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Forum topic by TheTurtleCarpenter posted 09-07-2015 12:09 AM 962 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheTurtleCarpenter

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09-07-2015 12:09 AM

How do you Collect ?,,,anything and everything ,,,or do you prioritize ? My tool collecting started in the early eighties and I mainly focused on Handplanes. Just recently I started organizing a cull pile to be sold and am trying to focus more on collector quality. I have also set aside my favorite users for woodwork. I’ve got a few sets of transitionals working now and adding and subtracting as I find better quality, and will do the same in the other groups I call collectable. I found that I was collecting mostly old user quality and had to define what I call collectable. Do you collect particular Brand, tool, style, era or are you scattered.? Just trying to step out of the Fog here and refocus.! Jeff

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky


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lateralus819

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#1 posted 09-07-2015 12:30 AM

I collect one size. The 4 1/2 size.

I have close to 15. My deal is getting one from each manufacturer and then I’m set.

I do have a semi “Rare” one I guess. A sargent 410 with the brass emblem. Not many around I suppose.

Missing a few. Like the sargent, an Ohio tools (which took forever!) and a few others. I do have multiples. Especially stanleys. i love them. I think I have 4 stanleys, two sargets, two Unions…

I have quite a few left. Lakeside, Rockford, marples, record, Marsh..etc. Its addicting lol. It’s all DonW’ fault too. ;)

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Combo Prof

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#2 posted 09-07-2015 12:57 AM

Collect? My plan was to acquire tools (while still employed) that I can turn into users, for my eventual retirement hobby. But…. as it turns out it in a scant two years has turned into a collection. As it stands I have an abundance of size bench hand planes, a cornucopia of block planes, a variety of combination planes, a ton of saw sets, a plethora of braces and bits, a myriad of wood molding plane and infestation of saws. I can’t seem to get some of the more unusual planes that I want. But truth be told I really don’t need any more I just want them Still a shoulder plane, a chamfer plane, a compass plane, a low-angle bench plane, and so on…. I am tempted to collect Miller Falls, and E.C. Sterns. My collection has come 90% from garage sales. Most I paid was about $250 (it was part of deal) for a complete in excellent condition Stanley 55, next was $100 for a Number 8 jointer in perfect condition, next was $25 for a number 3, but the rest I’d say average at most $10 each.

Summary I didn’t plan to collect, collecting just happened.

Yes its Don W to blame for this obsession. (How can you pass up a perfectly restorable plane for only $5).

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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canadianchips

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#3 posted 09-07-2015 12:58 AM

I start by thinking I will get one. Then I realize the one I bought is missing parts, so I buy another one thinking I make 1 from 2. When I get second one is is sometimes better than first so I look for third and so on so on. I started my stanley 45 collection that way. The more I got into it I realize they make 20 TYPE models as well. Today I have over 40+ 45’s. 78’s were not that way. I just bought EVERYONE I seen at flea markets, antique shops and yard sales. They were relatively cheap. SAME for block planes, everyone I could salvage.
I have stanley, millar falls and sergants. Some odd balls. I wanted to see the difference in quality back then.
Now I am to point I am HORDING not collecting “She says”. I branched away from planes for awhile and collected blacksmithing tongs, ball bein hammers.
Do have nice collection of ESTWING leather handle hammers as well.
MAN I NEED HELP ! lol
Annnnnnnnnnnnddddddddddddddd lovin it !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#4 posted 09-07-2015 01:47 AM

Combo Prof; I haven’t heard the word cornucopia in a long time.! I guess that’s what I had but now trying to put more focus on particular groups and eras, like type 1 or 2 Sargent transitionals. For awhile there I was focused in on items that were slipping thru the cracks at low prices or the ones with a auction ending on a early Monday morning when people were at work and had there minds on work. I’ve bought a bunch of nice saws for $5 to $10 on Monday mornings.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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ElChe

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#5 posted 09-07-2015 03:12 AM

I collect tools to add to my feeling of despair. Started with Disston saws. Intended to rehab them and sharpen them and … I haven’t. Then I went to rabbet planes when I got one without fence or depth stop. So I bought another rusty one thinking I could use the fence etc. Didn’t fit. SoI got a third one and then realized I’m toomlazy to do rabbets with a plane. My new fetish is mortise chisels. Pig sticker style. I have no pigs but I do use them to clean out mortises.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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MrRon

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#6 posted 09-07-2015 05:26 PM

I’m not a tool collector as such. I would consider myself to be a tool rescuer. When I see a good tool at a garage sale, I have to rescue it to keep it from falling into the hands of a butcher.

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dbray45

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#7 posted 09-07-2015 06:01 PM

As my projects evolve, so do my tools. I try not to collect, I like to use everything I have. If something sits too long, it has to go.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Johnny7

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#8 posted 09-07-2015 08:29 PM

I buy thousands of old hand tools every year.

The stuff that is too nice to sell (because of rarity or condition, or both) either goes in the “not-for-use” collection or into my hand-tool-only shop.

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Don W

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#9 posted 09-07-2015 11:16 PM

I don’t have a strategy. I just look for the next cool find.

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

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Don W

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#10 posted 09-08-2015 01:00 AM

you got to admin, thisa is just plane (pun intended) cool, http://www.timetestedtools.com/birmingham-plane-co.html

and this

http://www.timetestedtools.com/standardrule.html

and this

http://www.timetestedtools.com/haley.html

I just like soaking up the history and the stories that come with these. The engineering, the corporate buy outs, etc, etc.

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

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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#11 posted 09-08-2015 01:10 AM

Johnny, You ought to be put away for Antique Tool Prostitution. There has to be a Help Group for that.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#12 posted 09-08-2015 01:14 AM

Stop it Don, I’m getting weak knee’d

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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Johnny7

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#13 posted 09-08-2015 02:10 AM


Johnny, You ought to be put away for Antique Tool Prostitution. There has to be a Help Group for that.

- TheTurtleCarpenter

But TC, I don’t think you understand—I’m taking them OFF the streets, and rehabilitating them so that they can do legit work.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 09-08-2015 12:38 PM

What stage are you in, TC? I’m still not set on one line or two, but move all over. Mostly drawn to the unique stuff out there.

http://lumberjocks.com/Smitty_Cabinetshop/blog/43272

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#15 posted 09-08-2015 07:54 PM

Hey Smitty,,, I just came out of the Denial stage, now I’m just in neutral idling. My thinking is the Price for good users are low right now and e-pay is flooded with them. The unique market is very good and when they come up you won’t be alone bidding. Your money is pretty safe with anything made before 1900, those items will always hold there value. After 1900 Stanley and all the other manufacturers flooded the market. There is a College professor here in town that has more tools than you could stuff in a four car garage floor to ceiling. He bought them by the Boxlot and stored them and is sitting on a goldmine. I bid on a remodel job back in 1996 and he owned the building. Part of the bid was to build a back wall center of the building for a hair salon in the front, and the back of the building was boxes stacked floor to ceiling with old tools. Once I seen what was in the boxes, I could not “FOCUS”. It was like looking into King Tutts tomb !

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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