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camps764

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558 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. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com


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chrisstef

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#1 posted 558 days ago

I missed out on a #8 about 3 summers ago for $30. I looked at the beast and said to myself “I dont think ill ever need anything that big”. Insert facepalm.

-- "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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#2 posted 558 days ago

Last year I found a yard sale that was being put on by a former FWW editor. He posted photos of a lot of his stuff, but I couldn’t get there first thing. So I got there around 3 pm, and was able to score 2 record hand planes. I know that I missed some other stuff that was gone by the time I got there, but I’ll never know what.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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gawthrrw

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#3 posted 558 days ago

A few years ago I went to a garage sale and remember seeing an old antique woodworking bench with a leg vise, tail vise and three vintage holdfasts for 50 bucks! I was new at woodowrking then and never thought i would need it. Especially a beat up old bench… Kicking myself right now.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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camps764

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#4 posted 558 days ago

Gawthrrw – that’s a heart breaker! I would have done the same thing just starting out…”why in the hell would I need a ratty old bench?”

the Steve of 2013 would swoop that thing up in a heart beat, if nothing else for the vices….

Hindsight man…

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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#5 posted 558 days ago

I regret it every day… Now days if I find some cheap tool and even think it might be related to woodworking I just buy it lol

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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LukieB

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#6 posted 558 days ago

Not my story, but shortly after my Dad’s Great uncle died, they went to visit his widow.

She had them move some heavy stuff down in the basement.

“What did you do with all Carl’s tools?”

“Oh I threw all that crap away!

Carl was a Swedish cabinet maker in his younger days, had an amazing set of wooden moulding planes that came from his father, along with all sorts of other vintage Swedish made hand tools….just crap to her.

Both my Dad and grandfather were devastated.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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DocBailey

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#7 posted 558 days ago

Here’s a sad story with a slightly different angle.
A few years back, a friend of mine (all too familiar with my tool-hoarding ways) put me in touch with a young man who had inherited his late grandfather’s property. I made arrangements to meet him there, but he showed up late. It turns out he had a hard time figuring out where the keys to the property were. As we entered the house, he mentioned how strange it was to be inside, and that he hadn’t been in the house for at least three or four years—before his grandfather had taken ill.
It was obvious that the roof of the once grand manor had begun leaking, since the living room floorboards were noticeably warped and huge hunks of plaster had long since separated from the lath.
We made our way down to the basement workshop, where there was at least two inches of water on the floor. Then, as I played my flashlight across the room, I saw it. A massive work bench surrounded by floor to ceiling shelves packed with every manner of tool imaginable, many in their original boxes. And every one of them so badly rusted and moldy that they looked as though they were covered in fur. Needless to say, these tools were so far past rusty and pitted that none were worth saving. Even the bench was so waterlogged that every bit of it was soggy and twisted. It was like a nightmare.

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camps764

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#8 posted 558 days ago

DocBailey may have just won the thread…Gadzooks!

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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DocBailey

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#9 posted 558 days ago

Not really the kind of thing you want to “win”, is it?

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camps764

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#10 posted 558 days ago

Not even a little bit…

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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#11 posted 558 days ago

I passed on an 18” laguna band saw for $450 at a yard sale. I didn’t really have the extra money or room.
later that day a friend of mine called me and asked me to help him load a machine he just bought. so I met him at his house and we rode over there. it was the one I passed on. after unloading it at his house he started bragging. The guy who was selling the tools (his late dad’s tools) just wanted to get rid of it(due to size) and offered it to him for $250 just to get rid of it my buddy said all I have is $175. he said sold

If I had any Idea he would go that low I would have been all over it, as it was I offered him my 14” and his 175 back and he laughed.

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camps764

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#12 posted 558 days ago

Ouch!

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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gawthrrw

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#13 posted 557 days ago

@ doc… Im so sorry… What trauma you have endured…

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#14 posted 557 days ago

Heres one I’m passing up now and i feel like crap!

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/tls/3605446398.html

I’ve been off work with a dislocated shoulder so money is tight… Anyone in St. louis area? great deal! I have passed on so many things it makes me sick to think about.. But I did score a Sargent plane once.. had a tag that said over 60 + yrs old (about age of deceased husband is what lady told me) . I caught it after noon so everything was half off… got it for a whole $5!

-- Mike, Southern IL

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