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Forum topic by Tbolt posted 05-26-2013 08:51 PM 1675 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-26-2013 08:51 PM

I am a confessed vintage hand tool collector who prefers to find my tools through auctions or known dealers, so it strikes as odd that I fell for my wifes ploy that I could find tools if I went with her on her weekly garage sale marathon…I really hate garage saleing. Long story short, we stop at a sale and she runs up the driveway while I listen to the Indy 500 on the radio. She runs back and tells me I should come look, the guy has the tool thingy things I like ( her exact words). So I drag my sorry rear into this fellas garage and the only thing I see in the tool thingy sort of thing is a couple of B&D Workmates in the box on a very very nice Sjoberg workbench that says sold on it. I ask the young man what he wants for the workmates…he tells me a Fiver for both….Sold. I then proceed to ask him what he sold the bench for and I nearly drop dead when he tells me $25 !!!. So in a down hearted way, I ask if he has any more tool type things and he says sure, I have a bunch and I just want to get rid of them, they where my dads and they are in the way. He rips off a sheet from one of the tables and reveals this

Including where a Stanley no 8 with a Bailey patented 1867 chipbreaker and a short Iron
A Stanley No 7 in decent shape
A Stanley no 6 in good working order
A Dunlap no 5 that needs work
A Vaughan no 4 size corrugated bottom
A Stanley SB 4 that looks never used yet very sad
2 unmarked no 3 size (one marked 33 & the other 3)
2 Stanley no 3’s…one a Bailey and the other of newer vintage
A Stanley no 40 in very good condition and a SW iron
4 Stanley block planes…newer vintage ( 2 adjustable mouth)
A Stanley no 030 plow plane…brandy new
And Last of a all a Stanley no 45 that looks nearly unused in Chestnut box and just missing 1 long arm and both spurs, both easily found on line. Best of all a stunning Buck Bro. No 5

All of this for the price of …...$ 50 !!!

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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#1 posted 05-26-2013 08:55 PM

How do you live with yourself? Nice haul enjoy the new toys.

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#2 posted 05-26-2013 08:58 PM

I’m not sure, but I have a feeling the wife is going to convince me to go with her more often.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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#3 posted 05-26-2013 09:04 PM

Its nice to hear that you’re still listening to your wife and that you can still move your rear end every once in awhile…what a nice haul.

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#4 posted 05-26-2013 09:04 PM

You didn’t buy those, you stole them!!!

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#5 posted 05-26-2013 09:26 PM

I gotta think of something better than “you suck”. That doesn’t even begin to cover it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 05-26-2013 09:32 PM

I don’t envy you one bit you paid what he asked and you got a great deal so well done no theft here as I see it you just shafted the guy thats all LOL Alistair grieviously envious of you purchase. LOL keep em coming bonnie laddie

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 05-26-2013 09:51 PM

dear lord…this post makes me extremely jealous.

-- Steve

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#8 posted 05-26-2013 09:58 PM

Better go buy a lottory ticket. !! Good score.

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#9 posted 05-26-2013 10:06 PM

Blackcherry, I have been listening to my wife for 27 years and because of 21 knee operations I can still move at a brisk crawl….lol
Charlie I’m sorry you feel that way…ok not really Iol
Scots and Misterbill…no stealing on my part, I offered the gent a solution to his problem and he acceptted ;)
Camps, you can take my place the next time the wife wants to go out marathon garage saleing…she might be able to sniff out a bargain for you.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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#10 posted 05-26-2013 10:14 PM

Tbolt…you are a lucky man.. Bet your feelings of garage sales have changed a bit today

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#11 posted 05-26-2013 10:53 PM

Kdc…I still think they suck, no chance I’ll stumble into a deal like that again. If the Sjoberg workbench had still been for sale, I may feel different.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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#12 posted 05-26-2013 11:10 PM

Great score. I went out yesterday to a couple of garage sales with my wife, but came home empty handed. Okay, I did bring my back home so that’s something.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#13 posted 05-26-2013 11:18 PM

Wow you hit it big. I never find deals and I also hate garage sales

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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#14 posted 05-26-2013 11:27 PM

you is one lucky Tbolt aren’t you glad your not stuck in a platen somewhere, I hit a score somewhat similar last year but the prices were a little higher but those things don’t come around often

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#15 posted 05-26-2013 11:42 PM

this is way past “You suck”.

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

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