|Forum topic by camps764||posted 315 days ago||662 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
315 days ago
Seeing all of the tool gloat threads, and thinking about my new found love of hand tools (it’s not an addiction, I swear…) I started thinking and wondering about the gloats that could have been…the one’s that got away.
One stands out in my mind in particular. A few summers back, when I had just decided I was interested in woodworking, I was cruising garage sales looking for cheap tools. While looking for one sale, I happened on another, tucked back into the neighborhood I was driving through. As I pulled up I was greeted by two smiling ladies, a mother and daughter. The mother was getting ready to clear out her home and head south for warmer weather. As part of the sale she was liquidating all of her late husband’s tools. As I was mulling around I came upon a table literally HEAPING with hand planes. There were planes of every shape and size, all in nearly immaculate condition. Knowing nothing about hand planes, other than they were used for woodworking somehow, I randomly picked through them. There were long ones, short ones, funny ones. I had no clue what I was looking for, but I wanted to look like a big shot…someone who knew a hand plane for a hole in the ground…so I picked up a medium sized (and low priced) plane and sauntered over to do my bartering.
$15 later I was the proud owner of a #5 Stanley Bailey Jack plane. Not a gloat worthy tool, but something I was damn proud of. I left feeling good!
Now, years later, I think back on what a missed opportunity it was! I could have had every plane I would ever need all in one fell swoop.
So what about you? Care to share any stories of tool gloats gone by? Missed opportunities either out of lack of funds or lack of knowledge? How about the times you pull into a sale only to find out that “some guy was just here and bought all of our hand tools, sorry!”
-- - Steve Campbell