Dad, why do you like rusty things?

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Forum topic by cpd011 posted 09-26-2015 02:49 AM 1207 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-26-2015 02:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hand plane tools restoration

Being from Chicago and having two young children I don’t get out to the flea markets very often. I happened to be on a weekend vacation with the family in Wisconsin and there was a flea market in town. We all wandered over and I found several vendors with tables full of old rusty hand tools. Every time I would see one I would exclaim..Oooh look over there, rusty things! My kids looked at me quizzically each time. I found a Stanley 5C with a brazed sole and broken tote for $12. Not a great deal, but It called out to me. As I returned to the family rusty iron in hand my son asked “Dad, why do you like rusty things?” Missing the teachable moment right in front of me, all I said was “They make me sad.” The truth being more complicated in that under the rust is something shiny, something that can be saved and used. Given the time I would clean up every one of the tools on every table. Now, I can’t put myself in the same league of some of the restoration experts that I follow on the site, but I do love bringing something back to life. Why do you do it?

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#1 posted 09-26-2015 03:19 AM

Yeah, I got agree with you. Bringing them back to life is what it’s all about. Next week I’ve got a whole bench full calling to me.

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#2 posted 09-26-2015 03:55 AM

I love restoring tools. I burned myself out last winter when I had an injury it was all I could do. I must have restored near 50 planes….I have a couple I need to do still, just don’t have the motivation lol.

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#3 posted 09-26-2015 11:23 PM

Yeah I find myself spending more time restoring that woodworking. Part of it is with young kids the only time I have to work is when they are sleeping and I can’t make noise. But part of it is I see so many high quality tools rusting away into dust I keep looking for the diamond in the rough and then I buy more than I need because it’s so cheap. Then when I have it I feel like I need to clean it up, at least to stop the rust. So I know where you’re coming from for sure. Nice job on that restore. We have an entire thread for restoration junkies by the way.

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#4 posted 09-27-2015 12:03 AM

It’s like a sickness with no cure. Addictive as hell.

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#5 posted 09-29-2015 04:51 PM

What Don said. :))

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#6 posted 09-29-2015 05:09 PM

My son soon learned not to ask that.

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became this for him

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