My Hand Tool Journey #10: Tool Gloat!

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Blog entry by Kent Shepherd posted 1074 days ago 1890 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I never go to garage sales, but late Friday I happened to be on Craigslist and saw an add for tools that sounded interesting. When I clicked on it, i discovered he had some “Vintage Tools”. It opened at 8:00 and since I was free then I decided to check it out. I spent $95 for everything I bought. It seemed like a decent deal to me. If you know anything about any of these, your input is welcome. I know how tune and use them, but I haven’t done much research on models and what they are worth.

I ended up with a Stanley- Baily #6
Stanley #78
Stanley #4
Small plane ?
Miller Falls #10
Millers Falls Breast Drill
Spokeshave #51—no brand on it
Hand drill—no brand.
Veritas Sharpening System
Stanley Yankee Drill

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#1 posted 1074 days ago

well you sure did good kent

and as you say

“he who dies with the most tools wins”

you will certainly win big

i had hoped to come by roger clarks
then on to you
on my way home

but alas
it took me 36 hours to do a 24 hour drive
(way tired from working at mary annes)

and the rental car was way small to get any wood there

when i get settled
i hope to do that trip

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 1074 days ago

A real Score by the looks of it.. If you hold the Millers Falls plane by the rear tote, then look at it’s left side there should be their name and a number down by the sole, about dead centre ..stamped in the metal..Kinda looks like a 10 from here..
Number 51 spokeshave is probably a Stanley, I’ve seen them without their name just the number..check the top of it’s blade for a name.. The little block plane looks interesting..

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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Don W

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#3 posted 1074 days ago

Nice. I think the Millers falls is a No 10. I have one and love it. Its equal to the 4 1/2. You should be able to match it up here,

Other finds are great. Looks like you’ll be busy.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 1074 days ago

Looks like you scored very nicely!

Now, you can have fun cleaning them up, sharpening, etc.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 1074 days ago

nice score!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 1074 days ago

Sweet Score !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#7 posted 1074 days ago

You need to get out more… maybe another garage sale…lol

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#8 posted 1074 days ago

Splendid bounty.
Appears it wouldn’t take much to make ‘em good users.
The small plane is a cool Squirrel Tail or Squirrel Tail Palm Plane;
blue and red drill is a popular 1960s(?) Stanley Handyman Drill.


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#9 posted 1074 days ago

I love that Squirrel Tail plane, it is sooooooo sweet.
Yes I think also you made a good deal there, really fair.
Now you will know what to do for a while.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 1073 days ago

Nice score.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#11 posted 1073 days ago

Toys, toys, TOYS!
Great job!

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard/Wiggy.. whatever. Washington, State.

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Rick Dennington

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#12 posted 1073 days ago

Hiya Kent,

Looks like you found a birds nest on the ground….I don’t know why anyone would want that many tools… You can only use one at a time…:) Seriously… did good, and will have a good arsonal to add to your shop. Clean them up and sell me a couple…..I’ll pick them up the next time I’m in Lubbock…..:))

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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