So after my last post, “Am I in trouble” (of becoming a Galoot), i have decided to write my first ever blog “The Slippery Slope” chronicalling my decent into the world of hand tools .. finding them, cleaning and restoring, and using. Im not sure how far this will go but here’s to givin it a shot ….
My grandfather passed away a few years ago and in the process of cleaning out the house i stumbled across all of the old tools in the basement. Mostly mechanics tools, he was a diesel and heavy equipment mechanic, but mixed in were a bunch of wood working tools. I had dabbled a little with wood working at the time and found i had enjoyed it, so i thought what better way to remember Pop than to have some of his old tools, clean em up and show em off.
This was one of my grandfathers planes .. or quite possibly my great grandfathers block plane. It’s an early Stanley #9 1/2 with a patnent date of 10-12-97 on it. Its not nearly 100%, the cheek is broken and missing the mouth adjustment lever but an heirloom to me.
Another one of my grand or great grandfathers hand planes. An early Stanley #18 with a split knuckle cap. Patent date Dec. 28 86 This one is in great shape but may or may not be missing the mouth adjustment lever.. another one that i hope to pass down to the next generation.
Welll fellow LJ’s i hope that you will enjoy my trip down the slippery slope …
-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty