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Forum topic by JAGWAH posted 01-27-2010 07:49 PM 1149 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2010 07:49 PM

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When my Dad passed away many years ago there wasn’t many of his tools left about. His illness motivated him to sell most things and keep oddly others. He was a carpenter like his Dad and his Dad’s that were Dad all his life, so no wonder what I do for a living.

Of the things left he chose not to sell was a duct tapped box no one noticed. I even ignored it while loading up my truck the day of the funeral and heading home.

Inside the box I found this plane. No markings, missing a front knob. But the care he went to, to make this box and protect this plane is interesting. He wasn’t a fancy carpenter. He built houses, super’ed large city projects like schools and police buildings. He could do fine carpentry and build cabinets when he wanted. But he liked to build fraidy holes, pour, place and finish concrete. He bragged how he could get a “diamond finish.”

So finding this box the way it was showed it was a special plane to him, for good work. I’m not sure it’s of much value other then sentimental. I still keep it in the box. Waiting for him to yell at me what I did with it.


-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#1 posted 01-27-2010 08:34 PM

It still looks good.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#2 posted 01-28-2010 12:20 AM

Surprising isn’t it. Duct tape is an amazing thing.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#3 posted 01-28-2010 12:32 AM

Thanks for sharing, I have two hand planes and some old tools that my brothers wanted to throw away after my Dad passing I decided to keep those tools as they were, like you said for sentimental, some time I just take them in my hands I feel like we are touching hands.

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#4 posted 01-28-2010 12:51 AM

I don’t have any of my dad’s tools. He only had a sew basic ones on teh farm. Most of them went with the farm sale. His John Deere tractor and saddle were a little big to store and of little use in suburbia :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 01-28-2010 12:58 AM

To me, when I see this, I see a tool that belonged to somebody from a different era. A time when you bought an item once, and tried to respect and care for it. Now, I think we have moved to a time when respect for our belongings is lost. If something breaks, we probably don’t care or try to fix it. We throw it out and buy a new one. Mass retailers put so much stuff in front of us at cheap prices, we buy more than we need, and end up in “belongings overload”. As I raise a family, it becomes very difficult to teach value and appreciation of simple things. Our culture pushes bigger, better, newer…

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#6 posted 01-28-2010 01:16 AM

That is a nice looking plane. I am sure you father used it quite a bit in plying his trade. I am also sure your father would be proud that you are getting some use out of it.

My father also was a third generation carpenter but he never really had the patience to build fine furniture. I have some of the cabinets in my shop that he built for our home when I was a child that are basically plain pine boxes. They aren’t pretty or fancy but I would not get rid of them for anything.

I also managed to get a number of his hand tools that he used during his days as a rough carpenter. Again, like his cabinetry, they are not fancy but they are functional and will do the job. Sure I could get better hammers and buy some LN planes to replace the Stanley #5 and 7 that he used. But I just enjoy the feel of these tools give when I use them knowing that he once held them as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 01-28-2010 01:20 AM

I’m guessing that the plane is a Stanley block plane. They’ve been around forever, and many carpenters would have had one for quick “tweaks” on whatever they were building.

It looks like the duct tape is holding a thin wood box together. Would your Dad have made that box, or could it be the original packing box?

My Dad didn’t leave much in the way of tools, but I sure wish I could have figured out a way to keep his D2 dozer. He retired from the Operating Engineers in ‘85, and when Mom told him that he couldn’t hang around the house all day, he bought the D2 and started doing little dirt jobs. Within a few months, he was having to beat customers off with a stick so he didn’t make more than his SS would allow.

When he died in ‘97, my brother and I found boxes filled with worn out screwdrivers that (we guessed) he planned to sharpen and reuse. We also found two cigar boxes filled with keys. We wondered what ever happened to all the locks they had fit. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#8 posted 01-28-2010 01:28 AM

Sawkerf, Those are probably keys to job locks. I have collected quite a few in the last 40 yrs myself. I threw out any that I didn’t have a lock that it fit.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 01-28-2010 01:44 AM

It’s nice that you have that old plane.
It is a link to your heritage.

My Dad was in Tool & Die, and most of his tools were machine shop stuff.
I have some things of his & I wouldn’t part with them for the world.

Everybody who has stuff like this knows exactly how you feel.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#10 posted 01-28-2010 01:53 AM

I still have a chaulk box from my dad. It is the only tool i have of his, as most of his stuff got stolen right after the funural. I hope to have a lot of tools for my boys when I pass, as well as a lot of memories of us working the wood together.

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#11 posted 01-28-2010 02:13 AM

Dennis, that sounds wonderful! Keep those memories alive in those boys. I have, and it still warms my heart. And mine all all grow’d up!

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#12 posted 01-28-2010 03:04 AM

Thanks guys and gals. Yes he did make this box out of thin lauan, no nails, no glue just duct tape. And knowing him he pulled this out to tweak mitres and knock just a bit off doors. He was a mean old fart at times but like most everybody he was my mean old Dad. I didn’t get much of his meanness but I sure got a lot of the rest.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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