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Forum topic by SurfHunter posted 12-04-2013 08:18 PM 1250 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2013 08:18 PM


I’m always looking for tools and deals on Craigslist, When I came across an ad for some 2” ringshank nails that I needed for my hitachi nailer, the person was selling an unopened case of them for $15, and HD sells them for $77

So I went to the gentlemans house to purchase them, Well he directed me to his garage and told me that he buys closeouts and storage units and such.

I immeadiately noticed a pile of Jorgensen bar clamps in various sizes 15 of them, still with tags on them, I asked what he needed to get from them and he said give him $50 and I can have them… Well that was a no brainer for me.

Then I saw a large box filled with Craftsman sockets and wrenches around 400 of them in new condition and he wanted $50 for them too…..... I bought them as well, even though my tool chests are full as I just couldn’t pass up on the deal..:)

Well, Then I saw a Drill Dr XP2 new in the box with 2 xtra diamond cutters in seperate clam shell packaging… Umm he wanted $30.00 for everything.

As I was going through some other stuff I noticed the Stanley handles and the search was on. I found 3 Stanley 750’s and he told me I can have them free of charge since I was purching a lot of items from him… He also mentioned that he had 5 more buried in another box, that he’ll locate within the next few days for me, and I could have them as well…N/C :) ;) OH Boy….

I just bought a set of Stanley Baileys last week. I was going to buy the Sweethearts but something told me to wait..

As I was getting ready to leave his house 2 hrs later with piles of new stuff, He had called me back and asked if I could use a sander….

I said well let me see what you have, and it turns out to be a Craftsman 3/4hp 6×9 belt/ disc sander Brand new unused and he just gave it to me as well.
He said that it was missing the Table/ fence but if I wanted it I can have it, This way he could have more space in his garage… What a great day I had..

He informed me that he picks up old hand planes all the time, and he just sell them to his scrap guy for weight…

I gave him my telephone number and told him to call me next time he gets some.. That would be “Awesome”

Anyways… long story short… What would be the best way to clean up these babies? I wanted to ask first, before I ran them on my wire wheel on my polisher.

-- It’s not the hours you put in, but what you put into the hours that count.

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#1 posted 12-04-2013 09:11 PM

First to say You Suck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice Score !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 12-04-2013 09:45 PM

Anybody else wince while reading about scrapping old planes for weight?
I can only guess how many potentially valuable tools have been lost forever (Oh, the humanity!)

If you’re too young (or the reference is otherwise lost on you) google “Hindenburg + Lakehurst” and find yourself some video

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#3 posted 12-04-2013 09:51 PM

Surf, I would sharpen them all, make a handle for the third one (scope out one on ebay in the meantime) then use them as is. They look beautiful in their current state.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 12-04-2013 10:05 PM

What did you say his phone # is?
Excellent score.

If they were mine, I would scary sharpen them with my Veritas jig, and various grits of sandpaper.
I might take some 0000 steel wool, and clean them up, or buff them with a wheel on my lathe.
And a nice new handle is in order

-- Steve--

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Don W

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#5 posted 12-04-2013 10:33 PM

Holy Smokes. You stumbled on a mother load.

He informed me that he picks up old hand planes all the time, and he just sell them to his scrap guy for weight…

Brought a tear to my eye! Something needs to be done about that for sure!!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 12-04-2013 11:34 PM

He informed me that he picks up old hand planes all the time, and he just sell them to his scrap guy for weight…

That’s tool abuse right there, please rescue them if you can.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 12-05-2013 12:08 AM

I went there to spend $15 lol.. he even took $5 off of the price of the nails..

I spent $185.00 with him and walked away with Aprox $1,000.00 worth of tools. He even had my Chamberlain Q garage door openers still in the clam pkgs.. they sell for $35 at HD they went for $5 each so I bought a few. lol

I really did score pretty nicely though, I can wait to grab the other Chisels this week. I couldn’t believe when he said he sells the Hand planes and most of the vintage stuff that he gets for the scrap.. I was shocked when I heard that…
But, I honestly didn’t want to offfer any other advice, except that I would purchace them for more than the cost of scrap.
I just said that I enjoy bringing them back to life again and using them, He said that he’d save them all for me.

Which is Nice because I’m just getting into using hand tools again, “It’s so much quieter”

I really stepped into something good.

-- It’s not the hours you put in, but what you put into the hours that count.

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#8 posted 12-05-2013 01:55 PM

“Stepped into something good”
Not prone to exageration are we ?
Very nice score, and yup, you SUCK !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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