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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 02-08-2021 04:27 PM 509 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m just musing here… nothing earth shattering.

I always look around on Craigslist, in the ‘tool’ category, just in case there’s something there I could use that is a steal. I’ve made a few i.e. an almost new Dewalt 788 scroll saw for $75. And it wasn’t hot!

For a long time I’ve noticed that a lot of people have ‘vintage’ tools for sale. Some of them are priced at an old tool that you might want price. Some of them are priced as antiques, expensive for what it is. So, they might be usable but you might want them just to have that old nostalgic tool in your shop. Often the old stuff, albeit nice to have just doesn’t cut it compared to a newer version. Then again sometime you can save popping for the expensive new one because the vintage one was well made and you can get it for a song used. Many of us have some old planes like that. Tuned up they are great. A new one of that quality today could separate you from some serious change.

When I look around my shop, and on my wonderful french cleat tool wall, I notice that most of them could be craigslit postings as vintage tools. I started woodworkng more seriously around 1976. And, I have upgraded a lot since then, Sawstop, worksharp, some chisels and such, but I’m still using the same smoothing and edging planes from then. My chisels were purchased from an old time boat builder in Camden, Maine who was retiring at 80 and had a set of nice long handle chisels he had use for years. So by this time I’m thinking, he had them maybe 60 years, and I’ve had them since I was 22 yrs old, so they must be easily 100 years old. BTW, they are well made and really hold an edge nicely.
My, Drill press, belt sanders, jointer, and a whole lot of hand tools are at least 44 years old as I set up shop in my early 20’s. New stuff has nice features but it’s hard to kill these old chunks of cast iron that came from when all you had was a Sears catalog.

So, this is what prompted this soliloquy, at this point in time is this. It’s for sale on craigslist for way too much. One very similar to it belonged to my grandfather who was born in 1889 and hangs on my wall, Yes, I have a vintage family too. I have no idea when he acquired it. As I look on my tool board, a lot of it is like this tool.

So, I think not only are a lot of my tools vintage but I must be too!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.



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mpounders

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#1 posted 02-08-2021 05:22 PM

My mother used to cook green beans in an iron pot that were so fantastic that they were a frequent request at various gatherings. They were a variety called “Rattlesnake Beans”. I tried to find some several years ago and discovered they are now considered an “heirloom” variety. Makes me feel old!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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#2 posted 02-08-2021 07:16 PM

Time moves fast, as I watch my daughter dress in 90’s (which in my brain is still 10 years ago) clothes because it’s cool and retro makes me feel old.

-- You got to be tough if your going to be stupid. Jason

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Pointer

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#3 posted 02-08-2021 09:15 PM

It is strange indeed being the same age as old people. I walk through an antique shop and say to myself, “I have one of those, and one of those, and one of those.”

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#4 posted 02-08-2021 09:29 PM



It is strange indeed being the same age as old people. I walk through an antique shop and say to myself, “I have one of those, and one of those, and one of those.”

- Pointer

I sometime say to my wife, “you know, we’re the age of those people we used to think were old. How’d that happen? I happened in about 5… no make that 3 weeks.”

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 02-09-2021 12:01 AM

Have old tools that I try to keep in good condition. Ebay occasionally has a buck bros gouge can afford. Everything is more expensive since Paul Sellers promoted rehabbing good tools.

Chrome vanadium took over carbon steel in reasonably priced tools.

Not ready to spend 300 dollars on two Cherries. So I’ll play around til I think I’m ready.

Thanks for the topic!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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