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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 12-05-2012 02:04 PM 724 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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poopiekat

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12-05-2012 02:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: old tools vintage collecting antiques

I feel strongly about encouraging others to outfit their shops with vintage tools, ones made with quality from an earlier era. Though it takes a bit of patience, you can build a toolchest of fine tools without spending a whole lot of money. Then you can put those cheapies in a toolbox of their own, for when your brother-in-law wants to borrow something! Or perhaps a young protege, who wishes to learn some basics of woodworking. Anyway, here’s a bit of stuff acquired on eBay and a retired cabinetmaker’s ad on Kijiji (oops, that’s Canada’s answer to CL). A later Stanley #4, some block planes including a Sears hammertone teal #220, (I just dig that color!) Marples gouges, some pig-stickers, a socket chisel marked “Bailey” (could it be..?) and a Marples/Record #4 late-era plane with plastics.
Again, I want to inspire others to consider building their own vintage tool collecting hobby as an adjunct to their craft. Happy collecting!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 12-05-2012 02:26 PM

Nice haul, and couldn’t agree more !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 12-05-2012 02:32 PM

I agree. Nice additions

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

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poopiekat

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#3 posted 12-05-2012 02:42 PM

Thanks, Glen and Don!
Yeah, I guess this is my mission around here, to cultivate a reverence for the tools of olde. It’s not a black-and-white issue, on some previous discussions here it seemed to me that there were some who believed that there were only two choices: ‘bargain’ imports, or high end tools. There IS a third option, but it involves scouring the ads, searching out yard sales, thrift stores, and antique shops for well-built older tools at an advantageous price. That’s where my head is at. Shopping the underground economy for undervalued gems is a lifestyle thing, worthy of anyone’s consideration in my opinion. Of course, if there is a tool I don’t have, and need it NOW, I’ll go buy it. But the collecting of old tools is a perfect compliment to the woodworking hobby.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 12-05-2012 02:44 PM

poopiekat,
Very nice and I envy you but now you need even more storage.
How does ti feel to shoot yourself in the foot?

-- Bert

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poopiekat

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#5 posted 12-05-2012 02:47 PM

B2rtch: Aha, now you know why I have a hard time organizing my shop…I will never stop buying the vintage stuff, and finding room to keep it at the ready. That’s why my shop keeps morphing. My buying habits are intentional and well-reasoned; I am a die-hard collector, period.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#6 posted 12-05-2012 02:56 PM

poopiekat, I understand that and I am like you. I love vintage tools but I know that if I do not restrain/master myself I shall run myself into bankruptcy and I shall soon run out of room.
I do not want either one to happen , so ( with some difficulties and some failures) I master my habit and desires.
I guess that I ma lucky to live in Salt Lake City and that here interesting vintage tools are difficult to find.

-- Bert

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 12-05-2012 03:47 PM

... and I thought you did it only on week-ends…

You are addicted to The Hunt! LOL

Nice hauls!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#8 posted 12-05-2012 03:53 PM

I haven’t bought a plane in 1.5 months :-)

Nice finds. If I had anyone looking to borrow some tools from me, I’d probably do the same, I like the idea. But I don’t, so I’m good for now :-P

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#9 posted 12-05-2012 08:44 PM

You always bring something vintage yet refreshing to this site!
Thanks for the constant share of your wonder finds!

http://www.sawblade.com

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poopiekat

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#10 posted 12-06-2012 02:28 PM

Thanks, Fishinbo! It seems to be my mission here, to advocate for an alternative to commercialized power tools for the hobby woodworker. Having vintage tools ready to use is one of the most gratifying aspects of my shop time.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Bill White

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#11 posted 12-06-2012 04:00 PM

I have to be VERY careful when searching the tool net.
I could hurt myself.
Good haul, and I don’t know that I’ve seen the “teal” color before.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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poopiekat

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#12 posted 12-06-2012 04:12 PM

Thanks, Bill. I recall the teal from Sears-Roebuck in the late 50’s to early 60’s, they come up on eBay from time to time. Way kool.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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