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Blog entry by Rick Boyett posted 10-31-2010 04:40 AM 2077 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took my wife to First Monday Trade Days in Canton, TX. For those of you that do not know, the entire town of Canton, TX becomes a huge flea market on the weekend prior to the first Monday of each month.

There you can find lots of planes, but there are two booths that are of particular interest. Those booths have the motherlode of hand planes and other tools.

First up a 19th century workbench from Hammacher Schlemmer & Co.

Have any of you ever seen an ALUMINUM No. 45?

The ever elusive Stanley No 2

Try to ID the planes in this photo. One of them will make your eyes bug out… well a couple of them probably will…

Some more

A skewed Stanley block plane (with a removable side)

Some really nice Japanese chisels. (I almost bought them)

Take a guess at this one.

And a really beautify Bedrock No. 608

So where are these booths?

Here is a map to the trading grounds..

At the bottom of that page is a map showing the Civic Center. Both booths are about 100’ North and a little East of that building. You’ll have to look for it a little but you’ll easily find them..

There are of course a lot of planes at other booths. Today was a little skimpy as I found mostly No. 5 and No. 4 planes. Lots of planes at good negotiable prices. Both of these guys will negotiate on SOME of their items. One vendor sometimes sells things for his friends, he won’t negotiate on those items.

There is also another fella in the Civic Center itself. He has a nice selection, just not as big.

BOTH Vendors expect to be present in November and maybe December.

I hope you enjoyed the eye candy..

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#1 posted 10-31-2010 08:18 AM

WOW, thanks for posting!!! I wish I lived closer.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#2 posted 10-31-2010 11:58 AM

Is that a low angle jack plane in the one picture, a stanley no.62 if I remember right?

-- Drew, Delaware

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#3 posted 10-31-2010 01:54 PM

That looks like my kind of place. I have a sister in Texas so it might be a good time to visit.
Does anyone have any links on the net for looking up old planes,history,value etc? Thanks

-- Life is good.

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#4 posted 10-31-2010 01:59 PM

Thanks for posting Rick. How I wish we had something like this in Norway. If there is a place to buy used planes here I sure don’t know where.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 10-31-2010 02:45 PM

I am like the rest, wish I lived closer. Cool idea, thanks for posting. Maybe I need to look around my are for the flea markets and see what they have.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#6 posted 10-31-2010 03:07 PM

There was a camphor #72 in the one photo. (I do not have that one YET)
I NEED TO GO. Its on my way home ! ha Its only a 3 day drive one way !
Thanks for posting.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 10-31-2010 07:00 PM

nice post rick, looks like it is about a 6-7 hour drive from my place. May be worth it some day.
thanks for sharing.

-- RKWoods

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#8 posted 10-31-2010 07:05 PM

I would love to see a selection like that.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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