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Old Tools

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by OzRay, May 19, 2014.

  1. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    No, I'm not talking about myself, but the other sort of tools. I have a fascination with old tools of any type and thought that such a subject deserved a place of it's own. Even though it can be related to wabi-sabi, it is somewhat specialised. Here are two from my shed (I'll have to do more digging). The first are two shackles that I've had for over 30 years and which have done all sorts of non-shackle related service (as can be seen by the wear on one of them). The second is an old axe that belonged to my father (who was also a hoarder of old tools and would do all sorts of things to them to extend their life (this one was welded on the other side to make it 'usable').

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    What's stored in your shed or that you've seen in your travels?
     
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  2. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
    Thanks for the topic OzRay. I have serious tool issues, so now I need to take some real photos as a first step towards getting help.
     
  3. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2014
    Ron
    The only serious tool issue I can think of is not having any... ;)
     
  4. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    So true.
     
  5. dccase

    dccase Mu-43 Regular

    85
    Feb 25, 2014
    Massachusetts, USA
    Here is Elmer's Wrench, from before I got my m43 camera.

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  6. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    How old would that be?
     
  7. dccase

    dccase Mu-43 Regular

    85
    Feb 25, 2014
    Massachusetts, USA
    I should have been more clear. The picture is young. My grandfather's tools are older.
    The socket was fairly new, probably from the late 1960s. The breaker bar looks older, but maybe it just had a harder life.

    All Made in USA. Hard to imagine we were once capable of making such nice things here.
     
  8. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    There is something interesting about old tools, especially hand tools. Every time I go to a country market, it's the old tools that attract me more than anything else.
     
  9. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Ray thanks for starting this wonderful thread. Too bad it's a year too late. I sold about 85 metalsmithing hammers I used decades ago when that was my calling. some predated WWI and most before WWII. Most of my array of objects are gone but I know I have some stuff. Perhaps this challenge will provide the impetus to clean out the garage to access stuff.

    -Chrome
     
  10. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    An entire set like that would have made a great photo. My initial photo was a somewhat poor example of what I was trying to convey and I'm sure that others will have or know of old workshops and the like with fantastic setups.
     
  11. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
    Though it is trashed right now (house starts showing on Fri), I will try and take a couple of shots of my stuff before it gets packed away. All of my bench tools (save the buffer and vice) are pre-1970. Mostly older Craftsman, with a Delta or two thrown in. Nice part about moving out to Colorado from Pennsylvania is the lack of rust. Am going to try and fully strip down and refinish a couple to factory new condition.
     
  12. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
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  13. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    They look great (whatever they are) and the storage boxes add to the authenticity. By the way, is there are reason both have the same number stamped on the body?
     
  14. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
    The first 2 are 738, although it does look a lot like 736. Both tools are predecessors to dial indicators, tools used to center parts on lathes (among other things). Indicators are one of my tool issues.

    Here is a better angle of 738.
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  15. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
    Here is a conventional dial test indicator. Much newer than my others, but still old. Lufkin quit making precision tools in the mid 60's, although this was only labled Lufkin and wasn't actually made by them.

     
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  16. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Thanks, now I understand. I like the fact that you have all the original instrument cases to go with the gauges etc. To me, there seems to be a different sense of pride that went into the construction of old tools, as well as the products that they produced. It reminds me of a sense of permanence that existed in those days, compared to the throw away society that we tend to live in nowadays.
     
  17. jziegler

    jziegler Mu-43 Veteran

    261
    Dec 15, 2012
    Salem County, New Jersey
    James
    I like this thread, and I'll be adding when I get a chance. I do some woodworking, and have a preference for hand tools, and the old stuff is better than much of the new stuff. I have a pre-WWII hand plane that I use a good bit that I'll have to try to get some good photos of.
     
  18. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
    Part of my job description is machinist. I have very few tools that I've bought new. I like the old ones better, they work just as well or maybe better, and I really love old tools that have multiple names engraved into them.
     
  19. marcsitkin

    marcsitkin Mu-43 Veteran

    307
    Jan 24, 2013
    Harwich, MA USA
    Marc Sitkin
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    You might want to check into the Midwest Tool Collectors Association for meets in your area. Eye popping tool collections at the meets, and lots of friendly, knowledgeable collectors.
     
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  20. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Whenever I go to country market or another, my eye always picks up on stalls with tools just like that. I think it's some sort of tradition that there has to be one stall holder with rusty old farm tools and the like.