I just got back from 3 weeks of vacation in Florida. Sunshine, sand in my shorts, relatives…what more could I ask for? I sort of cut the cord technology wise so missed out on all the action here on lumberjocks. Fortunately I didn’t have to go through tool withdrawal as well. I didn’t do any woodworking, but my father passed on a to me a collection of tools that he had from cleaning out my grandfather’s winter home when he passed away more than a decade ago.
Florida air seems to be pretty hard on tools as most of them were pretty rusty. The ones that weren’t rusty seemed to have survived thanks to a thick coat of grease/oil.
There were several tools that I wanted to add to my collection up North so I boxed up a bunch of them in a Postal Service Flat rate box and sent myself a care-package. I didn’t want to try to explain chisels and dividers in my carry-on bag at the airport.
1) Broadhead carving gouge.
2) Innards to a Jacobs Chuck that may fit one of my Millers Falls Hand drills.
3) 1″ Dasco beveled edge chisel – Dasco is not a brand I am all that familiar with but this chisel dates back to at least the 1940′s and has an historical connection that I’ll detail in a separate post.
4) 1/2″ Witherby Firmer chisel – a well respected name. Some fool mushroomed over the socket a bit by hitting it with a hammer…. grrr I can fix it.
5) An awl that I believe is a Stanley with a number on the handle that may read 1203, or 1208. Anyway, it is a nice length and comfortable to use.
6) Stanley Rule & Level Co bevel gauge with the thumb lever lock. I’ve been after one of these for a while.
7) Starrett dividers – old and a bit pitted from rust but perfectly useable
8) Starrett drill and wire gauge
9) Craftsman 6″ steel ruler
1) Old Screwdriver, the little brother to #2
2) This old screwdriver beside being solid has the best wooden handle I have ever felt. I kept it for possible duplication.
3) Regular driver bit for a Yankee Drill
4) A scrappy little nail/staple puller in need of a handle
5) This unmarked screwdriver has a triangular handle that I find really comfortable and thought I might want to use as a model.
6) This tiny old hammer is for my son. It is a well made cute little hammer with no name on it.
A handful of only some of the many files and rasps in my Grandfather’s tools. These cleaned up and sharpened well in a bath of white vinegar overnight.
Last in the box was a new Crown cutting guage (a gift from my brother-in-law) and a package of Disston coping saw blades. A sad reminder of companies now gone.
So these tools were lucky enough to became part of my workshop and i am lucky to have them. A little bit of cleaning and handling of the tools prior to packing them up was just what I needed to keep from going into “old iron withdrawal”.
Source: Old Tools Passed On
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