Grandpa’s Tools

Grandpa could fix just about anything and had the tools to prove it. He had a large collection of tools for wood working, construction, electrical work, plumbing, masonry and more.

When he died I inherited some of his tools. Most of them live in my toolboxes in the garage, but these ones seemed old enough that I decided to make a display with them.

The display is hung above my computers in my office. The tools are all hung on pegboard just like my daily-use tools in the garage.

The tools are above my desk and computers
The tools are above my desk and computers

Roughly top to bottom, left to right:

A brace, a tape measure (inside the brace), monkey wrench, an awl, a folding ruler, a putty knife, a level, a ball-peen hammer, a pocket knife, book,  plumb bob, eggbeater drill, wire cutters, pipe wrench, needle nose pliers, screw driver, planer.

Some of grandpa's old tools
Some of grandpa's old tools

The book is The Complete Home Handyman’s Guide. I like it partly because it starts out with the very basics. Figure 1 is a diagram titled “Claw Hammer”.  Trying to imagine grandpa ever needing such basic instruction makes me smile. The book does get into all sorts of home repairs though and is actually still very applicable to the 1950s rambler I live in now.

IMG_The Complete Home Handyman's Guide
IMG_The Complete Home Handyman's Guide

Inside the cover is a short inscription showing that the book was given to grandpa by his father-in-law Walt Johnson.


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3 Responses to Grandpa’s Tools

  1. Caroline says:

    Love it! Great job, honey! It’s perfect.

  2. Shannon says:


    My grandfather was a journeyman electrician and worked on the Oroville Dam project in the early 1960’s. He gave my brother his study books. (I think they were a mail order study guide, where you study, take a test & mail it in to have it graded).

    He built a scale model, of the home my grandmother now lives in, out of milled down 2x. The lights work, the framing is all to scale. My aunt has it now.

    Like your grandfather, mine could build or repair anything. They don’t make them like they used to.

  3. Carlton Whitesell says:

    Am impressed with your website.Very interesting topics. My family has passed down tools for several generations. I have enjoyed making wooden planes from books I bought off the Internet,and also making the blades by grinding them from metal blanks. Much fun, and saves lots of money in buying antiques.

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