Old Toolbox - They're Still Out There!

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Blog entry by Phil32 posted 12-10-2018 10:19 PM 1152 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I want to introduce you to my grandfather’s toolbox. He was a fine carpenter some years ago. Among his skills was the repair and tuning of pipe organs (you know, some of the pipes are wood.) He also did cabinet work and interior trim – maybe other crafts that I don’t know about.

Grandpa died a while back – actually in August, 1941 (!) The toolbox went to live with my dad, stored in a shed in his back yard. About that time I had a chance to look through its contents. The box is set up with trays and partitions. There was a section at the bottom for hand saws, and the larger hand planes. There was a nice brace with a couple of fitted boxes of auger bits. There were smaller hand planes and chisels. On and on. . . Grandpa had taken good care of his tools.

When my dad died the toolbox went to live with my oldest son, where it resides today. Like me, woodworking has been a hobby rather than a profession for my son, but he has treasured those tools.

No, they’re not for sale, and I’m not disclosing where they are. I just want to tantalize you with the thought that

”They’re still out there.”

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#1 posted 12-10-2018 11:46 PM

Nice little piece of family history, there. Cool tools and box!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 12-11-2018 02:01 AM

That is a great heirloom. It looks a lot like one that I once restored and described here.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#3 posted 12-11-2018 06:27 AM

Yes, ChuckV, perhaps identical.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#4 posted 12-12-2018 02:48 PM

That chest looks like one the a skilled craftsman would have. It’s great that your son also got the tools that went with it. I’m leaving my tools to my grandkids and I hope at least one of them will appreciate and use them. They are a great connection to the past as well as a family link.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-14-2019 06:07 PM

What a treasure to have in the family.
Looks like a man who lived by and cared for his tools, a man of my heart.
Thanks for showing us this.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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