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Forum topic by mahdee posted 06-24-2018 12:10 PM 1768 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mahdee

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06-24-2018 12:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor jig question oak plane

Hi there,
Thought I share this with you. I have been cleaning my shop for more than two weeks now; getting rid of things, moving items that I don’t use regularly to my other shop and repositioning equipments and so on. Yesterday, as I was cleaning the shelves in one of my tables, I found this gadget and immediately recognized it because this and several other high quality hand tools I own were purchased in Alaska where I resided 35 years ago. I think I used it once immediately after the purchase.



Obviously, it is a trimming tool with a 30 and 60 degree angles. It uses regular carpet knife blade and the body looks and feels like white oak. What surprised me though was the price on the box; $56.95. I thought to myself that I would have never paid anywhere near that amount for a tool like this. To my surprise, after opening the lid and removing the tool I found the receipt.

Yep, got a 10% discount and paid $51.26 for it!
I really can’t make out what the salesman has written in the description section of the receipt; can you? It might help me discover some additional information on this.
Lastly, there is another piece of paper included in this box that showcase a bunch of tools, dyes and lubricants made by Starrett Athol, MA. Funny thing is I moved from MA to AK. Probably could have bought one of these for much less while is Massachusetts.


Take care

I really haven’t taken the time to research this just woke up this morning at 4:30AM and thought I share this with you all.

-- earthartandfoods.com


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BlasterStumps

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#1 posted 06-24-2018 01:04 PM

The tool in the box appears to be a leather tool probably for belt making. I think the box would have had a very high quality pair of dividers in it originally from Starrett. I have a pair of 85E. I can see that price for good Starrett dividers.

Mike

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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mahdee

4008 posts in 1945 days


#2 posted 06-24-2018 01:12 PM

Mike,
You just solved my issue. Yes, I own a pair of divider that I bought in AK before building my loghome. So, must have used the box to store this thing.
Thanks.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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BlasterStumps

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#3 posted 06-24-2018 01:49 PM

I am probably wrong about that being a leather tool. It could be a chamfering plane for wood. I see it is for either 30 or 60 degree.
Mike

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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mahdee

4008 posts in 1945 days


#4 posted 06-24-2018 01:53 PM

I have no idea why I picked this up. I was on my way to homestead in the wilderness and this tool would have rendered me no use in that environment.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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Rich

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#5 posted 06-24-2018 02:03 PM

The box says Extension Divider, and it looks like the salesman scribbled Divider on the receipt.

Cool story. Thanks for sharing.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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mahdee

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#6 posted 06-24-2018 02:12 PM

Rich,
Yes, I saw that but this tool has been sitting in that box for more than 30 years so, I was mentally blind to any description other than some sort of trimmer. Hope I don’t need to visit a psychiatrist. LOL

-- earthartandfoods.com

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AM420

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#7 posted 06-24-2018 03:38 PM

I wondered what $52 from 1996 would be today. It’s about $85.

Also, if invested it in the Dow at the time it would be $343 today.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#8 posted 06-24-2018 04:27 PM

Makes me wonder what hidden gems I have forgotten about that lurk in the depths of my shop.

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Woodknack

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#9 posted 06-24-2018 04:50 PM

The things we forget about that we are sure we will never forget. I’m often finding stuff like that and have no memory of buying.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 06-24-2018 04:52 PM



Makes me wonder what hidden gems I have forgotten about that lurk in the depths of my shop.

LOL

- woodbutcherbynight

NIB Barbie Doll? :)

-- “Hanging onto resentment, is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.” (Ann Landers)......

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Rich

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#11 posted 06-24-2018 05:27 PM


NIB Barbie Doll? :)

- jbay

I don’t know. The “depths” could mean under the concrete floor.

Seriously though, if I want to make absolutely certain that I’m going to not be able to find something in the future, I put it where I can’t possibly forget.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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fuigb

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#12 posted 06-24-2018 10:10 PM



I wondered what $52 from 1996 would be today. It’s about $85.

Also, if invested it in the Dow at the time it would be $343 today.

- AM420

Inflation calculator on the Bureau of Labor Statistics says $56 in ‘86 is the same as $128 today.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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mahdee

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#13 posted 06-25-2018 12:31 AM

Crazy guys…. I put the “extension dividers” from that company on google and apparently on ebay you can buy the whole thing for less than $50. I mean who in their right (or wrong) mind would buy and build their home and land out right in cash these days?? Sounds very unorthodox but it sure pays off if you can wait.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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AlaskaGuy

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#14 posted 06-25-2018 12:54 AM

McKay’s Hardware, that brings back memories. Best damn hardware store Anchorage ever had.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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mahdee

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#15 posted 06-25-2018 01:02 AM

AlaskaGuy…. Yes, yes, yes… Man, I bought a 4” wide ice breaker chesil from them for ice fishing expeditions and it can be sharpened enough to shave your face equivalent to a “12 blade shaving razor” advertised these days on MSM for just $12 a week.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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