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Don W

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04-21-2012 12:17 AM

Every once in a while you hear of someone walking out of a flea market or antique shop with a great discovery at an absolute phenomenal price. It seems these discovery’s often happen to those who really don’t want the item other than for its monetary value, but its great to hear someone passionate about planes when you hear about the #1 they scored. So the questions are:

1. What is the rarest find you’ve ever walked out with? I’m not looking for the $5 #5s, just the $12 #9’s and such.
2. What did you do with it? Sell it and pocket the profit, set it on your mantel, hid it in a safety deposit box, use it daily, whatever?
3. Did you restore it. Even if you sold it, did you restore it first. If you kept it did you restore it.
4. Did you know what you had when you bought it?
5. If you kept it, do you put it to use?

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

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#1 posted 04-21-2012 12:22 AM

Ha! The first thing that went through my mind was my wife. I chuckled as I answered the questions in my head.

Unfortunately, the above situation has not happened to me.

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#2 posted 04-21-2012 12:49 AM

Not happened yet. I just discovered a newer antique shop in my town so I will be going there to check stuff out, but at only 26 years old, I have plenty of time for some discoveries!

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#3 posted 04-21-2012 12:52 AM

$8 out the door #4 Stanley Handyman ( a might rusty)

Still in use, after a restore

And making nice shavings

knew it was a #4 plane, wasn’t sure which.

Hey, it been busy, alright??

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#4 posted 04-21-2012 01:04 AM

Are the handymans a little more unique?

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#5 posted 04-21-2012 01:41 AM

I lucked into an estate sale once where somebody in the
family had owed a pattern shop. I acquired several crank
necked chisels and gouges, a bunch of very rare (at the
time) pinch dogs, a vintage miter trimmer and some
assorted other things like clamps. I don’t remember what
I spent but it wasn’t much. I sold some of the pieces
but still have the chisels and gouges.

I also found a Bedrock #4 at an estate sale for $4… and
I had despaired because when I was coming in I saw a
fellow leaving carrying a couple of jointer planes and
I figured guys like him had cleaned the place out. I
don’t have that one anymore either but it was a goon plane.

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#6 posted 04-21-2012 01:43 AM

That would be my Spear & Jackson 26 inch handsaw (circa 1830). It was the first saw I bought secondhand off ebay. The seller’s picture was crap, but I took a punt on it. I think I paid around £14. When I unwrapped it, I actually had goosebumps. I had never seen such a beautifully crafted tote.

I had no idea what I had when I bought it. I mean I knew it was a S&J, but not that it was that old or that gorgeous. I have restored it and once I get around to sharpening it, I intend to use it.

-- 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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#7 posted 04-21-2012 01:43 AM

Last week end we went to our local flea market and I was in search of a particular Jointer plane I had seen a few weeks before. It was still there, but the seller had rethought his pricing and decided it was made of gold with platinum inlay. I passed on it.

I did happen to find a pair of Disston saws, a D7 that was a bit pitted and a D8 that will make a great user. I paid $10 for the pair and they are in the soup right now getting cleaned up.

I also found a Witherby 8” drawknife that is sharp enough to slice paper, and a Witherby 7/8” firmer socket chisel. It needs a new handle which I’ll make in a few days. Price was $3 for both of those.

Next find was a Morrill 1A sawset dated 1880 that was still in a box, and looked nearly new except for having been bounced around in someones flea market junk…. $2

My final find was a PS&W PEXO 3/4” firmer chisel that also needs a new socket handle. It is well used, but looks well taken care of. It looks like it was being sharpened and someone just quit for some reason. It is sharp, if a little rusty and still has a burr on the cutting edge where the sharpening wasn’t finished. $1.

I made out like a bandit I think!

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#8 posted 04-21-2012 02:06 AM

Stanley #92, pristine for $17.00.

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#9 posted 04-21-2012 02:36 AM

Made out like a bandit, eh? I resemble that remark. Handymans are a bit hard to find, in decent shape.

Let’s see maybe it was a Stanley #8c @ $25. A rusty pile of stuff. Rehabbed back to a useful shape, and it is being used. I’ll keep it for a while, i think.

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#10 posted 04-21-2012 03:34 AM

A pair of Stanley 750 chisels (3/4 and 1 in) for $1 at a yard sale. Craigslist has been a treasure trove. Delta unisaw 52 in fence, hitachi 3hp router, and floor nailer for $100, Porter Cable 690 series router with D handle and plung bases, router table, set of 6 bits for $75. Not a wood working tool, but I found a benchmade assist open knife, new in the box at Goodwill for $8.88. Kept it all.

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#11 posted 04-21-2012 04:17 AM

C’man/King Seely DP and C’man/Dayton bench grinder w/ cabinet stand w/ light, trammel points, drill bit grinder stand for grinder. All in excellent condition. $150.00.
Grizz 0444Z w/ DC, blades (Freud), vernier calipers,, mobile base (Shop Fox), and miter/cross cut sled. $500.00.
All practically new.
Just don’t tell anybody.
I sometimes get pooped just haulin’ this stuff to the shop.

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#12 posted 04-21-2012 04:31 AM

I have about 55 planes many of them old Stanleys I don’t restore any of them ,they are all users I bought a stanley #1 and #2 at a garage sale. The #1 was cracked and the #2 was in fair condition I paid $5.00 for the pair. I’m a power tool guy so I don’t use my planes every day but the are still handy to have when I need them.


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#13 posted 04-21-2012 04:45 AM

I have three very heavy duty clamp/presses I have
accumulated. All three are special purpose industrial things
and I am not sure but I think I got them all for less than
scrap metal prices. Of course there was some labor involved
in moving them. These are tools for making money with
so I don’t consider them collectible, but they are
thoroughly cool to have available for a wood fabricator.

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Tyrone D

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#14 posted 04-21-2012 07:39 AM

I might have one of these stories involving a lathe in a garage sale tomorrow.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#15 posted 04-21-2012 11:17 AM

A one and two side-by-side for $5. I think this was precisely the kind of stuff Don was looking for!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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