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The Tool Gathering Odessy #13: Buying frenzy on eBay

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 09-18-2011 03:23 PM 4881 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: A couple of steps back Part 13 of The Tool Gathering Odessy series Part 14: Tools are multiplying like rebates »

Yesterday was an expensive day for me…somewhat. I picked up what was advertised as a Diamond Edge plane, but I believe to actually be a Type 11 Stanley #4. It has the Diamond Edge tote and blade, but also shows Stanley patent dates and says Bailey on the toe. The Diamond Edge on the tote doesn’t quite match up with what the date of the plane looks to be, so it’s probably a bit of a frankenplane. No worries for me though. I want a user plane, so the tote won’t matter to much.

I also picked up a couple of vintage Lufkin folding rules. One was 12” and the other was 24”. I think they’re pretty cool, and since I spent less than $10 on each of them, I wouldn’t be out that much. Besides, Christopher Schwarz covered how to restore them in The Anarchist’s Tool Chest, so I already know what to do with them. :)

Did I necessarily need any of these? Not so much. I mean, I had a couple #4’s that just needed some replacement parts, but I like having planes, and this one looks to be complete. I’ll find parts for the other two and give one to my son. He’s already got a #5 I gave him, and a jointer plane of almost any description would be almost as big as he is (he’s 10).

Oh how I love buying old tools. There has to be a 12 step somewhere for this!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!



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StumpyNubs

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#1 posted 09-18-2011 04:28 PM

I know what you mean. I spent a little more than $100 yesterday on two combination planes, two coffin planes, a frame saw, six hand saws and a 36” antique saw blade. My wife said it made her sick to think about it…

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#2 posted 09-18-2011 05:03 PM

I think recovery from tool buying is more of a 24 step process. Yesterday for me was 3 hatchets and a brace.

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

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Tomcat1066

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#3 posted 09-18-2011 06:30 PM

Thinking about a hatchet after reading Tolpin’s The New Traditional Woodworker, so I know where you’re coming from Wayne.

Stumpy: That sounds like a heck of a haul for $100

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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clieb91

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#4 posted 09-18-2011 06:58 PM

You guys had a much better then me. I went out for the local yard sales and found only a few older power tools that were just too costly for what they were. Oh Well need to keep looking.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Manitario

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#5 posted 09-18-2011 08:43 PM

I started into LJ’s a complete old tool buying virgin, now I’m in the gutter with the rest of you tool buy-a-holics. I think that you have to want to get help, and I don’t want it yet…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Tomcat1066

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#6 posted 09-18-2011 08:53 PM

Chris: FWIW, I have yet to find an old tool at a yard sale and only rarely at a flea market. The one time I actually did find something kind of interesting at the flea market, they wanted way to much for it. It was interesting, but not that interesting, so I know what you mean.

Rob: The only reason I need to get help is because I have other things I need to spend my money on for the next little while…and tools need to take something akin to a back seat for the time being. They won’t though, because I need to get new chisels ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 09-18-2011 09:53 PM

Sounds like fun, I like buying off E-bay.

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