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Forum topic by superstretch posted 05-20-2011 04:23 AM 1053 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2011 04:23 AM

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I was at an estate auction tonight.. My wife was feeling ill, so I was a bit distracted. I missed out on a dresser set (two of them) for $55, gorgeous walnut gun cabinet for $65, and other walnut cabinets/chests for around the same price. The auction moved around back of the house and I was late getting there.. I heard “SOLD!” just as I walked up to see a box of planes sell for $14. There was a larger plane (jack plane/#5 size) that had “Made in the USA” in front of the foregrip, and two other small planes—both Stanleys and both looked ancient. One clearly said “Stanley No 20” around the foregrip. The other just said “Stanley”, but it looked very similar.

I know, I know.. let the ridicule begin.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#1 posted 05-20-2011 06:29 AM

Keep your eyes open. There is always another deal just around the corner. At least you don’t have to say this,

“Another great deal like the last one, and I will be out of business.”

If a deal seems too good to be true, IT IS!

FWIW, that number 20 is a pretty rare plane. Just to rub a little salt in the wound. Here is a link if you want more info:


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 05-20-2011 06:39 AM

that was a cool link there Doc, thank you.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 05-20-2011 08:18 AM

Auctions are cool, but tools are generally something several guys
in the galley will know about and bid the prices up. I would never
assume at any auction that there aren’t a couple of cagey dealers
bidding who know about old tools. You can buy lots of other stuff for
pennies on the dollar and sell it to raise funds for the tools you really
want easily enough.

Of course the whole process of going to auctions is rather time
consuming, but if you’ve got pleasant company, it can be fun.

She’ll probably come to the next one with you. You made the
right choice.

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