My Most Prized Christmas Gift...

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Blog entry by Maveric777 posted 12-25-2010 07:14 PM 1778 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just had to take a brief moment to share with my friends here on Lumber Jocks a gift I recieved this year for Christmas. Folk who know me personally can attest I don’t find myself lost for words very often. This Christmas I opened a gift that honestly choked me up.

As I mentioned in my latest project (Cornerstone) my Father In-Law has from the beginning supported me as far as my woodwork goes. He knew I have had a crazed desire to get my hands on some old hand planes, restore them, and use them as prized tools in my shop. I detest garage sales, yet I have frequented quite a few for planes with absolutely no luck at all. He always asks me how the search was going and told me he would keep an eye out for me.

Well, lets just say he most certainly did….

Not only did he find me two planes as to which was exactly what I was looking for. He had to throw a twist in it that literally blew me away. These weren’t just any hand planes … These where his Grandfathers personal hand planes. I now have the honer of restoring two beautiful pieces of my brides family history.

I don’t know about yall…. But for me… That makes these flat out priceless…

By far the most meaningful gift I can remember getting in a long time. I just had to share what in my eyes….. What Christmas is all about.

Merry Christmas!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 12-25-2010 07:18 PM


M e r r y
C h r i s t m a s !!

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matt garcia

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#2 posted 12-25-2010 07:45 PM

Very nice gift!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 12-25-2010 07:51 PM

you been good
santa was watching

and having him for father-in-law
sounds like a good way
to work with elves

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 12-25-2010 07:54 PM

Sometimes it not about the gift, but about the story it tells…
Absolutely awesome!

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#5 posted 12-25-2010 08:10 PM

that is absolutely priceless, what a great story and keep us up on the restore process and the final outcome.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#6 posted 12-25-2010 08:18 PM

That is wonderful, and after you restore them they will be family heirlooms for a long, long time to come. Congratulations on your wonderful gift and I know that you will cherish them for the rest of your life. :)

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 12-25-2010 08:39 PM

Nice gift Dan. I think Mastercard should make a commercial around the event.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#8 posted 12-25-2010 08:57 PM

That is such a thoughtful gift. You are lucky to have such an amazing family. I can’t wait to see them once you’ve done the once-over on them!

-- Eric, Seattle Washington - Sawdust Maker

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#9 posted 12-25-2010 09:14 PM

I’m sure these will occupy a special place in your shop and heart

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#10 posted 12-25-2010 09:17 PM

Warm Story on a cold day, Dan!!
Enjoy your “new” Planes!!

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

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#11 posted 12-25-2010 09:23 PM


That is just wonderful. What a blessing to be able to restore these treasures and then handle them for the rest of your life while creating your own treasures.

Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Merry Christmas.

-- “There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness'.” ― Dave Berry

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#12 posted 12-25-2010 09:23 PM

He seems to be a wonderful caring and interesting man… well done… I can only wait to see how to go returning them to their former glory…
BTW Merry Christmas to you and yours..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#13 posted 12-25-2010 10:08 PM

LOL :-) LOL :-) sorry for laughing with your father-in-law
he most have planed this for a long long time I realy hope he was there to see your jaw hit the floor
with a bang so there is a mark after it …LOL
what a priceless gift you had recived there , you better take your time to
make the restore right so he know he had done the right thing to pass them down to you
to care for them until next generation can take over the fammely tressures

thank´s for sharing :-)
Merry Chrismas to you and yours

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Jamie Speirs

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#14 posted 12-25-2010 10:13 PM

Dan that is a wonderful gift with such feeling.
You are a good man
It is a wonderful family you have.

Merry Christmas
To your family
from ours
Have a Guid Neerday

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 12-25-2010 11:24 PM

Hi my friend.
That is just about the most wonderful gift you couldent have dreamt of! Fantastic.
You are a lucky guy (so are your wife), and I know that they could not be in better hands.
Look forward to see the planes come back to life, and even the first shavings from them in your hands.
Is it a number five and a four?
Best thoughts and a merry Christmas to you and the family,

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

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