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.