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Forum topic by FrogpondWoodworks posted 07-29-2013 01:00 PM 1159 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2013 01:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: yard sale hand tools handtools yardsale planes chisels question resource chisel plane

I don’t know how many of you guys(and girls) are close enough to go to the 127 yard sale that starts August 1 but I’m hoping to go and score on some hand tools and accessories. I know some “standards” to look for; Stanley, Miller Falls, Starrett. What’s some other equally good brands from ‘back when’? Also what’s some tools you would look for? I’m mainly looking for the planes and chisels but you may give me some other things to keep an eye out for. I have a Stanley No. 220 Block plane, Bailey No. 3, Sargent 414, Bailey No. 6, and the Stanely Fillister Rebate plane. Hopefully I can fill in some of the gaps this weekend.

-- Rich, Kentucky

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 01:11 PM

How about a jointer plane? A low angle block plane with an adjustable mouth? Look for old drills and a bit set. Old Saws. Clamps. Measuring and marking tools. Nice hammers. The list goes on and on… lol

Add Union and Ohio to your brand list.

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 01:21 PM

Keen Kutter would also be a good one to add to the list in terms of hand planes. Careful on that slope Rich, its a slippery one man.

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#3 posted 07-29-2013 01:23 PM

Do you have a Bailey # 3 and 6 or a Stanley #3 and 6 that say Bailey on them?

What are you looking for – tools to use, or tools to collect? I ask because
You list Stanley and MF (Woodworking) and Starrett (precision metalworking measuring).

If you’re using, then the quality tools are obvious when you pick them up, even buried in grime. And as far as type, if you pick up a blurrfl and say to yourself “Self, I need this blurrfl to smooth the sides of the doohickeys” then you need it. If you pick it up and say “I wonder what this blurrfl does” then you don’t need it.

If you’re a collector then you’re just looking for a name so I’d say:
Stanley, Millers Falls, Sargent, Disston, Geo. Bishop, Atkins, PS&W (PEXTO), Keen Kutter (but avoid all the fakes), Winchester, North Brothers (Yankee), Lufkin, Chapin-Stevens, Goodell Pratt, Bailey Tool Co, Marsh, Union, Barber, Fray, anything made for Bell Systems, Lowentraut, Sorby, Addis, Witherby, Holtzapfell, Marples ( but nothing plastic), Standard Rule Co and there’s probably a few (hundred) more.

Craftsman aren’t collectible and were made by many different people. But if you’re a user then some of them are good and some are cr@p but they are easy to tell apart.

Not all tools by the above maker are good but you should be able to tell the difference between a Disston #7 with nib, full etch and fine brass nuts vs a D-23 with stamped on etch and generic metal nuts.

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#4 posted 07-29-2013 07:12 PM

WayneC I’m actually hoping that I can find those two. They are definitely on my watch list. And JustJoe, not much on the tool collecting. Books, on the other hand, are about the only thing I collect. I definitely want tools to use. I would like to be somewhere in the 50/50 power tool/hand tool use. And yeah, I know Starrett is mostly layout/measurement but I just lump that all together most of the time.

As to the planes I have, let me try to redo them here. I have the Stanley 220 Block Plane. The Stanley Bailey No. 3 with corrugated sole. A Sargent No. 414(it’s about 14-15” long). The Stanley Bailey No. 6 with corrugated sole. And the Stanley No. 78 Duplex, Rabbet & Fillister Plane. Plus a generic No. 3 from the looks of it.

Thanks guys for the names and ideas!

-- Rich, Kentucky

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#5 posted 07-30-2013 12:27 PM

Be careful on the Keen Kutters. The “K” series are virtually the same as the early Stanley Bedrocks. The ones in the “KK” series are not very good (IMHO). I would suggest you keep an eye open for a router plane (Stanley 71) and a shoulder plane.I agree with Wayne that Union and Ohio tools are good and worth picking up.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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