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Restoring grandfathers tools #1: Setting a stage

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Blog entry by Tugboater78 posted 05-29-2012 07:05 AM 1126 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have always aspired to do something creative. I love the challenge and the rewards of taking an idea and bringing it to reality using my mind, heart, and hands.

I grew up as a farmer, cattle, pigs, chickens, tobacco, milking to some extent as well. My papaw on my fathers side taught me those skills, as well as other things. My maternal grandfather was a handyman, businessman, and teacher. He taught me many different things. Repairing things around the house, fixing lawnmowers, and woodworking.

I used to hang out with him, when i was out of school, doing these things. He lived a couple hours away so didnt see him all the time. Some of my earliest memories involve us being in his small ga

rage refinishing furniture and or down the street working on lawnmowers at his friends garage. Sadly he passed on about 12 years ago, lost him to cancer.
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I have held a variety of occupations which have taught me a lot of skills. Farming, landscaping (college major), some construction, wholesale salesperson/delivery, and now tugboating (mechanic). Many other odd jobs here and there but I have always had a knack for fixing or creating things.

A couple years ago, after finally convincing my grandma that the tools in my grandfathers shop were doing nothing but falling apart. I grabbed up most of them and been slowly getting them back in shape. Bad part is that i dont have the room to store or use them all. I have been remodeling my house room by room but i lack a garage or outbuilding to have a shop. I have basement, but i am 6’1” and i barely can stand up between the joists.

A month or two ago i acquired a job to dismantle an old house for some friend of the family. This house is pushing 100 years old, and though the floor is about to fall through, all the lumber above the floor joists is solid. I worked out a deal that i would dispose of all the scrap, for the right to get all the lumber. So long story as short as i can make it, this lumber is going to be used to add onto my house and to build me a garage/shop. The ball is rolling!

This is just been a long ramble but i wanted to set the stage, so to speak.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"



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ShipWreck

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#1 posted 05-29-2012 10:39 AM

Looks like a great project Justin.

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#2 posted 05-29-2012 11:30 AM

recycled lumber for a wood shop. Way to go!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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canadianchips

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#3 posted 05-29-2012 12:04 PM

Recycling and restoring old tools !
I have enjoyed doing that for past few years.
Keep us updated on your progress. WAY TO GO.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 05-29-2012 02:12 PM

why ainĀ“t you dismantling instead of blogging …. LOL
great job on the restoring
looking forward to see the upcycling of the wood :-)

Dennis

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#5 posted 05-29-2012 04:08 PM

@ Dennis i would be dismantling but i live and work at the job that pays the bills. , on a boat 3 weeks at a time. Though i also get to stay jome for the same amount. I am released on “parole” next week, chompin at the bit to get back at it.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#6 posted 05-29-2012 04:09 PM

Doing all my posting via “smart” phone

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#7 posted 05-29-2012 06:22 PM

ok got it …. know it too well in earlyer lifetime

but I still look forward to see it up and going …. LOL :-)

just relax on the job so you are ready for hard work when you get home …. :-))))

Dennis

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#8 posted 05-29-2012 08:00 PM

Took the last 3 weeks home to remove the 2 yr old siding, remove all fixtures and plumbing, part of the electtical…got 4 of 6 rooms down to studs. Putting in 8-12 hr days for 28 days syraight.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#9 posted 01-21-2013 05:20 AM

been a long time, been a busy bee, old house is down. Looks like plenty of lumber to work with, though it took me all the months of good weather, so a lot of work is on hold. working on small projects, some storage projects, and furniture repairs being down during the cold winter months :) more progress to come…

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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