Tool Finds #1: First Great Estate Sale Find!

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Blog entry by Chris P posted 08-06-2012 12:17 AM 1558 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I have recently gotten into woodworking and after being given a book dealing with only working with hand tools I have become pretty infatuated and decided to start to do a lot of “hand tool only” projects. This coupled with a budget and my wife’s infatuation with everything antique and vintage we have started to hit the flea market/estate/yard/garage sale circuit. Today was my first awesome find. This guy was a woodworker and it showed with a shed full of tools. I ended up coming away with a Stanley No. 7 and No. 4 (The number 4 had a busted handle which was repaired fairly well. A Stanley No. 71 with one blade and a Henry Disston back saw (handle slightly cracked but still nice and sturdy) and last but not least a Millers Falls No. 5 Egg Beater drill with 2 bits in the handle. Most of them is great usable condition and now I get to test my sharpening skills! Hopefully more to come!

-- Chris, Long Island

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#1 posted 08-06-2012 12:23 AM

Nice haul!

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#2 posted 08-06-2012 12:24 AM

Very nice buy. I have been looking for a 71 or 71 1/2 to use for awhile.

use them up.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#3 posted 08-06-2012 12:38 AM

They will definitely go to good use, I saw another guy walk away with about 4 to 5 block planes and 2 stanley spokeshaves and I think one of the block planes was actually a Stanley 140, I was a little jealous.

The 71 doesn’t have the depth stop and it had the 1/2 inch blade in it, but needless to say I was pretty pumped when I found it at the bottom of a drawer.

-- Chris, Long Island

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#4 posted 08-06-2012 12:47 PM

That is a very solid haul. Enjoy spiraling down the abyss of hand-work…it’s extremely addictive.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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