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Old 02-24-2006, 06:35 PM   #1
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Mine is a block planer inherited from my dad that's about 8o yrs. old. It's performance pales in comparison to my power planer, but it fits nicely in my tool box.
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Old 02-24-2006, 08:23 PM   #2
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Same. Came from a house we remodeled. Guy who owned it died and his ex wife and her husband took it over. They threw everything away tools, furnature, belongings, ect. I got all the tools. Very nice hand planer. Although I don't use it all the time I do bust it out everyone and a while and fiddle with it.

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Ship builders plane and adz. Both from the 1680's.
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I have 2 squares, a hand ripsaw, 5 planes and assorted other goodies that belonged to my great grandfather.
He was one of the finish carpenters at the Library of Congress when it was built.
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mine is a block plane. i am always looking for something to use it on. i love it.
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I also own a few Aztec ceremonial knives used for putting peoples innards on the outside. Tools or not?
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Grand fathers stone working chisels, bars, hammers, feathers and wedges 90 years old. Some stil used.


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Knives? Tools? Sure. In that case, I have a 16" long skinning knife that was made by Green River in Massachusetts. It was the buffalo skinning knife of choice for both the buffalo hunters (read slaughterers) and the Indians in the 1840's.
I found this out in my Dad's tool shed after he passed away. It was in excellent shape. Did some research on the net and found out the info above. Then, a few months agao, the History Channel had a program about buffalo, Indians, etc and they showed the exact knife I have.
Now it is my official "kitchen" knife when I go camping. I made a sheath from rock maple and ebony and it sure makes for a great conversation piece.
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Are we talking decor or tools we use?

Decor: 2 man tree saw(1800s?), grandfather's climbing spikes (1920s).

Use now and then: Mini eggbeater drill (1870s), various chissels, braces, bits etc
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Stanley wood and brass level from great uncle Gus, probably turn of the century from its trademark stamp.

1873 Model 1884 Winchester Lever Action rifle (the gun that won the west)

To name a few...
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I have a drywall mixing paddle that I bought last year but looks like it is 100 years old, does that count?
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This is my Great-Great-Grandfathers Theodolite, manufactured circa 1870 in Nashville, Tenn. I still use it occasionally.
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that's a nice instrument. good to hear that it still gets used.

My oldest are a couple of pneumatic carving hammers made by the Dallett Company of Philadelphia, PA. probably prior to 1930 and possibly older by 20 years or so. (the patents are 1880) Got them on an eBay auction, along with quite a few chisels made from the old (no longer made) "Black Diamond" high carbon steel. Good tools, and yes they get used. Many of the chisels were marked with names, and a fellow guild member remembers his father working with some of those guys in the marble shops in Vermont.

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Thanks, John, I was pleasantly surprised to see you here when I found this board this morning (looking for something totally unrelated). I am Tom from MPI ~ been a while since I have seen you; up at your shop when you were expanding it a couple of years ago, in fact.
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4 million year old hammer
Here's someone trying to get me to use something they claim is "better"
Hey bud, newer doesn't always mean better

Though I do like the handle thingy on that new-fangled one though
I may tie my hammer to one
I've got some leather straps here somewhere....
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slick, you just have the non-pneumatic palm nailer.
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slick, you just have the non-pneumatic palm nailer.
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I borrowed a buddy's wheel barrow the other day, and it was made completely of metal, very heavy and very solid. It was a family hand me down from his grandfather, probably close to 100 yrs.old. They don't make them like that anymore
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A metal miter box handed down from my grandfather.
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To me a tool is something that gets a job done so do old hubby's count? If not, I'd have to say the hand made saws and drills my great grandfather made for the saw mill.

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