What the Crap (finding afforable tools)

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Blog entry by Cleveland posted 03-27-2012 02:13 AM 1299 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok… I have been working on a project for my daughter and needed a Rabbet plane. I have searched the internet as best as this old boy from the hills knows how. I have found nothing that seems reasonable. Ebay.. sure you can find some good deals…then you have to bid… and then watch the dang thang to make sure someone doesn’t jerk it out from under you with only nano seconds to spare.. So.. I have a question and hopefully someone can answer me as I am at my wits end.. Is there a website that sells at least decent planes and other hand tools used? no bidding… no “not finding anything at all on craigslist” just a solid price on a solid tool… I wanted to buy something new as I have been burned buying used tools more than once.. But everybody is so proud of their shi#$..... Lie Nielsen…I’m not even going to get started on….granted they are american made and of utmost quality… but working men can’t afford them…or at least this working man (who is laid off at the moment) even if I were working I still couldn’t afford much from them.. Lee Valley/Veritas… Much more affordable and there are a few things that I will be purchasing from them new pretty soon.. But still their planes are up there… Then you have Groz… nuff said… so all the things that seem to be in the middle….Stanley… Millers falls…Record…anant Sargeant… and so on are only available on ebay??? What the Crap? Can anyone on lumberjocks put me onto a website that sells older hand tools that are still worth having at a decent price? or does anyone on here have a rabbet plane that they would like to sell with out me taking out a second mortgage.and not having Groz stamped on the side…. DAD GUM talking about frustrated… someone please help me out here….. Happy Cutting

-- Clevo

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#1 posted 03-27-2012 02:33 AM

Here is one place to look:

Patrick Leach sends out emails, but generally sells stuff for pretty reasonable prices.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 03-27-2012 02:42 AM

Surely one of these is within your budget.
You may have to do a little fine tuneing to get it to work really great, but I suspect that they are quite serviceable.

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#3 posted 03-27-2012 02:48 AM

Brass city tools, walt is the man… Click Tools for Sale or send him a note.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 03:15 AM

Cleveland A lot of use get them from auctions and flea markets. For next to nothing and do the refurbs ourselves. Its fun, you save big bucks, you learn something and best of all you save a tool.
Show the restoration before and after.
What you might think is an rusted piece of crap, is a gem in the rust.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 03-27-2012 10:52 AM

I have been conducting a similar internet search and come across two sites with some promise.

I just ordered a Stanley #5 jack plane off of thebestthings for $99. Then I found vintagetools selling one for $65. Both sites sell some very high priced collectors items as well as some cheaper user tools.

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#6 posted 03-27-2012 01:14 PM

There are projects and even videos on here that explain how to create a rabbet plane from a chisel. Just need to make a basic body and tight-fitting wedge. You can also spring for a high-quality blade and build the body around it for a fraction of the cost of a new plane. I did something of this sort and have a very functional 3/4’’ rabbet plane (for maybe $30).

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#7 posted 03-28-2012 05:30 PM

Thanks fella’s …. I’ve searched the flea markets and haven’t come up with much…. I’d rather do that than shop online…but dang….

-- Clevo

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#8 posted 03-29-2012 12:19 AM

Clevo the wife and I go about once a month. We will pick a direction and drive 100 or so miles. I will go to 3 or 4 second hand shops, flea markets, antique shops etc… and out of ten of them I might find one good tool.
These are finds I have acquired.
$20-$35 apiece.

Here is 6 months and a dozen little country towns all within 75 miles of the house.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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