Charles: Great idea on the bench dog holes! I am about to build a super-heavy duty workbench for hand tool use. It will include bench dog holes and I had not even thought of that! A simple rotation of the base will be perfect for that. Thanks very much!
BJ: You are one resouceful guy - and I thank you for that idea. Interestingly, I very rarely buy used items sight unseen - but I need to do the eBay thing more than I do. I kind of had one of those [slap my head] and say "I could have had a V8" kinda moments. Again, your wisdom and experience shines brightly. Thank you!
Bill: Thanks also for your suggestions, as well. Yesterday, I visited a very good friend of mine who owns a couple of buildings full of "everything" imaginable that have anything to do with plumbing, electrical, HVAC and tools for the same. It isn't especially organized, but we were able to find numerous old drills (some metal-bodied Craftsman), but none were a match. I plan to continue my search on a casual basis, but plan to include visits to several local pawn shops. Thanks so much!
My dad was born April 24, 1929 he was an engineer after graduating from The Citadel in Charleston, SC. OPG Jr. worked-up until about 3 weeks prior to his death and was mentally sharp-as-a-tack until Christmas of 2011 - where my brother and I had to help him into my house (he had made the 30 mile drive with my Mom in the back seat with their dog). Daddy had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in June of 1992 and he died on January 17, 2012. His doctors listed several causes of death (even though the death certificate only had space for one): Prostate Cancer, Bone Cancer, Lymphatic Cancer, Multiple Double Pulmonary Embolism, Septic Shock, Internal Bleeding, he also had blood clots throughout, Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure. In the past few days before his expiration his doctor asked me and Joy into the hall and said, "your dad will not make it out alive from this hospitalization - he has enough wrong with him to kill 10 men, but those 10 men would have died 10 years ago!" I still find myself wanting to pick-up the phone and ask for his advice. Daddy was raised during the Depression by his mother and her alcoholic father - who was, as I've been told; an excellent builder - but otherwise a horrible person. That old man was getting into "street fights" until age 70 - which is the age he was when murdered on the banks of the Savannah River. He was stabbed and gutted like a deer and my dad said the murder is still unsolved and whoever did it - did Augusta, GA a big favor. That old man's tools - some dating back as far as 1839 are now in my collection.
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