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Bugguy

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Morecowbell

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Ooh, ooh! How have I missed this thread?

This is a bench I purchased locally (Indianapolis area) about a year ago, had been in a piano factory that started production in the 1870's if I recall correctly. I'm on the fence about restoring it. It has fantastic patina but it could use a 50,000 mile checkup, a new front leg (it burned, very strange), and I've learned that there's a reason they don't make wooden vise screws anymore. But it really sets the mood when you want to do some woodworking.

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de Stokesay

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Ooh, ooh! How have I missed this thread?

This is a bench I purchased locally (Indianapolis area) about a year ago, had been in a piano factory that started production in the 1870's if I recall correctly. I'm on the fence about restoring it. It has fantastic patina but it could use a 50,000 mile checkup, a new front leg (it burned, very strange), and I've learned that there's a reason they don't make wooden vise screws anymore. But it really sets the mood when you want to do some woodworking.

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I'd love to see a picture of this bench.
 

belfastboy

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I read the title of this thread and thought "damn, almost every tool I own is approaching vintage".....I bought my basic woodworking tools and all my mechanics tools over 50 years ago when I left university. I did not know what I wanted to do but I did know I was tired of reading, studying and writing essays and needed to learn to work with my hands. Bought tools; built rudimentary furniture and began to apprentice as an auto mechanic. I could not afford the top of the line stuff so settled on Craftsman and a long love affair with Sears.
 

Turnip

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Bench, vise, brazing torches and not too few other things in my workshop are indeed vintage. Many things passed down from grandfather´s / father´s days. As these have been metal professionals, as well as me, there´s no DIY tool to be found.

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Turnip

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:)

Never mind, there’s a reason why you’d have to learn this for 3 1/2 years here for getting permitted to play in a band…;)
 

Bugguy

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Seems like the best old tools are the ones that can't be improved upon and are still useful. My dad had this pipe cutter with a threader and tripod stand. I kept this cutter and use it more often than I would have thought. This past weekend I needed to cut down some heavy chromed pipe for closet rods. Choices were hacksaw, trip to the big-box store or my cutter.... it was like cutting butter. Clean and quick. Ditto for black gas pipe, etc. My son-in-law understands thin wall conduit, but this went to a whole other level. I guess this old guy still has a few tricks.

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Seems like the best old tools are the ones that can't be improved upon and are still useful. My dad had this pipe cutter with a threader and tripod stand.

Love it! So many memories. My Dad had the same (or very similar) setup and I used it to re-plumb my first house and borrowed it on a few other occasions. Years later Dad asked if I had it ... then he checked with my brother ... and finally just accused us of borrowing and losing it for a couple of decades. Then, when he moved, we found it in his shed under a pile of boards. Good times. :p

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I enjoyed Dad's Ridgid calendars as well!

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Pretty sure my wife's Granddad's set is still in his shed. Probably under a pile of boards as well by now as we've only had copper, PVC and PEX for the last 40 years.
 
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