The old time woodshop journals #9: Tin cutters and old yankee revival!

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 06-19-2012 10:06 PM 1980 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well….... a cleaning we still go here at the old time woodshop. The oil and wire wheel spin on and try their best to revive some oldies but goodies.

These particular two pieces were from the old tool box I got at the auction a while back, here is the link if you would like to view.

Some really fine tin cutters and this great old Yankee Screwdriver were in great working shape…...but not so much great looking shape…lol.

Let’s take a look at some of the revival!

Pic 1-3: Here are the pair of soon to be users. They have seen some good work days..we are glad for that. At least some carpenter of the past made some wages turning and working these.

Pic 4-7: Ahhhh some good old elbow grease…or WD-40…LOL, and the wire wheel can work these back into a nice form for users as well as enjoying.

Pic 8: So we are doing it….we are cleaning and adding them to the new tote….I feel good about getting some of these cleaned and for using again. They have a nice home now and are ready to share with friends in person as well as friends here on LJ’S!

What if they could talk? What stories of history, hardwork and most likely hardship these may have seen. I feel priviledged to clean them and share them again. I am only a hobbiest and realize my extreme luck to enjoy these instruments when in reality these were tools of very hard labor and possibly tough times.

I have no problem with the use of the woodworker and machine tag team, this is a world that runs it’s business on time…and time is money.

It’s exactly that very point of why me being the hobbiest…..not making much if any from these projects I create feel obligated to keep the handtools and traditional woodworking alive. As a hobbiest I have a far greater amount of time than a professional woodworker is allowed in the business world to mass produce pieces…not saying handtools cannot be a paying trade…but it is not exactly something we see everyday….lol.

So I appreciate the excited responses, the fun and enjoyment that we trade here on this site and on our blogs and projects…....made of wood…..lmao.

This is a few moments of stepping away from the cell phone….the traffic and daily stress….to share our passion for creating and the tools that we create with…I am thankful for that as well as the friends made on here.

Thanks for stopping by…I have a few sketches going here …...looks like a new project is coming into the think tank….lol

Great shavings and better days ahead,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 06-19-2012 10:26 PM

Dang! I have one of those Yankee screwdrivers. Its in a small box with a few old tools that I got from my Grandfather. I will have to take it out tonight and have another look at it.

Yours cleaned up really nice! That toolbox is going to be a teasure trove pretty soon.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#2 posted 06-19-2012 11:17 PM

I have a pair of snips like that and also some other tin tools. Those scissors cleaned up nice. Good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 06-19-2012 11:38 PM

I never thought I’d say this, but, well, what a nice pair, Joe. Some really good iron in both o them

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 06-20-2012 12:50 AM

Thanks guys, they dont make them like this anymore.

HAAAA, Roger your too much man…….....thanks.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#5 posted 06-20-2012 02:35 AM

Joe I am proud to know another person that takes the time and care to clean and put these old tools back in service.
Well done

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 06-20-2012 07:00 AM

I have three spiral ratchet crewdrivers of various sizes and I love them. They are a great invention and an important step in the evolution of the screwdriver. As for those lovely snips, they’re sure to come in handy if you ever break a fingernail in the shop. LOL. Great job Joe.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 06-20-2012 02:04 PM

Thats the tools we expect in that tote.
I also love my rachet screwdrivers.
Best thoughts,

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

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