flea market tool finds #1: instalment 3, forgot to make a series at the start

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Blog entry by gavinzagreb posted 04-01-2012 10:25 AM 2113 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Mother nature played the best april fools joke today. For weeks we’ve had sunny 20 degree celsius weather.
Last night it snowed !! Out of no where. The mountains behind Zagreb are all white again.
This morning everything was wet and cold, but I forged ahead and made my way out to Zagrebs huge flea market again.
There was lot’s of good stuff, but i didn’t need it all or have the spare cash to buy what ever.
Here’s the pics.(low quality due to phone camera and low light)
Both of these planes had the mark of Johan Wies (Austrian plane maker), but both were too holy for my liking.

These lead screws were over an inch in diameter and about 4 foot long. One thing you never see for sale here, new or second hand, is a woodworking vice. Hard to believe, but true. I intend to make one but maybe these are just a bit too big for my needs.

A solid brass spanner ! Made in Yugoslavia, which no longer exists. Probably a collectors item but i didn’t get it.

I was going to get this old 2 handed saw, it was in good condition and I may have even used it, but later i found something better to spend my money on. The saw was only 80kuna(US$14)

A couple of old braces. They had plastic handles and I wanted wood.

This time braces with wooden handles. I bought one of them for 20 kuna (US$3.50)

An odd looking plane. Anyone got any idea as to it’s origin ? Just numbers on it.
It had a nice weight to it but the guy wanted 200 kuna (US$35) and i didn’t want to pay that for an unknown.

A collection of wooden planes. Not in the best of shape.

This is a Mafel erika 85 ec push pull table saw. I have my suspicions that it was probably stolen in Germany and brought here. It’s worth $3000, I din’t ask what he was selling it for. He also had a festool track saw that had some German written on the box in marker pen. Hmmmm.

and now, here’s what I bought.
A nice old wooden handled brace. (US$3.50)The middle handle doesn’t spin, but apart from that it’s in good working order. Will be seeking advice on restoration from fellow Lj’s.

A beautiful old scale that goes up to 200 kilos. (US$2.50)Maybe I’ll use it to weigh my excess baggage next time I fly.

drum roll please….........
something I thought I would never see at this flea market…...............
A Stanely Bailey no. 4 in almost perfect condition, just a little superficial rust. Actually looks like it’s hardly ever been used !! He wanted 150 kuna ($25) for it. It has plastic handles and I wasn’t really sure. he let me take pictures and i went and had breakfast. Decided to go back and offered him 120 kuna. Done deal !
It feels really good in my hand.
Anyone know of rough production date for this model ?

I’m going to have to make some money to keep this habit going.

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#1 posted 04-01-2012 12:52 PM

Some good stuff
Its all about “having fun”

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#2 posted 04-01-2012 04:08 PM

Looks like you are hooked? There sare some great blogs on LJ’s re: tool restoration. Haven’t seen one on a Brace. I found the bits to my dad’s brace which is functional but not well cared for. And some hand saws.

You might find the electrolysis threads interesting. i’ve got all the parts and materials for the electrolysis, just haven’t used it yet so cannot speak to the issue. There are great blogs on handle and hand saws restoration as well as planes. Have a wonderful journey!

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#3 posted 04-01-2012 05:32 PM

Here's a marvellous blog on restoring braces by Brit

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#4 posted 04-01-2012 05:42 PM

Gavinzagreb – your enthusiasm caused me to go rooting for rust this morning! A Stanley 945 brace for 20 pence

and part of a Stanley 78 plane for 5 GB pounds.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#5 posted 04-01-2012 07:10 PM

Thanks for the link Stewart, looks to be just what I need.
You got better bargains than me ! 20 p for a brace ? Ridiculous !

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#6 posted 04-01-2012 10:53 PM

I had the choice of two, but the other was the plastic handled version. I was, however, a few seconds too late to buy four lovely new boards; sycamore, ash and mahogany!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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