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Forum topic by MissouriOutdoors88 posted 01-05-2015 12:18 AM 992 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MissouriOutdoors88

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01-05-2015 12:18 AM

I’m getting rather intrigued by the idea of getting older, rusty tools that people don’t use anymore and restoring them both for my collection and use. As we all know, there are a ton of these laying around in people’s garages, barns, sheds, etc. What is the best place to find these kinds of things online? I’ve looked on CL but there isn’t a whole lot there.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.


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firefighterontheside

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#1 posted 01-05-2015 12:21 AM

You have to watch craigslist everyday. I do, but I’m not looking for old tools. Flea markets. Estate sales. Auctions.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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TheFridge

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#2 posted 01-05-2015 12:29 AM

What he said. And ebay.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#3 posted 01-05-2015 12:51 AM

Have you guys ever had any luck on ebay? That always made me nervous for some reason.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#4 posted 01-05-2015 12:54 AM

I agree with the above. I’ve also driven through Missouri on I-70 and there are quite a few antique malls. I stopped in a few and it seemed like the prices were reasonable. I expect when you get in the small towns away from the Interstate, there would be a lot of second hand and antique shops with better prices. I’ve found that the hunt is an enjoyable part of the process of acquiring old tools.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#5 posted 01-05-2015 01:01 AM

Yea I need to spend a little more time at the local antique mall maybe tomorrow after work. It’s huge and there were a ton of planes and other stuff there.

Is there another brand of hand planes worthwhile other than the Stanley? I see a lot of them but I’m not yet familiar enough with the worthwhile brands.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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summerfi

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#6 posted 01-05-2015 01:06 AM

Here’s something you should read. What to look for when buying vintage planes

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#7 posted 01-05-2015 01:08 AM

Here is what to look for in hand planes, not brands so much but …

http://www.timetestedtools.com/help-buying-vintage-planes.html (edit: Bob beat me to it)

As brands, there is almost to many to list, Sargent, Millers falls, Ohio tools, Fulton (some), Wards Masters…....

http://www.timetestedtools.com/other-plane-brands.html

And it depends as well if you want to use them or collect them.

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

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#8 posted 01-05-2015 02:31 AM

To find old tools on CL you have to bee patient. There will be nothing for a while then all of a sudden a few good things. The best deals I’ve ever gotten were searching CL for woodworking, antique, or vintage tools, and responding to people that had a bunch of them or buying full tool chests.

The next best I’ve had luck with is at garage sales. People there either want $100 for their gorgeous antique that’s worth $10 or they have good stuff and don’t know it so give it away for pennies. The trick is to find the ones that have woodworking tools and get there first. I’ve found that searching CL garage sales section for tools is the best way to narrow it down. Sure I miss a lot of people that don’t think to list on CL and add tools in their ad, but it sure cuts down on the number of stops where they have nothing I want.

Overall though I don’t enjoy the hunting so if I added up the time I spend searching CL, going to sales that don’t work out, driving and gas costs and consider even a couple dollars an hour for my time I’d probably be ahead if I just bought the tools from a reputable tool dealer. Maybe not though, if I started selling off my excess I might even out better. There’s definitely a time vs money tradeoff though.

I’ve never found anything worth buying at antique malls. Either the stuff wasn’t in very good condition or was overpriced, or usually both. Of course I’m a cheapskate looking for a good deal so some of them were decent but not great deals in hindsight. Most things there seem to be priced at the high end of the ebay range but in worse condition.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#9 posted 01-05-2015 02:46 AM

We’ve actually scored some good stuff at this particular antique mall. They had a lot of rusty planes in the 15-20 range, so I’ll have to see what they’re missing.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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Sactomike

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#10 posted 01-05-2015 01:52 PM

Nobody has mentioned flea markets or yard sales, and there are bargains to be had on a lot of older tools. Yard sales have provided me many tools, from cast steel chisels to pre-war Stanley planes. Picked up a Stanley #4 ( tall knob) for $7 at one flea market, and a low knob #5C along with a low knob #7 came from yard sales at a dollar each.
$10 got me a Spear and Jackson rip saw with split nuts.

Maybe the best bargans I’ve found came from a dump that has a recycle area. If something is usable, they’ll take it in for free and sell it. Picked up a rusty but nearly unused Disston thumb hole rip saw for $5, a Sandvik solid wood handled cross cut for free (rusty), and a Disston #12 for a buck. One of the best deals I got there was a fully functioning ShopSmith ER for $40 that came with a box of accessories, a set of five lathe tools, and several decent chisels.

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#11 posted 01-05-2015 11:21 PM

I buy/sell tools and I have the best luck at estate sales and garage sales. Also, check and see if there is a “Restore” near you. Its a part of Habitat for Humanity and they get lots of tools donated and resell them at very good prices. I also find some stuff on CL, but that’s more uncommon. You might also want to check and see if there are any auctions near you that might have some tools. Auctionzip.com is a site that I use. Yes, you’ll end up paying a bit more at an auction, but the ones that advertise woodworking tools will generally have a lot more than your average garage sale.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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