About 10 or 11, I got my first “real” job. My grandfather had an auction house. All types of strange and wonderful objects passed through there. Lots of strange and wonderful people found their way their too. I was always on the end of a sofa or moving a box. I did a mans work…well kinda. I have pretty much stayed away from auctions most my life simply because I don’t need more junk. Today I made an exception. A local cabinet maker was “downsizing”. I was hoping to pick up a band saw or a nice lathe. Mine are both old 70’s sears hobbyist models.
What a flashback! I swear the same old guys buying the same old $2.00 boxes of the same old unidentifiable treasures. This was a second generation shop. The tools where from the 50’s or 60’s. Just the type of stuff my high school had. Great big old powermatic mortiser. The band saw was a 36” 3 phase monster. If I only had the room! It sold for less then a new 14” model. It would have resawn a 16” log. Wonderful old tools. This is what really broke my heart a 25 inch Powermatic planner sold for under $600.00! I swear I’ve seen them at around $12,000.00. EBAY doesnt look like such a bad way to sell now. A 48” wide-belt for under $1200.00. I’m suffering for the poor guy who sold it, somehow it just doesnt seem fair.
Fairness did not stop me from taking advantage of a few things. I found Virutex biscuit cutter for $25.00. A large box of small shaper cutters (I have no idea what I’ll do with them) for $22.50. I picked up a few of the $2.00 boxes of treasures I’ll never use, but they will be real nice if I ever have an auction. This is what got me…a 24” porta-cable omni jig for $70.00. All of this is tax deductible including the gas to get me there…if I remembered to record it.
I’m a big fan of second hand power equipment and old tools, but some things just never show up. This was a woodworker selling off stuff so you know the only clamps for sale where old metal C-clamps. I saw very few old hand tools and those brought what they were worth. I missed one old wooden plane it was buried in a box.
I’m not sure why, but the best part was the hamburger. Why is auction food so much better than restaurant food?