Diamond(s) in the rough - planes and saws

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Forum topic by hotbyte posted 03-28-2013 01:33 AM 843 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2013 01:33 AM

My neighbor’s step father passed away a few years back and she is helping her mom go through his tools and other items in the shop/garage. She asked if I would look over stuff and see if I was interested in any of it. If not, give them idea of what it was and fair price to try and sell. He worked as a cabinet maker/carpenter/handy man which was probably between the 60’s to 80’s. I’m guessing his tools were bought new or slightly used to use in his work versus antiques for the day. I’ve done one quick inventory and have been doing some reading up on some of the stuff, mostly the planes. The items I’m thinking of buying are all Stanley planes – a 71, 78, 5 and 6. There is also 2 small block planes but I didn’t notice a name of them.

There is also several hand saws. Most looked to be rip/crosscut type saws. I didn’t notice any smaller, precision saws like a dovetail saw. There was one chest about 18” X 18” X 3’ with several saws that I didn’t sort through.

For the planes, I’ve found the Stanley Router Type Study Page and for the bench planes the Bench Plane Type Study . Are these decent/accurate resources? Any better ones? I’ve not come across anything similar for the 78 – unless it is like a snake and about to bite me on one of the previously listed sites!

On the hand saws, anything to keep an eye out for when I go through them in detail. I believe I read the button/medallions on handles can give most clues to history of saw?

There is also 6 or 8 Jogensen hand screw clamps and 3 or 4 sets of pipe clamps I’ll probably offer her something on. If there is any interest, I’ll try to get some pics of other items and post them. There were lots of various drill bits, hand drills (the kind that look like an old egg beater), chisels, etc.

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#1 posted 03-28-2013 01:49 AM

Hyperkitten is good for the planes, and also the Hyperkitten site has more stanley plane information in general. There’s also Patrick Leach's Blood and Gore. Others can comment on RexMill I’m sure.

The saw medallions are a good start. You can also look for any engraving in the plate of the saw or in its spine if the saw has one.

All the other stuff you mention has potential as well, chisels, etc. Depends on what kind of work you want to do and what you’re looking for. As long as the rust isn’t deep, it can be cleaned up and restored. Even if it is deep it can be made into a decent user in some cases. But if he bought his stuff new in that time frame there isn’t much of it that’s likely to be worth a lot of money individually. Depends on what he bought of course.

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