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Blog entry by swirt posted 01-16-2011 06:44 AM 3188 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

-- Galootish log blog,

13 comments so far

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 07:00 AM

Very good collection. Good to see it’s still in the family. Maybe one day your kids ?

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 07:01 AM

Nice score of some Galootinous proportions. I used to live in Florida and along the coast, ferrous metals will rust quite easily if not properly protected in some way. I guess it is the salt in the air from the salt water. It looks as if there wasn’t any permanent damage to the tools. I’m sure you will be posting some pics of those chisels sporting some new handles. While you are at it, makes some handles for those files too.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 01-16-2011 09:16 AM

what is the best way to de rust tools like that…is there a perfect product to use..ive heard of naval jelly…but really dont know …any input….this is a wonderful display of some really fine tools…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 01-16-2011 11:59 AM

congrat´s with the inherited tools :-) a nice collection nothing is beter to use, the second best is homemade
enjoy the restore and use in the future
and maybee the 4th generation will use them too

Grizz :
there is evapro rustremover and you can see it used on Dan´s blog about how he restore some planes
you can also use the electrolysis metode or do it with Citric acid solution
hope this helped you

take care

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#5 posted 01-16-2011 04:38 PM

Canadianchips..One day my kids??? My son already absconded with the screwdrivers (he’s going through a screwdriver phase right now).

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 01-16-2011 04:46 PM

Grizz, the derust approach I use depends on the rust… if it is thick I remove as much scale as I can with a brass brush or new razor blade in a scraper. Then they go in evap-o-rust. When I was down in Florida, I didn’t have any evaporust so I picked up a little bottle of krud Kutter rust remover at Lowes…it worked fine too (probably similar to evaporust) but the quantity was too small to do much with.

Most of the tools in this select group were not too rusty so most of them only got a soak with WD40 followed by a detergent scrub and then re-oiling. The starrett dividers are the in the worst shape and will need a bit of careful use of fine wet dry sand paper to get them smoothed up..being careful not to obliterate the stamped in name on them (I’m a brand name hound for things like that)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 01-16-2011 05:29 PM

Doc you are right, I have a couple more chisel handles to make. The good part is that since I use a spring lathe, there is always an extra section of wood left over to leave room for the power cord. These “scraps” after they are cut off make good file handles.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 01-16-2011 09:02 PM

So wonderful old tools, full of life and memory.
Congratulation with the pack.
What is:
2) Innards to a Jacobs Chuck that may fit one of my Millers Falls Hand drills.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 01-16-2011 10:35 PM

The Southern edition looks mighty fine to me! My eye immediately went to the chisels. I have this thing for socket chisels…..

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#10 posted 01-17-2011 04:28 AM

Mafe, if you look at nearly any good quality electric drill, the chucks are almost all made by Jacobs or of a style that is attributed to Jacobs What I have in the picture are the three “teeth” and the connective springs that allow them to close equally spaced around a drill bit.

One of the two Millers Falls egg beater drills I have is missing the little spring that keeps the teeth evenly spaced. It is my hope that I can replace it with the leftover part from this Jacobs chuck. Not sure yet whether it will fit, but I am optimistic.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 01-30-2011 02:03 AM

That package of Disston coping blades sure caught my eye.

I can remember buying this package back in the 70s.
As an antique tool collector, I would consider keeping them in the package and not opening them.
They must be rare. (?)

If the package is open then I’d just use them.
Nice tools. I look forward to see what you do for the new chisel handles.

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#12 posted 01-30-2011 02:14 AM

Nice score!

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#13 posted 01-30-2011 06:38 AM

Unfortunately the package was already open. It also contains more blades than should be in there and some are definitely not like the others. This means somebody added other blades to it, and I can’t tell one maker from the next. I meant to look closer… and see if I separate them out and see if I can distinguish the disstons from any others.
The HK Porter Company moniker dates them to sometime between 1955 and 1978. Definitely not the Disston “golden era” but still interesting. I have no idea what their value would be.

-- Galootish log blog,

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