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10 days ago

A Rapier Hand Plane Overview - 15 replies

Rapier Handplanes...What’s up with that? In North America, they are around, for sure, but there is not a whole body of research on them, as far as I know. Produced in Gateshead, England by the Anglo-Scottish Corporation, these planes are an interesting alternative to the Stanleys. I’m guessing they are all postwar, I d...

20 days ago

More Flea Market Finds Today!! - 13 replies

This event had been rained out before and postponed ‘til today. And, of course the weather channel predicted rain all day today, too, but go figure… On this SUNNY day, I snagged some pretty cool finds: Okay.. pic #1, an Edge-Rite (Eaton’s Dep’t Store) #27. This brand has the most impressive finish on the iron pa...

33 days ago

A Rogues Gallery of Transitional Planes - 14 replies

I thought I’d post some pix of my transitional planes. These were purchased by me over the years with no objective in mind, other than that they intrigue me. This collection represents only what I’ve found out there over the past three decades, ones that were priced reasonably and worthy of someday restoring. Nowadays, there̵...

34 days ago

An Ebay Miracle from a Bozo Seller!!! - 26 replies

Well, gotta admit, I still enjoy buying planes that are inexpensive, just to put ‘em away for future reference.So… when a pair of planes arrived, my wife intercepted the package. As soon as I arrived… she said “You’ve got a package….and you’re not going to like it” The contents was jangling arou...

36 days ago

Milwaukee Tool News - 6 replies

In case you keep track of such things…. (From Woodshop News) Milwaukee Tool acquires Empire Level Posted on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 14:39 Milwaukee Tool announced the acquisition of the Empire Level business based in Mukwonago, Wis.Founded in 1919, Empire Level is a provider of layout and measurement products, including levels, s...

40 days ago

Some More Recent Hand Plane Acquisitions - 22 replies

There are still some decent deals out there, on vintage planes, if you want to dedicate a Saturday or Sunday on a Plane Safari!Here’s some examples of what can be had: first, some transitionals, including some recent Liberty Bell purchases. From left, a Stanley #37 “Jenny” plane. This is the second such plane in as m...

82 days ago

Alternative Sources For Vintage Hand Planes - 6 replies

Just in case you’re not accumulating your vintage tools fast enough to suit you, here’s a few links to some rather unusual websites with member listings of hand planes for sale. What’s listed, of course, are the ones I haven’t already snagged up myself. (wink,wink) Not a whole lot of turnover on these listings, so a o...

111 days ago

A Few Old Plane Acquisitions This Week - 9 replies

My appetite for old planes was cruelly teased by an ad for a major estate sale in Arizona, for which I’m grateful to a contact there who sold me a genuine “Jenny” Stanley #37 on a Arts and Crafts website, of all places. The plane has not arrived yet, but I bought a lever cap which did arrive already, from that NHPlanePartsR...

113 days ago

A Great Lead on Some Vintage Planes and Tools, Tucson Az - 35 replies

This is an Estate Sale that somebody advised me about, starting Saturday. The pics really grabbed my interest, alas I am 1500 miles away. Maybe you’re in the neighborhood! If not, the last 20+ pics on the website will drive you crazy. http://www.caringtransitions.net/DesktopModules/PropertyAgent/Print.aspx?ModuleID=2529&T...

127 days ago

Buying That New Woodworking Truck... - 24 replies

It can’t be called “Buyer’s Remorse” when the new truck you just bought has a problem and the dealership tells you to take a hike.My truck, still under warranty, has a defective starter, or starter drive. When it’s cold, like 0 degrees F, the starter clashes with the flywheel/torque converter gear. It goes on for...

129 days ago

Who made this lever cap? - 6 replies

Ok… I got this #3 plane at a flea market, maker unknown. Heck, I’ve got PTAMPIA vol I & II, and a dozen other plane reference books. I thought I was invincible. BUT… no dice on finding a comparable photo in any book!!! DonW suggested “Defiance” but I cannot find a picture to corroborate this. At t...

132 days ago

Roger Clark's Own Illustrious Life Story: - 3 replies

Roger Clark posted this, quite a while ago, in a Media Fire forum:It’s in .pdf format. http://www.mediafire.com/download/2i9zvf024cz7qpp/Microsoft+Word+-+My+Story.pdf http://www.mediafire.com/view/7jtc291fgvm3o7b/Microsoft+Word+-+Chez+Moi.pdf May God rest your soul, Roger.

135 days ago

Funds for Wounded Veterans... some info regarding Laguna Tools - 3 replies

In the current issue of WoodShop News, there is an article about a fund set up to aid wounded veterans. sorry if this has been posted before, I am familiar with the phrase “Wounded Veterans” and I may have read it here. The text below is as it appears in the online edition, I hope I won’t get in trouble for pasting this a...

138 days ago

Today's Antique Shop Finds! - 8 replies

Slim pickens here in the winter wonderland!I batted Zero at a couple of antique shops that I go to once in a while, so I visited a couple of weekend flea markets. At one, I came up with what I believe to be possibly a Siegley #3 Then, at another, I nearly walked right on by this orphan, sitting on a 50% off table: Yup, a ‘Reco...

153 days ago

An Insurance Question: Resolved! - 58 replies

My 4 yr old snowblower was stolen from the repair shop. The shopowner handled all the insurance and police stuff. The insurance company sent a check to him, which was for my original purchase price minus 10% per year depreciation. ( it’s 4 yr old = 40%.. ouch!) My question is: Is this check mine? He wants to give me a replacement uni...

174 days ago

Question for Sargent Plane experts: - 6 replies

I’ve been searching for a Stanley #25 Transitional, there is a gap in my collection for one.Wondering, is the Sargent #3409 a suitable alternate? The cast iron upper body looks like a carbon copy of the Stanley #25, but I’m not sure. That long boattail rear end is nearly the same, visually. What I’d really like to know is...

208 days ago

A Retrospective for Missing LJ Comrades - 94 replies

Wondering if it would be appropriate to mention a few names, people who suddenly disappeared from the LJ site without explanation. Could they be in ill health, perhaps no longer living? Maybe they just got tired of this site, picked up their marbles, and left? As we approach the end of the year and the holiday season, it would be nice to kn...

224 days ago

eBay Rip-offs, Revisited - 18 replies

I’ve mentioned this in a past thread, but with Christmas coming, it bears repeating. International transactions on eBay are now subject to a ridiculous surcharge, which you are not informed of until after the deal is paid for. In other words, if you live in the USA, and purchase an item in Canada, you are now subject to a ridiculous ...

256 days ago

Of Interest to Vaughan & Bushnell Guys: - 0 replies

A local listing…for nippers! http://winnipeg.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-tools-hand-tools-Two-Pair-of-Antique-Farrier-Nippers-Blacksmith-Nippers-W0QQAdIdZ537634378 Yup, genuine V&B nippers! And I thought they only made hand planes. Text says, ”These are 2 pair of antique farrier horse shoe pliers, nippers – they a...

279 days ago

Fascinating Article on Retail Power Tool Quality - 18 replies

An “expert” on the genesis of major brands of power tools in the Canadian market speaks here: http://homes.winnipegfreepress.com/winnipeg-real-estate-articles/renovation-design/Making-the-cut-or-not/id-3575# Amusing reading, in my opinion! Here’s the first few paragraphs of the article: ” If you’re going...

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