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Blog entry by Brad posted 05-22-2014 07:02 PM 2342 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The garage sale season has started anew and I have a few nice finds to show for it. Saturday’s first stop was an estate sale advertising woodworking tools. But only a vegetarian cookbook for a buck was worth bringing home.

Still bleary-eyed from getting up at 6:30 on a weekend, I activated Plan B. That meant driving 40 minutes to an out-of-the-way locale to pick over “the estate of a woodworker.” Apparently, this was the second weekend of the sale. “You should have been here a week ago because the power tools are all gone,” said the gray-bearded man running the sale. I could use a bandsaw, but there’s no hurry. When the fates are ready to provide, one will appear.

The handtool pickings were slim too, but I did find this 19th century Harvey Peace saw buried beneath a gaggle of late-model saws.

The real treasure however, and what motivated me to drive into a blowing snowstorm, was the wood. Out of an amazing variety of timber, I culled out 36 board feet of walnut, pecan, birdseye maple, oak, cherry, willow and what looks like butternut.

Even ended picking up some walnut burl and maple burl veneer.

That will come in handy for the chessboard on my project list.

I paid $55 for the lot—saw, lumber and veneer. It works out to about $1.55/bf. Or about 18% of what I calculated would be retail.

With my wood stores replenished, I’ve already started to use it. Among the boards was this really nice cut-off piece of crotch walnut.

It’s now this mitersaw handle. That kind of grain makes o-dark-thirty Saturday mornings worth the effort.

© 2014, Brad Chittim, all rights reserved.


-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#1 posted 05-22-2014 07:41 PM

Great score, Brad!

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#2 posted 05-22-2014 08:08 PM

Man that’s great score on the wood but if your going to keep doing that , you need a Bigger car to haul it in.

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#3 posted 05-22-2014 08:29 PM

You lucky dog Brad and the nice thing is it is probably all ready to use now without having to wait for it to dry out. I look forward to see how you use it all in the coming months.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 05-22-2014 11:14 PM

Great finds Brad. I never have good luck at garage sales.

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

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#5 posted 05-23-2014 03:11 PM

My little Jenny is able to haul an amazingly large amount of cargo. She stays :)

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#6 posted 05-23-2014 03:15 PM

Wow, very nice score Brad. Congrats!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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