Shop Tools #8: Today's Finds - August 12 2007

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 08-14-2007 04:22 AM 3988 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday was the monthly antique sale here in Sacramento and my daughter and I went shopping. It is a good family outting. I’ve gotten in the habit of sharing what I find on these outings, so here are photos of this months finds. I try to purchase things that I can use and avoid collecting for collecting’s sake. Sometimes I am successful and sometimes I am not.

I have been looking for a jeweler’s frame saw for a while. They are useful for handcutting dove tails. I’ve ordered some blades for it and will give it a try later in the week. This is a nice old saw. Cost was $5.

Jeweler's Saw

I have seen quite a few wooden panel gauges. This is the first brass one I have seen. It was unmarked, but is a very high quality casting. The scribe is in good condition and set in brass as well. I do not have one and could not pass on this one for $30.

Panel Gauge

Closer view

This is a great mallet. Very heavy with perhaps a walnut head. I’m going to soak it in a little BLO. Will be interesting to see how it comes out. A bargin at $5.


This is a pair of small wooden screw clamps. This will probably violate the only buy things to use policy. They are about 4” and 6” in length. $6 for the pair.

Wooden Clamps

The Machinest’s square was $3. It is hand made and when compaired with my modern one, it is dead on. It is inscribed that it was made in 1935. The spokeshave is adjustable and was $8. I’m still looking for rounded ones. It does not appear to be marked and I have not tried to determine the manufacture yet. Anyone know who made it?
Spokeshave and Machinests Square

This is my favorite find for the day. 50 pinch dogs for $10.
Pinch Dogs

This one was more of a lark. I’m going to have to try to figure out a project to use this on. This is a threading tool from Ernie Conover. This went for $30.

Threading tool box
Threading Tool

And finally a nice little carving set from Warren tools. $20 for the set.

Warren Tools Carving Set

Thats all for this month.

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

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#1 posted 08-14-2007 04:28 AM

Looks like a good haul to me!

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Bob Babcock

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#2 posted 08-14-2007 04:29 AM

Nice haul. I think I would have been hard pressed to pass any of these by. The spoke shave and panel gauge especially.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 08-14-2007 05:23 AM

gosh, I got to find that market someday.

I especially like the lines on that coping saw frame!

-- Paul, Texas

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#4 posted 08-14-2007 05:47 AM

Thanks guys.


Here is a photo of the Jeweler’s saw next to my coping saw for contrast.

Coping and Jeweler's Saws

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

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#5 posted 08-14-2007 05:48 AM

Good work Wayne – with the threading tool you could make matching wooden clamps…then the originals will have done their job as being examples!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 08-14-2007 08:31 AM

Wow. First of all, the mallet looks like the one Noah used when building the Ark.
The threading tool can be used for making broom handles for the shop broom, and making more screw clamps. And who said you can’t use the clamps. They look very functional to me.

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#7 posted 08-14-2007 11:43 AM

Really nice finds, I wish we had these items for sale her – I would definitely have to build a bigger workshop.

Maybe I’ll have to pay so excess baggage allowance in January!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#8 posted 08-14-2007 12:51 PM

I’m sure all of these would come in handy to build a small wooden box, don’t you think so, Don?

Quite the haul. Well done!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 08-14-2007 03:22 PM

Sweet deals abound. Nice take Wayne!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#10 posted 08-14-2007 04:42 PM

Wow… I’m Jealous

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

View WayneC's profile


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#11 posted 08-15-2007 12:48 AM

Thanks guys.

Looking forward to seeing you in person Tony. I’m sure we will find a goodie or two along the way.

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

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Thos. Angle

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#12 posted 08-17-2007 03:53 AM

You made a haul, buddy.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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