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Forum topic by Dallas posted 08-25-2012 10:55 PM 1685 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2012 10:55 PM

Every weekend my wife goes to local yard sales to find antique and depression era glassware.

Once in awhile she finds something she thinks I might like and usually she isn’t too far wrong.

Today she went to one and found some wood working and painting stuff. Like a Craftsman 2HP airless sprayer with all the attachments and some router bases and inserts for an old Craftsman router and some spankin’ new computer keyboards, (which I desperately need as mine has a big crack in it), along with a whole trunk load of other stuff I haven’t gone through yet.

After we got her trunk cleaned out I asked if she thought they had anything else I might be interested in and she said she thought they might, so we went back.

I found some more router guides and inserts, both Craftsman and Porter Cable, a Craftsman molder cutter head, (I’ll have to look it up to see if it’s missing anything), and a couple of boxes with a bunch of other stuff. All for $10. If any of it turns out to be good I’ll post pictures later.

Just as we were getting ready to leave, the lady came out of the garage with an obviously old homemade wooden box and asked if I was interested in it.

I thought, “What the heck, let’s look and see.” So, being my intrepid self I removed a couple of small orange scorpions and a pile of black widow spiders before I could get the box opened.

Much to my delight, lookity what I found:

for $5.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 08-25-2012 11:02 PM

5 bucks! You suck. A craftsman?

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 08-25-2012 11:04 PM

Wow! Looks and sounds like you scrored today!

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#3 posted 08-25-2012 11:04 PM

Nope, Stanley 45 SW.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 08-25-2012 11:04 PM

OK, what is it? The box would be worth it to me for $5 but you are apparently thrilled about the tool. it looks like an early bone splint. ;-) to me.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#5 posted 08-25-2012 11:40 PM

Wow, awesome find! I’m with kookaburra though about what was in the box. What is the tool? Looks kinda like some sort of rabbeting plane or something.

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#6 posted 08-25-2012 11:45 PM

You’ve got to be KIDDING ME. That’s the usual going price for a burger, and I sure don’t get as much satisfaction from one of those.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 08-25-2012 11:45 PM

We have a Stanley #45 set. Was my Great Grand Father’s. I have not used it in years, but think I might again someday. A Really Good BUY for $5.00!

-- There was only one perfect carpenter... It wasn't me!

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#8 posted 08-25-2012 11:59 PM

A Stanley 45 is a combination plane. It does rabbeting (rebates for our UK cousins), dadoes, ploughs, molding, etc.

This one has 18 cutters with it and one of those is broken. Most of the others look brand new.

The box is made from local oak. Probably Pin Oak, I haven’t looked that closely. The original builder probably made it by hand before he had any power tools.
It has a lot of half lap joinery and is held together with brass screws.

The lady selling it told me it was from her dads wood shop. He was about 96 when he passed away and she nor her husband have any idea of what is in the workshop. They just want to clean it out and sell the property so they can go back to Houston.

I wonder if, when I die, someone will look at my stuff and the way the tools were loved and respected and just toss them in the trash or sell them for enough for gas money to get home.

Sorry, My tools have always meant a lot to me and provided a living for us, whether it was a truck or a bull dozer or a hand plane.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#9 posted 08-26-2012 12:01 AM

congrat´s with having such a lovely wife :-) you better tread her very well …. LOL

great score that boatancor will be a blast to use when you get it restored
as well as on the shelf among the other planes :-)

don´t worry about the green light over the horisont ….. its just all L J´s


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#10 posted 08-26-2012 12:02 AM

Does your conscience hurt you at night?
Great score.

-- Life is good.

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#11 posted 08-26-2012 12:07 AM

Howie, She asked $2…. I offered $5. And yes, my conscience is giving me fits!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#12 posted 08-26-2012 12:12 AM

Dallas—I have a Stanley No 45 … don’t get to use it much, but when the occasion arises it sure is sweet.

My worst nightmare is that when I die my wife will sell my tools for what I told her I paid for them!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 08-26-2012 12:35 AM

TheDane, thats a good one!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#14 posted 08-26-2012 01:04 AM

great score! congratulations!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#15 posted 08-26-2012 10:56 AM

That’s a heck of a score. Wow!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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