Tool Picking

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Blog series by TrBlu updated 06-07-2015 01:14 AM 17 parts 50177 reads 60 comments total

Part 1: Cinco de Mayo - Tool Picks

05-05-2012 11:30 PM by TrBlu | 6 comments »

Beautiful day in Northeast Alabama to do a little tool picking. First stop, gathered 4 pipe clamps, 8 corner clamps, froe, Wilkinson folding drawknife, Disston one-man crosscut saw, and 10 woodworking books. One of the books was about colecting old tools. LOL Walked away from this sale only $60 lighter, in the pocket. At the second stop was only about a block away from first. I spotted this Disston D-8 Swayback. Picked it up, had it in my hand while lookin...

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Part 2: Estate Sale Weekend

05-20-2012 04:38 AM by TrBlu | 2 comments »

It’s been a nice weekend, so far, in Northeast Alabama. The weather is nice and there is an estate sale a short distance from my house. I could not go to the first day of the sale on Friday, so my Dad scoped out the tools for me. He picked up a couple planes for me. I have not seen them yet, so I will have to add that pic later. He did tell me he picked a Stanley 110 and a Worth jack plane. Saturday morning, I went to the sale and grabbed a hand full of nice toys. - One Sta...

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Part 3: YUUUUUUUUP!!! - She's a Keeper

06-09-2012 02:25 AM by TrBlu | 9 comments »

She is one of my biggest encouragers, whether it’s woodworking or life in general. Would you like to know how special my wife is? Well, today is our 21st anniversary. What does she do? She lets me get out early to go tool picking at an estate sale. First up: A pair of handles for a two-man crosscut saw. I don’t really need these, but they were too good to pass up. I will be listing these on ebay within a few days. If anyone has need of them, send me a message and we c...

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Part 4: Rare Twice Picked Weekend

06-10-2012 03:51 AM by TrBlu | 1 comment »

It is rare that I get to go picking two times in the same weeked. Today was a fun and inexpensive morning. First stop: Picked up this 1” belt sander. The previous owner said it works but “runs rough”. So, for $5 I thought I would take a chance. While there, I also picked up a clip hallogen work light for another $1. Six dollars first stop, not a bad morning. Plugged the sander up when I got home. He was right, it ran rough. A little adjustment to the tensioning s...

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Part 5: Almost didn't measure up - Shocking

07-04-2012 01:23 PM by TrBlu | 8 comments »

Well, it’s been almost four weeks since I have had a new find to show you. Honestly, the normal tool picking has been kind of slim. It fact, you might say it almost doesn’t measure up to our picking standards. The only thing I have found over the past few weeks was this 50 foot Lufkin Chrome Clad, leather bound metal tape. The tape looks almost new, with all of the number crisp and clear and winds as smooth as silk. This was a $2 find, as I was passing through an estate sal...

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Part 6: Did some picking. Now I'm grinning

09-28-2012 01:12 AM by TrBlu | 4 comments »

It has been a while since I have done any picking. One of the local estate sale dealers has me on their preview list and lets me know when sales are coming. They usually have preview hours the day before the sale starts. This week’s sale is near my house, so I stopped on my why home from work. Machinest Drill Vise AMT Squirrel Tail PlaneSargent Block Plane with brass knobs – Can someone tell me how to identify the plane number?Stanley #151 Spokeshave Starrett 50-A Tr...

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Part 7: One Heavy Shopmade Doweling Jig

01-13-2013 11:09 PM by TrBlu | 3 comments »

This jig has been in my cabinet for many years. It was made by a retired machinist, turned woodworker. I met him shortly after he had to give up woodworking because of health issues. I purchased my first table saw and drill press from him, when I was first setting up my shop and starting woodworking. This was just one of the tools and jigs I purchased from him. Unfortunately, he passed away a couple weeks later, during a medical procedure. So, I never learned the full story behind t...

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Part 8: Blue Egg Beater & Bits

09-28-2013 07:04 PM by TrBlu | 1 comment »

Been a while since I have had any tool picks. Here is this mornings small haul from an estate. A Stanley egg beater drill, a few bits for my brace and a bag of miscellaneous bits. Most of the stuff in the bag will be repurposed for some other use. Total costs $6. Saturday morning outing with my bride….PRICELESS.

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Part 9: New Nut Drivers at a Nice Price

01-20-2014 12:34 AM by TrBlu | 1 comment »

I had to run a small errand to Sears for the Mrs. While there I took a stroll through the clearance section. Spotted this set of nut drivers 75% off original price, now $9.97. Take my find to the checkout and the nice lady working there asks if I would like to apply my rewards to the purchase? Sure!! That said, I just got a brand new set of nut drivers for FREE! I LIKE FREE!!

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Part 10: WooHoo!!! Love a Great Deal

01-30-2014 10:40 PM by TrBlu | 3 comments »

This is a shameless brag. A friend of mine is scaling back his shop and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Got a great deal on this Leigh D4-24 Dovetail Jig. I’m stoked! Now if I can just get some shop time.

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Part 11: Been lookin for one of these

03-08-2014 09:16 PM by TrBlu | 3 comments »

I have added quiet a few saws to my collection over the years. Been trying to snag a saw vise off eBay for some time. Found me one while roaming through an antique mall this afternoon.

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Part 12: Finally Found a Skil HD-77

06-14-2014 04:56 AM by TrBlu | 1 comment »

New/old tool in the arsenal. I have been looking for an HD-77 for a lot of years. Scored this one on eBay, $50 delivered to the door. Her motor purrs nicely. She just needs a little clean-up and rust removal on the sole plate & small pieces. I think I will make the Restore a separate blog. Thanks for looking.

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Part 13: Friends - Good time to buy clamps!!!

06-14-2014 08:05 PM by TrBlu | 2 comments »

Most of you already know, Lowe’s is closing out Bessey clamps, in favor of carrying Irwin. I bought all the bar clamps my local stores had. Got $250 worth of clamps for less than $50’ after my 5% Lowe’s card discount. You may not know, yet…. Home Depot is closing out Irwin clamps in favor of (you guessed it) Bessey clamps. I grabbed the last K-body style clamps at my Home Depot. Just bought $110 of clamps for less than $60. If you ask, Home Depot will match Lowe&#...

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Part 14: Chest Drill Brace - Labor Day Pick

09-01-2014 11:05 PM by TrBlu | 5 comments »

Fun picking First Monday in Scottsboro, Alabama this morning. Found the Craftsman Chest Drill Brace in perfecting working condition for a really nice price. Just a small gloat, after a long picking hiatus.

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Part 15: $12 Addition to My Woodworking Library

10-25-2014 04:15 PM by TrBlu | 0 comments »

Roaming through an estate sale last weekend. I came across a few books to add to my library. When I went to check out, the manager asked me: “How does $12 sound?” I thanked him, smiled and headed to the house to start reading.

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Part 16: Valentine's Day - Planes etc.

02-14-2015 06:49 PM by TrBlu | 4 comments »

Valentine’s Day early morning tool picking. Amazing what a dozen roses can do for a tool picking Saturday. Okay, she would have gotten the roses anyway, but I’m sure it didn’t hurt. Here is this morning’s grab. Stanley Bailey No. 5Stanley No. 102 Block PlaneStanley No. 9 1/2 Block PlaneStanley No. 55 SpokeshaveCraftsman ViscosimeterHand ViseCarving Mallet Not a bad morning haul.

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Part 17: This Craftsman Followed Me Home

06-07-2015 01:14 AM by TrBlu | 7 comments »

We took advantage of a beautiful day to take a family outing and hit up a couple estate sales in our area. I found this vintage Craftsman 10-drawer tool chest in an out building. Emptied the tools and household repair parts out. Found the key in the top section. And loaded this beaut into the trunk of my car. Even empty this thing is heavy. Decided to start cleaning. The original owner used Naugahyde for drawer liners and most were still in the drawers. The worst part about the ...

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