Thanks Dad.

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Blog entry by Shawn K. posted 02-18-2011 06:05 AM 1506 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This could start as a tool gloat, and really should be, but will eventually become a project.

Because I can’t seem to write briefly, succinctly, or other synonyms for short, I’ll just go with it. I’ve mentioned before that my father was the one who inspired me to woodworking. It was something he did to either save money, to make money with restored antiques, or to repair things around the house with a bit of flair thrown in for good measure.

Over the years he collected tools through trade or the rare purchase new. Woodworking continued as one of dad’s hobbies until six years ago. Two days after my daughter’s 2nd birthday dad had a stroke. Despite rapid response from emergency personnel, and the administration of the clot breaking drug, it hit him hard. The first two weeks after the stroke we didn’t know if he’d live. But he survived, losing the use of the left side of his body and his speech.

Dad is tough, and stubborn though. Through the years he’s moved from a walker, to a cane to a shuffling walk on his own without assistance. He can manage single words in response, and occasionally surprises us with a sentence every now and again. This summer he turned back to wood turning as a hobby, and is quite capable turning pens and other spindle works with one good left hand and his right hand holding the tool on the rest.

This last weekend dad made a decision about a few of his tools that he cannot safely use anymore.


His Rockwell 4” 7 130 Jointer. The motor is good, the belt needs to be replaced, and the drive shaft is bent or the pulley is on crooked, it’s going to be a bit of work to get this beast back together and functional.

But then there was this:

I just need to replace the blades on this one…and get it on some sort of stand, and find some room for it.

But the best part of it, to me was this gem.

It’s in great order, with very little rust. The irons have a patina on them, but are still sharp. This was something dad picked up as part of a collection, but used anyway. This to me is the true treasure. He used this before he ever thought of buying a router, he stored it behind glass when he wasn’t using it. He handed it to me with a squeeze on the shoulder, and the understanding that I get use out of it, and keep it in the family.

Once the shop is ready, I’ll have a cabinet for it and my other planes owned, or yet to be purchased. I can guarantee you, the door will be framed glass.

-- -- Never entrust power to those who desire it.

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 06:10 AM

What a great, amazing gift and legacy your dad has given you. I have seen my Dad’s health decline in recent years and dread the day he has to give up some of what he loves. I know you are cheriching these gifts and will trasure what giving them to you has meant to your Dad. Take care.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 06:21 AM

My dad survived a stroke several years ago as well – I am glad you are enjoying the blessings of a dad who cares for you and loves to create. It sounds awfully familiar to me.

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 08:02 AM

A tool that belonged to someone you know has something special about it. In you case I think it’s great that your father gave this to you , he knows it will be treasured.



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#4 posted 02-18-2011 08:33 AM

congrat´s with your new toy´s and you are right the plane is the true treassure here :-)
what modell is is a 45 or 50
and I´m sorry your dad has to fight with the consequence from a stroke but glad he at least is
cable of doing some woodworking eventhough it maybee not what he realy want
and I´m sure he give you the tools only becourse he know they will be taken good care of
don´t take squeeze on the shoulder for what it seems to be he just didn´t know how
to express how sad he was to give up the plane and at the same time telling you how glad
he is to handle it over to you
good luck with the tools may they serve you well

take care

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#5 posted 02-18-2011 05:47 PM

Shawn, also congrats on the tools, but they will always mean more than just a tool gloat. Everytime you use them, your dad will show up, either in your mind or heart. I am sure your dad knows how much you will care for them. So do him proud. Glad to see he is progressing too.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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Shawn K.

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#6 posted 02-19-2011 02:23 AM

Thanks all for the comments, sounds like this bunch understands exactly what I was getting at. Dennis, that is a Stanley 45, and only seems to be missing one iron. I’ll make sure to find a reason to use with every project, once it’s been cleaned up.

-- -- Never entrust power to those who desire it.

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Gene Howe

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#7 posted 02-19-2011 02:45 AM

A beautiful story about a beautiful man.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 02-19-2011 03:35 AM

I´m sure you dad can show you how it shuold look like
or can show it to you from one of the old catalogs there is on the net
I know the 55 had 99 iron´s I think they are shown on this site
maybee you can hunt it down or make one yourself

take care

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