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SchottFamily

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625 days ago

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My brothers friend bought a hardware store and when they were poking around, they found an old Stanley router bit point of sale display case. Being a good guy, he grabbed it for me. I’m not sure what I want to do with it. I was either going to clean it up and use it as is or maybe customize it. I didn’t want to change anything with it if I learned that it’s older than I thought it was. I haven’t been able to find anything similar on the web and the only clue I have to it’s age is that the bits are priced between $1.90 and $2.80. Any ideas?

-- IZZZZZI BoB IZZZZZI


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#1 posted 625 days ago

HSS bits. Before carbide bits came to the consumer market.

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#2 posted 625 days ago

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#3 posted 625 days ago

lol True, but this looks to predate Amazon. If I walk into a big box or hardware store and pick up a single Skil straight bit, it’s going to cost me around $10 to $15. I only just started doing this, so I have no idea when you could get em for $2.

-- IZZZZZI BoB IZZZZZI

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SchottFamily

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#4 posted 625 days ago

lol – that’s awesome. I love where it says “It is as simple to operate a Hand Router as it is to take a morning shave.” Sure, maybe there was a tad bit more blood when I first started shaving, but I don’t think I agonized or sweat over each pass anywhere near as much as I did when routing.

-- IZZZZZI BoB IZZZZZI

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#5 posted 625 days ago

SchottFamily, That was actually expensive! If those are from 1960 and cost 2$, that would roughly equal 15$ in today’s money. I’d be pretty mad if I had to pay 15$ for HSS router bits :)

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#6 posted 625 days ago

I don’t know but I think it’s pretty cool to have those cases!

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#7 posted 625 days ago

+1 with fred.

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#8 posted 625 days ago

+t with whitebeast88

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#9 posted 625 days ago

+m with jap

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#10 posted 625 days ago

FYI, some facts/tidbits about the 1960s in America:

  • Population 177,830,000
  • Unemployment 3,852,000
  • National Debt 286.3 Billion
  • Average Salary $4,743
  • Teacher’s Salary $5,174
  • Minimum Wage $1.00
  • Life Expectancy: Males 66.6 years, Females 73.1 years
  • Auto deaths 21.3 per 100,000
  • An estimated 850,000 “war baby” freshmen enter college; emergency living quarters are set up in dorm lounges, hotels and trailer camps.

I think those $2 bits look like they would be $20 or more today.

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#11 posted 625 days ago

Nice antique but router bit/carbide technology has come a long way ie these bits are not likely to perform anything like good ones today.

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SchottFamily

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#12 posted 624 days ago

I don’t have the bits, only the case. I thought it’d be pretty cool to store my bits in (they’re all still in the various MLCS boxes they came in. The trays slide out the back on this display, and I thought it would be more efficient to have them slide out the front, but didn’t want to cut up the box if it was old – I was thinking it was from the 80s. I think I’ll leave it alone and use it as is. Thanks for the feedback, folks!

-- IZZZZZI BoB IZZZZZI

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