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Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 03-22-2012 06:50 PM 2934 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I popped into the viewing for an auction of assorted paraphernalia last week and left a bid on a box of tools, as I couldn’t get back for the auction itself. A cast iron shooting plane had caught my eye in this mixed box. It’s a long way from being a Lie Nielsen or a Stanley, but it looked like one I could clean up and use. I ‘won’ the lot for GBP40 / $63 (surprise surprise, it went for my maximum bid!). However I’m happy with that even though there was a hefty percentage on top for buyers’ premium. (Plus a lunch for me and Mrs. YS on this return trip to the local market town)

I hadn’t taken too much notice of what else was included in the lot, but was quite happy to find quite a nice Henry Disston backed saw at the bottom of the box.

A ‘round’ moulding plane with a lovely catalogue of previous owners..

The strangest piece is this one.. A quick ‘Google’ suggests it’s a cooper’s chive or chive plane. Mmmm might come in if I ever need to make a barrel I suppose. After cleaning and oiling it’s more likely to end up in the museum where I’m honorary curator.

Then there’s the angry ‘shut the gate’ sign in cast iron; probably ex- railway. Also in this shot a rather fine set of brass castors.

I have never seen a glue pot as small as this little beauty. Body is about 3” tall.

Some other bits and bobs include a sharpening stone in its box..

And here’s the tool I actually bid for..

Was I robbed?

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 03-22-2012 07:00 PM

Its all pretty cool but I love that shooter. Never seen one like it.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 03-22-2012 07:13 PM

By far I think you got a good deal on that, the brass casters alone would sell for 40. Some very nice old stuff and no doubt a few things you will use.

-- Carpe Diem

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#3 posted 03-22-2012 07:20 PM

I wish I could be robbed that badly. You made out even if the shooter is no good.

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#4 posted 03-22-2012 07:23 PM

I like the saw, the shooter and the glue pot. I found the double handle intriguing. Do you have any idea why two handles? I wonder if one was used for carrying and the other for hanging up. I suppose the answer is obvious, but I just can’t see it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 03-22-2012 08:02 PM

Mike the gluepot is the standard design. It’s double skinned to avoid burning the glue when on the stove. The outer holds water & the inner has the animal glue.

I can’t quite understand the (fairly modern) boxwood mallet. The head is a peculiar shape; looks as though the turner had an almighty dig in.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#6 posted 03-22-2012 08:08 PM

I call them “Grab box”. Always a little surpise in them after you buy them. I think you did good. I LOVE AUCTION SALEs

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 03-22-2012 09:12 PM

Great finds Stewart, I like the glue pot.

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#8 posted 03-22-2012 09:23 PM

I’d say you got a great deal. I’d be hard pressed to get a lot like that even here in Zagreb for that price.

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#9 posted 03-22-2012 10:20 PM

very nice finds!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 03-22-2012 10:37 PM

Stewart some very intriguing tools. Looks like a good fine.

I’ve been to auctions where people walk around making up their own boxes. They take tools that look expensive and put them in the bottom of a box of junk. Someone else will find it and move it to their box.

You were lucky that your tool was still in your box that you bid on.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 03-22-2012 11:50 PM

I think ya did gr8!! I really like the “shut the gate” sign….. I think it’d be kool at the entrance of a cemetary. (some “dark” humor)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 03-23-2012 02:35 AM

Good score Stewart. I love that little glue pot. Is it cast iron? Did it come with a lid?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#13 posted 03-23-2012 06:24 AM

Wow Stewart, you struck gold there. I’d have paid about £35 pounds for that Disston No.5 alone. They’re nice saws. I recently restored one exactly the same that was filed 16TPI rip. I’d be interested to hear how many teeth yours has. They look to be quite fine.

I love the planes and casters and the signs and the glue pot. I’d say you robbed them Stewart!

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#14 posted 03-23-2012 07:39 AM

I think you did just fine with your purchase. Some of those items would make awesome shop decorations, you know wall hangers. The gate sign would sell on ebay, that type of thing sells. The best thing you should do is find a decorator or architectural salvage, they might help you find a buyer. I think you could sell all the items you don’t want an get most your money back. That plane was worth the money, its just cool.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#15 posted 03-23-2012 12:37 PM

Thanks everyomne, for your interest. Karson Yes, I was a little worried about that sort of thing, having to call back for the lot several days after the event. However, all was there (as far as I can remember) gavinzagreb _ I enjoyed your flea market video! Shipwright Yes it’s cast iron; I’ve never seen that style with a lid. Never seen one that small either. Brit – You’ve cheered me up no end! Not that I was down! I’m now looking at the saw more closely. it’s 14” x 3 1/4 with 12tpi. The medallion is 7/8” Thanks for the link to your blog. There’s more to these saws than I’d realised!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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