A love for old tool....

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  1. 08H3

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    It started early in the late 80s when my uncle showed me how to rehab a old hatchet head I though was cool...

    I've had this little Ball Peen hammer head for YEARS!! No clue where I got it at but today I found a tiny handle for it!! Yay!

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    Not going to fib, I have thought of using it to make a tiny forged hatchet but I cant bring myself to do it!
     
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    I understand love for old tools. This one goes back to my grandfather. Can’t bring myself to get rid of it, I know I will get a good use out of it one day.
    When I first got it. There was dirt and grime all over the gears and chuck. The chuck wouldn’t open. The brace handle was locked up as well.
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    Young fellar, me and you would get along just fine. I like 'em too. I enjoy bring them back to life. joe
     
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    I too love old tools. Somewhere I have a tiny ball peen hammer, smaller than that one. It is a gasket hammer and I’ve made quite a few gaskets with it over the years. Haven’t seen it for a long time though. :oops:

    Used like this: (stolen pic)

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    What an adorable little hammer. Thanks for keeping the old tools working! :cool:
     
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    I’m glad you didn’t repurpose that ball peen hammer.
    Samson heads are few and far between.
    As for old tools, a majority of mine are old. Nothing like performing work with a tool older than you.
    And why didn’t you make your own handle?
     
  8. 08H3

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    I can't weigh it but I think it's a 3oz cause its smaller than my 4oz craftsman
     
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    I love old tools!
    Unfortunately most of my antique tools were purchased new, by me.:)
     
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    My dad has a garage FULL of old tools from him and from me grandfathers, and my stepmoms father. Most are mid or earlier 20th century.

    Heres a cool small wrench my dad gave me, its very sentimental to me so I never use it. Look at that patina!
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    If you plant a lot of flower bulbs or tubers in the garden you can find a bulb auger at most big box stores or Amazon and use it for that. A lot more soothing than a battery drill.
     
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    I bet that thing rode many miles in someone's hip pocket. That's where mine lives. joe
     
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    Preaching to the choir my friend.;) I've asked myself why I like old tools. Then it dawned on me. The question we all ask when tool shopping, is it reliable? When it cleans up well after 80 year's, it's already a fact. Not to mention everything that existed decades before you were born, was built with similar tools, by your own ancestors. What is not love? Long story short, keep at it my friend. :dblthumb:
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Many modern tools are just cheap junk. Old tools that are still around will usually be good or great quality and better designed for human use as well. New stuff is design optimized for cheaper mass production.
    Sadly, the skills to use hand tools effectively have almost faded away, very few places where you find as many old timers as we have here.
     
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    I am only in my mid 30's but I was raised working in the garage so good tools are a absolute necessity! I actually used this little guy last night on some SAK pins and it worked beautifully!! Much nicer look that the newer craftsman leaves...
     
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    Oh, I don't know. The mass produced hand tools mentioned are designed and built to work, in a simple, good enough, disposable, utilitarian way despite their overmolded handles and their "warning wear safety goggles" and all. Who among us does not own at least a few Horrible Fright tools? And why is that?

    But what these tools lack that the older tools still have, beyond their obvious quality, is soul.

    I am not sure about the "almost faded away" assertion, either. In the past couple decades, there has been a kind of Renaissance in the old ways of using hand tools. Especially in woodworking and boatbuilding. This Forum is testimony, in its own way, to that renewed interest.

    What's more, there are makers out there that are creating tools, based on classic designs, that are every bit as good, if not better, than the classics themselves. A good example is Lie Neilsen's hand planes based on the Stanley's Bedrock pattern, and of course, the work of some of the contemporary knife makers featured on this site every day. It seems to me self evident that many of the fine knives made today far exceed anything Sears or Kephart might have wished for.
     
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    ...I learned someting, cool gasket photo
     
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    I’ve been trying to find my gasket hammer. It is tiny, head maybe a little over an inch long if I remember correctly. I used it for carburettor gaskets. Remember carbs?
     
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    I do and i think everyone should have to own a carb`d car , makes you appreciate fuel injection waaaaayyyyy more . How well does a gasket hammer work on a box that say beer came in ? I may have cut a few gaskets out of those kind of boxes and they seemed to work just as good as the sheets of gasket material you could buy .
     
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    Yep, beer and soda boxes work well. Even paper for some gaskets.
     
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    Mmm good lil hammer!

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    Looks much better as a hammer than a mini hatchet. And probably more useful.

    Be cautious forging ball pein hammers into other tools. A lot of them are case hardened. I used one to forge into a top fuller and the face blew out with the first couple of blows (I had @HP500 striking for me). The best anyone could figure out was that it was due to the harder "skin" the case hardening left on it didn't move the same as the softer "core".
     
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    Just found a few of dad's hammers. Including an asphalt pavement thumper
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    My own collection is more significant

    Best for making gaskets is using a piece of paper to make a template especially if the holes are threaded.
    Initiate two opposing holes and place bolts in those holes and mark the rest. use hole punches to establish the holes and then double-check on the case.
    If all is well then from the template make the gasket using a hole punch.
    This is especially important on aluminum and carburetors in particular.
    If I am pressed for time on unthreaded holes I establish the first two holes with bolts and then for the rest of the holes hold the ball in position and with a second hammer strike head to head that way the ball will center its self with the hole.
    I worked on a lot of vintage equipment in my lifetime, I mean stuff that was old when I was young. Dad had particular ways that he wanted things done. My grandfather was a machinist and blacksmith in his time. I have some of his tools for scrapping Babbit bearings.
     
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    This is one of my favorites. Useful, too. Years ago I dipped the handle, now I have to figure out how to get it off.

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    Sure do! Points and plugs too!
     
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    Yes, but when you got a hammer, all your problems start looking like nails..... right? :D
     
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    I just finished refurbing this one's big brother! I got a 24" one at a yard sale last week that looked like it came off the titanic. Lots of gun-oiled steel wool and it looks great now. I don't need one, but if I ever do...

    I'll try to get a picture of it one of these days.
     
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    WRONG! Dang great little hammer young fellar. joe
     
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    Thanks man, I went on a kick and bought a few old collins and true temper hatchets / axes to fix up too
     
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    I grabbed a picture of the big pipe wrench last night. My garage lighting forced my camera down to 1/30th of a second, but it is what it is.

    Great old (heavy) wrench. DSCN1078.JPG DSCN1077.JPG
     
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    My latest project to resurrect

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    I have done one of those soda box gaskets when I was 17 back in 2005. Yes I’m not old! Had 2 cars at the time so I took apart the 1990 dodge power ram 50 engine for an over haul. Cutting out one of the soda box gaskets and my dad comes home through the garage and sees me, said it was like going back in time
     
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    Williams made great tools!
     
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    On today's installment of "I have a problem"

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    Where is this “problem” I only see 3 lovelies
     
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    Not a problem a hobby and there are way more expensive hobbies , and ones way worse for you .
     
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    I love guns, fast cars, dirty 4wd trucks, and make knives.... I know about those expensive ones, just glad all mine are legal!!
     
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    This is our coffee table, it was my great grandpa’s tool box and still has many of his tools. The wife hates it but I love it. She keeps it covered with some cover she bought for it. I feel blessed to have it

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    In the corner by the fire place I have his old broad ax, adzes, boring drill and some other miscellaneous items


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    I love old tools of any kind. The treadle scroll saw/lathe is not a family piece. I bought it off someone out of their barn.
     
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    I never had dual quads or even a single quad, but I wonder what kind of mileage the hot rodders got with their big block street racers. Of course, nobody cared too much with gas prices of the 60's.
     
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    Often when I mention that I am restoring some old tool, the listener gets a little smile and asks "What are you going to to do with that?" I always say "Use it."

    Once I was restoring a forged Forest Service fire shovel. The lady I mentioned it to asked "What are you going to do with that?"

    I answered "Dig holes."

    What the hell do they think I am going to do with tools?
     

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