Went early this morning up to one of our
favorite towns for
anteeking & flea browsing. Thought I might get lucky, as it
big flea market weekend and some of our brethren are up in New
good tool table spreads, but most things were too good / too
spend for me although I was more than happy to paw through them
as there were a number of items I had never seen before.
In particular, there were more corner braces in one place than I
had ever seen before; I counted six for the day, including one
with a lot of ferrous oxide and a bunged up chuck, but a nice
wood handle held together with pewter rings. A few more
circular planes and unusual scrapers than I typically see too,
and a bunch of NIB/NOS stuff.
Since we rarely get to this place early, we
usually browse for a while and when people are beginning to pack
up, I'll show up again and see if I can get a better price and
save the seller the bother of packing my target items. Would
worked today if the heavens hadn't opened up and everybody cleared
out faster than I could get back across some 500 feet of tables,
aisles & people hustling to get out of the rain.
Had my eye on
two near complete boxed sets of Russell Jennings bits and a real
nice Sargent smooth plane (Bailey #3 size), but 'he' was packed up
and gone before I could get back there. Strategy had already
worked very well on a guy with a bushel basket of mostly used-up
saws, as I did manage to snag a #4 Disston in fair shape for $3.
Wind and cold were misery for him as he hadn't come dressed for
the weather, and he was ready to leave and didn't want to take
home as much as he brought.
That 14 inch #4 came home, where I
cleaned it, retoothed it, set it, and filed it sharp in about 90
minutes, and now I have another user backsaw. Disstonian
Institute site helped in pegging it to 1905-1917. Could have
a better day if the weather had cooperated a leeeetle bit more.
Wife struck out on her anteeking, but sprung for another new
leather purse at her favorite leather worker's booth, so she took
the prize for spending $$ for the day.