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poopiekat

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04-28-2013 08:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: antique planes transitional flea market shops

If I go out shopping for old planes too often, I reach the ‘diminishing returns’ concept. Seems like nobody but me is in the market for old plane acquisitions in this town, and I have to wait a bit for the market to replenish itself. So.. Here goes:

Yep, that’s a Union #7C , great shape, and $30

An unmarked 3/8” wood bodied round, $10

Nice Miller’s Falls #4 size, with 2 pc lever cap, $15

Edge-Rite Transitional, #24-size, $25

Stanley #220 block plane in the box, $10

”Modern” #220 block plane, $10

And… last but not least, an ”Asbestos” brand sad-iron. For glue-ups, y’know. $10

I really like the off-brands! I gotta hit the books and be sure whether the Edge-Rite is the plane, or just the iron. It’s got that ‘whale-tail’ lever cap, but not exactly Stanley….we’ll see! Thanks for looking. Bring ‘em back alive!!!!

-- 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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Don W

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 09:09 PM

nice haul!!

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

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#2 posted 04-28-2013 10:22 PM

”Seems like nobody but me is in the market for old plane acquisitions in this town, and I have to wait a bit for the market to replenish itself.”

Pretty soon, you’ll just hafta sell ‘em back to yourself! LOL

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poopiekat

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#3 posted 04-28-2013 11:38 PM

Thanks, Don! Joe: I’ll hafta start selling my culls, but then I’d eventually see them at the antiques shows, and start buying them back! But… you’re right, why not eliminate the middle-man. I could be my own best customer!
Now that for some strange reason, I just haven’t been seeing the bargains on eBay like I used to. Out in the real world they are starting to pop up again, strange how the scene changes time and again. As I write this, I realize I got 4 other planes coming in from eBay auctions…I’m unable to explain why I don’t think there’s bargains to be had anywhere you look!

-- 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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unbob

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#4 posted 04-29-2013 08:24 AM

In my somewhat remote area, I find planes in the $5 to 30 range, I dont want to collect them, just use them.
I have a good set of Baileys from 4 to 7, 2 each of #4 and 5. The #8 is eluding me so far.
However, the near by second hand store has a #8 size “Diamond Edge” $50.
I cant find much info on that brand, looks good, has corragated bottom.

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#5 posted 04-29-2013 12:40 PM

Nice collection, Poopie. I wish that I had time to look for planes locally.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 04-29-2013 01:01 PM

In my area (Fort Worth, Texas), it’s hard to find any hand planes. There are about a dozen antique malls within 30 miles of where I live, and I’ve spent literally hundreds of hours over the past two-plus years looking for tools, and I think I’ve come across fewer than a dozen Stanley planes (mostly nameless junk). Of course, if I were looking for branding irons, I’d have no trouble finding those.

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#7 posted 04-29-2013 01:39 PM

Very nice!! I love the Union and MF planes.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#8 posted 04-29-2013 09:51 PM

Thanks, everyone!
I just got a “Parplus” plane today, really mint and has extra replaceable blades! I’m not sure if I like that option, but ANY #10 has been found to be rare as hen’s teeth around here. Thanks, sikrap! Yeah, I’d like to build a set of both makers. Brett: I’m amazed that planes could be so hard to come by in your area! Maybe the smaller, sole-proprietor-type of shops might be more beneficial to hunt from. Charles: browse your local e-classifieds, and insist on showings at their home as soon as you can drive over there! Unbob: The D-E planes are worth having, and a #8 is a rarity, look it over carefully, and buy it! (just my opinion!) Oh, and that “edge-Rite” transitional was manufactured and sold by Canada’s now-defunct “Eaton’s”, similar to the Montgomery Wards stores of late in the USA.

-- 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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#9 posted 04-29-2013 10:04 PM

Selling a couple of mine on the bay. Next payday, have two shops to visit, and if I can swing it, maybe a third one. Two have confirmed handplanes in the windows! We’ll see how that goes….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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poopiekat

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#10 posted 04-29-2013 10:10 PM

bandit: I wonder if I’ve ever bought a plane on eBay from a LJ member, and didn’t know it? That would be a coincidence!!

-- 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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#11 posted 04-30-2013 02:26 PM

Poopiekat, there are very few sole-proprieter antique shops in North Texas. Most of antique vendors are in large antique malls, with between 75 and 250 vendors. Finding hand planes (and most woodworking tools) around here is difficult because our population was never very large during the the days before power tools became the norm (it was cattle and oil, baby—not much use for hand planes). There were just never enough people around to buy woodworking hand tools in large numbers.

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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poopiekat

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#12 posted 04-30-2013 10:20 PM

I fully understand, Brett! Moreover, you’ve probably got a real imbalance in your local market, too many people chasing too few planes. The dealers with a good bunch of cash that peddle in the group market/mall type of emporiums will often price things sky high, not caring if they sell unless they get record prices for their wares…I avoid them entirely. That’s the tough nut to crack. Amazingly, the #7 Union pictured above sat in a shop for weeks before I bought it!! I’m really mystified, could there be so few collectors in my area that this was passed over and over? Should I not buy planes, am I burying myself with unsalable white elephants? Rock On, sir!

-- 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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