So i spent all day yesterday (Saturday) in airports and on airplanes getting home from Seattle. We had plans to go to a large flee market that was a little over a 2 hour drive from home. I was pleased when my wife recommended we stay closer to home.
The first shop we stopped in I saw a reliant scroll saw. It was marked $50 and looked in good shape. I asked if we could plug it in and turn it on. Sure was the reply, you want a price first. Well, its marked $50 I said. Oh, thats what I paid for it. So needless to say, it was more than I needed a scroll saw. At this point I’m thinking the day was going to be a pretty big bust.
Next shop was better. I looked a t a few planes and some tools when my wife said, “hey, there are some planes over here”. As i walked up I was drawn to this particular plane. Is that a Number 2? I picked it up. And I picked it up just as you see it.
I then looked to see if it was really a #2.
So now my heart is starting to pump a little faster. Really, I found a Stanley #2 in a consignment shop?
How much can it be? I very slowly turned over the price tag. $28. No way I thought. I just stood and stared. I was almost afraid to move. Of course, as the saying goes, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. So I now turned the plane over.
For $28 I bought it anyhow. It will work fine as a user and I could part it out (not that I ever would) and get my money back.
As we’re driving home we stumble on a guy selling antiques out of his garage. We stop and started to look around. He had several Stanley plane but the prices were retail, and maybe a little more. I picked up this bedrock 605. It wasn’t marked but figured based on the other prices it would be out of my price range. He was chatting with my wife so I decided to ask. $50
Well, I couldn’t pass that up. It’s a sweetheart in almost perfect shape except for a few paint spatters. This one will definitely just get a good cleaning and sharpening. No restore needed.
After some other searching, I picked up this nice Stanley knuckle plane. I thought it was an #18, but it doesn’t have an adjustment knob. It’s got an adjustable mouth like an 18, but no knob. Its in really good shape and it was $10.
And finally I wanted a few more calipers for working on the lathe, b ut for $60, I bought the whole lot.
Total take on the day:
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