|Forum topic by CharlieM1958||posted 09-27-2011 02:30 AM||1191 views||0 times favorited||37 replies|
09-27-2011 02:30 AM
After I was bitten by the old plane bug some months back, I quickly built a small collection of the common and less expensive sizes (#3, 4, 5, 5 1/2, 6, 7, and various block planes). What bugged me was that darned No. 2 size. There were none to be found at local garage sales or flea markets, and every one I ran across on eBay was quickly bid up to the $200 range unless it was a total dog with cracked metal or missing parts.
After months of watching the new listings with buy-it-now prices, hoping someone who didn’t know what they were doing would put a No. 2 for sale cheap, I still had no success.
Then one day I saw this ugly duckling up for auction:
The bidding was around $100 with a few hours left to go. I’m not really what I would call a collector, and generally don’t care to pay collectible prices for anything. But, like I said, my lack of a No. 2 was eating at me like a swarm of termites on a rotting wood pile. So I bit the bullet, put in a max bid of $120 at the last second, and won it for $118 plus change.
I had a hunch that it was mechanically sound other than the tote, and I was right. The tote was BADLY damaged, with missing material, and it took a combination of glue, epoxy, and a stain pen to get it back in decent shape. There are a few scratches on the sole, and minor pitting here and there, but all in all it cleaned up even better than I had anticipated.
Hopefully now I can stay off eBay for a while. But I’m not counting on it. :-)
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"