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    For the photo sherrifs BD

    On the occasion of Mr Baers 63rd birthday I hope you will join me in unboxing my Grandfathers toolbox.
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    But first a little history. My grandpa was born Frank Victor Bronson Sept.14 1890 in Glen Arbor MI. In 1891 his mother died. My great grandfather Victor Bronson left him with the Skellett family, went off to work as a sailor on the great lakes and was never heard from again. Gramps was adopted at age 18 and took the Skellett name. Grandpa died in 1983 at the ripe old age of 93. My father gave me his toolbox last year and I am recreating the unboxing for your viewing pleasure. On with the show.
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    At the bottom of this picture we have a well worn D-8. Above that with the broken handle is another Disston with a noticeably thicker blade but no etch is visible. Any ideas? Above that is my Dads old Craftsman and a keyhole saw with a bent blade.
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    Next up is a close up of the D-8s handle with gramps initials carved in.
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    Now the removable tray.
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    And its contents.
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    Lets see what's in the bottom.
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    Here we have a brace and some bits in a homemade tool roll.
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    An old nail box(?) holding a collection of chisels.
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    Couple more pictures in the next post.
    Victor

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    thanks for sharing.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    Now we have a couple planes.
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    Stanley 5 and 8 and a yankee screwdriver.
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    Thanks for following along. Hope I didn't bore you.
    Victor

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    Nice story and nice tools

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    Thanks for sharing the story and the pictures.

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    Very cool tools, and a great story to go with them. Thanks for sharing the adventure.
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    Now you really know how to get our attention Victor!

    That's not only a nice box of tools, but the story makes it all the more heartwarming. I love hearing about tools being passed down from gen to gen...
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    How could we find tools like this boring. Thanks for sharing this with us Victor. Very interesting i see a number of tools in that toolbox which i also got handed down.

    The one thing i got as well instead of the actual box, was a set of draws. I refurbished them and cleaned them up after my father had used them.

    Not sure if you ever thought of it, but that wood is very very old if you work out its age. Says something about the properties of wood dont it.

    We expect the steel tools to survive but the wood.....thats fascinating.
    cheers

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    That was beautiful.

    I wish I could have heard more stories around my father's tools.

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    That is not a tool box, it is a treasure chest

    Thanks for the pics and the story, I hope you put them tools to use for a very long time!
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