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Great Grandpa's tools #2: Tool Chests frozen in time

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Blog entry by fumehappy posted 05-14-2013 08:22 PM 1395 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’d like to share these with everyone. I was able to snap some quick pictures today of my great grandfather’s tool chests. Both of these haven’t been touched much in the 50 years since he died, if it all. Judging by the layer of dust on the one with the two saws in the lid, i’d go with “not at all”. He sharpened handsaws in his older age. When he was younger, during the 20’s I believe, he worked at a shipyard in the Hudson Valley and as a house builder. Someday, I hope to inventory the contents fully.


there is approximately 100 saw files in a large bundle underneath the sledge. The canvas roll, which I had hoped were chisels, in fact were auger bits.


wentworth improved pattern saw vise


either rosewood or lignum vitae pulley, probably from an old sailing ship.


Additional Saws elsewhere in his old shop


moulding planes that were stuffed in the attic for some reason… they followed me home 3 years ago :)



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fumehappy

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#1 posted 05-14-2013 09:00 PM

Just a quick note that nothing in these chests is for sale… I’m presenting the pictures as a reference.
Thanks!

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Brandon

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 09:14 PM

What a treasure you have there! I hope you get a chance to use some of the tools and, thus, pay homage to your great grandfather. Thanks for sharing.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 09:51 PM

Wow! I agree you really have a treasure there. That would be so cool to have tools that your ancestors used.

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 10:26 PM

I remember my grandfathers basement. I was a boy when I last had the pleasure to go there. When he died, I really have no idea what happened to his tools and other treasures. I can ell you that I am a bit envious of your find. A treasure indeed.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#5 posted 05-14-2013 10:37 PM

Great treasures. Do you plan to use any or just keep ‘em for sentimental reasons.

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

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#6 posted 05-15-2013 03:05 AM

I plan to keep all of them for sentimental/inspirational reasons. The intention is to use some of them when the time comes. Due to family politics, I won’t be able to take possession of most of what’s pictured for quite a while. It seemed like a good idea to document what I could, while I could. I was gifted one large tool chest (not pictured) three years ago that contained a Stanley #7 and a Sargent 409. Unfortunately at that time I didn’t think to take the saws too when they were offered.
And yes, that hanging backsaw is as nice as you think it is. :D

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#7 posted 05-15-2013 09:37 AM

Oh how wonderful! I certainly hope you get through the polotics and get to obtain all. And then restore then to very usable prized possesions.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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