Shadow Box for early 1900's Family Tools.

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Project by Ken90712 posted 11-07-2016 04:05 PM 2414 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My dad who is a woodworker as well, sent me a batch of family air loom tools. These beauty’s date back to the early 1900’s. I was super stoked to get them and make a new shadow box for diplay. I spent Sunday in the shop making the shadow Box from wood I had lying in the shop. I actually did flat work and didn’t turn on the lathe, lol.

All the tools were made in the USA and are solid. I almost didn’t put the drill in there and used it, as the gearing is amazing. So smooth and efficient. They just don’t make them like this anymore. Well some companies are but this was the norm back in the good olĂ© days is my point.

Thought I would share this the shadow box is nothing special, I think the tools steal the show. On display in the man cave. Enjoy.

All comments always welcome.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 11-07-2016 04:09 PM

Very nice sir

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-07-2016 04:09 PM

Ken, that is a really great way to display some wonderful family treasures. The saying that comes to mind is “they don’t make ‘em like they used to.”

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 11-07-2016 04:17 PM

Well done Ken! What a wonderful way to keep those tools. That drill does look pretty special with the gears and all. Not like the regular bit and brace that I am used to seeing.

I have an old tool chest of my grandpas tools that he used at his job doing construction/maintenance on an Air Force base. There is some neat old stuff in there!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#4 posted 11-07-2016 04:17 PM

I’d rather have these in by toolbox, but good job!

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#5 posted 11-07-2016 04:38 PM

Awesome job displaying those wonderful heirloom tools, Ken! Bet your Dad is proud of how you did that!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 11-07-2016 06:07 PM

Real nice display case, Ken!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 11-07-2016 06:26 PM

in my country said”i take my nose in the clouds”
your dad can be very proud with his son
very nice display you made Ken

-- bambi

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#8 posted 11-07-2016 07:08 PM

That is a good idea!

I have a few Family tools that have been handed down too!
... I should do the same thing…

Thank you for sharing! ... You did a great job making it!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 11-07-2016 07:12 PM


Looks like the tools I have from my dad! Had to derust many of them as my shop has really high humidity and I neglected them. I even have my neighbor’s tools from when I was a kid, and he was a carpenter.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 11-07-2016 09:19 PM

I received a hand drill similar to the one pictured from my FIL. It is old and rusty but still Sharp as all heck! I use it to this day!

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#11 posted 11-07-2016 09:24 PM

Thx for all the comments and support. I have to say when I walk out to the garage and see this it makes me smile. An important piece of history and the craftsman before me.


-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 11-07-2016 10:39 PM

That’s a great collection and a very proper and fitting way to display them.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 11-08-2016 12:25 AM

That is really a great display of old tools, Ken…I’ve had a similar thing like that on my wall ever since I built my shop…I have old tools, horse haims, horseshoes, tin cups (we used those drinking out of the windmill, water dippers,brace and bits, etc. All of these came from our farm, and my wife’s grandpa and her dad used them for many years…Like your’s all these date back to the early 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s….I really like the frame you built for them heirlooms, and I know you are super proud to have them….Thanks for sharing….Oh…and that green frame you see there…My mother-in-law gave that to me….It’s a gift certificate one free visit to Dr. Kavorkian’s office for consultation…lol.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#14 posted 11-08-2016 12:29 AM

That is so cool Rick Congrats Loos awesome as well. Great idea. When we move out of Southern California in a cpl yrs and I build my dream shop I’ll have room for something like this. Thx far sharing

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 11-08-2016 01:17 PM

Wow! An awesome collection and historical tools.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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