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Blog entry by CharlieM1958 posted 02-17-2008 12:49 AM 6708 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some of you may have noticed, I purchase wood (among other things) on eBay from tme to time.

I was intrigued by this lot of inlay banding that the seller claimed to have purchased at an estate sale in Canada. It was still wrapped in its original packaging, complete with shipping label and C.O.D. sticker in the amount of $16.62 (Canadian) from the now-defunct T. Eaton Company. The seller thought the date was September of 1959, but I can’t really tell for sure. It is obviously very old. The original packaging was open, and presumably some of the inlay had been used. It was advertised as about 35 pieces (3’ long). When I unwrapped it, there were actually over 50 pieces. The bands were thinner than I had judged from the photo on eBay… they range in width from 3/32” up to 1/4”.

What amazes me is the fine detail in these. I’ve used inlay banding before, but this appears to be far superior in detail and quality to anything I’ve purchased previously. The photos don’t really do them justice. In case you are wondering, my winning bid was $58.01.

If anybody has any background info that would shed more light on the history of these, I’d love to hear it. I’m looking forward to working these into future projects.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 02-17-2008 12:53 AM

You lucky dog! That’s one heck of a find.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-17-2008 12:54 AM

They’re junk. Mail them to me immediately for proper disposal ;)

Seriously, I have nothing to offer except for a congrats for that beautiful stuff!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 02-17-2008 01:05 AM

Charlie, I can’t offer info of my own but there is a short blurb here.
A few years ago there was better write up in a Lee Valley catalogue, which I no longer have. (

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#4 posted 02-17-2008 01:28 AM

Thanks, MrWoody. Compared to Lee Valley prices, looks like I got a bargain.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-17-2008 01:38 AM

big problem charlie , that stuff is highly illeagal to import into the u s . being that we are friends i wont haul you in this time . pack it up amd mail ….... this is not working is it ? lol nice score charlie enjoy !

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#6 posted 02-17-2008 02:05 AM

smooth Charlie, I`m looking forward to seeing them in your up coming projects

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#7 posted 02-17-2008 02:05 AM

Pretty cool find!

I am looking forward to see what you use it on.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 02-17-2008 02:26 AM

Great find Charlie.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 02-17-2008 02:30 AM

Wonderful find. Ebay is a nice resource for wood and tools if you are selective. Now that you have these inlays you have a good excuse to get into the shop (as if you really needed one).

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 02-17-2008 02:46 AM

always nice to get more (Much more) than you bargained for.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 02-17-2008 03:36 AM

SCORE!!!! Looks like you’ve come up Chaz, Now dat’s how we like ta roll in dis hood!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#12 posted 02-17-2008 07:43 AM

Good find, inlay strips are expensive.

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 02-17-2008 12:24 PM

Great catch Charlie. That should “jazz up” some projects.

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Thos. Angle

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#14 posted 02-17-2008 04:25 PM

Great, Charlie, now everybody will be looking on E-Bay and we’ll never get any more bargain!!! those are beautiful. Congrats.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#15 posted 02-17-2008 07:46 PM

It’s getting harder and harder to find eBay bargains because everybody already is looking.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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