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I can’t figure them out yet -where is the cord!?

-I have seen some of you guys rehabbing these; if you have any links to a blog or such, pass it on! I found them cleaning out my Dad’s basement -must have been Grandpa’s.

They are superficially rusty; do i have to remove all that, or will it work off with use? I think they could come in handy at the trailer when i’m in a pinch.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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Bob Kollman

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#1 posted 09-06-2010 05:27 PM

Nice wall decorations for the shop…

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#2 posted 09-06-2010 05:28 PM

Great find! I don’t have much hand-tool advice, but for the rust I find that Evapo-rust works very well. You can pick it up at an auto parts store.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 09-06-2010 05:41 PM

scrub’em down, oil’em up and sharpen the edges, and see what happens.

Here’s a book that might help.

Good Luck.

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#4 posted 09-06-2010 05:46 PM

nice find! I would never use those as decoration, they are very useful tools. I used evaporust to completely rehaul some rusty tools, oiled them up for protection, sharp blades, tune up and you have some good tools there from the look of it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 09-06-2010 06:01 PM

Ah, an Amish paradise…..Nice looking box I wonder how they sent out the corned beef, in cans? I think it would be neat to build an old looking wall cabinet and fill it with restored tools, that hand cranked drill looks nice with the old wooden handle.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#6 posted 09-06-2010 06:03 PM

The brace and bit is a cordless drill that will turn bigger bits than any cordless electric on the market…and the battery never dies! The planes would probably sell for enough money to buy a 12” planer and that eggbeater drill could find it’s way to my shop if you don’t want to deal with it :)

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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#7 posted 09-06-2010 06:14 PM

Yes, those are all good tools just waiting, calling, for someone to appreciate their usefulness.

Back in the day, there was a product that removed rust called Naval Jelly. As a child, I wondered how many navels it took to find enough ‘jelly’ to fill a bottle?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#8 posted 09-06-2010 06:22 PM

Christine, A belated wleocme to the site. You certainly seemed to find a nice treasure there. There are numerous postings of how to tune up the old tools here just go over to the blogs or search the site for handplanes.
Hacksaw has a great point about the drills, they may the things you find the most useful in a pinch. They do not look like they need much work. With them you will always have a drill handy. I am sure you can find some of the bits for that brace drill on Ebay if you are interested in acquiring a set.

Good luck with them.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 09-06-2010 06:26 PM

i agree, clean them up, they’re made to be used. using old hand tools just has a special romance about it. power tools have their place, but there’s nothing like that connection to the past (especially if they’re a relative’s old tools).

fyi, naval jelly is still available, i bought some at lowe’s a few months ago to rehab a stanley 45 scraper. it’s ok, but i’d recommed evaporust over naval jelly.

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#10 posted 09-06-2010 06:42 PM

If you can’t get’em cleaned up…...............small boat anchors or paper weights come to mind!!!!

Great find…...enjoy!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#11 posted 09-06-2010 06:45 PM

Hey what a tressure chest to find :-)
take it esay and don´t sell them if they have been used in the fammily
and you proppbly will get so many different adwises on how to restore /refurb/maintain
the tools in the chest that you will get confused :-)
you have to deside if they shuold be collecters (if there is any) or refurb so they can bee used
with the history seen on the tools and the last shuold they bee restored to be as new and shinny
that all up to you to deside, and depending on your desission ,it will deside how to do the work

here is another link you can look thrugh there is many good adwises on maintain and restore +
making new tools , one thing for sure is take the tools you find and the chest home to yourself and have
them under a good invyrment until you have desided what to do with them and what the end result shuold bee
in the meentime read and learn as much you can about refurb/restoring , one thing is sure
its cheap to make them users than it is to buy new.
and I can see one of them must be a smoother and there is a cuple of blockplanes as well
and all of them is very usefull even in a powertoolshop
and the eggbeaterdrill look like a Miller Falls Nr ? and they ain´t cheap restored correct
witch it was mine …LOL

best thoughts

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#12 posted 09-06-2010 07:10 PM

Were the cans of Corn Beef as rusty as the planes…lol. Nice find and it not all that difficult to rehab. just elbow grease and a flat surface to work a pond…plenty of material on sharping online.

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#13 posted 09-06-2010 07:44 PM

I don’t know power tool woman, what you can do with these cordless beauties? :) But have fun cleaning them up and let me know if find a way to utilize these in your world of wood working. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#14 posted 09-06-2010 07:47 PM

Fantastic tools you got, you are a lucky man.
Look at wayne’s posts: he is a king.
Feel free to ask.
Best thoughts,

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

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#15 posted 09-06-2010 08:33 PM

i have the exact drill. It looks like a craftsman. Mine was my grandfathers. There may be a prize in the handle. Mine had 5 flute bits. It is much easier to grab and use if i need one hole.

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

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