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Forum topic by Clarkie posted 04-19-2016 12:16 PM 523 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-19-2016 12:16 PM

I guess you never forget the thrill, kind of like your first real kiss, lol. It’s been over 35 years now, but I remember as if it were yesterday. I had begun going to what they called “yard sales”, new concept for me at the time as I was busy establishing credit with Sears for all my tools. Back then we had what was called the “Radio Flea Market”, a show which aired between 10 and noon five days a week. It was a local broadcast, if you wanted to buy or sell something you just called and told them what you had and your phone number.
Well this guy called and said he had some old wood working tools and wanted to get rid of them today. I gave him a call and got the address, went by and he was in the basement having a good time with customers. I looked around and thought the basement was flooded for awhile now and decided to leave. I kicked something with my foot and it came up out of the puddle on the floor, picking it up I saw something that looked so bad yet called out to me to buy it. I thought it was made of some kind of chrome, first introduction to nickle-plated tools. I asked him how much for what ever this was, he told me 2 dollars as I reached for my wallet, there on a shelf was a wooden box with a picture of this tool on the front label. I picked that off the shelf and asked about it, the guy said that’s some kind of cutters for the other thing I was buying and I could have that for a dollar. Left there went home and started to clean this thing up, turned out to be what today I know as a Stanley 45 and the box had all the cutters. The box had an ad on it from a “Southern house carpenter” stating he paid 8.00 for this tool and it has almost paid for itself in use for the house he was building at the time. The date on the planes body was 1897 and the “tool bug” had bitten me good. That’s my story for my first find, and it’s been a really good time since then. I imagine there must be thousands of stories and good finds out there, let’s see some of them. Have fun, make some dust.

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#1 posted 04-22-2016 02:57 AM

I like stories so ill give it a shot. When i was little my dad did some wood working. He gave it up before i was old enough to learn anything but the tools sat in the shop unused until his house burned down when i was about 10. After getting out of the military I had a friend that was into wood working and the bug bit me. Told my dad what i was up to and a few weeks later he gave me a call. He was over at some guys house and the gentalman had some wood working tools to get rid of. Dad asked if i was interested so of couse i went over to check things out. The guys garage was full of 60s era craftsman power tools and he gave me a great deal (traded a 6hp evinrude outboard for everything). As we were loading up the guy pulled out a chest that was under his work bench and said this goes with it. At the time i didnt realize what he gave me but is was basically a full set of pre ww2 (mostly stanley bailey) hand tools. The tools sat unused until about 5 – 6 years ago just before i joined this site. Most are restored to working condition now and are such a pleasure to use.

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#2 posted 04-22-2016 11:48 AM

Hello ajs, thanks for telling your story. Always good to hear how other men and women find something that seems to be a part of them and how it comes to life. I was wondering if the box of Stanley tools were from the program for Veterans, after the war they were trained for a trade if they wanted to be, at least I’ve heard a few guys tell of the tools they had from after the war training, government issued. The tools usually had US stamped into them. Thanks again for telling the story.

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