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04-18-2014 04:20 AM

I visited a client today for a consult on some outdoor upper cabinet units she wants built. I had a nice visit on a beautiful property. We disused rough plans and dimensions and I will bring her to the lumber yard on monday to pick boards for the project.

On my exit she asked if I could use any of this, Her dad is a 90+ year old woodworker that left this stuff in her garage. She was going to throw it away. Of course I took everything in the box without even looking at it.

Brought it back home and these are the contents.

2 sears/craftsman planes, a coping saw with about 20 new blades. A metal vice, which I will use on my drill press, and soo much more.

Here’s the older sears plane.

It cleaned up pretty well and the iron sharpened up surprisingly well for a bottom of the barrel scrub.

For an initial free consult to my client I never thought I would walk away with anything for free but this was a welcomed treat for me today.


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#1 posted 04-18-2014 04:33 AM

Maybe there is something there that you can add to her project, so she will have part of her dad in it.

-- Bryan, South River, NJ

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#2 posted 04-18-2014 05:03 AM


I’ve been trying to think about how I can add to the project with what has been given. Monday will tell more with her wood choice.

My first thought was the plane that I initially refurbished. What better way to give back? it was her dads. I might try to incorporate it into the final design.


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#3 posted 04-18-2014 05:34 AM

Anyone with more design oriented thoughts on how to incorporate the tools in my first picture into a rustic outdoor upper cabinet unit. Approx 10’ long by 14” deep by 33”?

Fish had a fantastic idea that I can’t pass up by giving my client a piece of her woodworking dad back to her.

Thanks Paul.

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#4 posted 04-18-2014 05:50 AM

What if you took some of the coping blades and do an inlay.

-- Bryan, South River, NJ

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#5 posted 04-18-2014 05:30 PM

Nice haul!

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#6 posted 04-18-2014 05:39 PM

With a big smile, simply ask her. it would mean more to here to know she had picked it out. Toss it around in a conversation, you might be surprised what might come out of the blue, and I know you would walk away felling better about the whole project,,,,,betch cha will !!!,

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#7 posted 04-18-2014 06:29 PM

Very nice deal. Cannot beat that…

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#8 posted 04-18-2014 08:48 PM

Get her a jam doughnut.She will like that.Jam doughnuts make great gifts but nobody ever thinks of them for gifts or even knows this yet.We need to educate the masses out there.Alistair ps hope this is helpful.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 04-18-2014 09:01 PM

A pat on the back to you! Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 04-19-2014 12:29 AM

We like old tools so we see the connection to the past generations of craftsman. Some people don’t have any of that fondness for old tools, even from their family. Now certainly offer, it’s a great idea, but if she was going to throw it away there’s a chance she doesn’t have the least bit of attachment to it. She may have other items that were of sentimental value to her though.

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#11 posted 04-20-2014 03:50 AM

Talked with the client again today, turns out her best memories were using a rasp and a file on table legs with her dad. There was one included in the haul that I got. (40 year old memories)

I’m using the one directly from her dad as a special inlay. I will purchase more and file them down to actually use as the cabinet door handles.

What turned out as a relatively mundane free cabinet quote has turned into a really special project for me.

Thanks for the comments and suggestions.


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