Around the Shop #3: Another weekend of some Flea Market finds.

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Blog entry by Don W posted 09-02-2012 10:04 PM 1917 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: A Stanley #1. I bought it for the Grandkids. Really I did! Part 3 of Around the Shop series Part 4: Another weekend of some Flea Market finds. »

So I had kind of an odd weekend. I found out even flea markets are pricey in CT. The Elephants trunk was a bit of a bust. Prices were way out of norm for me. I did managed to squeak out one Sargent block. Maybe a #306? $5.

I always do well at stormville though.

I picked up a type 17ish #7 in great shape, a type 11 #5c, an earlier #4 that needs some love, a Sargent #415 that needs a lot of love, and a Nice #2 (Orange frog).

The new #2. This is after some quick clean up and sharpen after I got home. It was an odd situation. There were 3 tables together, the first had a buinch of rusty old #5s, #4s and some no names. Broken totes, rusty, nasty, my kind of finds. How much for the #5s I asked. $20 was the reply. I said, “really, they need a lot of work”. $20 came again. “The rest, are they $20 to”. “Pretty close” was the answer. Ok, nothing here for me, move on to the next table, which I think is the same group of guys. Well, apparently they had different selling styles. A #2. A sticker says $125. I look at it a bit and set it down. I hear a voice, $75 for the plane. I pick it up again. Look it over. Do I really want to spend $75? Its a later type, maybe 15 or 16. I set it down again. “Well, make me an offer” the guys says. Well he asked. $50. Oh no I can’t do that. “I understand” I say and set it back down. I turn to walk away. $65 I hear. Ok, he hit my magic number. I’m going home with a nice #2.

Then an antique shop in Milford we usually stop at. It not a plane kind of place, which explained the lower kind of price I guess.

All-in-all a fun weekend and a few decent finds, some I’ll flip and hope to give another woodworker some good deals, some will stay in the shop. The #2 and the #112, stays in the shop, and the Sargent block; well I’ve grown an unhealthy liking for Sargent blocks. The sickness grows.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 10:11 PM

You have scored again. The #2 looks to be super shape. What gives with the colored frog? When did they stop making the #2 planes. I have noticed the planes you buy, that I may have intetest in…are not for sale. : ) well done.

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#2 posted 09-02-2012 10:18 PM

One more thing I should have mentioned. I’ve been to stormville several times in the last couple of years. I’ve never seen a #2 or a Sargent #407 there. I almost bought a #2 and a 407 together. I could have gotten them both for $250, maybe less. I also seen another 407, but the frog was cracked, right were the pin for the iron adjuster was and the guy wanted $150. He’d come down to $125, but I thought that was to much with the broken frog. I went back to get the other 407 and it was gone. Odd how there have been none, and this weekend there was 4.

Here is what Gore says about the orange frog “During the late 1920’s and very early 1930’s, Stanley decided to paint some of the frogs (on their sides only) a bright, Cheeto’s-colored orange – you almost go blind looking at it. This orange paint covers the normal japanning that was used on the frog and main casting. Why Stanley did this is anybody’s guess. Perhaps they were trying to go one-up on the Millers Falls’ line of bench planes, where that company painted their frogs a bright red. If this is the case, it’s rather laughable as Millers Falls was never going to dethrone Stanley as the world’s leader in metallic bench planes. However, Millers Falls did debut their bench plane line in 1929, which is the same time Stanley offered their orange frogs.”

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 09-02-2012 10:26 PM

I need to get out more… Nice score on the #2 and #112. I want a #112, but I don’t want to pay what they’re worth lol

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#4 posted 09-02-2012 10:30 PM

How much will you let a number 2 go for?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#5 posted 09-03-2012 01:29 AM

Don, scores again! I’m not sure its such a good idea to let people know your hunting spots. You migh get some competition.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 09-05-2012 01:30 AM

Don you can sure find them. WOW

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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