So, I have just recently gotten into woodworking and have developed an infatuation with hand planes and other old tools. The past few months I have been going to some garage sales here and there to try and find some old tools. I was referred to a website that lists upcoming estate sales and they began sending me emails to keep me informed. I opened up my email last week to find an estate sale in my area that began at 9 am on Thursday. I opened it not expecting much, but to my surprise I saw a picture that caught my eye..
Boy was I excited! I decided that I would make it a point to stop by and hopefully be the first to snatch up the plane in the picture. Luckily, my boss doesn’t mind too much if I need to miss work for a few hours. Anyways, I showed up to the house about 20 minutes early to find nearly 20 people in line! I was scared someone else would beat me to the prize. Well, 9 am came and the doors were open. Everyone filed in and most of the men headed towards the garage. As soon as I was in I spotted the shelf that held the plane in the picture. There was so much junk in the garage that I was trapped and had to wait for people in front of me to move. I nervously kept an eye on the plane and watched a few people pass by it. I glanced at a table to my right to see 4 handsaws and realized that this guy might have more stuff I want then just that one hand plane. I keep looking as I wait in line and jackpot! Four more planes! I snatch up three of the four (I left behind a small wooden plane that was missing an iron). I give them a quick once over and don’t notice any significant damage. Luckily enough I also get the one in the picture as well. I rush to the cashier and purchase the four planes for around $40 and take them to my car since I couldn’t carry anything else. I decide to come back in and pick a couple of other interesting items.
Now what all of you are looking forward to:
Unknown plane with no markings (seems pretty low quality to me):
Union #5AG (similar to Stanley #5-1/2 w/ grooved bottom):
Unknown #7 (only marking I can make out is No. 7 near the heel):
Ohio Tool Co Plane (the front has a 15 stamped into the wood):
Stanley #259 Level:
richards & conover hardware co level (pat. OCT 29 1912):
Craftsman Doweling Jig w/ instructions:
Looks like I have some work ahead of me. This will give me a good opportunity to practice my sharpening,/honing skills. When I get some time I’ll start my first plane restoration and get a separate blog started and try to fill it with lots of pictures (which I know everyone will love).