Misc. Shop Stuff #49: Another Connection to the Past

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 12-08-2014 03:57 AM 1331 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple of years after my uncle saw fit to send of few of my grandfather’s tools home with me, an aunt visited today with a very special gift.

It’s a Stanley #103 block plane, one that was her father’s plane (my grandfather); the same that ran a cabinet shop and used the saw, sandbags, M-F eggbeater, etc. that are each in my shop. Why the orange color? To tell his tools apart from anyone else’s, my dad says. The color is a dead giveaway, as we have an alum. string level of his in a hand-made case that’s painted the same color. Guess I know where my Shop Style Guide tendencies originate.

With no sharpening at all, it was able to edge pine. Needs honing, of course, but using it was thrill. And it’s an older one… How can I tell? It has a certain trademark that I recognized…

Guess I know where my SW tendencies come from, too. :-)

That’s all for now, and as always, thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#1 posted 12-08-2014 04:50 AM

Smitty, I’m always torn that I never wanted my grandpa’s WW stuff until years after the fact. Always intend to try tracking some of it down if ever possible. It’s always great to keep that visceral connection to the past through the living artifacts that help define it. I think that’s a draw for most of us with the old tool obsession. I didn’t personally retain a large portion of my own connections, but what I have I certainly cherish. It is beyond doubt that those things you have are in great hands, thanks for sharing!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#2 posted 12-08-2014 05:11 AM

Great to hear. All I have is a framing square and a pocket knife from my grandfather to pass down to my son, but I’m lucky to have it. He has a couple medals from ww2 Id be proud to hang on my wall. Maybe one day.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 12-08-2014 05:44 AM

Smitty, I have a 103 that my dad gave me many years ago. It may have belonged to my granddad at one time, I’m not sure. It’s a sweet little plane and I’ve used it a lot over the years. Congrats on reuniting with yours. Family heirlooms make the best tools.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#4 posted 12-08-2014 09:38 AM

Great to have these family keepsakes and even better to enjoy using them on a daily basis.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-08-2014 12:08 PM

Nice to know it has gone to a good home Smitty. Did you restore that Millers Falls No.2 or were you lucky enough to buy it like that?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 12-08-2014 12:42 PM

That is nice Smitty, Out of your vast Stanley collection that plane will probably mean the most to you.

-- Putty

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#7 posted 12-08-2014 01:06 PM

Great story and pictures Smitty. There is nothing better than using tools from the past and putting your new ideas to work with them. Thanks for sharing it.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#8 posted 12-08-2014 01:06 PM

Andy, the #2 was also my grandad’s. That’s the way it came to me.

Thanks, everyone, for the comments. Bob, very cool re: your #103. The plane just may be a bit underrated; first impression is that it fits my hand well, I like the adjuster and the weight is just right. This one just may be a ‘regular’ vs occasional user.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#9 posted 12-08-2014 01:48 PM

Very cool, Smitty. Like Jake, I would love to be able to track down some of my grampa’s tools. He was a farmer, but I remember him always refinishing furniture. I was young when he died and had zero interest in woodworking, though, and I believe all the tools have found other homes. Super cool that you can have these AND use them.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#10 posted 12-08-2014 01:59 PM

Never knew about the tools my aunt and uncle had. Dad had several, so maybe it’s a couple dozen pieces now that we have between our two shops.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#11 posted 12-08-2014 03:53 PM

Pretty cool to have that connection to the past. The tool definitely got a great new home.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 12-08-2014 04:51 PM

very cool, Smitty!
Priceless IMO.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#13 posted 12-10-2014 08:21 PM

Perfect. :-)

-- ~Tony

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