12 May 2015 at 10:41 pm #127121
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. 🙂12 May 2015 at 11:14 pm #127124Matt McGraneParticipant
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/13 May 2015 at 11:03 pm #127147George FulfordParticipant
Great find! I love it when stuff like that happens 🙂14 May 2015 at 6:40 pm #127157SandyParticipant
Great find. Let’s see what is inside!
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Albert Einstein12 June 2015 at 2:26 pm #127694
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?12 June 2015 at 5:26 pm #127701
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.12 June 2015 at 5:34 pm #127711
More bits, etc.12 June 2015 at 5:36 pm #127716
last few pics…12 June 2015 at 9:37 pm #127725chemical_cakeParticipant
What a fantastic find, I am insanely jealous. Thanks for taking the time to record it for us.
Southampton, UK12 June 2015 at 9:38 pm #127726Matt McGraneParticipant
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/12 June 2015 at 10:52 pm #127728Frank JosephParticipant
OMG talk about stepping in it.
Good luck you have some nice tools there.
In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.13 June 2015 at 12:21 am #127733
Thanks Matt. I was in awe myself.13 June 2015 at 12:24 am #127734
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.. 🙂13 June 2015 at 5:07 pm #127735goonerParticipant
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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