|Forum topic by realityinabox||posted 10-05-2015 03:38 PM||1334 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
10-05-2015 03:38 PM
For as long as I can remember, my dad’s garage has been the home of a relatively modest set of woodworking power tools (band saw, table saw, router, etc). He is a part-time power tool hobbyist who is more into carpentry than fine woodworking. I’ve always dreamed of getting into woodworking, but have lacked the time, space, and funds to setup a big power tool shop. I recently graduated college and decided it was time to pick up a new hobby. Over the summer I started delving into the world of hand tools, a world that I’m coming to have a deep appreciation for, but a world that my dad doesn’t full understand. He is a few hand tools that he never uses (cheap chisels and a dull block plane) but knows very little of the types of tools that don’t scream and spew dust.
I was visiting him yesterday when he mentioned that he has “some old wood carving tools” in the garage. I think to myself, “Eh, woodcarving? I guess I can feign interest, but woodworking is what I’m really interested in.” As I follow him out to his garage, his story changes and my ears perk up. What started as “carving tools” are not describes as a “router of some sort”. It takes him a few minutes to find it in a box under some clutter on a lower shelf.
Imagine my surprise when he pulls out a Stanley 45 without a part missing. It even has the original irons! It was covered in dust and has a bit of rust, but it should clean up beautifully. It turns out that it belonged to my great-great-grandfather, who apparently was a professional woodworker. I had no idea that woodworking went that far back in my family, so I’m still in shock that such a gem would emerge from the dusty shelves in my dad’s garage.
The best part is that I’ve been keeping any eye out for a combination plane recently, but didn’t work to fork out the cash on eBay just yet. Now I have a priceless (to me) Stanley 45, passed down direct from the original owner, my grandpa’s grandpa. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it all, and can’t wait to get off work and start cleaning it up!
Edit: Here is a photo I took yesterday with my phone.
-- Steve, GR, MI