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09-21-2020 11:30 AM

Hello, People Who Know about Woodworking Tools!

Let’s start off with I know NOTHING about woodworking tools, and I hope you will be kind enough to help me anyway. My dad has finally come to the conclusion (after 40+ years) that he is not going to pick up that woodworking hobby after all. He has ambitions of selling the tools, but I am at a bit of a loss as to how to go about that.

He has six motorized tools, all of them from probably the late 40s/early 50s? Pictures are attached. I have no idea if they work or not, and tbh I am not comfortable asking him to plug these things in for testing purposes.

So I am hoping someone has gone through this before and can point me in the right direction of someone who can help us sell them? Do I just put them up on Craigslist? Or is there a vintage tool dealer? Is there a secret underground super-hot vintage woodworking tool market? They are located in southeast Massachusetts.

Many thanks in advance,

Here is what he has with as much detail as I can manage from the Internet searches & Mom’s photography skills:

ITEM 1: WOOD SHAPER -Description/model: Sears Roebuck Craftsman Wood Shaper 103.23921 with metal stand and Craftsman ½ HP motor

ITEM 2: BAND SAW – Description/model: Delta Milwaukee Homecraft – Delta Power Tool Rockwell Manufacturing, Serial Number W1328

ITEM 3: JIG SAW – Description/model: Sears Roebuck | Craftsman 18” Jig Saw with metal stand. Serial Number 103.23151

Item 4: JOINTER-PLANER – Description/model: Atlas 6” Jointer-Planer (Model #6001) with metal stand. Serial Number 014855

ITEM 5: THICKNESS PLANER – Description/model: Sears Roebuck | Craftsman 6” Thickness Planer (Model # 103.23700) with metal stand

ITEM 6: 10” TABLE SAW – Description/model: Sears Roebuck | Craftsman 10” Motorized Table Saw (Model # 113-298051). Serial # 7112.MO152

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John Smith

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#1 posted 09-21-2020 11:44 AM

AP – what part of the world are you in ?
those are good photos – I wish everyone would take the time to take good photos.
just a simple bed sheet in the back helps a lot to hide the background clutter
and bring the item to the focal point of the conversation.
good luck with your project – I know it can be daunting.


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#2 posted 09-21-2020 12:04 PM

Facebook marketplace has been great for selling and buying lately, I prefer it to Craigslist. Dont bother with a middle man on these. In unknown condition (not plugged in to verify they work) don’t be surprised if it’s hard to get $50 each for them. Scrap is $0.02/lb and these aren’t that heavy.
As long as the cords aren’t horribly mangled there’s nothing wrong with plugging them in for a quick power cycle. Make sure there’s nothing loose around the rotating parts (shaper spindle, saw blades etc) including hands.
Look around your area on Craigslist and Facebook for similar items to gauge pricing.

I suspect the bandsaw (especially if that’s a factory light) and shaper are the most valuable but I don’t know what you’re expecting- probably $150-200 each is near top of the market I’d think. I’ve been wrong before though

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#3 posted 09-21-2020 12:32 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

+1 Nice pictures.

+1 different locations will have varied prices for used tools.

In my neighborhood, those craftsman tools sell for $50-$150 each as pictured.
Can get ~2x, if shiny with no rust on cast iron tables, they work properly, and/or have nice accessories list.

The collection of metal tool boxes on many machines makes me think you might have accessories that are commonly lost and could help increase value slightly? :)

Challenge with long neglected tool pricing is bearings dry out and often need replaced. While they may work at first power on; after half to an hour of use the bearings start making noises.

If have lots of profile cutters for the shaper table, it adds some value even if rusty.

The open ended planer or ‘alien head’ planer as sometimes called; tends to be more rare, and has a fan club. Find the right person and they pay a little more for even a rusty planer as long as nothing is broken (as parts are hard to find).

All except the table saw appear to be older US mfg models.
There is a site that has wealth of information on old US made tools. The sister discussion forum OWWM is filled with vintage tools folks that collect and restore old tools. Just watch the rules, they don’t discuss appraisals/pricing. They have a classified listing for selling old tools that might help you connect with vintage tool folks in your area? Won’t get a lot more money than selling on CL or FB, but you will know it is going to a fan of older tools. :-)

Best Luck on sale!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#4 posted 09-21-2020 12:45 PM

+1 for checking out They have a forum (BOYD) for buying and selling old wood working machinery.

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#5 posted 09-21-2020 02:42 PM

If u want to sell it’s like anything else, use Craigslist or Facebook market place. If u live in a town with a lumber crafts store like Rockler or woodcraft around u might go in there with pictures and they can give u a good idea on local prices. To get the best price u need to know if they work and clean them up. If you just want to get rid of them list them as a lot and sell them together. Not sure what your expecting but in my area all those tools together might got for as low as $600 if they are all running. Point being that they are good user tools but not overly valuable. If your dad will ever use them again or a family member would want to start wood working it would b a great for them to get them. They will appreciate them and keep the legacy alive.
Good luck. I’d love to see some of the things ur dad built with them if you’d wanna post some pics

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#6 posted 09-21-2020 02:49 PM

If u want to sell it’s like anything else, use Craigslist or Facebook market place. If u live in a town with a lumber crafts store like Rockler or woodcraft around u might go in there with pictures and they can give u a good idea on local prices.
- JCamp

At all 3 of the WoodCrafts (2) and Rockler (1) near me they have a board, where you can post your pics up, and a description to woodworkers as a sale by owner thing. You would need to decide on an asking price first though.

Best of luck selling.

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#7 posted 09-21-2020 07:38 PM

I’d like to find just one of those metal stands. To buy one today is $60 to 100 and some. Depends on what you look for. I can’t even allow myself to look at all those motors. That jointer motor has a dual shaft. And then, all those great old tools. Wow, if that alien head planer was close to me…

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#8 posted 09-21-2020 10:24 PM

I so appreciate everyone’s replies! Mom is going to go back and take pictures of whatever’s in those small metal boxes and of the metal serial plates as our next step.

I know it would be better if we knew what the machines’ working statuses are, but you should have heard the fit I threw when I heard that they had just gone down to the basement and moved the machines to take pictures. No one is particularly excited to have their 75 year-old parents messing around with electricity.

But having you all tell me this process is in fact daunting & therefore how to go about it is a huge help!! Thank you so much for all your kindnesses.

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#9 posted 09-21-2020 10:31 PM

Me? I am just outside Seattle. The parents & the tools are in SE Massachusetts, thus complicating the situation.

Mom took the pictures! They are less blurry and crooked than usual.

- aphenix

Not to get too personal but If you live that far apart why isn’t he selling them in his neck of the woods?

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#10 posted 09-21-2020 11:40 PM

Hmm, 75 is not old? LOL

Dad used to run those tools, can easily inspect the wires and plug them into wall to turn them on. He will also know if they shouldn’t be plugged in without fixing something first? Just make sure the phone is close if they hit on ground when tool works and makes so much noise they fall over in joy.

BTW – If you give us a idea of general area (State, closest big city) where the tools are located, might find a local tool nut here on LJ willing to help out? Old tool nuts tend to help each other rescue and take care of old tools. :-(0)
If I were close, I am little younger and would be happy to safely visit the basement and check condition. My FIL is living here and SWMBO takes Covid safety rules very serious. Know what it means to keep your parents safe. :)


-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#11 posted 09-21-2020 11:43 PM

I’m in central CT so am fairly close to the market your parents would theoretically sell these in. As others have mentioned, the market on tools like this isn’t terribly strong but every little bit helps. Normally the woodcraft in my area would be doing an open house at which all sorts of used stuff gets sold. That’s not the case this yr though for obvious reasons.

I agree Facebook marketplace And then Craigslist are your best options. I wouldn’t deal w/ a 3rd party if you can help it. There isn’t a big ticket item here that requires specialty or an established network of buyers

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