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Forum topic by JUC posted 03-31-2013 12:47 AM 1579 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2013 12:47 AM

My parents are coming for a visit in June and just informed that they are going to give me both of my grandpas wood working tools. One was a cabinet maker the other built their home. I have no idea what all I will be getting as my parents do not know one tool from another. I do know they will be a wonderful addition to my shop. Some will be old wood tools from Germany. I feel like a little kid in a candy store. Will keep you posted.
Thanks for reading,

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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#1 posted 03-31-2013 12:50 AM

Nothing like inheriting the family tools!

Seriously…make sure you get stories to go with the tools. That’s what makes them all the more special!


-- "We're always ready to circumcize a few 2x4s," - Uncle Bill

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#2 posted 03-31-2013 01:51 AM

I second that. The connection to your grandpas through their tools is something that will be with you every time you use them. My grandfather’s been gone 18 years, but he’s with me every time I step into the shop.

-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE

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#3 posted 03-31-2013 01:54 AM

I inherited a few things from my grandfather (mostly clamps). Nothing really special or unique, but I think of him every time I use one of them.

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#4 posted 03-31-2013 01:57 AM

I can’t agree more, I have a few tools that were my grand fathers, my fathers, and my wife’s grand father.. they are without a doubt my favorites to use.. Can’t help but think of all the good times had with each of them whenever I pick one up.. I have a couple old wooden planes from my Grand dad, and I look for reasons to use them.. just think about you making something with a tool that was used for the same purpose 70 80 plus years ago.. My grand dad lived to be 97 so I know I have tools from him that are well over 100 years old.. the best part is knowing that someday my grand kids will be using them as well.. what a better heritage to pass down to future generations than the ability to craft something out of wood… makes ya all fuzzy and warm inside.. Papa

-- Papa...

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#5 posted 03-31-2013 02:05 AM

I have my Grandfathers hammer and long level, same a woodworker59. Always reminds me of all the fun things we did and made in the shop.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 03-31-2013 02:19 AM

I have a Stanley No.3 in it’s yellow box, 3 shillings and 11 d. Brings a smile to my face every time I pick it up.

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#7 posted 03-31-2013 12:15 PM

Yes keep us informed!!!!pictures tooooo..!!!!!


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#8 posted 03-31-2013 12:24 PM

We’ll be watching with anticipation.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 03-31-2013 02:17 PM

That’s a wonderful surprise to look forward to.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 03-31-2013 05:23 PM

Hey Charles, EE74 here!

-- Steve in Richmond, VA

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#11 posted 03-31-2013 11:57 PM

Neither of my grandfathers had any extremely nice woodworking tools, but I do have some pieces from them that are memorable in their own way: an old GLF axe and fencing pliers, heavy steel framing square, a beat up rusty tool box, a Stanley Handyman plane, a nice old Irwin chalk line, a work table made from an old desk and heavy oak slabs. My dad also gave me his father’s set of Audel’s Carpenter’s books from the 30’s.

I can’t find the word to explain the feeling of working with tools my grandpas used. It’s just a good feeling. I hope you feel the same thing!


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