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Forum topic by paulbunyan posted 06-12-2011 06:06 PM 816 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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6 posts in 1989 days

06-12-2011 06:06 PM

my neighbors’ mom owns the house i live in and is executrix for her mom’s estate since the mom has dementia. someday the house will be sold; could right now but market bad, etc.
she had decided to sell her dad’s shop stuff (my basement) this coming august, but so many guys showed up at the sale that she let one have a look. that put the nose of the camel into the tent and next thing i knew the shop was half stripped (i AM getting to the point) and even MY tools were heading for the door without me knowing.

some of the stuff sold (no-one asked my opinion on values):

a woodworking bench (AH! NOW we’re here!) bought in ‘52. don’t know whether bought new. the mostly-rubbed off decal said M-something that looked like maybe an O or C, and below that a locale starting with FI or may be FE (fitchburg, massa?). this thing weighs as much as a small truck. has a big cast iron vise on the side, a steel t-shaped dog and a doodad that comes up from a recess in the surface. it is probably another dog, with teeth. wish i had taken pics when i had a camera. 5’ long, maybe 2’ wide, drawer. it is really hard, seriously dense wood. any idea age, mfg’er? price $15.

a craftsman bench saw bought new in ‘52 with all accessories, a 1 hosspower dual voltage motor (bought separately at the time), original rollable floor base, and a buncha blades, including a new-in-package dado, and original destruction booklet. she should have sold it by the pound. price $75.

craftsman capacitor-start grinder motor. a real monster. original destruction booklet. price $10.

50-drawer steel cabinet with planes, electric drill, lotsa spade bits, rasps, brace and bits, etc. all that stuff had
a patina of rust on the working surfaces, so i polished them up a couple of years ago and put anti-corrosion paper in the drawers. they look real nice and i sharpened up all cutting surfaces. the planes and chisels just about slide themselves forward. price $10

all were a joy for me to use. i miss ‘em already. couldn’t buy ‘em myself ‘cause i s’pect i’ll be moving within the year.

there are still steals and deals out there, folks!

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#1 posted 06-12-2011 06:08 PM

I assume all this stuff is long gone? I would have jumped at that bench for 20x the price.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 06-12-2011 06:56 PM

ja, gone. i even helped hump the stuff up the stairs and to their vehicles, more fool me. like to cripped myself permanent, and that was with another person and a two-wheeler.

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#3 posted 06-13-2011 01:01 AM

For the prices you’re quoting, I believe I would have bought all I could if I were you. I’d have had to just find somewhere to put them until I moved. That wasn’t a sale. That was a gifting party.


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