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Blog entry by bit101 posted 04-20-2014 11:28 PM 725 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Went out to the Grafton Flea Market in Massachusetts today. It’s only maybe a 40 minute drive from my place. Spent all of $22 and came home with all this:

That’s a Stanley No. 220 block plane on the right. $10. There were a ton of block planes there. Lots of 110s, which I already have. I saw a couple Stanley No. 3’s that I didn’t really need. And 1-2 No. 4s that weren’t worth buying. One big wooden jointer plane that I hesitated too long on. The seller had packed up and left by the time I came back around for a second look.

A couple of beat up chisels that I couldn’t pass up for $1 each. I especially liked the wide one in the Japanese style.

And there was a box of knives that I fell in love with. I finally settled on 3 of them for a total of $10. I’ll use them as marking knives.

This one has a neat retractable blade.

Press the button on the end and the spring clips open up allowing the blade to slide in or out. They fit into a groove at the base of the blade to hold it firmly out.

This one is also retractable. It has a thumb screw that locks the sliding blade in or out.

But the blade can come all the way out and reverses for a pointed, awl-like marker.

Including my hand-made one, now have more marking knives than I’ll ever need. But these were too cool to pass up.

Came close to buying a saw, but again, hesitated, and the one I had my eye on got snatched up. There were also a bunch of braces and ton of bits. I was torn, but I’m just not sure I’d ever actually use them.

I was hoping to find more – maybe a decent tenon saw or a router, scrub, shoulder or jointer plane. But not this time. I’ll be back.



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#1 posted 04-23-2014 01:21 AM

Every time I see something like this I can’t help but think of my rust hunting experiences and feeling like Charlie Brown on Halloween….

“I got a rock”.

Congratulations on a fine haul!

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. Don't cry because it's over, smile....because for 7 glorious miles, everyone thought you were the real bus driver!

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