zelph wrote:DarenN, where is your grandfathers spill plane located now? Why do you think he had it nailed to the mantle?
my grandfather got emphizema and they moved to town in the early '70s. we were a clan of poor mennonites and the farm was pretty run down. the family kept the land for some years and rented out the land to a neigbor. eventually, the house and buildings were demolished, and reclaimed as farmland. i imagine that the spill plane was still nailed to the mantle.
the spill plane was nailed to the mantle cause that's the way it was supposed to be used. move the wood, not the plane. (i do this from time to time. clamp a plane in a wooden vise upside-down and pass the material over the blade).
there were other homemade tools around the farm as well.
one that i remember seeing used once was a rope twister for making three-strand rope. i sure wish i remember how that thing worked. hand made wooden gears spinning as they turned, i think. just don't remember enough, as i was too young at the time. (closing in on fifty now, that was a looooooonng time ago).