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!