|Forum topic by adamclyde||posted 345 days ago||998 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
345 days ago
Christmas came really early this year. I have been building out my shop since buying a new house and told my dad I’m interested in learning more about how to really use hand tools. So yesterday, he showed up at my house with a drawer full of tools I’d never seen – tools he had from when he was an apprentice cabinet maker prior to becoming an accountant. He said the last time any of them were used would have been 1964, and even at that time, most of these were quite old.
As you can see in the pictures, there are some neat ones here, though in need of some TLC. I am really new to hand tools, so would love some thoughts on a few of these. As far as I can tell, here is what I have (going roughly clockwise in that top picture, starting at the top):
The cool thing is, those three wooden planes were given to my dad when he finished his apprenticeship in the 50s by an old Jewish European immigrant who came to California following WWII, after surviving the holocaust. I have no idea of the age of the planes however.
Except in the case of the jointer plane, I’m not sure how much regular use these are going to get in the shop, but I can’t wait to refurbish each as best I can to try and get them back into good working order.
Not a bad start to my hand tool collection, eh?