Tools that came from my great grandfather.

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Blog entry by GregP posted 08-16-2010 04:48 AM 2006 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are all tools that came from my great grandfather, I’m a fourth generation woodworker and when my great grandpa died a lot of his tools got spread out between my grandpa, my dad, my uncle and me. Some pieces also “disappeared” I’m awfully curious about some of the things I ended up with. A lot of the big things like the lathe are self-explanatory but I’m very curious about the history of these items, many of them are unmarked or minimally marked so it’s hard to tell. anyways here’s what I ended up with. I hope you guys enjoy looking at old tools!





The following is probably my favorite, it’s a No 7 jointer from 1939 in virtually unused condition. It still has the receipt.











I have no idea what the following thing is, it didn’t seem to have much in the way of markings except it seems to have 3 different owners of the items names stamped in to it. including my great grandfathers. (He stamped his name in everything)










The following hammers seem to have no markings at all.




Have several of these saws, this is the biggest one.



This is a mortiser for the drill press.






I use this one all the time









Thanks for looking guys, hope you enjoyed and if you have any information on any of these items I’d love to hear more about what they are.

-- Greg P, Washington State,

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#1 posted 08-16-2010 05:04 AM

Those are great. The long handled chisel on steroids is called a “slick” Timber framers and boat builders use them. They are essentially used as planes without borders.

That red devil sanding pad brought back some memories. My dad had one and I hadn’t thought of it in decades until seeing it today.

That #7 Jointer is pretty amazing for its age. Looks brand new.

I really like the Disston thumbhole rip saw. One of these days I am going to find one. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 08-16-2010 05:07 AM

Those are some nice tools.

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#3 posted 08-16-2010 05:08 AM

The big chisel looking item is called a Slick, used by timber framers to clean up the joints, if you need another one go here:

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#4 posted 08-16-2010 05:35 AM

That is an excellent tool gloat. The hand tool lovers among us will almost certainly enjoy the planes. The thing that is most interesting to me is the Yankee Drill Driver Kit that appears to be complete with all of its bits. That’s a pretty good find. If you don’t know how, find someone that knows something about saws that can properly sharpen it. If you get it sharpened up properly and learn to use it, you may find yourself grabbing it instead of your power saws. I have a collection of them and make regular practice of using them.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#5 posted 08-16-2010 06:03 AM


Thanks for sharing your inheritance with us! You might find some information on the power tools on this website.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 08-16-2010 06:29 AM

It’s nice to see stuff that was made when folks cared about quality.

There’s a lot of people’s lives wrapped up in the manufacture and use of those tools when you think about it…

Thanks for sharing… I really like the sawdust on the Boice Crane!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#7 posted 08-16-2010 07:11 AM

I too have inherited many tools from my grandfather. You have a fine group of tools, especiall the delta power stuff. My grandfather took the time to show me how to use them and sparked my interest in woodworking. Now I work out of his old shop, using his tools. I wish that I had a picture of him using his tools and shop to hang up in my two shops. Thanks for sharing.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#8 posted 08-16-2010 11:31 AM

This will be your favorite tools, they will bring you a smile each time you bring them out, and you will remember where you came from.
I made a blog on the yankee screwdriver, how to make a bit holder, you can check that if you plan to bring it into life.
Good luck,

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

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#9 posted 08-16-2010 02:09 PM

stunning,drool,etc what a niice collection and remmember there is more tools coming your way
but hopefully it will takes years before they arive

and the long ironpiece with an od in one end and flat in the other looks like its one of them
you use to wrack stones up with from the ground
what it does in a carpenters toolcollection I have no idea, undless he also was a DIY- man

and the ball-pen hammer is quet common here in europe there are in different size and is mostly
used by mechanics, blacksmith, and diy people that does work in thin metal to driv the metal into
so if you ever want to make a inlay-plane with dovetails between sole and sides you will have the right
tool to peen them together

the axe in picture 13 cuold have been used to mark those trees that has to be feld but I´m not sure

picture 10 looks like a marking gauge

the long wide cheisel is a slick , used with two hand grib, NO MALLET DO YOU HEARE

and for those tools you have in boxes make another box where it can bee in so you don´t
destroy the originalbox for collecters it ads a bunch to the value of the tool and its funny to ceep it

and your saw isue , learn to sharpen them, Lie-Neilsen has a great DVD about it, it ain´t that hard to learn

hope this help you a little
and good luck with them


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#10 posted 08-16-2010 05:01 PM

Oh Man, Love that #7 plane, looks to be in very good shape. I once had an Ewing hammer like you got ( leather handle ) It was great, but it disapeared twice. Came back only once.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#11 posted 08-16-2010 05:41 PM

Thanks guys, I really like using the planes and it’s nice to learn about all these tools. I’ll definitly be checking out that blog,mafe.

-- Greg P, Washington State,

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#12 posted 08-16-2010 05:56 PM

Checking out your treasures I found a few of my own in there. Don’t see much in the way of rust and pitting. Great. A sharp handsaw will be a blessing. don’t have to power up a big saw. I don’t personaly care about “antique” I care about quality and function. If you have the time to go to swap meets etc. you will find the history. They were made when steel was made here.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 08-16-2010 06:11 PM

Man, what a nice bunch of tools and machines. I can only imagine how proud that you must be of those tools since they were your grandpas.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 08-16-2010 08:01 PM

Greg, that #7 is amazing! Not a sight one sees easily anymore. The #78 looks basically new too. Don’t worry about the sudden green glow…it is just me…;^)

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#15 posted 08-16-2010 08:46 PM

How wonderful for you to receive these really great tools with a family history behind them. You gotta love the fact that he knew good tools when he saw them and took care of them. Your slick is in great condition and these are actually very useful tools. I wish I had one.

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

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