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Blog entry by gloma posted 08-26-2011 05:52 PM 971 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks everyone for the help. I have faith in most “woodworkers” as most of them, I know, are hard working & honest people. I live in southeastern Wisconsin. I have things lke a radial arm saw, drill press table saw, routers, lathe and all the stuff that goes with it. I also have some antique tools that my husband collected. The “friend” that has been “helping” me keeps telling me that he wants some of these. I also have lumber. White oak,cherry & I don’t know what else. If anyone is around here, please e-mail me at

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Greg In Maryland

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#1 posted 08-26-2011 06:26 PM

I am sorry of your loss. Hopefully you have examples of your husbands work around the house to remind you of his love of his family and of woodworking.

There isn’t anything wrong with your “friend” wanting some of the antique tools. I would do the same. Just take your time and do your homework to price things out. Some tools can be quite valuable, or not worth anything.

EBAY is a great place to valuate items. For example, do a ebay search for “Stanley Plane” and look though the postings until you see something that looks similar to what you have. Add several to your watch list and wait for the auction to be over. You’ll be able to see what the final auction price was and a good indication of where you should be.

Presuming that you have Stanley planes, this is a good website for figuring out what you have: You could also contact Patrick directly—he buys and sells all types of antique tools.

You could post pictures here and let people tell you what you have. I can imagine that with as many handtool junkes here, it would be a mad rush to be the first to inform you that you have a Stanley Number 4, type 7.

Finally, you could always use EBAY to sell your husbands collection and let the auction market take care of everything. You could indicate that larger tools must be picked up in Wisconsin.

I hope you have warm memories of your husband as you go though his stuff.

Good luck.

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#2 posted 08-26-2011 10:09 PM

Greg gave you good advice, unless you are in a big hurry to sell off and move out somewhere else, I would do the research and price your items accordingly. DON”T let friends pressure you into giving them items for free unless you know the value of the stuff to gauge what you are giving away. I know this from experience from when my father died, a so called “good friend” was helping my mother clear out his workshop and he took most of the good stuff saying that he will sell them and give the money to my mother. It never happened and when my older brother went to ask him about it he noticed that many of my fathers tools were scattered all over his place, my brother gathered what he could find and took them home. I was 14 so couldn’t do anything. I wish you luck and give you my condolences and pray that you don’t find a friend like my mother’s!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 08-26-2011 10:20 PM

What town in wisconsin do you live? I am in Dubuque, Iowa

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