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Four days in Regina Saskatchewan, and this was all I could scrape up. Granted, the Easter holiday didn't make it easier, but I was able to coordinate the calendar with various websites of the antiques stores I know there.

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A #70 scraper, and #27 1/2 Stanley plane. I really like the 27 1/2, and it's good when the correct cutter and chipper are there.

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A Mint Stanley Defiance #1221 eggbeater with box. A Miller Falls #15 chuck and arbor, still in the box. Presumably Craftsman set of bits, was made in W Germany, with cute original wooden box.

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Waiting on my doorstep, a Stanley #46 with extra parts, but no cutters. I'll find some!

Not pictured, but I bought an enormous amount of wood screws in those blister packages at Habitat Regina from the 25 Cent clearance table!!! Wow.. even lotsa brass screws, some sizes I don't have. Quite a score on these fasteners.

Also, there's no Lowe's in my neck of the woods, but in the Regina store I found some great deals on Nicholson rasps and Stanley Surform stuff I can't seen to find locally.

Lots of good things still to be had out there! It does comes come to market in dribs and drabs, but it is truly the best way to build your vintage tool collection.
 

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Nice! Coincidentally I was in Winnipeg over Easter for the Canucks/Jets game. Didn't get any tool shopping in. Regina seems to have a better selection than Saskatoon (where I'm from). A couple of months ago I saw a very incomplete 45. The antique dealer wanted $300 and wouldn't budge on the price.
 

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Thanks, Don!
yeah, something about the #27 1/2, the cutter is more valuable to a certain plane of higher value. Oddly, the chipper won't fit this other plane, whatever it is, just the cutter. The engagement hole for the height adjuster is in the wrong place. The #27 1/2 is among my favorite transitionals.

Thank you James!
I'm trying to think of the name of the place we went to in Saskatoon, hmmm maybe on Victoria Ave, near Las Palapas and an ice cream store. My wife got me an awesome Scottish infill plane there, and I bought a Stanley #4 type 11 or 12, still in its original box. Both for less than $200 total.

I'll keep you in mind if I hear of any leads!
 

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Are you thinking of McGowan's? He passed away in 2013 and I don't think the shop is open any more. It was quite the shop though. I was only in once years ago. Unfortunately it was before I started woodworking so I didn't even look to see what kind of tools he had.

There is a farmer in a small town about 3 hours north of here who has a decent antique shop in his yard. He's got a bunch of planes but the prices aren't great and he's coated all of them in a real thick coat of lacquer. Makes cleaning them a pain.
 

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Thank You, James!
Yes, indeed, McGowan's was the name of that shop! He seemed to have health issues, now that you mention it, he was quite the old white-haired guy as I remember him.
Hey, I'd forgotten, we bought a huge Scottish infill plane, a MINT Stanley type #12 Number four in original box, and a Record plane, and something for my wife, a Staffordshire bowl she wanted..and she reminded me the sales slip was in "the yellow box the plane came in."

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Thanks for reminding me of a great day of antiquing in Saskatoon!

We'll be in Greenwater Lake for a couple of days this summer…Any shops around Kelvington/Perigord that I shouldn't miss?
 

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One other thing, James,

Now that the Jets are in the playoffs, might there be a game next weekend here? On Fri evening and Saturday there's the Manitoba Dealer's Association Antique show at Assiniboine Downs. Two hundred fifty tables so I'm told…

I always walk out of there with an armload of old iron.
 

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If you are willing to drive up to Nipawin the guy I mentioned earlier is in Codette. Not too far from Greenwater Lake but not sure there is anything worth the drive.
 

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Thanks again, James!
I'll mostly be involved in family things on the summer trip, and don't have high expectations for finding tools of my dreams while out there. We'll have the camper in tow, so not too keen on chasing down anything off the beaten path. On the other hand, having low expectations is when I've found the best treasures.
 
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