Booty Boater – Some Goodies From Lake Dora and Next Doora.

The Harrisons Chair, I have been waiting three years to get it, and the Harrisons have been waiting three years to throw it out. 1920’s drafting chair. Its perfect

One of the most fun parts of the Lake Dora event is the flea market, and the behind the scenes flea market there. This year it did not disappoint, and when I got back home, I had a fast chance to score some very well used workhorse workbenches. Between Zoom calls and driving to big meetings and so on, cool stuff has been loading into the Railway to be curated and put in their proper place. I think. Anyway.. Here ya go. Booty Boater!

Walked up to Jim Staibs tent as he was unloading. Never had a chance to get to the table

A very cool woodworkers tool box from Algonac Michigan

Dave Bortner dropped this off at the tent. Oh its cool, but Dave couldnt figure out what to do with it, and since I have a place full of stuff like that. Its right at home. AIRBOY outboard engine. Oh we are gonna get it started..

The find of finds. Original late 40’s early 50’s Chris Craft Shop coat. More on this later.

She is home with her other shop buddies

Then right next door, WORKBENCHES!

Trailer full of heavy wood

Some great old tools



Oil cans

Like they were always there! Right Mr B?

The oil soaked wood is amazing. The handles are homemade.

Metal top on one of them

There is a ton more, stay tuned for some HQ updates as well.


13 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Great finds, but if you keep this up you are going to have to buy some more buildings. I really love the woodworkers tool box and not just because it’s from Algonac. That top hinged stand up cover is a work of art! Thanks for sharing all your treasures!

  2. Matt
    Matt says:

    The story about the box is it was used on a cruiser and built very early, the metal edges are and Handles are cool as hell. I will do a story on it.

  3. Steve Anderson from Michigan
    Steve Anderson from Michigan says:

    Very cool treasures! It’s all so incredibly unique. I really want to dig into the airboat outboard, heretofore known as the Transom Terror! I am sure it’s ripped off it’s fair share of transom over the years.

    So, what are the 3 little blocks of wood for inside the lid on the toolbox?

  4. Murdock
    Murdock says:

    Wow Matt!!!!
    I can see it now: the movie set is nearing completion and all I hear is “Roll camera! Action!”.
    All of these items are treasures that deserve to be saved and repurposed.
    Ahhhhh, just like our place. I can close my eyes and smell the paint, varnish, gas, oil, the inboard rumble, the creaks and groans of the railway, the wind and the sound of the water.
    NO better feeling!!!!

  5. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Was on the road all weekend and didn’t get a chance to check in on WB. Looks like I missed some great pictures from Dora! It’s been fun catching up. Some nice treasures you brought home Matt.
    Nothing like cool stuff with patina👍

  6. Floydrturbo
    Floydrturbo says:

    I see some photo ops for marketing products here and a tax write off, LOL. I have supplied my 1929 old town canoe and old fly fishing gear for some outdoor clothing shoots. My prize freebie was from my stepfather‘s uncle who owned snug harbor marina on Narragansett Bay who gave me this shipwrights box from one of his carpenters who left it.Somewhere I have the skeleton key to open it and it’s full of his tools

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