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Forum topic by BrentParkin posted 11-01-2018 02:29 AM 1470 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-01-2018 02:29 AM

I was perusing a listing for an upcoming estate sale a couple of weeks ago and something caught my eye. There were no tools other than some real junk electrical ones in the pictures, but in a corner there was an old carpenters toolbox. Not a chest, but a box. I thought that maybe I would go see because I would like the box and enjoy rehabbing it to use when I need to take tools away from home with me.

I arrived at the sale and stood inline waiting for it to start for about an hour. As soon as they opened I headed to the garage and my wife came and headed for the basement to make sure I had a shot at the box. The listing didn’t say just where it might be at the sale. Sure enough it was in the garage. I walked up to it and noticed a price tag on it that said $40. Uggghhh. No way was I paying that for the old box. So I ignored it for a moment and then thought, why was it so much compared to everything else. So I went back to it and opened the lid. I quickly closed the lid and sat on the box. I texted my wife telling her to get out to the garage and flag someone that could sell it to me.

It didn’t have a million dollars of stuff in it. No Stanley No.1’s or such, but it did provide a lot and it was far to heavy for one person to lift. Here are some shots of the booty in it and a couple of shots of it after rehab.

A nice gloat and enough extra goodies in it to pay for the box several times over.

This is what I saw in the online listing.

This is what came out of it when I got it home.

And after some cleaning and repairs, the box now looks like this.

Looking at how some of the tools will fit.

Next up I will build some new tills to go in it and it will be ready for me to use.

-- Regards,

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#1 posted 11-01-2018 02:33 AM

Nice score!

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#2 posted 11-01-2018 02:41 AM

Holy toledo!

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#3 posted 11-01-2018 03:18 AM

Don’t confuse the nice tools in the last picture as having come with it. Those are my regular tools. All the stuff that was in the chest will get sold as it’s stuff I already have. LOL

-- Regards,

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#4 posted 11-01-2018 03:28 AM

Brent congrats!

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#5 posted 11-01-2018 04:33 AM

Nice….! A treasure trove of old tools, and for $40.00….There’s tools in there that is worth a lot more than what you paid for it….you found a bird’s nest on the ground….and you made out like a bandit….!! Good score…!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#6 posted 11-01-2018 05:01 AM

Hey Brent – I might be interested in some of those tools if you are selling them off.

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#7 posted 11-01-2018 05:29 AM

Brent, Good eye indeed! I’m not quite up to the hand tool skill level yet, but if you have an item to part with…

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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#8 posted 11-01-2018 01:12 PM

hehe, i just love it when a good buy outweights some of the other purchases i make on a whim, nice haul
Rj in az

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#9 posted 11-01-2018 08:36 PM

Does the No 62 ruler have tight joints?

I’ve got a real nice one, but it’s so nice I don’t use it… looking for one I can carry in my pocket without worrying.

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#10 posted 11-03-2018 02:02 AM

very good eye Brent! … and nice job on the restore

-- Angus- 'live the life you imagined'

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#11 posted 11-07-2018 07:46 PM

Hey Ocelot,

Both the rules are in great shape. Just really dirty. But a little wash in Oxalic acid will brighten the boxwood and clean them right up. The brass bound rule isn’t a Stanley 62 though. It’s actually a Keen Kutter 620. Same dog, different colour LOL.

Does the No 62 ruler have tight joints?

I ve got a real nice one, but it s so nice I don t use it… looking for one I can carry in my pocket without worrying.

- Ocelot

-- Regards,

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#12 posted 11-11-2018 06:29 PM

I know it’s Sunday, and “Thou shalt not covet”, but DAMN ! You got pretty lucky there, my friend. Congratulations on the great buy. Whenever I’m out on a weekend without “The Boss” to tell me not to stop, I always go to estate and yard sales. ya just never know what you’ll find. Glad you made out so well.
BTW, I’d have got the kerosene stove too, not to use but to clean up as a decorative item. I had two of them years ago that got away from me somehow.

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#13 posted 11-12-2018 12:18 PM

Nice score

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#14 posted 11-12-2018 04:43 PM

Fascinating to see your recent find. My grandfather had a tool chest with similar contents. It was passed on to my son, now 63, who just yesterday said he’d like my help in sorting out the stuff.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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