My name is Mike and I am a tool addict. I though I would share my latest project(s). The story is; there is a lady in my area who inherited some tools through her late husband. The husband’s great grandfather (from New York) started in the carriage maker’s trade and got into the funeral business as the result of making a hearse and presumably some coffins. At some point he created this tool box and stocked it with some of his tools. Please forgive me for the lack of details of what all is in the box because I just got it home and it is basically as it was found. In going through it, there are three Disston keystones (one rip, one cross cut, and one rip panel) with spilt nuts and nibs, a couple of coffin (literally and figuratively) planes about the size of short #3s, a wooden jack and a fore or short joiner plane. There is a spokeshave, two drawknives, a fret saw, two braces and numerous Jennings style bits along with numerous countersinks and specialty bits, three expansion bits, three squares, four marking gauges, a Langdon/ Miller Falls miter saw, two hammers, a roofing hatchet, and about 24 chisels (including a few carving chisels, Addis, Buck Brothers), files, bradawls, calipers, dividers, inside calipers, a bevel gauge, a plumb bob, one hollow, one round, a rabbet plane, and a tongue and groove set, some old keys and a lock, some sharpening files (stones) along with some other curious odd bits.
The collection is not specific to the carriage maker’s trade but contains tools one would expect for general woodworking, a little carpentry, a little cabinet making, and most of it seems to date from 1910(or so) or before. Again, I sorry for the few details but I will try to include more as I work through the restoration process.
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