Growing Hand Tool Collection #2: More misc tools

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Blog entry by Tedstor posted 12-06-2011 06:20 AM 3243 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s a slow news day, and I haven’t added much to the site lately. SO I thought I’d share a few of my latest aquisitions. Keep in mind that I only “collect” tools which I intend to use. Most are vintage items that were in pretty good shape upon purchase. I avoid any tool that requires more than about 20 min of rehab. I typically buy my stuff off ebay, antique stores, or online dealers. I pay more than I would if I stalked the flea markets and yard sales. But the time saved is more valuable to me. So with that said:

-GEM folding miter box (left side). Never really felt the need for a full sized miter box, but this small model has come in handy on a couple of occasion. Definitely worth the $5 I paid for it.
-Jackson Dovetail Saw (bottom). I nearly bought a Veritas dovetail saw, but stumbled upon this saw first. Its in nice shape, does a nice job, and was $50 cheaper than the Veritas.

-Pair of 3” Union Dividers
-Craftsman Depth Gage
-Darling, Brown, and Sharpe 7” square. Bought this for $5. Best I can tell, it dates to the 1890s. And its still dead-on square.
-Small pair of Lowentraub calipers.
-Starrett #47 Bevel. I always wanted one of these, but couldn’t bring myself to pay the $80-90 for a new one. When this hit my radar for $10, I snagged it.
-Powerkraft Bevel. I was looking for a stanley #25, but this is what I ended up with. I don’t know much about the brand, but the tool works fine.

60s Vintage Craftsman (top) and Starrett 12” Combo Squares. I’ve always used big box combo squares in the past. I never felt a high end square offered enough additional performance to justify the price. After using these squares, I now see what the fuss is about. The scales are easier to read, the action is much smoother, and the quality is inarguably superior. Don’t get me wrong, my Empire square works well enough, but its not nearly as nice as the other two. I still wouldn’t pay $80+ for a new Starrett, but these used squares were WAY south of $80.

Oddly enough, I find myself liking the Craftsman over the Starrett. The rule has a satin finish thas easier to read than the chrome Starrett. The Craftsman is also heaftier, weighing in at 450g vs the Starrett at 400g. My Empire square is barely 250g.

I found this Millers Falls 6” Square hiding at my local restore. I had been looking for a Starrett or other high-end 6” square, but for $2, it came home with me. After a 10 minutes date with a scotchbrite pad, it was ready to work. Not much I can say about it. Its not a Starrett, but I like it enough that I’m no longer in the market for a 6” square. I love when I find a tool that I’ll use for the rest of my life….and only pay $2 for it. Its one of life’s little victories. LOL>

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#1 posted 12-06-2011 03:56 PM

Great scores! I really like the DT saw. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 12-08-2011 01:52 AM

nice score :-)


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#3 posted 11-12-2014 03:50 AM

ReStores are great for random finds. I got an old lathe spindle gouge for 10 cents once! :D

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