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Forum topic by summerfi posted 06-20-2014 06:45 PM 1602 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2014 06:45 PM

Rust hunting opportunities are scarce in my neck of the woods, but I did pretty well hitting some yard sales this morning. The total bill for everything pictured below was $82.

A couple of bar clamps at $1 each and a couple pipe clamps at $2 each.

Some chain @ $3.

A box of miscellaneous stuff @ $3. I think the soldering iron looking thing is a wood burning kit.

The plane is a later type Stanley No. 5. The chisel is a Stanley 750. Several of the wood handled screwdrivers are Millers Falls, as is the caliper. There is a nifty little Yankee ratcheting screwdriver. The files appear unused.

Here are a couple of gems. The brace is a Millers Falls Holdall No. 733 8-inch @ $5. It’s in really nice shape and has rosewood handles. The blade on the brass backed dovetail saw is etched Henry Disston, but I don’t think it’s too old. It was $4.

And finally what is probably the prize of the day, two tap and die sets. The Ace brand is in a mahogany box and the GTD brand is in a cherry box. Both sets seem complete. I gave $30 for the pair.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#1 posted 06-20-2014 06:58 PM

I like the taps & dies a lot…nice score

I’ll trade you two rattles and a coconut shell…lol

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#2 posted 06-20-2014 07:05 PM

I was happy when I found a few taps and dies and holders in a toolbox I picked up. Your complete sets are great. That brace is in great shape. Good haul.

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#3 posted 06-20-2014 07:05 PM

I like that little Yankee ratcheting screwdriver. Neat little piece. Brace and saw look pretty cool too. Nice haul Bob.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#4 posted 06-20-2014 07:06 PM

Yea Bob! Is the dovetail a No. 5 or was the brass back an add on? Brass backs in the wild are a rare breed, way to bring home the goods man.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 06-20-2014 07:24 PM

a good haul Bob.

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

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#6 posted 06-20-2014 07:24 PM

Wow, Bob. Great score! If you looking to unload that 750 I know a guy who’s looking… nudge nudge wink wink

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#7 posted 06-20-2014 08:04 PM

Fantastic haul, well done.
Looks like that saw just got back from a Civil War medic tent.

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#8 posted 06-20-2014 10:01 PM

Awesome tools Bob. What a bargain! Lovin’ that brace and the tap and die sets. Hell, I’m lovin’ all of it. What’s not to love.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#9 posted 06-20-2014 10:13 PM

Here’s a little more info on that dovetail saw. It is a Disston No. 70, and is probably older than I initially thought. According to the Disstonian Institute, they were first made in 1918 and weren’t produced for very long, hence they are fairly rare. It is a somewhat cheaply made saw, with the spine being brass plated steel. Due to their rarity, though, they seem to be valuable. The only one on ebay is listed (but not sold) for over $100. Unfortunately someone drilled a couple holes in the plate on mine, probably for a depth stop of some sort. For $4 I can’t complain. I hope I can get the rust off without ruining the etch.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#10 posted 06-20-2014 10:22 PM

$4 is hard to go wrong.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#11 posted 06-20-2014 11:20 PM

Total score.

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#12 posted 06-23-2014 03:00 PM

I think you had a great day “Rust Hunting”

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 06-23-2014 05:11 PM

Good job! I haven’t found to much myself in the past few weeks.

-- Nicholas

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#14 posted 06-23-2014 05:26 PM

A little rosewood and two tap and die sets, hard to beat that Bob!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#15 posted 06-23-2014 06:42 PM

Very nice finds. I love yankee drivers like the one you found.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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