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LucasWoods

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10-06-2014 07:22 PM

So my bday is coming up and i get about $50 to spend on a hand tool. Been searching around eBay and don’t know info should get a handsaw or 2 or a hand plane. (I want to be able to restore what i get).

My question is, is eBay a good place to find some decent deals? I have been searching on Craigslist which is the only other site I can think of for buying tools.

-- Colorado Springs, CO


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waho6o9

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#1 posted 10-06-2014 07:51 PM

http://www.timetestedtools.com/

For hand planes ^

http://lumberjocks.com/messages/new/ErikF

Message Erik for hand saws ^

My question is, is eBay a good place to find some decent deals?

Not really, after shipping costs and buying sight unseen it’s more
of a gamble. Some times there’s a gem here or there but not as much
anymore.

Purchase from your fellow LJer’s and you’ll be better off. YMMV

Happy Birthday and a belated welcome to LumberJocks.

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LucasWoods

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#2 posted 10-06-2014 07:59 PM

Thank you very much. What is ymmv?

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#3 posted 10-06-2014 08:02 PM

E-bay’s prices seam to have gone up from years back when I bought a lot of tools from them,but when I did buy I always did comparison shopping and read the description a couple times and the shipping cost and ALWAYS check out the seller and see what others have to say about them.
As for which tool to buy, buy the one you think you will use the most.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 10-06-2014 08:06 PM

YMMV – Your Milage Might Vary – i.e. your experience might be different.

My question is, is eBay a good place to find some decent deals?

- Spazy

Sometimes, but you really have to know what you are looking for and at. It’s difficult to find true bargains on the ‘bay because of the number of buyers, but they are out there. It’s also possible to drop your money on something worthless.

Besides Waho’s recommendations, another good place to look for good used tools is Brass City Records. By all accounts, Walt is a good guy to deal with and will make sure you get a solid tool that can be made to work well.

There are also several LJ’s besides Don and Erik that dabble in selling planes and saws. If you could be more specific about what you want, there are probably people on this site that can fix you up.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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LucasWoods

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#5 posted 10-06-2014 08:15 PM

I am looking for a cross cut saw, a rip saw. And hand planes mainly the ones I will need to do some rough work. One that need some finishing so I can learn to sharpen and restore a hand tool. I don’t have a very large budget, but I am fine with waiting in between purchases to get a good quality saw or plane like a disston or Stanley.

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#6 posted 10-06-2014 08:33 PM



And hand planes mainly the ones I will need to do some rough work. One that need some finishing so I can learn to sharpen and restore a hand tool.

- Spazy

I’d strongly suggest getting your first plane in ready to use condition. That way when you buy others that need work, you’ll have some idea of what you are shooting for.

As a matter of fact, I have a Stanley #5 that has been my rough work jack plane for a couple years that is now redundant—I purchased a plane a few months ago that has replaced it. One cheek was cracked and brazed before I ever came across it, but the repair is well done and it’s worked just fine for me. PM me your address and it’s yours. That way you can use your budget to buy another plane or the saws. You’ll have to be a bit patient, as I’ll be out of town the rest of the week for work, but can get it to you next week.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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LucasWoods

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#7 posted 10-06-2014 08:48 PM

Thank you very much for that JayT. I PMd you

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#8 posted 10-06-2014 09:31 PM

You’re the man JayT! Very nice thing to do for a new LJ member.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#9 posted 10-06-2014 09:44 PM

You’re awesome JayT, way to go!

Or you can make an heirloom saw like Bob did:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/106568

Just ask we’ll help.

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#10 posted 10-06-2014 09:57 PM

That is a very good idea. Someone with literally 0 experience could do this project?

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#11 posted 10-06-2014 10:02 PM

I believe it was Bob’s second. And the first looked just as good.

You’ve got to start somewhere.

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

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#12 posted 10-06-2014 10:05 PM

True true.

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#13 posted 10-06-2014 10:15 PM

You buy a plate, you buy a back, you buy some split nuts, you make a tote. The saw works but in a few years you realize the tote could be better, so you make a new tote. You keep the old one because its a memory.

Next thing you know you’re passing the saw down to your grand kids.

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

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#14 posted 10-06-2014 10:28 PM

Yes Spazy you can do it. It only takes desire and determination.

You can purchase a kit from Erik’s message/link above.

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#15 posted 10-06-2014 10:45 PM

Yeah I already messaged him. Anyone have any other sites they like to frequent for deals on hand tools?

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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