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Forum topic by Blakep posted 12-26-2010 05:44 AM 812 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2010 05:44 AM

I had a lucky christmas. I got a few clamps from some family members but I had some luck on my own this christmas as far as woodworking tools go. As the ladys were preparing a wonderful christmas eve lunch yesterday, me and my father-in-law decided we would ride to town to get out of their hair. We went to home depot just to look and I came out with a $5 9volt battery. We were on the way home and passed a tool store in town that sells cheap china made tools and neither one of us had ever been in the store. Since we didn’t have anything else to do we turned around and went back and decided we would look around to waste some more time. As soon as we stepped through the door I saw a Stanley Bailey No. 5 sitting on a table by the door that was in excellent shape. I was going to buy it but as we looked around I forgot about it and left without purchasing it. After christmas eve lunch I remembered it so I rode back to town and bought it. I was very happy to find it and thought I was lucky to find it. I was over at the inlaws a few hours ago and told my father-in-law that I went back and got that plane. He said “really I didn’t even know what that thing was but I have one in my shed that was my grandfathers that you can have if you want it”. I was excited to see exactly what he had so we walked out to his shed and he pulled out an old metal tool box. Inside was a Stanley Bailey No. 4 that has a little bit of rust on the sole but other than that it was in perfect condition and looked like it hadn’t been used much. I guess I should have mentioned them to him a long time ago LOL. To bring this story to an end, I had a lucky christmas and got two excellent planes for a total of 20 bucks (one being free). I am very happy and this find definitely has me out of my woodworking slump.

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#1 posted 12-26-2010 06:09 AM

A couple of weeks ago I had the ‘wants’...and saw a yard sale sign.. in November!. It was an infamous address, it was a woman who had yard sales frequently, almost a business. She made a living by mostly freighting out her elderly friends homes when either their husbands died, or were themselves heading for a nursing home, and church rummage sale leftovers as well. So technically, they WERE “Estate Sales” as the signs said, but were usually filled with overpriced outmoded crap from elderly peoples’ homes. One time earlier, I scored 3 bundles of Central American mahogany from this woman; she insisted it was ‘spanish cedar’...16 1” X 6” per bundle….$20 for all!!
Anyway, with my renewed interest in wood-bodied planes, I asked her if she had any woodworking tools… she did, and pulled out a box with two beech european horned planes, and two old molding planes. $10 she wanted, wouldn’t take a penny less! There was a very old sock-darning wooden thing in the box, and she figured it must go to one of the planes, and so it must not be complete. As I paid and left, she tried to cornhole some antique dealer for an advertising ashtray that had the “Viceroy” cigarettes logo, for $25. LOL, not in this lifetime, lady. Tobacciana collectibles are such a dog in today’s antiques market.
Anyway, I agree with you Blakep., a happenstance discovery by chance can make your day, and certainly make life more interesting. Congrats on the score!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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