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08-25-2015 01:14 AM

Hi all, Hope all is well. I went an auction this evening & bought a corner of a garage
full of misc. wood. I guess I’m the only one who looked at the
whole pile. I heard numerous rumblings from the people there
that I was a dumb ass for paying $10 for a pile of rotten wood. To me this looks like a bunch of cutting boards that just need
finished off.

have no problem getting my $10 back. I hope someone that ran
there mouth turns out to be a customer. Also picked up this box of misc. items for $20. I still have to
do some research on these but feel if I did go wrong the wood
will make up for it.

Christmas is coming & if last year is any indication I should

says Ford on it but other than that idk much. Thanks for
any help & I can load more pics if needed.

Any help with Id is appreciated. The wrench in the box

PS. I know zero about hand planes ’ any help is greatly appreciated. I’ve accumated 10-12 planes at auction the last few months & I’m eager to add hand planing to my woodworking ability.
Thanks again for any help

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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#1 posted 08-25-2015 01:16 AM

Seems like some word are missing from my
post but u get the gist The wrench in the box
says Ford on it. Don’t know what happened,
Probably my phone

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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#2 posted 08-25-2015 01:24 AM

I think you got a good deal. Lots of possibilities there for Christmas gifts.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 08-25-2015 01:43 AM

Nice find on that “rotten” wood ;-) If that wrench doesn’t fix your Ford, you can drive your horse instead with that bit.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 08-25-2015 03:16 AM

Try searching for “pawpaw’s wrench” a vintage tool guy runs it. IIRC the wrench is a “Stilson”. The guys at PP’s usually know almost everything about any tool you post.

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#5 posted 08-25-2015 12:30 PM

I heard numerous rumblings from the people there
that I was a dumb ass for paying $10 for a pile of rotten wood.

- Ajs73

That’s EXACTLY the kind of people you want to be surrounded by at an auction. Good score. Enjoy.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#6 posted 08-25-2015 01:14 PM

Nice score on the rotten wood. The two spokeshaves on top look like they’ll be good users. See if there are any identifying marks on or under the handle or on the irons. Can’t tell from the picture if the saw set is complete, but those are handy for setting your own saws you’ve sharpened. I have several wrenches like that and I like them, and they aren’t worth too much, but just those 4 tools for $20 makes them $5 a piece so you did fine. Thanks for the link PanelDeland.

As for cleaning up the planes you could post another thread with pictures of those or post them here. There’s lots of advice here on LJ and elsewhere about how to tune and clean them up. Some planes are worth more effort to clean up than others. Stay away from those with stamped steel frogs. Basic steps are to take them apart and clean them, removing any rust if you want to with your favorite method, and then get the blade very sharp. Other tuning that may be required depends on what the plane needs. May need to flatten the sole, fix the mating surface of the chip breaker to the blade and polish the end of the chipbreaker, flatten the frog face, fix the mating surfaces where the frog seats to the base either with valve grinding compound or careful filing. Despite what lots of advice on the net says, flattening the sole of the plane is not the absolute critical first step. Only if the plane needs it and it’s function requires a flat sole like a smoothing plane. So the first step is to check the sole for flat.

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#7 posted 08-25-2015 01:55 PM

Looks like you have a couple of nice shaves there.

-- Brian Noel

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#8 posted 08-25-2015 02:10 PM

The adjustable wrench is what was known when I grew up in North Louisiana as a “monkey wrench”. It has the flat, parallel jaws and will skin your knuckles big time. A Stillson wrench is the brand name for an adjustable pipe wrench with jaws with teeth to grasp the pipe.

Been gone for a while, but lurk every chance I get.

Have a good’un

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#9 posted 08-25-2015 06:48 PM

I would drop $20 on two spoke shaves in a heartbeat.

PS: I fretted about spending $120 on an old used band saw. To put it perspective I thought to myself, “I’ve dropped $100 in a tavern and had nothing to show for it the next morning but a headache”.

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#10 posted 08-25-2015 08:55 PM

Looks like something to get your teeth into.

Did you by chance forget to give them the Ten Dollars?

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 08-26-2015 10:45 AM

Thanks for all the replies. Been collecting
Planes only for a couple months. Here’s my
collection so far. All bought at auctions for $1
or $2. Don’t have a clue about value or how to
sharpen but been reading & watching a lot of
videos. #4’s seem to be everywhere. The G4 &
MF 85 seem to be the coolest but I have a lot of
research to do.

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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#12 posted 08-26-2015 10:55 AM

Only marking on shaves
Is one of them has a B on
the underside of handle. Also
I don’t do any saw sharpening so if
anyone has any interest in these
Let me know.

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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#13 posted 08-26-2015 01:34 PM

Hmmm, I better start hanging out at MY area’s auctions…..Bellefontaine,OH

Except, there is rarely any Dummies around to go up against…at least for this Bandit…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#14 posted 08-26-2015 02:04 PM

The spoke shave with the round holes looks just like a Stanley # 51. I know as just yesterday, I refound mine and cleaned it up. Look at the top of the iron above the slot, you might find “Stanley Rule and Level Co. The one I have has N0. 51 on the back side cast into the body just below the screw. The “B” shown on yours isn’t on mine. .... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#15 posted 08-27-2015 08:29 AM

Bandit571, auction are great & a lot of fun. You never know what you’ll find. It can go
both ways on price though. I’ve seen some
things sell close to retail price. I like the dirty
boxes with spider webs all over. I usually get
a few free tools and sell what I don’t want &
usually come out ahead. Got a 29 gal. belt
drive compressor in like new condition last week
for $50. I think the 220 plug scared some people
off. Idk
Jerry, thanks for the help, I’ll have to look a little Closer for markings.

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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