First, the misfortune: my oldest friend, with whom I worked daily for years, is retiring and heading for the coast. Dang.
Now, the good fortune: he's not taking his tools. In fact, he's leaving them to me! Hurrah!
Some of it's old iron: a planer that has to be seen to be believed. Not giant, probably 6", but they don't build them like that any more. A shaper (I've never had one). Band saw and drill press aren't as old as the planer, they're likely from the 70's. A lathe. A Bench.
A bench, A serious, maple, handcrafted bench. Craig didn't make the bench, he got it from another of our old friends, Ralph. Ralph used to be the CFO, so he could afford the real stuff. The top looks like 4" of hard maple. Seriously well made legs. Those are maple too. For a front vise, a 12" record, mortised in. Nice tail screw end vise. Whole thing's about seven feet long, and heavy as heck. Even after I took it apart, the top stuck way out the back of my truck...
One problem: I'm not sure the tail vise was every actually installed. It came to me in pieces, except for the handle (I'll have to turn one). It's one of those L-shaped tail vises. Looks great, but I'll be darned if I can figure it out. So here's my question: does anyone have a picture of one, and can you explain to me how to install the durned thing?
Dark right now, so pics in the morning.