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Forum topic by HorizontalMike posted 10-06-2013 01:06 PM 2721 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2013 01:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: flea market chisels hand tools score gloat

Possible gloat here, but still sorting things out. Found these at a local Market Days in one of two boxes that the vender got from someone passing on their relatives WW stuff. It all appeared to be English (so those across the pond feel free to help me ID). What I did NOT pick up though in hind sight probably should have, was the one box with maybe two dozen old molding planes in an original leather cornered box. In the bottom of that box was an old newspaper dated 1959 (probably near the time of last use?) Oh well…

The main reason for acquiring them was a slight need for more chisels and from the looks of them, a challenge to turn some new handles… ;-) Spent $30 for the lot. Not sure if I overspent, as I am sure someone out there will tell how they got all this kind of stuff for free, etc. I didn’t even haggle with the guy. So how did I do?

Working from the top:
  • The top Draw Knife appears to be French, the other has a stamp that is unreadable.
  • The oil tin and Square I am still researching
  • Spirit Level below
Assorted chisels, well used (not in order):
  • 4 “I. Sorby”
  • 1 Hearnshaw Bros.
  • 1 Marples
  • 1 Coulaux & Co.
  • 1 Ward
  • 1 with crossed flags “Warranted”
  • and 2 without markings
  • The Jack & Coke I already had… ;-)

Hockley Abby Spirit Level 200mm long

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#1 posted 10-06-2013 01:13 PM

Well Mike. I would say you did ok. I’ll bet even though some of those tools look very well used, they still last longer than that Jack and coke.

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

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#2 posted 10-06-2013 01:25 PM

+Don, some very interesting peices there !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 10-06-2013 01:36 PM

Look likes a good haul. One thing to note is that they still look like they are relatively sharp and the tips look polished. If the previous owner knew how to sharpen, then he probably bought decent quality chisels. Also looks like he sharpened the old school way with one large convex bevel instead of a bevel and a micro bevel.

Also, don’t feel like a softy because you didn’t haggle. I never haggle, and my bank account is still in the black. There are plenty of things priced correctly out there. Just because it isn’t in a department store doesn’t mean you have to haggle for it. Less than $2 per tool is good in my book. Plus, you just bought yourself the entertainment of turning 15 handles! Have fun tuning them up!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#4 posted 10-06-2013 01:45 PM

I’d say you did pretty well. The mortising chisel alone is probably worth the $30 you spent. Don’t feel bad about not haggling, a good deal is a good deal. I went to a garage sale this weekend and got 3 50” K body clamps and a Freud SD-208 dado set. I paid full asking price of $50 for all of it and I don’t feel bad for not haggling.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#5 posted 10-06-2013 01:47 PM

Well done. I also had mortise chisel envy. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 10-06-2013 01:55 PM

This definitely earns a “You suck!”

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

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#7 posted 10-06-2013 02:10 PM

Great bunch of old tools. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 10-06-2013 02:13 PM

Thanks guys, this is good to know. BTW, all of the marked chisels, other than the Coulaux, are stamped Sheffield, England, regardless of Branding. It sure seems that Sheffield was the center of the “Steel” Universe in the 1800s (of nearly all of the tools I acquired AND inspected at the Market Days).

Any ideas on that full socket chisel? (Bottom right in top image) It is 1-3/16in (31-1/2mm) wide, has no markings, and appears rough enough to possibly be a one-off. It is quite a monster.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#9 posted 10-06-2013 02:52 PM

Timber Framer chisel??

Mine is a Van Camp, 1-3/8” wide that I use like a slick. Sitting amongst my “normal” sized chisels..

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

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#10 posted 10-07-2013 05:37 AM

Great buy. Looks like it was well worth it.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#11 posted 10-07-2013 06:05 AM

I think you made a good haul. Just the draw knives alone are worth that.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 10-07-2013 01:00 PM

$30?! You did very well … looks like some very serviceable steel.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 10-07-2013 02:51 PM

Yeah, I am looking forward to using the draw knives, having never had the opportunity. As a matter of fact, I could have used such an animal on my Cobbler’s Bench project (plans called for such) but choice out of necessity to turn the legs on my newfangled lathe ;-)

I was also in the dark about “mortising chisels” per say since I have been using power tools for my needs , other than my first project workbench. That’s going to be a great additional tool as well.

Another great thing is that all of the brass rings are intact and not cracked. I plan on only turning new handles for those that have obviously been abused, but about half of them look to be near perfect, other than dirty. I am definitely going to have fun with these… 8^)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#14 posted 10-07-2013 02:53 PM

Next thing you know you will be building a shave horse for the draw knives. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 10-07-2013 03:57 PM

Just out of curiosity what brand/size is the mortise chisel?

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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