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Forum topic by BlasterStumps posted 06-19-2017 11:50 PM 359 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BlasterStumps

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06-19-2017 11:50 PM

I bought an old Stanley plane at a yard sale the other day. It had some initials scribed into the side and then someone took something like a nail and tried to scratch the initials out. Doesn’t work but they worked hard at trying anyway. I ran that side of the plane on some sandpaper but could see real quick that it was too deep to mess with so I let it go.
I’m not saying a person shouldn’t mark their tools but wish there was a way for tool owners to do it that wasn’t so damaging. Like a dye spot or something that only shows under blacklight, etc.
Anyone care to share their ‘secret’ marking system?

Mike


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#1 posted 06-20-2017 12:01 AM

I started out back in the early 70s and then I engraved my SS# into every tool. Now every time I find one I haven’t fixed yet I have to grind it off. In the age of computers you can’t use anything revealing for an ID. I have a symbol I use as a signature on my woodworking and engrave that on all my tools now. As for someone else having a hard time because of my mark, that’s the idea. When I’m gone and someone else owns my tools they can decide what to do with the marks, and no reason they can’t just use my mark as their because I wont care.

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#2 posted 06-20-2017 12:35 AM

Maybe send the nuts to be plated in gold? Silver? Chrome?

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#3 posted 06-20-2017 12:41 AM

Actually Dan your symbol has your initials and we have the same initials so I think you’re supposed to send all your tools to me. That’s how it works right?

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#4 posted 06-20-2017 01:23 AM

I’ll note that in my will, Dave! ;-) My widow will appreciate all the money you send her.

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#5 posted 06-20-2017 01:32 AM

Personally, I don’t mark my tools. Since I only took some my tools out of my shop twice, I haven’t felt a need to mark them. I am thinking about attending a wood working school sometime in the near future and if I do go, I definitely will mark them. But for now, no markings.

For my used tools that have previous owner markings, they really don’t bother me. I consider them to be historical marks and add to the “patina” of the tool.

-- Mike

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#6 posted 06-20-2017 01:37 AM

Mike, you probably wont need to mark them for the classes, people who attend those schools aren’t the type to steal someone elses tools. Your worry should be who breaks into your shop when you’re not home! I worked 38 years in field service and never had a problem with theft from job sites, but had my truck broken into 4 times over the years.

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#7 posted 06-20-2017 12:25 PM

Dan, I hope that will be the case. Hate to think theft in that environment would be possible by fellow classmates. But after 23 years in the army, I found that you just never know. At home; I am good. Dogs, security system, and Smith and Wesson keep the homestead safe. 100% safe? Probably not, nothing is ever 100%, I think. Where there is a will… :)

-- Mike

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#8 posted 06-20-2017 12:41 PM

I bought some fluorescent orange tools at a yard sale once. Granddad had a construction company and he painted all of his tools with the hideous orange paint so that he could tell at a glance all that was his.

Took a lot of soaking and scrubbing to tone those puppies down.

On a fonder side, my PawPaw inscribed his initials on all the tools he had. I like it that way. He even went so far as to inscribe their toaster , vacuum and other appliances.. :)

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#9 posted 06-20-2017 01:01 PM

In the tool and die shop, quite a few tools were bought second hand. If a toolmaker takes care of a top end tool there’s usually life left after he retires.

The appropriate way to deal with previous owner marks was to simply make your mark next to the previous owners. That way if someone sees you using “George’s” tool, he won’t think of that tool as being stolen or gotten in an illegitimate way. He notes George’s mark and yours, and knows the tool was passed on appropriately.

Having previous owners marks scratched out screams “stolen”.

Mark

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