Huge Estate Sale - 300+ Planes!

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Blog entry by grfrazee posted 01-22-2013 03:31 AM 3816 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past weekend there was an estate sale in Ottawa, IL. The owner of the estate apparently was a huge tool collector, because there were more planes on sale there than I’ve ever seen in my life. For example, the owner had five No. 113s, at least five #12s, more block and bench planes than I could keep track of, and the ever elusive and ever-so-tiny Stanley #1.

Since I’ve been looking for a few things, I figured I might as well make the 1:15 drive from Downers Grove and have a looksee. Five hours and $300 later, I came home with a pretty decent haul (no, the #1 wasn’t included, but we’ll get to that).

To break the ice, I picked up this Siegley No. 4 for $35. Probably a little spendy for the plane, but it caught my eye, and I liked the unique lateral adjuster and the integral frog design.

I passed up a Chaplin’s Patent #1211 Corrugated Jointer, which I’m still kicking myself for letting go for a measly $15. Next were a Stanley #120 and #130 block planes for $20. Again, maybe a little high for these.

I also grabbed a Stanley #97 wheel marking gauge for $20, which I find to be a fair price considering how much a similar Veritas model costs.

After this they auctioned off some antique gasoline torches and other trinkets (yawn). I snagged a nice, heavy leather punch for $17.50, which I’ve been seeking for a while. Serendipity there. There was a big antique vise sold too for $110, which I might have bid on if I hadn’t just built my workbench.

Next up was a later-model black-painted Stanley No. 71 (including all three cutters AND the adjustable fence that always seems to be missing on ebay models). I got that one for $60, and it will be a nice birthday present for my old man.

After this, five of the #113 circular planes were auctioned off. After being outbid on the first three, I finally bit the bullet and grabbed the last one for $80. I think it’s one of the earliest types of that model.

A Goodell-Pratt breast drill ($7.50) and two saw-sets ($5, one a Stanley) came next. Pretty sure those were a steal.

The last two things I picked up were a Disston 1940 Special crosscut saw and a Disston panel saw ($20 and $17.50). Both in great condition, though the 1940 has a bit of a bow to it that I’ll have to straighten out.

I didn’t take pics, but I also got (4) medium C-clamps ($20) and (3) outside calipers for the lathe. No need for pics on those, I don’t think.

I’m sure some of you would appreciate knowing what the other stuff went for. The owner had planes I hadn’t even heard of before, and some that were in such good condition it’s a shame they only sat on a shelf. For those interested, I’ve compiled a list of various planes and their selling price:

Stanley #1 – $900 (very good condition)
Stanley #2 – $110
Stanley #4 1/2 – $50-60
Stanley #6 – $40-50
Stanley #7 – $60
Stanley #8 – $50-85
Stanley #40 – $50-60 #604 – $85 #606C – $75 #140 (skew block) – $90 #12 scraper – $50-65 #71 & 71 1/2 – $40-60 #113 – $80-95 #39 Dado 1/4” – $110 #39 Dado 1/2” – $80 #39 Dado 5/8” – $80 #45 with all cutters/boxes – $80-110 #55 with all cutters/boxes – $165 & 190


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#1 posted 01-22-2013 04:02 AM

Sounds like a fun day at auction. :-)

Thanks for posting the prices too! I have just started to look around for some vintage tools to restore and use. I hate to see them on shelves not doing what they were meant to do.

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#2 posted 01-22-2013 04:43 AM

Thanks for the post. I saw that auction/estate sale and thought about heading down there too (I’m in Chicago) but didn’t want to end up dropping $300. I clearly would have with that spread.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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