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#1 posted 03-13-2014 02:58 AM

It’s a stanley no 4 copy by Bob-Jac. Don’t really know much about it other than it was the paternal grandfather’s. It’s interesting in that the sides of the casting aren’t milled, only the sole. No stamped part or anything so it’s a fairly honest copy. Chip breaker needs flattened, some gaps let chips in, but other than fixing that I have no plans to “restore” this one. Gonna let it live it’s life as is to hold to the memories of the man who wielded it for a time. The other is one of his 60 1/2’s. The man had a serious shop with some serious equipment before he passed on. Unfortunately I was in my mid twenties when that happened, so at auction I had no knowledge or desire to try and keep more of his stuff for myself, only got some of the leftovers after my own father passed a year later. Hard Loosing both of ‘em so close together (only been 5 years).

So I’m glad you can connect with yours now with him alive. No regrets, but I certainly wish I coulda picked both of their brains more while they were around.

Also my dad’s craftsman TS in the pic. I think he had aims to follow somewhat in his own fathers footsteps but just never got around to it. I can’t remember ever seeing my dad use that thing and my mom thinks she bought it for him just before I was born, so in the ‘80-82 time frame.

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