Plane restoration #6: What a nice deal...

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Blog entry by Alonso posted 01-18-2010 10:23 PM 10819 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello Folks,

I would like to start this new episode of my restoration blog with a question.

Have any of you ever bought something that make you feel like you are the luckiest person of the world?

Well it happened to me last Friday.

I headed up to my local flea market ( the same one I know doesn’t have any tools at all) but heck who knows maybe one day, maybe today, I though.

After about 45 minutes I was ready to leave empty handed, but there were a couple more of tents to look and I thought, “I couldn’t find anything on 200+ tents, I won’t find it now…” Oh well time to go home. Something keep pushing me to go and look to the last tent, small, just a few thing laying on the floor and a few buckets with some like re-bars sticking out. After a few seconds I decided to take a look what the old lady had for sale.
There wasn’t much, mostly some pretty old books, rusted metal buckets etc.

She asked me if I was looking for something in particular, so I told her that I’m a woodworker and I was looking for woodworking tools, old, rusty tools, then she said, wait a minute, I think I have something on this other plastic bucket……..Ohhh boy!!!!!!

My eyes couldn’t believe what I have on that plastic bucket, even better I couldn’t believe what she was asking for the whole bucket full of “rusty” tools. She said give me $20 for the everything, its too heavy and I don’t want to be carrying that back home. In a split of second she had a $20 dollar bill on her hands and I was going back home almost hyperventilating, (not really but almost)

This is what I got.

About 10 different auger drill bits

Stanley type B hand drill

Goodell Pratt Hand drill, I haven’t figured out which one is it, so if anyone can help me that will be great!!

Stanley No 921 10” Bit brace with Cocobolo handles…..

But wait there’s still more….

Stanley / Bailey No 5 1/4 , very rusty but seems like a good find, also the japanning looks like 98-99%, will see after the restoration.

And the best of all

Stanley Bailey No 7 Corrugated and a really nice condition, sorry silly me I forgot to take pictures of that , but you will see it soon on the restoration.

So here it is, know I feel like I just won the lotto, it couldn’t be any better, I even got to keep the bucket…. RMFAO

Has anyone ever get a similar deal before?

On the next episode Restoration of the No7C, 5 1/4, and 921.

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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David Craig

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 11:07 PM

Definite bragging rights there – auger, eggbeater, and TWO planes for 20 bucks? Geez. I keep running into the vendors that recognize the worth of these tools and want top dollar. My biggest payoff in the used tool department was a chest of rusty treasures that I received for helping a friend clean out a garage attic. Had some neat historical pieces in it but nothing like your find. Congrats and I look forward to seeing the restoration pics.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 11:10 PM

oh looks like grandma was out selling my tools again…if you can just send them back to me i’ll send you the $20 back. or better yet go ahead and clean them up first. ... :-)

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 11:22 PM

Thanks David, I will add the next episode of the blog later today, the 2 planes and the came out great!! Hopefully today I can get my electrolisys setup to work properly and the if it does, the 2 hand drills should came out really nice too.

I really think it was my best weekend ever (at least on the tool aspect) The old lady look tired and she didn’t really knew what she had, or what they were for (like you can see now) so that was a huge advantage on my side.

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 11:25 PM

lol, sure Paul, if I send them back to you they will include the cleaning bill, do you still want them back? lol

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 11:28 PM

Nice deal. Looks like you got two nice users. Looking forward to the after photos.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 01-18-2010 11:43 PM

just send them to me and i will not charge you for it :—)
lucky man maybee one day I will spot a deal there is half as good
then you will here me brag all over


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#7 posted 01-19-2010 01:32 AM

get some Evapo rust. Nice score!!!!!

I love rust!!!!!!

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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Andrew Wood

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#8 posted 01-19-2010 12:28 PM

I have a flee market around the corner but for some reason only one stool ever has decent enough tools worth purchasing. This guy must know what the prices of every tool is worth, as he has no such thing as a bargan. I’m convinced he is trying to sell all his tools as if they were brand spanking new.

You must have been standing at the end of a rainbow or something. Congratulations. Maybe one day I’ll get that lucky also.

-- I know what the tools are, I know what they are used for, now I just have to learn how to apply the fine art and start using them.

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#9 posted 01-23-2010 03:14 AM

congratulations ,

look’s like your ship , er , bucket finally came in !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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