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Forum topic by BrentParkin posted 12-31-2015 07:19 PM 961 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-31-2015 07:19 PM

I moved workshops a few years ago and recently discovered a couple of boxes that were shoved into a cabinet and never unpacked!! The boxes had a few tools in them that I had never cleaned up to use. Stuff I had run across and picked up but never worried about returning to service since I had other tools for the same jobs.

I was surprised to find this great little Stanley 140 in the bottom of the box wrapped up in a bit of foam. So I cleaned it all off today and discovered that it was in much better shape than I recall from the day I found it. Just a little of the nickle peeling and a previous owner scratched his name on the side, but otherwise real good shape.

It was nice to find it again. I may have to find it a new home where it would go back to use and be appreciated.

Anyone else ever have a pleasant discovery of their own??

Happy New Year,
Brent Parkin
Regina, SK
Canada Eh!

-- Regards,

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#1 posted 12-31-2015 08:10 PM

Rust hunting in your own shop, that’s pretty cool. That 140 is in nice shape and complete too. I have an almost complete user, but it is tempting to have one in nice shape.

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#2 posted 01-01-2016 12:20 AM

My grandfather’s set. He gave it to me in the 80’s, and I “find” it every time we move. The only stamp on the metal says “Made in the USA.”

He was born in the very early 1900’s… maybe 1903. Mechanic for Pontiac in the 40’s and 50’s.

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#3 posted 01-01-2016 04:59 AM

For me cleanup is like going to my own garage sale….Some years ago I had some sntique tool collectors coming over, some of which were friends of friends, and some of which had heard through the grape-vine and wondered if they could come over. The more the merrier, I thought at first, but then realized that one little plane could provide too much tempataion perhaps and could easily disappear into a coat pocket, so it got put away in a safe place.

Too safe, cause a few months later I thought I should bring it out, but when I went to the place I thought I had put it, it warnt thar!!! Total anxiety.

Resolution to this story was that find it I did, although it took me months. Found many other items I had forgotten were there too!

Pleasant discoveries indeed


So yep, I go to my own garage sale often

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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Don W

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#4 posted 01-01-2016 12:09 PM

Interesting. I often find things I can’t remember acquiring, and I’m always trying to find things I put away so I’d know where they were when I needed them.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 01-03-2016 04:17 AM

I am always “finding” stuff in my shop. Usually while I’m looking for something else. I went out one day to start organizing my planes so that I could get the 4-6 bedrock planes I thought I had in one place. When I was done I found that I actually had 17.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#6 posted 01-03-2016 07:03 AM

Somewhere in my garage I have a brand new HVLP sprayer. I bought it 5 years ago. Then my wife got cancer and my mom died and I put it away somewhere. Wife is in full remission so I need to go exploring to find the darned thing. It is either a Fuji or an Apollo. And I’m sure it is next to the half dozen or so box cutters that have mysteriously disappeared in the 420 sq ft pit of despair that is my garage. ;)

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

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#7 posted 01-03-2016 01:01 PM

For me its losing more than finding,

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Bill White

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#8 posted 01-03-2016 01:09 PM

That’s why I spend a good bit of time every December doing a thorough cleaning, sharpening, lubing, etc. in the shop. I’m a bit (a lot) anal about organization. I find that it keeps the “lost” items to a minimum.
Where did I put my coffee cup? Why do I have sooo many tape measures?


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#9 posted 01-03-2016 01:35 PM

A few months ago I came across the lever cap for a block plane. No other parts, just this. For the life of me I couldn’t remember picking up an old project plane for restoration that I’d set aside. So I hunted and hunted but couldn’t find the rest of the plane. Damn, I must be getting old to have forgotten all about this, I thought. And then just a few weeks ago one of my girls innocently asked if I liked the little treasure that she’d found and picked up at a church rummage sale! The enemy lies within.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#10 posted 01-03-2016 02:59 PM

I once found a Stanley #8 sitting on an open shelf. I had looked at it so long it must have become invisible!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#11 posted 01-04-2016 10:26 PM

Well in another box, I found this plane hiding too. I don’t even recall buying this one. Not really something I would think about using though. It’s in much too nice a condition. Wonder what else is hidden in some of these boxes….

-- Regards,

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#12 posted 01-04-2016 10:42 PM

Well in another box, I found this plane hiding too. I don t even recall buying this one. Not really something I would think about using though. It s in much too nice a condition. Wonder what else is hidden in some of these boxes….

- BrentParkin

Holy Crap!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#13 posted 01-04-2016 10:54 PM

My find was of another kind – wooden.
I thought I had used up all the old growth chestnut I had managed to score from a barn in Pennsylvania back in 2002.
Not so! I found one complete plank of it, almost 18” wide, at the bottom of my walnut load. I am hoarding it for some unknown reason, waiting for that perfect project that will do this beautiful piece of wood justice. This would be chestnut harvested before the great insect manifestation that killed most of the chestnut trees in the North.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#14 posted 01-05-2016 02:54 PM

Well the last forgotten box is unloaded now. It had nothing of note in it except for three chisels. I recall finding these about 12 years ago. Two of them look like they were never used at all, one of them has a couple of light dings on the top of the handle from a mallet, and a nick on the tip of the blade. I guess someone tried using them, but had no idea they needed their backs flattened and proper honing. They are sized 1/8”, 1/4” and 3/8”. Still they look like brand new and the Rosewood is spiffy. Neat find. :)

-- Regards,

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