The Old Made New #1: From There to Here (but written there... got it?)

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Blog entry by Jurg posted 10-19-2008 06:10 AM 1026 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, its finally (almost) done, I have moved 90% of all the woodworking tools that I inherited from my grandfather and his father from my grandmothers place to mine (writing this in her living room, hence the ‘written there’ bit). This is more out of pride and honor than bragging, but this includes a bench top drill press (Durocraft) a 14” bandsaw (Power Kraft), a bench top grinder, and two lathes, one wood and one metal, both from Montgomery Ward/Sear Roebuck. Then there’s the hand tools. Turning gauges, tri-square, angle gauge, hand planes, hammers, mallets, you name the category, there’s at least one tool in there from the family. It’s all made its way to my humble basement workshop, save the two lathes, which need to wait for a truck. More on that later.

I’ve already done a bit of work at home with some of the marking tools at my side. Our family has a fair number of furniture pieces that were made by my great grandfather, including my farmers kitchen table. It’s humbling and joyful all at once to be able to see this tool that was at his side now at mine. I can’t wait to use the rest of these tools especially the planes and the bandsaw. But all in due time, I need to clean these things first! Lots of surface rust, brass tarnish and dirty wood, but the few pieces I’ve already tackled have cleaned up great.

So, as I sit in my grandmothers living room (hence the written here bit) I’m thinking of all the things that need to be done to bring everything up to snuff, and I’m just itching to start!

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#1 posted 10-19-2008 01:29 PM

You’re gonna have to show us some pictures!

I look forward to seeing the projects that come from this.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 10-19-2008 06:27 PM

I’m with WB…can’t wait to see the before and after shots. Good on you for bringing these old tools with family history back to life.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 10-20-2008 05:15 AM

How great it is, that these tools were pasted on to the next generation to use and enjoy like these men did.
Thanks for posting.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 12-13-2010 05:40 PM

Well, I’m very late in my posting the latest in the tools journey, but I did indeed move the last of the family tools into my shop. I ended up letting go of one or two, a metal working lathe in need of tlc and a user better suited to that craft, rather than me relegating it to small time woodwork, it is now being used by a father and son who do metalworking together, a fitting home. The proceeds went into buying a Rikon Mini vs lathe, which suites my needs perfectly. And sadly the bandsaw had to go due to water damage and requiring lots of time to get back up and running. But all else resides in my shop, and almost all has been put to good use. Last Christmas I was able to give some woodworking gifts, and this Christmas will see more of the same. I should post pictures, they aught to tell the story better than my words. I’ll end up posting some of the tools, and some of my work. Critiques are always welcome!

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