Estate Sale Finds #1: Stanley Bedrock 605C Jack Plane

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Blog entry by Jeff posted 02-27-2015 05:48 PM 1616 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Any of you guys like to hit the estate sales looking for used tools?

I have recently started going to Estate Sales instead of garage sales. There seems to be more valuable “junk” at the Estate Sales. Sometimes you can find good deals if you get there first. Sometimes you pass someone walking out the door when you are walking in with the item you wanted to buy. And sometimes you find a killer deal like I did last weekend on this hand plane.

Here is my latest find.

-- "...building is far more gratifying that consuming" - Chris Schwarz

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#1 posted 02-27-2015 05:57 PM

Nice grab, that should clean up well.

I try to hit sales that list any woodworking equipment with the idea that a lot of the small hand tools won’t be in the sale listing, but if the person owned a table saw or such, then they very likely have a bunch of other tools, as well.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#2 posted 02-27-2015 06:45 PM

Nice find. That should clean up well.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 02-27-2015 08:05 PM

a nice find.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 02-28-2015 01:35 AM

Great find. If you don’t want to keep it, I’ll take it off your hands. :-) I’m somewhat of a hand plane junkie.

I’ve picked up lots of good buys at garage and estate sales. I would generally agree that you get “better junk” at the estate sales but then I’ve also walked away with decent stuff at garage sales. My wife’s picked up some planes at, believe it or not, the Goodwill and the Salvation Army. She got a #5 Keen Kutter recently at the SA.

I have to say that most of the hand planes I’ve picked up have been run of the mill Stanley #4’s but I’ll buy any dozen of those for $5 for spare parts. About my personal best lately was a #3 type 11 last fall.

My wife and I tend to be either the very first people on the first day or go on the last day. Most estate sales will discount heavily on the last day, sometimes up to 80%. We have a couple estate companies here (outside Chicago) that take all their leftovers back to a warehouse then open that up to the public a day a week. Once in a while we will find something interesting there.

If you see someone walking out with the thing you wanted, make an offer. I’ve gotten a few things that way.

I’m jonesing for garage sale season… It’s almost here. Had back surgery 3 weeks ago and haven’t been able to do estate sales either which REALLY stinks.

-- You can never have enough clamps. Can you please tell that to my wife?

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#5 posted 02-28-2015 08:15 PM

Great find. If you don t want to keep it, I ll take it off your hands. :-) I m somewhat of a hand plane junkie.
- youngd24
I think I am going to keep this one and maybe sell my No. 5 to make room for it. It is easy to become a hand plane junkie for sure. I also picked up a 22” Craftsman Jointer plane at the same sale. Craftsman pictures here

-- "...building is far more gratifying that consuming" - Chris Schwarz

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