall.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 12-10-2010 03:01 PM

Hallo Dennis,
Congratulations from me as well on making progress with your work space. Your older workbench is nearly exactly like the on I have had for over 25 years. Those planes are very special. I especially like hearing the stories behind these tools and what makes them special to you.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#13 posted 12-10-2010 05:05 PM

Very interesting photos, Dennis. I do have a few tools I obtained over 50 years ago, from my grandfather, when I was probably 15 yrs old or so….none are in use anymore. But I keep them around also.

I am on call this weekend, and I am into a tarball. It is the long overdue dust collection project for my TS, but it also involves a new splitter and guard system. I will get a few blog items out of it however.

12 deg F, -11.1 deg C at 0600hrs here in Anchorage. Hope old man winter isn’t being too rough on you folks in Aero.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 12-10-2010 06:25 PM

Nice Gloating !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#15 posted 12-10-2010 07:48 PM

I enjoyed this, you have a very nice grouping of tools to do a lot of different kinds of work. I really like your bow or frame saws. These saws, after you clean up the blades, fix the stringing, and sharpen them are very versatile saws. I couldn’t afford to buy one when I needed one so I made one from strips of maple and bought the blades (still had to sharpen the blades). The planes are very nice as well.

By the way you describe your tools you are very proud of your collection and you take care of them. Thank you for sharing, very nice.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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