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Forum topic by Timbot posted 07-11-2009 07:33 PM 1464 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-11-2009 07:33 PM

I would say about 90% of my tools are inherited from family, ranging from literally a few days old to well over 50 years old. In my experience, the old adage ’ they don’t make em like they used to’ seriously holds true in most of these cases (my lovely but seriously beat up craftman 10” table saw cuts like a champ, but is over 50 years old!). How about you? Inherited or bought?

-- Timbot, So Cal

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Don K.

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#1 posted 07-11-2009 07:38 PM

Many of my hand tools (Planes, chisels etc)where given to me by my dad and grandma…they all belonged to my Grandpa.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 07-11-2009 08:25 PM

I’m old, my handplanes are older, but my power tools are mostly new. My first plane was a Stanley 220 that belonged to my Grandfather. I also have an American made no name block plane that I gave to my Dad when I was 11 or 12.

I have rehabbed and/or parted out a few older saws…the design technology isn’t as elegant as modern tools (ie: fence, dust collection, switch type/design, etc.), but the robustness, quality of the metals, and maching is generally much better on the older tools.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#3 posted 07-11-2009 08:28 PM

Seeing as my dad is alive and well at 80, he’s not about to part with his tools (even though I give his bandsaw the eye every time I visit). So my tools are 99% purchased.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-11-2009 08:40 PM

NO everything bought by me .My father “god bless him ” could not knock a nail in straight and was totally useless with tools etc.My father in law was the oposite but had very little tools none of any worth so I bought it all myself through sweat and tears,and despite having parkinsons I built my own two shops all the brick work laying the floor which I did in stages and the roof with help from my son and central heating which they told me a couldn’t be done and double glazing . I designed it all and built it and am very very pleased with it my shops one for wood and the other for engineering/machining mean everything to me apart from my home and family of course but I sleep eat and breath the workshops as it is now my only hobby.How about you guys? Alistair.

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 07-11-2009 08:57 PM

All bought.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 07-11-2009 09:12 PM

All the stationary machines are my g-pa’s(all from the 50’s & 60’s), but I bought the hand held tools(circ.saw, router ect).

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!

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#7 posted 07-11-2009 10:58 PM

I bought all of my power tools – My Dad was still around when I bought my first power tool, but I did inherit some of his hand tools. My Step-Dad (love that man) added my Dad’s woodworking power tools to his metal working shop. I also inherited some hand tools from my Father-in-Law, but with 3 brother’s-in-Law, I had zero chance of inheriting any of his power tools. I would say that my hand tools are about 80% bought and 20% inherited.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#8 posted 07-11-2009 11:03 PM

My Dad died a penniless drunk. I even gave back his Nazi flag he had captured in WW11 that was probably 10’ X 20’. He had given it to me before leaving for California. He gave all his medals to my brothers and sisters so they are not willing to share them with me. Their attitude is “you should’nt have given the flag back” I guess they are right. So what I have is either bought or bought.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 07-11-2009 11:56 PM

I think Jockmike 2 and I must be step-brothers!! :) I have a couple of tools that were given to me by my grandfather and I NEVER use them for fear of breaking them. I also have some small power tools (belt sander, drywall gun, etc.) that I inherited from my father-in-law. Everything else has been purchased. I should point out that I am a notorious cheapskate and “negotiate” for every item I buy. Personally, I think that’s fun.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#10 posted 07-11-2009 11:57 PM

I bought most of my equipment but have a couple of treasured tools from my beloved father and wonderful father in law . Just small things but important to me.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 07-12-2009 03:27 AM

Everything bought, but all used. It’s all the good machinery, the stuff that was made in America. Worth the repairs and upkeep, cuz they don’t make ‘em like they used to. At least not in the price range I can afford.


P.S. My father and grandfather have a few tools from my Great Grandfather, but they are not for use. Too much sentimental value.

-- I hope the volume of shavings one creates is directly related to the probablility of one's success, cuz if so I've got it made!!

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Paul C.

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#12 posted 07-12-2009 03:37 AM

My father could split plywood with a nail. He was an awesome dad, but a lousy handyman, so all my tools are bought. My father in law, bless him, has stolen some of my tools…..

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#13 posted 07-12-2009 03:58 AM

I have a few things from my grandfather. They would be over 80 years old. My radial arm saw came from my father.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#14 posted 07-12-2009 04:02 AM

Both of my Granddads were carpenters so I have a quite a few tools from both of them that I won’t part with. The rest I have bought new or bought from Garage sales and auctions.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#15 posted 07-12-2009 04:42 AM

All purchased but only one power tool new. Gotta love thoseyard/estate sales.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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