Tool Gloat (and sliding toward apparent galootism)

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Forum topic by startingfromscratch posted 07-06-2010 05:31 PM 764 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2010 05:31 PM

Had my first taste of galootism. I was searching for some used hand planes in my area…and hit on a craigslist post of a guy with 350 hand planes in his basement he’s looking to unload. I ended up in his basement this Saturday and did some picking. When I showed up with my steel wool and metal straight edge, he asked if I’d already been there. Apparently the collection was pretty picked over by collectors, but I’m just looking for users. It was predominately #5s and #4s (all types from good quality to some not so good names) and a few #7s and a handful of #110 and #220 block planes. I think there were two #78s in there that were incomplete and a whole box of various parts.

The only planes I had prior to this weekend were a Stanley #5 handyman, a weird Stanley #9 1/2 (I think a frankenplane missing the lateral adjuster), and #80 & #151 scrapers. Well, this weekend I picked up a pretty good looking pre-WWII Bailey #5, Stanley #4 (corrugated), Sargent #4 (which I almost didn’t buy but turned out to be the shining star of the lot), and Stanley #220 block plane. I got all 4 for $50. I’m kicking myself because the #220 I picked has a busted adjuster (the part that slides on the lateral threaded pieces). If I would have looked closer I could have avoided it, but it seems to work.

I still need a good low angle block plane and then I’m done…well sort of…

Pics shortly and if you’re in the Baltimore area, I can shoot you the guy’s email if you want, he’s got a ton more he wants to get rid of.

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#1 posted 07-06-2010 08:51 PM

Sounds like a great find. Happy tuning and sharpening ;)

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