The joys of rust hunting #3: Its Spring. First 2014 Antique show

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Blog entry by Don W posted 05-04-2014 11:13 AM 2117 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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finally proof that the long winter is over. Our first local flea market of 2014. Maybe not one of my best days, but definitely not my worst either. We had some fun, some sun, some rain, and just good old spring weather.

My first find is my favorite. As you may know, I’ve started a healthy admiration for Sargent bench planes. My goal was to obtain a #400 series in every size type 3 or older. This was the last one I needed to complete that set. A beautiful type 2 #424. All period correct as well, including the cutter.

next up is an item that has nothing to do with hand planes. A fully functional hand operated drill press. I’ve wanted one of these for a while, but they usually tote a price tag in the hundreds, so its never fit the bill. When the vendor said $50, I didn’t even dicker.

Finally a reasonably priced #203.

A Stanley type 3 #35. This has seen better days, and will never be a user again, but after showing the vendor the shortcomings of the old girl, we came to a reasonable offer.

And since I’ve completed the #400 bench plane series, and these were there, well priced and in decent shape, we might as well head down a new road with a new set of goals. How about all Sargent Transitionals. Also, twisted lat or older.

A few others, a couple nice user #4’s, a restorable Simmons, and an Eagle label Stanley level that I’m pretty sure is made from oak.

A good day to be a “collector, restorer, and a typical rust hunter.”

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 05-04-2014 11:34 AM

Don, that drill and the 203 have been on my short list for years. Great snag.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 05-04-2014 12:59 PM

Nice haul, Don. I would love to have a post drill, but just don’t have room right now. As a result, I’ve had to pass up several that were complete and priced in the $40-$60 range.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#3 posted 05-04-2014 01:03 PM

Very nice haul, Don!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 05-04-2014 01:22 PM

Looks great Don! That Jointer plane looks amazing. Your post is getting me ready for the big tool auction today. An entire estate’s worth of antique tools are getting auctioned off in Denver. I’m selling my 1850’s cabinet maker’s tool chest in the auction (the one in my profile picture). I have it loaded in the car and it looks like I’m getting ready for an Umpa Lumpa funeral!

You’ll love that post drill. I have a 1910 Champion Blower and Forge post drill that is in great shape. I can’t mount it to the wall where I’m living, so I plan to make a post stand for it.

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#5 posted 05-04-2014 01:44 PM

Walden, do you have a listing link you could post for the Denver auction? Would love to head down to it :)

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#6 posted 05-04-2014 01:56 PM

Hi Brad. I just sent you a PM. Hope to see you there.

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#7 posted 05-04-2014 02:36 PM

Don, you lucky dog. Sure wish I had rust hunting opportunities like that here.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#8 posted 05-04-2014 03:51 PM

Nice, Don. Congrats on to of your quest items

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#9 posted 05-04-2014 04:01 PM

Sargents scare me. That’s all I’d need, to start going after another brand-specific quest! I have entertained the idea of an all-type Union metallic and transitional set, I’m off to a good start there, and possibly filling out my collection of Ohios. Sargents are pretty scarce here in the tundras.

Best of luck to you, sir! Oh, and tell us what you need to fill out your Sargent trannies collection!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#10 posted 05-04-2014 04:23 PM

Don, always jealous of your epic hauls (especially THE epic haul) awesome scores you picked up first time out this season!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#11 posted 05-04-2014 09:18 PM

Wow sweet score. Cant wait to see the drill press restored

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

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#12 posted 05-04-2014 10:09 PM

...and a spirit level I see. Is that the one you’re going to butcher to see how the vials are fitted? Nice haul Don.

-- 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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#13 posted 05-05-2014 01:51 AM

No butchering of that one Andy. It’s in nice condition.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#14 posted 05-05-2014 02:03 AM

Nice score. I thought when i saw your wife with the level it was hers.

I did like that sargent. I ALMOST brought it home. I love that drill. Can’t wait to see it cleaned up.

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#15 posted 05-05-2014 01:13 PM

Congrats on the lovely Sargent planes, and that hand dril press…awesome score!

Damn, DonW is after all the old trannies, too! Most of mine appear to be Type1’s…guess I better hurry and grab the lil 3407 next time I see one! LOL.

Hey Don, any interest in looking for extra original Sargent transitional lever caps while you’re out with the wife? I’ve got a few in the ‘14 to ‘18” range that have Stanley caps…really bothers me! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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