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I have several Bridge City Tools I am sad to get rid of

by Junginit
posted 775 days ago


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Jorge G.

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#1 posted 775 days ago

Let me know when you are ready to sell, I am interested on the shoulder plane, crowning and 40º plane

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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David Craig

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#2 posted 775 days ago

I understand the need for money and it is true that you can get a pretty good sum for these. Do keep in mind that you have a one of a kind hand tool collection here. If you get rid of these, you will never have a collection like this again…ever. I am guessing you are a fairly young man. Middle age has a habit of kicking you in the bottom over moments like this :)

Good luck,

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Don W

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#3 posted 775 days ago

dito on what David said.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Howie

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#4 posted 775 days ago

Put them on e-bay since for the most part they look brand new and are still in the box. Just like a retailer would have them in his store….

-- Life is good.

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Don W

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#5 posted 775 days ago

if you really want to sell, you could also find a good auction house or tool sales that specializes with tools. Someone like Patrick Leach (not endorsing him, he’s just one I know is reputable). Ebay sounds cheap, but between ebay and paypal fees plan on loosing about 20%. I know a seller will take that, but I think you could get more consistent results.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Charlie

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#6 posted 775 days ago

Wow. These are stunning gorgeous. Do people actually get them dirty? I didn’t understand the pricing until I went and looked at them.

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Dan Krager

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#7 posted 775 days ago

Ditto also with David and DonW. It is almost certain there will come a day when you regret breaking up this marvelous collection. I’d do everything in my power to keep this even if I had to deliver pizzas. It is way out of my league.
Dan

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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jdmaher

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#8 posted 775 days ago

What DonW said.

If you’re not in to woodworking, maybe its not the right collection for you – and I do believe these are collectibles, rather than working tools. Not every collectible goes up in value over time, so its not necessarily smart to hang on to them as an investment (ask me about book collecting sometime). An auction house or tool dealer might be able to advise you.

That looks like at least $12,000 worth of collection (hopefully, MUCH more). You could have a down payment on a first house for you newlyweds. Much as I love woodworking and woodworking tools, my marriage is literally infinitely more valuable to me than all of that. Being able to buy a house when we started our marriage would have made a big difference to us.

DO let us know what you decide and how it turns out.

And hang out around here for awhile. You might catch the woodworking bug – and this is a truly wonderful life-long avocation.

Good luck!

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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Howie

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#9 posted 774 days ago

Sorry folks, still have to be sceptical. For a collection that was inherited there is an awful lot of information and brand new tools.
Just MHO, maybe I’m wrong.

-- Life is good.

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Loren

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#10 posted 774 days ago

I would suggest that no Lumberjocks should try to make a deal
with this seller unless it’s a cash-and-carry deal. I would not
send him money in the mail or via Paypal, check, or bank wire
unless you thoroughly understand how scams can be run
through these payment methods and what the risks are.

With that caution stated, the less common of these tools
will hold value and probably appreciate in the coming years,
especially if the collection is kept together. The collection
may be parted-out but I would recommend holding out
for a buyer who will take the whole lot and pay a premium
for it.

The more common regular-production Bridge City tools
you might as well sell off on ebay where they should fetch
around 80% of retail, give or take.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Don W

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#11 posted 774 days ago

Loren, the first thing I do when something is posted for sale here is look at how long the seller has been a member. If its a new member, or a member that only has ’’for sale’’ post, I won’t buy. The better the deal sounds the faster I run. In this case it was a request for advice. Since my advice is free, and worth every penny, I responded.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Howie

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#12 posted 774 days ago

Don, you are certainly correct in your response for advise. I just don’t have a good feel for something like this with all the “pertinent” prices and information by someone that just signed up that “inherited” a bunch of high dollar items(tools). If he didn’t have time to use any of them how come he had time to look up all the prices, sign up here and post all of them. Call me over cautious,skeptical whatever, I just don’t have a good feel for this one.

-- Life is good.

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Junginit

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#13 posted 774 days ago

Hey evevryone,

Thanks for the suggestions! It looks like eBay might be the method of choice since it protects both the buyer and seller.

I hear the skeptics and I am glad you are there. Keeps people thinking straight. But I haven’t offered them for sale yet and trying to see which option would work best.

If you live in Southern California or a couple of hours away I could maybe let you come see them or meet you halfway if you were a serious cash in hand buyer.

But I am curious mainly on how to price these tools. Does anyone know some of the going rates on these tools? The prices I listed above are retail. Should I list them on eBay at retail and then let them be bid up?

Also since it is a numbers matching set, would it be beneficial to list those numbered as a set on eBay? Do you think anyone would rather buy the set?

And I really do wish I could keep these tools, but with the upcoming events in my life I need to let them go.

Thanks again for looking and appreciate the advice, looking forward to some more. When they do get listed on eBay I will post the links as well.

Thanks,

-Bryan

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Junginit

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#14 posted 774 days ago

And yes I just signed up for this forum. It was recommended to be by someone at the Bridge City Tools forums. You guys have a nice active community here. Really like all the info!

-Bryan

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Junginit

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#15 posted 774 days ago

Oh, also emailed Patrick Leach to hear his advice and fees.

Thanks Don W!

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Don W

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#16 posted 774 days ago

email Josh at http://hyperkitten.com/blog/?p=356 as well. There are a lot of reputable tool dealers.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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planeBill

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#17 posted 774 days ago

I’ll take the end locking t-bevel. That is a certainty. Contact me when you want to part with it.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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Junginit

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#18 posted 767 days ago

Hey Everyone,

Just letting you know I am going to sell the tools above. If you want them before they got to ebay, send me a message and we can work on a deal.

I am located in Southern California if you want to meet somewhere to exchange the tools.

Thanks!

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Junginit

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#19 posted 767 days ago

Also, if anyone could give me advice as to which ones are more rare, I might list those specific ones on ebay.

Thanks!

-Bryan

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Junginit

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#20 posted 759 days ago

Starting to list tools on ebay now. VP-60 is currently up. Go search it out. Will be listing other over the weekend.

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Bill White

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#21 posted 759 days ago

They aren’t tools. They are jewelry.
Good luck.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Mainiac Matt

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#22 posted 759 days ago

These are all top quality tools and many are no longer available from the manufacturer, so selling them at a professional auction that targets collectors of fine tools would probably be your best bet… (not a bargain basement foreclosure type gig) I’d seriously consider contacting someone at Christy’s or Sutherby’s.

Selling them individually will take a long time, perhaps years… and unless you list them with a high reserve price, you may wind up letting them go for literally pennies on the dollar.

If they were the personal tools of a charished loved one who has gone “to the other side”.... I would sit on them for at least a year… That’s what they tell widows to do. As they often are grief stricken and not making sound decisions. It may be that a few years from now you find yourself saying “I really wish I still had dad’s __ as a keepsake to remember him and the things he was passionate about”

If you have any shared passion for woodworking, I would try to hang on to them, as you may derive hundreds of hours of joy working with them…. and feel connected to your departed loved one…. and yet, could never afford to replace them. I’d dare say that some of those items may not even be replaceable.

Since you’re soon to be married… you may want to get your future wifes input.

Regardless…. I wish you a clear and level head in your decision and condolences on the loss of whoever it was that remembered you with an awesome gift.

If you really must sell them…. contact a professional who will represent YOUR interest. Not a tool dealer who want to buy them cheap and resell them rich. I’m not sure e-bay would be the way to go….. but if you do e-bay and they sell quickly…. then you’ll know you let them go to easilly. You can always relist them at a higher price.

Regardless of what you do…. pick out one or two of the real gems that you especially love, and keep them for yourself.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Junginit

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#23 posted 755 days ago

VP-60 selling on ebay in next 15 min

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Junginit

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#24 posted 755 days ago

Updated the original post to reflect what has been sold and what is now on ebay. Will be listing more on ebay this week.

Thanks for looking!

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Hai

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#25 posted 755 days ago

Just so everyone here know ,I have bought several item from Byran in person and through the mail .I can tell you the guy is legit .

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waho6o9

4744 posts in 1172 days


#26 posted 755 days ago

You might want to post on talkFestool as they would love to purchase those fine
tools.
http://www.talkfestool.com/vb/

Be advised those are one of a kind and fetch a hefty premium, do not sell.

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Junginit

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#27 posted 754 days ago

Thanks Hai! Hope you see some on eBay you want!

Thanks waho6o9, I will go check that forum out right now!

Also, tools listed on eBay have no reserve. The starting bid is the starting point.

-Bryan

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Mosquito

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#28 posted 754 days ago

wish I had the money, I liked the look and function of the shoulder plane… but unless you want to come down by about oh… 400% it’s out of the range I’m willing to spend lol Not saying you should, just saying if you want to… let me know ;-)

Best of luck! A lot of high quality tools there.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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Junginit

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#29 posted 754 days ago

Mos,

I wish I had the money to make deals with people so I could just let them go less.

Thanks!

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mole

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#30 posted 750 days ago

Hi, can you give me more info about the BCT millennium brace that you have?

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Junginit

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#31 posted 748 days ago

Listed 6 more items on ebay. Take a look if you get a chance.

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rafa

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#32 posted 571 days ago

Are any of the items still available?

-- Rafa -- Whittier, Ca

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charlzz4jaxx

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#33 posted 332 days ago

Do you still have the Bridge City Tools 88° Paring Guide?
If you do I’d like to buy it.
Thanks
cguerin4@clear.net

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