I know that its been a while but ive been busy working aorund the house and working on a coffee table for my father for Christmas but here is the latest installment of “The Slippery Slope”.
I started this blog with the anticipation of chronicalling my slide down the slope toward becoming a Galoot, or at least a wannabe Galoot, but it has taken kind of a funny turn. Yesterday my grandmother unfortunately passed away after 88 years on this Earth. She’s found her way upstairs to be with my Grandfather once again where im sure right now they are making macoroni, Pop is sipping a glass of wine, and Gram is listening to Harry Belefonti.
Ive always adored my grandparents, my grandfather especially, the both hold a very large piece of my heart and have taught me many life lessons that cant be read from a book or learned in school. So with a bit of a heavy heart tonight i present to my firends here at Lumberjocks with a toolbox in memory of both my grandparents.
Sentimentally, this toolbox is filled with all of the life tools i have been taught by generations past. The devotion of family, the need to return a favor, the importance of a nice gesture, and the strength one must posess to roll with the punches and live life to the fullest.
My grandfather wasnt a woodworker, he was a heavy equipment mechanic, but my great-grandfather was a carpenter and at one point in time he worked at the local lumberyard. I found this toolbox full of glass tools, mostly glass cutters and whatnot. Where they came from and who’s they were im not sure. All i know is that at one point in time it was Pop’s and it sits right underneath the television in our den to remind me of all that has been taught, and what i can do to teach others what has been so gracefully bestowed on me.
So now that all the sappy stuff is over .. here’s the toolbox!
I didn’t do too much to the toolbox.I took all of the brass hardware off, give it a good bath in WD-40 and a good scrubbing with a scotch brite pad. The box itself got a quick hand sanding with some 150 then 220 to get rid of the grit and grime that was all over it after probably 75 years in a basement. A coat of poly and paste wax and that was it.
I hope to pass this toolbox down along with the other tools from Pop to the next generation and can only hope that i can fill a toolbox up for someone else. Wishing everyone here at Lumberjocks a wonderful holiday and a great new year!!
-- "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