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Forum topic by Don W posted 10-10-2011 12:21 AM 1640 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don W

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10-10-2011 12:21 AM

Well, first flea market was a bust. I did find a $600 stanley #1 which I passed on. It was in good shape, but I just wasn’t quit ready to drop $600 on something I just wouldn’t use.

But what did I find, look on the bench:

I find a girlfriend who threw her boyfriend out and decided to go sell his stuff at the flea market. (guys pack up your planes on your way out) Its Sunday and she doesn’t want to haul this stuff home.
I asked her how much she wanted for them.
She asked how many I wanted.
I replied I want all of them.
She looked at my wife and said “i think he’s messing with me”.
My wife said, “No I think he’s serious”
46 molding planes, almost all with a manufacturer stamp, although 2 or 3 different manufactures.
9 molding planes missing parts, most of the 9 are missing blades and wedges.
All in good shape, some have minor rust, but most just need a coat of BLO. $150.

A Bailey #26 transitional, completely restorable $5.

3 W. Butcher chisels 1 1/4 ”, 1/2” 1/4” need some handle repair $1.50 ea.
A Swan 1/4” chisel, $1.50.

A loggers helmet, used but in decent shape $3. (always wanted one, but never willing to pay the $50 new price)

Stanley #151 spokeshave, excellent shape. I’ve been looking for an adjustable blade spoke. $10

A restorable Bedrock 605, rusted but not pitted along with a no-name Stanley knock-off #5 – $15.

Also some boxwood chisel handles for 50 cents each.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com


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chrisstef

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#1 posted 10-10-2011 12:47 AM

youre gonna need a bigger truck soon Don … good huntin brother.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 10-10-2011 12:53 AM

You not only are going to need a bigger truck, but also to add on a new wing to the shop. The Mrs must be understanding…congrats on the find and the Mrs!

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David Grimes

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#3 posted 10-10-2011 12:54 AM

Add “receives stolen merchandise” to list… ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Don W

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#4 posted 10-10-2011 12:58 AM

I think that’s why its called a “flee” market.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Don W

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#5 posted 10-10-2011 01:00 AM

forgot to mention Shane. Saturday was 34 years. This was our anniversary getaway weekend Excursion.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 10-10-2011 02:49 AM

Don, you didn’t give that girl your address, did you? I’d hate for her ex to come looking for his stuff! :-)

Now this next thing I’m going to say is tongue-in-cheek so don’t take it wrong, but I’m not entirely kidding:

With all these great planes you’ve been getting for a song, why don’t you sell just one of them and buy yourself a decent camera? You are raking in some great loot, but you’re making us look at it all through a fog! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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WayneC

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#7 posted 10-10-2011 03:01 AM

Looks like a nice outing. I am afraid when I pass my wife will sell all my LN planes for a buck each….

I got out this morning to a large monthly antique sale and saw lots of tools. Picked up a few clamps and some nice carving chisels. Left alot of restorable planes where they laid. K-5 1/2, Type 11 bailey #5, #192, etc.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 10-10-2011 03:21 AM

Looks like you hit the jack pot!! Friend of mine came home one day and found all his stuff on the front lawn including his rifle collection sticking in the ground barrel end first ;-)) It happens ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Tomcat1066

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#9 posted 10-10-2011 12:46 PM

Why can’t I ever find a deal like that? Heck, the Bedrock alone would have been running more than $150 if I had been there ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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David Grimes

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#10 posted 10-10-2011 01:11 PM

Is BLO cheaper by the drum, Don ? I figure you either know or will know the answer to that. ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Don W

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#11 posted 10-10-2011 01:46 PM

EDIT: pictures without the fog.

Charlie, no names were exchanged, cash transaction and 3 hours from home.

David, I’ll get back to you on BLO discounts :-)

Tom, we were actually about 40 minutes from home, following the GPS. Note, I’ve lived here all my 54 years, but I wasn’t sure were we were, my wife spots an antique sign. These were the only 2 planes in the place, and not much else to speak of.

Wayne, we need to start a service. Like a “plane” trust.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Dennisgrosen

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#12 posted 10-10-2011 01:58 PM

you don´t score Don you steal candy´s….........congrat´s and thanks for making us envy a little :-)

Dennis

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CharlieM1958

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#13 posted 10-10-2011 02:26 PM

Ahhhhh…. much better on the photos. Thanks for clearing that up!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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saddletramp

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#14 posted 10-10-2011 02:32 PM

Good Grief Don, you buy more old planes in a weekend than I see in a month. I’ve been happy to find one or two old planes that I wamt to buy every month or two (including on ebay) and I’ve never even seen a #1. Most of the planes that I find in the wild are no-name junk or badly rusted (pitted beyond redemption) stanley #5s, there does seem to be a lot of #5s. lol

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 10-10-2011 03:15 PM

Wow, that’s an amazing score! And yep, it’s hard to lay out the cash for a #1 but that was about half of the street prices I’ve seen over the past couple of years. Maybe next weekend, right? ;-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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