Got up this morning and rushed off to the flea, a journey of
15 miles on roads with a fresh 1/4" of ice covered by 2" of snow
and at 15 deg and a 30 mph wind it was COLD. And why you ask
would I do such a stupid thing...beyond the obvious reasons, (ie.
stupid). Because yeasterday one of my flea market dealers called
me to let me know he had acquired a tool collection we had
discussed a month ago.
I arrived before the flea opened and before he arrived, but
because dealers were going in and out and they always check-out
each other's wares, I snuck in and acted like I belonged there.
Even though the dealers move around inside the flea, his booth
was easy to find, it was the one with five tables covered in
wooden planes....I nearly s*** myself. I haven't seen 20 decent
wooden planes in the last 2 years. He had at least fifty
transitional and wooden jointers, smoothers and block planes.
But the real prize was moulding planes...over 200 of them.
By the time Dale arrived 30 minutes later I had already
culled the moulders down to about 50 because of various reasons
of condition, completeness and usefulness to me.
Now SWMBO has been very generous as of late, what with
acquiring stuff on the bay, and buying at the local flees, and
two new saws from Mike Wenzloff, but if I drag 50 moulding
planes home that probably won't last.
Nor will I...
Dale offered to let me lay them away and I was sorely
tempted, but don't like to do business that way, so declined his
offer. I kept culling till I arrived at 5 planes. But wait, he
had other things also, marking gages, squares, braces, turning
gouges some of them hand forged, a few gouges, and on and on. I
spent over two hours fondling and pondering what I needed to
take immediatly and what to gamble on being able to come back
The list is:
- Stanley 8" 2101a brace
- Buck Bro.s 7/16" gouge
- Dunlap Marking gage- round shank and marking wheel
- 6" Rosewood and Brass Square (unknown)
- Stanley No. 50 in poor shape but mostly complete (not
- Unknown combination plane very similar to an early #45
- Keen Kutter skew back 22" panel saw 10 tpi x-cut (sharp)
- Sandusky tool co. #51 - 1/4" beader
- Sandusky tool co. #92 - 7/8" hollow
- Ohio tool co. 1/2" skew rabbet
- Ohio tool co. #37 - 3/4" round or maybe a table edge
12)Barry & Way #10 - 3/4" round The damage was $108...he
kinda decided on $10 dollars per piece, but I reminded him
some of the pieces were well below that value, and we
dickered till we hit a price we could both live with. I
always try to leave the dealers I deal with feeling
satisfied with what they get, and as this shows it pays in
the long run!
I hope you all have as good a day as I'm having....