a trip to an antique shop

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Forum topic by jacob34 posted 11-11-2012 05:44 PM 748 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2012 05:44 PM

So I have read on here frequently how fellow Lumberjocks on here look for used hand planes and other tools at shops and swaps but as a newer wood worker I had not gone down that road. While looking on craigslist the other day I happened to see an ad telling me of and antique shop in the area that had over 50 hand planes. Now I was excited but as it was a 40 minute drive it was going to haft to happen some other time (kids wife and all time is at a premium). But God smiled on me as my son ended up having a regional tourney for wrestling in the same town!!! needless to say saturday I visited the shop, I was in hand plane heaven. I was shocked to see some over $2000 but in all they were in great shape and I will definitely be going back for at least a few of them.

The crowning jewel at least in my opinion was a site I saw as I was headed to the exit. It was an old tool chest that looked as if it had been pulled out of someone’s grandfathers barn or shop.

I haft to admit I stopped for more than a few minutes and my 4 year old daughter and I looked threw the tools in the chest and thought about who might have had it and what they might have built. All in all a good trip and I will look for more opportunities in the future to find places like the little shop.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 05:49 PM

I love digging through that kind of stuff. You never know what treasures you’ll dig up.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 11-12-2012 01:33 PM

That is certainly a box of full of opportunities.
You have scored big!


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#3 posted 11-12-2012 02:35 PM

There’s an antique store on my way home from work. I usually swing by once every month or two to walk through (the inventory doesn’t turn over fast). I’ve grabbed marking gauge, some saws, planes, and bits from them at great prices. I think I paid something around $10 or so for my #26 in great shape. Their planes are usually in the $10-30 range, some are salvageable and some are best left in the store.

I picked up a Disston crosscut saw and a hand full of auger bits at a estate sale this weekend for $2 :)

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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