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08-14-2012 09:34 PM

I found this ad on craigslist with the attached pictures. I am tempted to make the drive out to take a look. Because someone will ask, I believe the seller wants $500 for the lot of ‘em.

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 09:47 PM

Looks like there may be some worth there, although the woodies look very well used. Get the electrolysis bath ready…

-- Scott

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#2 posted 08-14-2012 10:02 PM

I especially like the juggling-pin hand tools…mallets, maybe? :)

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#3 posted 08-14-2012 10:41 PM

Interesting that everything seems to be the same rusty red color – even the wood parts. That is quite a haul though and looks like a treasure hunt for someone who likes to restore tools. With a little elbow grease and rust remover, I am sure the pieces could be resold in restored, smaller lots for much more than $500.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 08-14-2012 11:35 PM

Its a good lookin pile of rust ill tell ya that. I would be very tempted (if i had the $500).

-- "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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#5 posted 08-14-2012 11:42 PM

Look at the length of that one auger bit – what is it- 24, 30 inches?

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#6 posted 08-15-2012 12:47 PM

Have you investigated who this E.A.Martin is?

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#7 posted 08-15-2012 01:07 PM

Where are they located… :)

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#8 posted 08-15-2012 02:06 PM

Looks like a Roy Underhill find. Could be a great way to spend a few months of time just cleaning up and
restoring these. Please let us know how your trip turns out. Stumpy might just want to check it out if you
do not want it, or a few hundred of the rest of us also.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 08-15-2012 02:40 PM

Looks like the mother lode of old tools. Well worth $500 if you’ve got an interest in cleaning them up.

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

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#10 posted 08-15-2012 02:48 PM

Me thinks that the stock price of Evaporust is gonna get a big up-tick. Does that sound like insider trading?
Hey! With winter comin’ on, you’ll have lots of shop work just cleanin’ stuff. What a spring post. “What I Did Over the Winter” by CplSteel.


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#11 posted 08-15-2012 03:10 PM

Nice Find !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#12 posted 08-15-2012 03:14 PM

$500 sounds a bit high to me but there are some nice tools in there. I’d probably pay more for that just to play with all that stuff;)

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

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#13 posted 08-15-2012 03:49 PM

Interesting find ,I don’t feel there’s $ 500 worth of tools there but every one has their own take on old tools.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 08-15-2012 07:21 PM

Unless those screw arm plow planes are in excellent condition and by rare makers, I don’t see $500 in value there. I’d offer $200 and see what he says. And make sure your willing to spend the time restoring or try to nickle and dime your money back by selling them all seperately.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#15 posted 08-15-2012 09:10 PM

I sent an email and I am looking into the tools. It will probably cost $40 in gas for me to get there and back, so I want to make sure it is worth it before I make the trip. That said, I have restored old saws, planes, and chisels to useable condition (not anything close to the amazing restores I see here).

The more I look at the pictures the less likely it seems that I will take the time to properly restore them. Once I hear back from the owner and find out if they have been sold yet, I will have to make the decision to buy or not. If I pass, I will be happy to send the info on to anyone here that is interested in them (go ahead and PM me). The tools are in CA.

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