Old Tools

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by HarveyMushman, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    I did take out some for pics, and will do more later.

    Though the box started out as my grandfather's, it passed to my father in 1936, and he used it until I inherited it in 1984. So, not all the tools are a hundred-plus years old.

    The seat wrench you mentioned is something I tossed in there no more than 25 years ago. I used that only once, which is the reason I keep it in the now-seldom-opened box.

    I have not had occasion to use the curved, not-actually-Crescent-brand wrench, but I have used its big brother several times. I keep that one in my regular toolbox.

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    The leather-handled hammer is actually a rock pick that my dad bought when he was into rockhounding. I haven't photoed that one yet.


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  2. Boatman

    Boatman Membership has it's privileges ;-)

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    Yep.
  3. Road Rash

    Road Rash Infamous

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    So was Riverside before Powr-Kraft or just another Monkey Wards brand?

    I did have a little Riverside motorcycle at one time that somebody gave me, didn't keep it, just traded it off.



    I'm glad you found this thread, I had meant to tell you about it as I know you are an old tool......................I mean have old tools :D
  4. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    I had forgotten about Powr-Kraft. I don't know which came first.



    I know what you mean. :D

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  5. Boatman

    Boatman Membership has it's privileges ;-)

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    A few more oldies...

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  6. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Here are a couple more I have used, and probably will again.

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  7. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Whiskey stick.

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    For curiosity, I Googled that term, to see whether anyone still used it. I came up with nothing.

    Surely, I am not the last surviving person who knows what it means?



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  8. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie

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    Whisky stick = alcohol in the level tubes.
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  9. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Speaking of levels, does anyone here know what special purpose this might have served?

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    It is pretty cool, and probably was expensive.

    The barrel is doubled, and the outer tube rotates to protect the glass.

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    The cast iron base is 1.25" X 8" and has a groove running the length of it.

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    Maybe for leveling a shaft?



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  10. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    I knew I couldn't be the only geezer here. :gerg



    I see you are a scotch drinker, as well. :D
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  11. Nashcat

    Nashcat Waitin' on the Boatman

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    @MortimerSickle
    It's a machinist's or millwright' level, used for leveling machines. I had a 12" model that was graduated to show how many thousands per foot it was out of level. Gave it away when I retired.
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  12. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Thanks.

    That makes sense; my grandfather was a millwright, as well as a mill owner/logger/lumberman.

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  13. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie

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    Hazard of an ill spent or rather well spent youth possibly. I am by no means expert though and not a collector.
  14. Solaros1

    Solaros1 Long timer

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    OK - lets see what's in this box that came from my Great Grandfather's house in New Jersey...

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    A bunch of mixed tools...

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    sorted and laid out..

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    some junk but some cool stuff too.. Soldering irons

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    chisels

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    Hammers...

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    accessories..

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    saw blades

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    Neat double sided hacksaw blades - never seen this before

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    hand saws

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    Ice Pick? converted into a punch..

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    Walker Turner miter cutter

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    Plus and old draw knife.. some of this stuff I'll use but I have no idea what to do with the soldering irons - do people collect those things?

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  15. Dogscout

    Dogscout Wow why and adventure

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    ^^^^ was he a roofer?^^^^
  16. Solaros1

    Solaros1 Long timer

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    Not real sure - we know he was a member of the New York Masonic Lodge for over fifty years and lived in NE Pennsylvania - he passed away in 1962. His father was a fresco painter that emigrated from Germany and did a lot of churches in the New York area.
  17. Dogscout

    Dogscout Wow why and adventure

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    The reason I ask is the clues lead me to believe that with the mallets and soldering tools was a tin knocker (flashing, copper gutters, scuppers and such) and the saws were for cutting shakes and soffit gutters. My first house was a 1890's row house that I restored and those would all have come in handy for that work.
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  18. Solaros1

    Solaros1 Long timer

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    That makes sense - great grandfather may not have been a roofer but someone in the family could have been.
  19. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Cool box.

    The construction seems to be similar to mine, in that despite the cracking, the lid and sides are made of single boards- not edge glued strips, and certainly not plywood.

    I can't imagine what that would cost today.



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  20. wee-twin

    wee-twin Been here awhile

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    Boatman, the tool that looks like a big chisel with a baseball bat handle is called a slick. Not a tool that is struck or you will destroy the handle. You just push it. What's that brass caliper looking tool?
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