Workbench and old table saw and antique planes.

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Blog entry by wichle posted 10-06-2010 07:50 AM 2733 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today, Tuesday at the Treasure Mart in Ann Arbor the were unloading a great workbench. 3” thich maple bench top, metal drawere and an overhead shelf. It’s heavy. It was not priced but their prices are good. Also a really antique . . .really antique, bad shape, Craftsman table saw on a stand. With motor. It is outside in the driveway, left side as you face the building from the sidewalk.

Over in Wisconsin at the Waukesha Antique Mart, a number of cases of wooden planes. Curved to work on wheels, moulding planes and some strange that I have never seen before. I have pictures which I will share if anyone wants to take a look sends me an email.

Amazing what is ending up in antique shops these days.

-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"

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#1 posted 10-06-2010 08:04 PM

Well, I just don’t get it! There seems to be ZERO interest in the old stuff. This post has been up all morning, and nobody seems to care. Well, actually, I’m really not surprised. There used to be a dozen really great flea markets/slash/ antique shows within 40 miles of my New England hometown, and the two that survive have mostly peddlers of Asian discount crap, like a thousand no-name q-tips for $2, etc. I’m so sad about this! Was it our parents or grandparents who grew up during the Depression, that made the antiques and second-hand business so successful thru the 1960’s? Was it the advent of E-Z credit that made new junky retail crap easier to bring home than the cash business of used goods? Why do people think of ‘old’ as ‘obsolete’? Hate to say it, but I bought a used, and very awesome 30” by 72” workbench with a laminated top of 2” thick maple!!! FIVE DOLLARS!!! Nobody wants nothin’ anymore of quality. I’ll re-size the top to fit my needs, nobody will mourn that big glorious old top in its present form but me. I too have curtailed my purchases of the classic old woodworking stuff unless it has a specific place in my shop. These days I shudder at the thought of reselling my re-habbed acquisitions. Probably I’ll be the last man standing, as stuff keeps coming up for sale that nobody wants. Heck, my recent blog on restoring old oak furniture has been largely ignored except for a couple of like-minded souls. Bill, spend wisely and buy the old things that you wish to give a good home to. Tune them up, cherish them, use them. Just don’t spend too much, okay? Other than replacement blades and such, the only things I’d buy new are precision marking or measuring devices. Old stuff is wayyy better.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#2 posted 10-06-2010 08:25 PM

Thanks for the post Wichle. Sounds like interesting stuff. Wish I was closer.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 10-06-2010 08:38 PM

I’d be there in a blink if it wasn’t for the Atlantic Ocean being in the way! Most of my tools is old stuff..

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#4 posted 10-06-2010 08:47 PM

well don´t say I´m not interested . but first too far away and living on the other side of the atlantic
and got home one hour ago from work and on your side there is still a few hours before people do come home
so don´t blame any one poopie for not making any coments yet
and excactly thats why it woooood have been nice if you had shared a few pictures here
I think thats thats one of the reson people havn´t coment too

take care

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#5 posted 10-07-2010 05:28 AM

What’s that they say…”A picture is worth a thousand words….?”

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#6 posted 10-07-2010 03:56 PM

Awright, guys….Who takes a camera with them when they’re out antiques shopping? Seriously. As wichle mentioned, he will send you pics if you are genuinely interested, and his offer was targeted not for the curious, but for buyers of vintage woodworking equipment. Of course, freight charges are usually the deal-breaker if you’re not nearby.
I think the point is made here, that there are fewer and fewer people interested in traditional tools and furniture. Otherwise, there would be a lot more activity on threads of this topic. I put up a blog of my restoration work recently, and though it was loaded with facts and pictures, there was hardly any interest in the subject. Perhaps it is the ephemeral mindset fostered by the crappy woodworking magazines in the drugstore magazine rack, which push for the latest and greatest new gizmo that ya gotta have, to make the latest and greatest new gifty project. This is not the woodworking that I know.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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