I usually have to stay away from ebay, because it tends to be a little addictive for me. Just got a couple of good deals.
It all started because I was looking for a “Big Boy” plane for my 21 month old. I have a Stanley Handyman 1203 (similar in size to a Stanley #4 but 1/4” narrower and a bit less refined) that I use for things I don’t want to touch with my Pre-War #4. Things like outdoor deck railings or other possibly “dirty” wood. It is essentially my “beater” plane but honestly it works well, and it was my Father’s so I don’t abuse it too badly. I wanted to get one for my son. These Handymans come up often on ebay, but this particular one somebody had painted over the trademark blue paint on the knob and tote with GREEN. Hideous, but my son’s favorite color is green. So I set JBid (a free java program I use to deliver a snipe bid) and got it for $4.99 … wasn’t hard, I was the only person bidding on it. These planes often go unbid on but this one being painted was pretty much uninteresting to anyone but me and my son.
Of course the thrill of the hunt also lead me to buy a larger Handyman 1205 for $4.95 (similar to a Stanley #5 Jack plane). This may replace my current Stanley knockoff #5 that I use as my scrub / fore plane. I’ll explain that whole rationale in another post. ... it’s complicated ;)
And you may have seen my recent post about refurbishing my Dad’s old Miller's Falls 77 Hand Drill .... well my son wants to use it…which is fine until I need it… then a war of will’s takes over. It’s amazing how strong a 2yr old’s will can be. So it is easier if I just get him his own. Again, the 77 is not a cherished drill in the Millers Falls collectors circuit, so they can be had pretty reasonably. I actually think I overpaid for it, but I wanted it in a hurry (I could have waited and got one for less) But I got it for $9.99 and included a nice little old bevel gauge.
Anyway, all 4 tools arrived and were in “as expected” condition. They all are need just a little oil, and some sharpening, and they are ready to go.
Tool sellers reaped a total of $19.93 and the post office raked in $29.50 There is something wrong with that… the shipping of low price wins always spoils the afterglow of the win. :(
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