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 Post subject: What's your oldest tool?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:30 pm 
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I was making some cutting boards today for LOML and I was routing them on my 33 year old Workmate. It got me thinking about the Craftsman jig saw that I bought in 1968 and had to replace last year. So, what's your oldest? It should be something that you bought new, not something you bought off e-bay last month.


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Not counting my hands.....It is a set of S&K sockets my dad gave me for Christmas when I was 16.....That was 50 years ago. :)
(I don't use them any more but, they are still in the little green metal box that they came in) :)

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Hmmm, probably my set of Marples chisels....

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I have a Craftsman drill I've had since 1965. It still works but it makes a lot of noise its not supposed to. :roll:
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Sincee you stipulated something I bought new, I'd have to say this Fullerton drafting set that I bought in 1960.

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PS: For the youngsters here, the funny looking thing in the bottom right is a pen. Used with an inkwell to pen in the pencil lines you'd drawn once you've finalized the drawing. Has 2 different adjustable tips for varying line widths. :D

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Hey PK,

The oldest I have bought would probably be a Stanley low angle block plane. The oldest I own would be my grandfather's misery whip.
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oldest I bought new (other than maybe a screwdriver or two laying around) is probably my stanley chisels.... purchased in 1992 or 1993. They have finally reached their "potential" the last couple of years as I've learned to sharpen them and I still reach for them as much as I do my other chisels.

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The first tool I recall buying my self was a B&D 1/4" drill and that was in 1978 I think. I may still have it laying around some where.

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I have some "C" clamps made in Conneticut in the 1870's and they work as good as anything made today!

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My handsaw pruchased in the early 70's. I still have, but I don't use it because it needs sharpened.

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Zulu wrote:
It still works but it makes a lot of noise its not supposed to. :roll:
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My wife says the same thing about me :-D


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I have some old tools handed down to me from my father, most recently used up until a couple of years ago, is the miter saw. I have no idea how old it is but I think it has to be 60 years or less, but not a lot less. It still works but has issues with accuracy, so I retired it to the wall.

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My grand father's hammer is one my older treasured tools he died before I was born (I'm 55).
My oldest is probably a corner chisel that has an iron body and a steel cutting edge, or my treadle lathe that the best guess is early middle 1800's.
Oldest power tool is my Delta band saw made in 1934.

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A plane with the Robert Wooding maker's mark. Wooding is accepted as the first full-time British professional plane maker. I'm not sure how accurate that is but he was at the center of the development of the most advanced and sophisticated hand planes ever made. He began his apprenticeship in 1693. Unfortunately the quality and function of planes began a long decline after the mid 1700s.

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I have a bunch of automotive tools I bought new in the mid-1970's. That's about the oldest stuff I have that I bought new.

My oldest tool that I can verify the age is my bandsaw. It was built in 1910. My next oldest is my Unisaw from 1952 because I sold the metal lathe from 1938. I have an original Dremel from the 1950's (bakelite housing) but I got that from a friend. I have some wooden molding planes but I don't know when they were made. They are mid-late 1800's in appearance but I have no real clue if that is correct for them or not.


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The oldest tool I have is a small (cheeep) block plane my dad gave me in a "tool set" when I was about 5 or 6....

I don't know what happened to the rest of that set. :confused:

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I restored a 1950 unisaw last summer. works great


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An old Black & Decker router I bought probably 38-40 years ago. Still works great, but I haven't used it in years.

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my oldest tool I have is a set of 1/2 drive Snapon sockets from the 1950's It has a few sockets that are not made today because they are now metric sizes. They are 25/32 and other thirty second sizes.


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Sorry PK,
Just reread and realized you wanted oldest new tool I've bought.

Most of my early power tools were second hand, ditto for planes chisels and whatnot. Its got to be either bone handled fish knife I bought when I was 10,
or a cheap plastic Black and decker router I bought when I was 22. Both still work as far as I know!

Eric


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