Short Version: Something almost unheard of happened in
Texas last weekend. There was an auction in Lufkin that had
tools - lots of tools.
This is the first time I have been to a tool auction in 12 or
15 years. They just don't happen around here. And I even bought
a couple items.
SWMBO and I rode down to Lufkin (4
hours) Friday to look over the tools from James Reese's
collection (a Pasadena, TX collector in his 90s and I believe a
member of both SWTCA & M-WTCA) and to attend the auction on
Saturday. I saw a few people from SWTCA and M-WTCA but no
There were hundreds of planes (one dealer bought about
150 of them for resale - with his wife smiling every time he
picked up another box of them). Lots of common Stanley (blocks,
smoothers, jacks, jointers, etc.), a few Bed Rocks including a
No. 602C, one No. 62 low angle smoother, and a No. 85 scraper
plane (the one with the handle and knob that adjust from side to
side). There was one saw till with 60 saws that went as one lot.
Also several boxes of woodworking/tool books (only one of which
I got). There were also many hundreds of hammers - a large
number of them with fancy non-original handles (not up to
Scott's quality, but nice). There were boxes upon boxes of
hammers, and two people bought almost all of them.
Here is my take: Wooden box with
fourteen saws with handles, including an 18" Disston with a
rosewood handle, a 20" Keen Kutter with an apple handle, an
unnamed stair saw, and some tree saws. Plus 8 or 10 rusty blades
without handles. One is an 18" metal cutting saw blade. I think
I might try to make a handle for that one some day.
A Stanley No. 40 scrub plane
(everyone needs at least 10 scrub planes, right?) with a
replacement knob and lever cap.
A nice Millers Falls No. 77 router
plane (you just knew there had to be a router somewhere in this,
And finally, the No. 85 scraper
plane. (It was just going too cheap to let get away.
Sorry to be so long winded, but it
will probably be another 10 or 15 years, before I get to attend
another tool auction.