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Forum topic by Junginit posted 06-07-2012 07:40 AM 11652 views 0 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-07-2012 07:40 AM

Hey Everyone,

I am new to the forum and have some questions about selling the tools.

I have inherited a collection of tools and I really love them. The Bridge City Tools do make some amazing pieces of art. I really want to keep them, but I do know that I do not currently have the time and may never use them to their full potential. I am also getting married this summer and moving and could use the money to put towards those events.

I would like to hear your suggestions on the best ways to sell these, I would really appreciate it.

Here is the list of tools and their respective bridge city tool links and prices when bought new. I also have a link to photo bucket so you can see pictures of all the tools there. The majority of these are numbered 2253 and are no longer in production. They will be specified in the list which ones are numbered. I am still debating how to sell these tools. And will be working on that these next couple of days.

I was also informed that some of the tools do have initials. If they do you will see them in the pictures as AGL.

I am in Southern California.

Link For Pictures:

The List:

CT-8 20 Degree Precision Block Plane Rosewood Tool # 2253 On eBay Sold!

CT-9 Crowning Plane Tool # 2253 on eBay

CT-10 Smoothing Plane #2253 on eBay

CT-11 12 Degree Low Angle Smoothing Plane #2253 on eBay

CT-14 1-1/8 Foxtail Shoulder Plane # 14 1101-197 On eBay Sold!

Guide Block Set

HP-7 Shoulder Plane 1101-196 On eBay

JM-1 Jointmaker 1101-138

JM-1 Jointmaker 1101-138S #2253

JM-6 88 Degree Pairing Guide Set

MG-4 Marking Gage #2253 1101-162S Sold!

Millennium Brace 2000 Pending!

MS-96 Precision Measuring Stick Sold!

PG-5 RW Tool # 2253 1101-141S

PG-10 RW Tool # 2253 1101-142S

PG-13 RW Tool # 2253 1101-143S

PG-27 Pantograph #2253 on eBay

PT-1 Precision Trammel #2253 Tarnished on eBay

SS-2 (RW) Saddle Square Tool #2253 1101-098S Sold!

TP-5 End-Locking T-Bevel #2253 1101-166S Sold!

VP-60 Variable Pitch Plane #110 of 400 Sold on eBay!_

Tools listed on eBay have no reserve. The starting bid is the starting point.


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Jorge G.

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#1 posted 06-07-2012 08:25 AM

Let me know when you are ready to sell, I am interested on the shoulder plane, crowning and 40º plane

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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David Craig

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#2 posted 06-07-2012 08:55 AM

I understand the need for money and it is true that you can get a pretty good sum for these. Do keep in mind that you have a one of a kind hand tool collection here. If you get rid of these, you will never have a collection like this again…ever. I am guessing you are a fairly young man. Middle age has a habit of kicking you in the bottom over moments like this :)

Good luck,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Don W

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#3 posted 06-07-2012 10:41 AM

dito on what David said.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 06-07-2012 11:01 AM

Put them on e-bay since for the most part they look brand new and are still in the box. Just like a retailer would have them in his store….

-- Life is good.

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Don W

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#5 posted 06-07-2012 11:14 AM

if you really want to sell, you could also find a good auction house or tool sales that specializes with tools. Someone like Patrick Leach (not endorsing him, he’s just one I know is reputable). Ebay sounds cheap, but between ebay and paypal fees plan on loosing about 20%. I know a seller will take that, but I think you could get more consistent results.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 06-07-2012 11:15 AM

Wow. These are stunning gorgeous. Do people actually get them dirty? I didn’t understand the pricing until I went and looked at them.

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Dan Krager

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#7 posted 06-07-2012 11:32 AM

Ditto also with David and DonW. It is almost certain there will come a day when you regret breaking up this marvelous collection. I’d do everything in my power to keep this even if I had to deliver pizzas. It is way out of my league.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL Now there's a face that would stop a clock! And seriously mess with small watches.

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#8 posted 06-07-2012 01:02 PM

What DonW said.

If you’re not in to woodworking, maybe its not the right collection for you – and I do believe these are collectibles, rather than working tools. Not every collectible goes up in value over time, so its not necessarily smart to hang on to them as an investment (ask me about book collecting sometime). An auction house or tool dealer might be able to advise you.

That looks like at least $12,000 worth of collection (hopefully, MUCH more). You could have a down payment on a first house for you newlyweds. Much as I love woodworking and woodworking tools, my marriage is literally infinitely more valuable to me than all of that. Being able to buy a house when we started our marriage would have made a big difference to us.

DO let us know what you decide and how it turns out.

And hang out around here for awhile. You might catch the woodworking bug – and this is a truly wonderful life-long avocation.

Good luck!

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#9 posted 06-07-2012 03:00 PM

Sorry folks, still have to be sceptical. For a collection that was inherited there is an awful lot of information and brand new tools.
Just MHO, maybe I’m wrong.

-- Life is good.

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#10 posted 06-07-2012 04:36 PM

I would suggest that no Lumberjocks should try to make a deal
with this seller unless it’s a cash-and-carry deal. I would not
send him money in the mail or via Paypal, check, or bank wire
unless you thoroughly understand how scams can be run
through these payment methods and what the risks are.

With that caution stated, the less common of these tools
will hold value and probably appreciate in the coming years,
especially if the collection is kept together. The collection
may be parted-out but I would recommend holding out
for a buyer who will take the whole lot and pay a premium
for it.

The more common regular-production Bridge City tools
you might as well sell off on ebay where they should fetch
around 80% of retail, give or take.

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Don W

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#11 posted 06-07-2012 04:41 PM

Loren, the first thing I do when something is posted for sale here is look at how long the seller has been a member. If its a new member, or a member that only has ’’for sale’’ post, I won’t buy. The better the deal sounds the faster I run. In this case it was a request for advice. Since my advice is free, and worth every penny, I responded.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#12 posted 06-08-2012 12:11 AM

Don, you are certainly correct in your response for advise. I just don’t have a good feel for something like this with all the “pertinent” prices and information by someone that just signed up that “inherited” a bunch of high dollar items(tools). If he didn’t have time to use any of them how come he had time to look up all the prices, sign up here and post all of them. Call me over cautious,skeptical whatever, I just don’t have a good feel for this one.

-- Life is good.

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#13 posted 06-08-2012 07:13 AM

Hey evevryone,

Thanks for the suggestions! It looks like eBay might be the method of choice since it protects both the buyer and seller.

I hear the skeptics and I am glad you are there. Keeps people thinking straight. But I haven’t offered them for sale yet and trying to see which option would work best.

If you live in Southern California or a couple of hours away I could maybe let you come see them or meet you halfway if you were a serious cash in hand buyer.

But I am curious mainly on how to price these tools. Does anyone know some of the going rates on these tools? The prices I listed above are retail. Should I list them on eBay at retail and then let them be bid up?

Also since it is a numbers matching set, would it be beneficial to list those numbered as a set on eBay? Do you think anyone would rather buy the set?

And I really do wish I could keep these tools, but with the upcoming events in my life I need to let them go.

Thanks again for looking and appreciate the advice, looking forward to some more. When they do get listed on eBay I will post the links as well.



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#14 posted 06-08-2012 07:16 AM

And yes I just signed up for this forum. It was recommended to be by someone at the Bridge City Tools forums. You guys have a nice active community here. Really like all the info!


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#15 posted 06-08-2012 07:44 AM

Oh, also emailed Patrick Leach to hear his advice and fees.

Thanks Don W!

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