Garage sale tool box find
I was driving through the neighborhood on the way to work when I spotted this large yellow box sticking out from under a folding table at a garage sale. I usually don’t stop at garage sales but….
something about this box made me pull over.
As I was looking at the box, a man in his fifties came over and said, “Go ahead and open it if you like. It belonged to my grandfather.”
It was handmade out of tight grain pine and wrapped with right angle metal edging which was secured with little brass screws every two inches. Inside, it had two long thin pull out drawers on top with interesting brass hardware for locks.
As I opened each drawer, I could tell my heart rate was increasing.
This box was full of woodworking tools and hasn’t been touched in years.
I looked deeper inside and could see a time capsule of tools lightly covered in dust. There were two Bailey jack planes, a Stanley block plane and a No. 43 rabbit plane with the fence still attached.
A small rabbit plane, a disston 10 pt. hand saw, a small 16 pt. hand saw, a brace and set of auger bits, an egg beater style drill brace, a 2 ft. wooden level, plumb bobs, files, a scraper sharpening jig with a file, folding rule,
a scratch awl, a unique yankee screw driver, Stadler mitre and combo squares and straight squares made of rosewood and brass.
Lots of small things too like a cool pocket knife, nail sets and a punch with his intials.
I’ve decided I’m going to clean up the tools and refinish the box and keep it together as a set.
I could tell the owner really didn’t want to sell it.
I think I might bring it back and show it to him when I’m done.
He would like that.
-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.