|Project by David Craig||posted 11-25-2009 03:43 PM||3666 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I helped a friend of mine, a couple months ago, clean out his wife’s old house in Flint so they could sell it to Habitat’s for Humanity. Up in the attic of the garage (a place his wife never visitied) we found some old tools that were extremely rusted. One of the previous occupants was a handyman and there were a miscellaneous amount of odds and ends. My buddy was just going to toss some in the trash and I asked him to save me anything he didn’t want. So I was given an old tool box with a few items in it. I picked up some naval jelly and a bottle of brasso and went to work.
I am a big history buff. I always liked old things so this was a big treat for me. It was a combination of tools, history, and archeology all rolled into one. Couldn’t ask for a bigger kick to my day. I know that some people frown on intense restoration. I agree that there is beauty in leaving wear and tear as they are and that it is sometimes a shame to take that history off the tool. But I also hate to see a good tool wasting away and there is something about holding a tool that had been touched and used by hands from the past that speaks to me.
Enclosed are pictures of the toolbox, an old Stanley combination square, and a Pexto chisel. The toolbox was obviously homemade. I washed it with Murphy’s oil soap a few times to get to the grain of the wood. Not sure what I will use it for yet, but I will think of something. The Stanley square is a no.21. The patent on the tool is from 1917 and the logo (hard to see I know) was only used until 1918 (Thank God for Google :). So this might actually be one of the first editions. Not really worth anything, but nice to know. Kind of a neat tool, the slot down the center is because the square doubles as a bevel gauge. My current 12 inch combo square is one of the Johnson plastic models. I haven’t picked up a Starrett’s. There was some pitting on the blade but I worked it to a nice shine and can read the numbers on it. The square is of a quality that is definitely not seen on average these days and will probably start using this instead of the Johnson. There is a Pexto chisel and gouge in the collection as well. The blades on both are very strong and still have a sharpness to it, even though it was in an attic for a couple decades.
I only posted these items because I know this is a woodworking site. There were some interesting monkey wrenches from the early Ford days and some shoe cobbling tools. I am still cleaning some items but I thought I would share what I found so far. If anyone wants me to post more of my findings, woodworking tools or otherwise, please let me know.
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.