Re-living Real History

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  • #127121
    mcneile3
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    About a month ago I was helping a friend clear out a corner of a basement and came upon what I would say is a carpenter’s tool chest from the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. I am still in awe that the entirety was gifted to me on the spot. I have only scratched the surface, but I attach below a worn tri-square from F. Walter & Co. Sheffield England and a picture of the box. More to come. ๐Ÿ™‚

    carpenter's toolbox

    F. Walter Tri-square

    #127124
    Matt McGrane
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    Wow, what a bonanza. You are going to have some fun with that. I hope the contents are in good enough condition that you can put things to use and give them new life. Congratulations. You did a good deed by helping your friend and karma came your way.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #127147
    George Fulford
    Participant

    Great find! I love it when stuff like that happens ๐Ÿ™‚

    #127157
    Sandy
    Participant

    Great find. Let’s see what is inside!

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #127694
    mcneile3
    Participant

    I finally took a photo inventory of the contents of the Carpenter’s Tool-chest. Let me know what you think. I haven’t started to restore them yet. I am hesitant with the handled tools to soak them to loosen the heavy rust. Also, what are the chances I can rehab the large files? will they be usable if I hit them with a wire brush?

    Glimpse of the tool-chest

    #127701
    mcneile3
    Participant

    Here are some more shots of the contents. I am also going to have to restore the bottom of the chest. 65 years on a basement floor hasn’t been kind.

    #127711
    mcneile3
    Participant

    More bits, etc.

    #127716
    mcneile3
    Participant

    last few pics…

    #127725
    chemical_cake
    Participant

    What a fantastic find, I am insanely jealous. Thanks for taking the time to record it for us.

    Matt

    Southampton, UK

    #127726
    Matt McGrane
    Participant

    What a haul!! I’m totally envious. Looks like you’ve got your work cut out for you, though. That box bottom looks pretty chewed up and some of the tools need some work. All in good fun, though.

    As far as the handled tools are concerned, most handles are removable and I would do that if I could. Though I’m not sure how to remove and then later replace a chisel handle into a conical socket-type chisel.

    For the large files, I’ve used wire brush and also soaked for a few hours in citric acid, followed by wire brush (wire wheel in hand drill). They come out much better, but not perfect. Please let us know how it goes.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #127728
    Frank Joseph
    Participant

    OMG talk about stepping in it.
    Good luck you have some nice tools there.
    Frankj

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.

    #127733
    mcneile3
    Participant

    Thanks Matt. I was in awe myself.

    #127734
    mcneile3
    Participant

    Thanks @mattmcgrane, @frankj, @chemical_cake. I am going to go slowly with the tool restoration and will post as I go. The box really has me thinking. I really want o do a good job repairing it so ponder I will. I think for the chisels with handles I will go slow and try not to mar them too badly cleaning off the rust.

    We’ll see.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    #127735
    gooner
    Participant

    you are a lucky man, some nice chisels there, just need some handles. There are a few YouTube videos on replacing the handles on socket chisels and I’m sure Paul has done a feature on them.

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