Estate/Garage Sale Finds #1: First Estate Sale attempt

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Blog entry by hodgepodge posted 05-02-2011 04:05 PM 5796 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I have just recently gotten into woodworking and have developed an infatuation with hand planes and other old tools. The past few months I have been going to some garage sales here and there to try and find some old tools. I was referred to a website that lists upcoming estate sales and they began sending me emails to keep me informed. I opened up my email last week to find an estate sale in my area that began at 9 am on Thursday. I opened it not expecting much, but to my surprise I saw a picture that caught my eye..

Boy was I excited! I decided that I would make it a point to stop by and hopefully be the first to snatch up the plane in the picture. Luckily, my boss doesn’t mind too much if I need to miss work for a few hours. Anyways, I showed up to the house about 20 minutes early to find nearly 20 people in line! I was scared someone else would beat me to the prize. Well, 9 am came and the doors were open. Everyone filed in and most of the men headed towards the garage. As soon as I was in I spotted the shelf that held the plane in the picture. There was so much junk in the garage that I was trapped and had to wait for people in front of me to move. I nervously kept an eye on the plane and watched a few people pass by it. I glanced at a table to my right to see 4 handsaws and realized that this guy might have more stuff I want then just that one hand plane. I keep looking as I wait in line and jackpot! Four more planes! I snatch up three of the four (I left behind a small wooden plane that was missing an iron). I give them a quick once over and don’t notice any significant damage. Luckily enough I also get the one in the picture as well. I rush to the cashier and purchase the four planes for around $40 and take them to my car since I couldn’t carry anything else. I decide to come back in and pick a couple of other interesting items.

Now what all of you are looking forward to:

Unknown plane with no markings (seems pretty low quality to me):

Union #5AG (similar to Stanley #5-1/2 w/ grooved bottom):

Unknown #7 (only marking I can make out is No. 7 near the heel):

Ohio Tool Co Plane (the front has a 15 stamped into the wood):

Stanley #259 Level:

richards & conover hardware co level (pat. OCT 29 1912):

Craftsman Doweling Jig w/ instructions:

Jorgensen clamp:

Looks like I have some work ahead of me. This will give me a good opportunity to practice my sharpening,/honing skills. When I get some time I’ll start my first plane restoration and get a separate blog started and try to fill it with lots of pictures (which I know everyone will love).

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#1 posted 05-02-2011 04:25 PM

I get many of my tools this way. I got this last Saturday morning for $1. It’s a Sargent scraper, adjustable angle, made between the early 20’s to the early 40’s, at least that’s what I learned from google. It was on the route of my morning walk, so I didn’t have to go out of my way.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#2 posted 05-02-2011 04:33 PM

Good finds. Your luck is better than mine. I went to an estate sale this weekend in a very nice area, great looking house, evidence of much handyman/craftsman type work. Not one single tool of any kind in the entire house, not so much as a bent screwdriver. Just room after room stuffed to the rafters with female tchotchkes, trinkets, baubles, curios and geegaws.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#3 posted 05-02-2011 06:40 PM

Nice pick-up hairy, I also picked up what I thought was an Awl. Turns out it was just an ice pick though :(

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#4 posted 05-02-2011 06:52 PM

Nice score !!! the First Plane looks like a Defiance(usually marked on the Blade)

My Score – Garage Sale Last week – Stanley Bailey # 7C for . . . . . . . $ 5.00

Saweet !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 05-02-2011 08:12 PM

I’ll have to get some more pictures of the unknown ones and upload them. I have had a look and I don’t think it’s a Defiance from what I have seen. The lever cap and the adjustment knob appear way to different.

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