My dad got a cool gift this year!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Stilettoprefer, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    My grandma is kind of dating this guy (gross right?!), well he's a super old retired machinist. My dad and I both work at a machine shop, him being the lead of inspection (former machinist), me a machinist out on the floor.

    Well Christmas Eve was at our house this year and he brought over a ziplock bag with two books in it for my dad. That bag contained a Machinery Handbook 2nd Edition! That book is from the mid-late 1910's! We're currently on the 29th edition and it's at least 2.5 times the thickness of this 2nd edition.

    The second book was a brochure for machinist tools. Depth mics for $3.25.... Nice current day depth mics are $200+!

    I'm a nerd and so is my dad. We're probably way more excited about than we should be about this stuff haha. I'll post pictures of it all tomorrow after family festivities.
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  2. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    I think those are GREAT gifts!!! I'm by no means a machinist, but I have done machining when I
    used to build motorcycles back in NY. I had a Logan lathe, built some time in the 40's. Someone gave it
    to me because he couldn't get it to work or find parts for it. I got it home, went online and found that
    Logan, although didn't make new lathes anymore, still made parts and accessories for their lathes!!! HOW COOL
    WAS THAT??!! They sent the parts I needed and the catalogs were chock full of photos from the 40's (but, unfortunately,
    pricing from the 2000's ;) )

    I have a much later addition of the Machinery Handbook, so I know how excited you and your Dad must be.

    Merry Christmas!!!
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  3. You had me at 'ziploc bag'. :)
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I have a set of auto mechanic's book from the teens somewhere around - they're interesting to flip through, and full of car names that no one even recognizes today. Old manuals like that are VERY cool!
  5. OldCityBassman


    Nov 10, 2014
    I have my granpa's 1928 edition, he was a master tool and die maker for the Gov't from the 1930's to the 60's. It is really cool, I feel there is so much we've forgotten in this modern age when I read it. Great gift!