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A tale of two tool chests.
« on: June 20, 2016, 08:28:35 am »
For Fathers day this year I got two surprises. My kids went together and got me a new tool chest for my new polebarn. I now have a place to start putting all of my mechanics tools that have been in drawers and various small boxes over the last 35 years. I spent much of yesterday on a scavenger hunt, finding my old tools to put in the box.  I'm definitely going to have to put some labels on all those drawers!

 

 

THEN  Tammy's mom and step dad Gene, came over to spend the afternoon yesterday.  Gene knows my appreciation for older things, and had no one to pass this on to, so I was presented with an old chest he has had for much of his life that belonged to one of his relatives. He told me the story of each tool in the box, many of which belonged to his father of the ones he knew the story of, and told be that there is another chest just like it, as they were built also as saw horses. The other chest belongs to one of his distant relatives. I'm honored to have been presented with such a gift.  I only took a few photos of the contents, but there is some really neat stuff in there that will be of great use in the future I am sure.  The saws and chisels and spoke shaves are sharp. There is a number 1 stanley plane in there that looks like it is certainly ready to shave wood.
 

  

  

  

  

  

 

I also finished up my project yesterday morning. My first work bench made with reclaimed lumber I got from Burlkraft before he left for New Mexico.  I built this one so I could use it anywhere in the barn. My plan is to not have any "built-ins" in the barn. Everything will be movable, and I learn how I want to use the spaces. I priced casters, and they were crazy priced, so I then saw a harbor freight sales paper last week and they had 1000 lb capacity moving dollies on sale for $7.00 I bought two, and uses the 8 castors from them to put on the bench.  :)

Probably the best Father's day ever!  It is really special to me thinking about the extremes between these two chests that will mean so much to me in the future.
 

 
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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2016, 08:38:44 am »
I've been looking at the chest, and found that the drawers have a unique feature to help them open when they are weighted down with heavy tools. A scalloped bottom to reduce drag.
 

 

One of the cool chisels.
 

 
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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2016, 09:21:09 am »
That No. 1 is a rare and valuable plane, althiugh I'm sure it's value is greater than its monetary value to you. It is very common for drawer sides to be made from beveled siding, but I've never seen the bottoms made that way.
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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2016, 10:45:25 am »
So, do you ever go in the house anymore?  :)
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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2016, 10:51:08 am »
Funny you mention that. Ive been thinking of setting up a cot. :D
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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2016, 05:53:45 pm »
Funny you mention that. Ive been thinking of setting up a cot. :D

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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2016, 05:54:29 pm »
Jeff,Those are some nice gifts there, those old wooden chests are great, i see them for sale once in a while but i have no space left for them ! :-[  Don
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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2016, 06:05:03 pm »
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I like the old tool chest :)
There is nothing like using old tools . I love it :)
Just thinking who's hands worked with them before you .
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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2016, 06:41:47 pm »
Nice!!
Build a 4 inch shelf under that new chest on top of the other one. That way you can put stuff on the little ridge and still open the bottom draw without moving 2-3 things.
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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2016, 07:02:47 pm »
Happy for ya!  nice work shop
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2016, 08:13:31 pm »
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I like the old tool chest :)
There is nothing like using old tools . I love it :)
Just thinking who's hands worked with them before you .
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and how much money was made with them over the years

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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2017, 09:16:54 pm »
Tammy came home from her mom's today bearing a new gift for me from Gene's old tools that he wanted me to have.
 

  

  

 
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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2017, 09:21:36 pm »
Old School there. I watched a guy install molding with one of these in my parents house back in the 60's.
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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2017, 09:26:00 pm »
Nice cordless miter saw!

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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2017, 11:35:07 am »
 :D :D Be careful of the weight in that top chest and remember to not leave multiple drawers open. Don't ask how I know.
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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2017, 10:43:23 am »
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Learned how to cut crown on a saw like that.
My uncle Punky the man that taught  me carpentry work still used hand saws for some things in the 80's :) :)
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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2017, 10:53:29 am »
The saw is quite dull. I ried to make a cut with it, and it was a chore. It would need to be sharpened to be of any real use. Looks like I'll need to find a place on a high shelf somewhere for a display tool. I can't imagine using it when I have a power miter saw.
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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2017, 11:39:57 am »
Sometimes Ill grab a hand tool before a power tool just because I dont feel like getting out extension cords. Trim Nailer for example, gotta get the compressor, cord, air hose etc. Nah, ill just grab the hammer and nails if the job is just a room or so.
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Re: A tale of two tool chests.
« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2017, 12:15:46 pm »
I have a couple timber wolf hand saws that I use all the time. If I only have a couple three cuts to make on a project, that is my first choice too. :)
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