Moderate gloat - and what kind of file/rasp is this?

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Forum topic by Sandra posted 05-29-2013 01:45 AM 1203 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-29-2013 01:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: maple

What a day!

I left home with $200.00 in my pocket to see about getting enough rough maple for my workbench. In total, I needed just over 35 bf. A few months ago, I bought a few hand tools from a gentleman in a nearby community. When we were chatting, he said he had some rough maple at home and would send me a picture.
We emailed back and forth and he said he’d sell me as much as I needed for my workbench at $1.50/bf

So off I went today. (No worries, checked the guy out – talked to someone who knew him, etc etc…. I wasn’t putting myself at risk)

On my way, I stopped at a marble place, looking for an offcut piece of granite for a sharpening surface.
Once the guy working there finally understood what I wanted it for, he brought me out back and I left with this:

It’s 17.5” x 30”. It’s larger than I had in mind, but rather than just have a small piece that I set somewhere, I’ve decided I’ll use this as a top to a sanding station.
Cost: 0.00$

When I met the guy for the maple, I measured and accurately calculated the bf, and he was very generous, rounding the numbers down, etc etc.
The amount we counted was 62 bf. On top of that though he put in several boards that were thin or knotty.
The picture isn’t great, there are several more boards close to the front of the van, under the boards that are visible.

I had also mentioned I was looking for some rasps. He pulled out a box, I chose a few and then we got down to price. He said he’d sell me the maple and the files for $100.00. SOLD! I even tried to give him more and he declined.

Here are the rasps/files. I have no idea what the one on the far right is, and neither did the seller. They are all soaking in evapo-rust as we speak. From the weight of them, and the markings, I’m reasonably confident they weren’t bought at a big box store last year.

And I’ve yet to go pick up the ‘big boards’ of mahogany a friend of mine called me about. Also free.

So I arrived home with a big slab of marble, some cool files, 60+ bf of hard maple, $100.00 left in my pocket and a huge grin on my face.

Somedays I’m the bug. Today, I was the windshield!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 05-29-2013 01:49 AM

That was a tremendous score.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-29-2013 02:02 AM

Shinto saw rasp.

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#3 posted 05-29-2013 02:04 AM

Thanks Loren, I’ll go find out what one of those is…

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#4 posted 05-29-2013 02:04 AM

Great score Sandra. I’m sure you charmed that poor old fellow!

Those rasps/files look useful. The one on the right was the precursor to the Sureform Rasp. Useful for hogging a lot off in a hurry.

Edit: Loren posted while I was typing and he’s spot on as usual!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 05-29-2013 02:05 AM

what a good deal sandra

your decision to take up woodworking
is not only improving your skills
but i sense an uplifting in you posts too

keep at it
it is good for you
and all of us too
to share in your journey

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 05-29-2013 02:06 AM

Nice when things go your way. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 05-29-2013 02:08 AM

Nice score. It looks like maybe you need to visit that guy more often and mention things you need. He may have more things like rasps that he’s willing to part with.
The one on the far right, although I have no idea what it’s called, I would love to get my hands ahold of just so I can see what it’s capable of.
Keep your eye open at flea markets, yard sales, etc. for more rasps. Remember that just because something wasn’t necessarily made for wood doesn’t mean that it can’t be used for it. A while back I got a HUGE rasp at a resale shop for one dollar. I later learned that this particular tools was originally made to shape hooves on a horse’s foot. It works great as a wood rasp though. The only problem is that if you’re not careful it will remove more material than you want, FAST.


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#8 posted 05-29-2013 02:12 AM

You gave me a good chuckle Andy. The poor old fellow was no more than 10 years older than me, if that.
And Doc and David – yes indeed, today was a good day.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#9 posted 05-29-2013 02:16 AM

William, the guy had shelf after shelf of old tools in boxes. One box must have had 30 hammers in it.
I’ll definitely be keeping in touch with him.
He also had a lot of ash. He had set aside a short board to give me, but I realized when I got home that neither of us had loaded it into my van.

I love yardsales, but I have to be very cautious – shop space is limited.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#10 posted 05-29-2013 02:21 AM

I’d say there is nothing moderate about your gloat …..I’d say good score all around….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#11 posted 05-29-2013 02:37 AM

Nice haul!

Good things come to good people!!!

Glad your day went soooooo well.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 05-29-2013 02:46 AM

Nice haul Sandra !!! I just paid $75 for a piece of granite to lapp my planes on.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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#13 posted 05-29-2013 02:58 AM

just an fyi on the granite that is a sink cut out. He probably had pile of them.

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#14 posted 05-29-2013 02:58 AM

Really great to see people getting great deals out there. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see you start your
bench build . 8-)

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#15 posted 05-29-2013 03:18 AM

That’s a great haul Sandra…...good for you. And really great you got your hands on some Maple! Might even have a bit leftover after the bench…...nice.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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