I started out this
morning by hitting an estate auction that I had seen in the paper.
Turned out to be a wash, so I left and hit ye olde junque shoppe on
the way home.
I had stopped in
this place once before, maybe a year ago, and had gotten a decent
#7C (corrugated sole jointer, Jeff) that's still waiting for me to
get to it and clean it all up.
Well today I was not
First thing I found
was a pretty standard #5 - hard rubber knob, kidney hole lever cap,
so it's not my favorite type, but it's all there and looks like it's
seen only marginal use - just quite grungy and lots of surface rust.
Should clean up quite nicely. I picked that up and carried it
around as I perused the area.
Came across an old
rusty tool box on the floor, full of absolute dreck, but after about
one minute of digging, I discovered a "perfect handle" style handle.
Well, as some of you may remember, I have a bit of an addiction to
those, so I yanked it out, and lo and behold, it's one of those
beefy, square-shanked mechanic's screwdrivers!!
wanting one of those for a while, but this was the first time I have
found one in the wild. Paint spattered, rusty, dirty, but I
can see through all the grunge that the wood is actually in quite
good condition, and the tip is PERFECT!! Man, what are the
odds of that?
Next I came across a
piece of plywood painted white, with a bunch of old tools wired to
it - clearly somebody's idea of an artistic display. There
were a few rusty saw sets and an eggbeater drill - whoever had
assembled that unlovely display had drilled a hole through the
eggbeater's handle to pass the wire through so they could attach it
to the board - ick.
Anyhow, the only two
things I was interested in on that board were a nice wide Stanley
chisel and an old woodie dado plane. But there was a price tag
indicating that the whole board was $100.
Well, it turned out
the lady running the store had just gotten it at an estate sale and
was willing to cut those wires! So I ended up getting the
chisel and the plane. Upon closer inspection, the chisel is an
Everlasting - wood handle is shaped just like the #20 in Walter's
book. The socket has a patent date of 5-6-24, which according
to Walter's book was for more effectively securing the ferrule into
I notice that there's a
line running all the way around where the socket meets the body of
the chisel. Based on the list of chisels that this patent was
applied to, I'm concluding that it's a #20. Anyhow, it's two
inches wide, a full six inches of steel left - man, what a nice
chisel! Not bad for $10, I think.
The dado plane has
two stamps - "Dunn & Spencer" and "Petersburg, VA" - on the toe.
Also says "6/8" on the toe, so it's 3/4". "J.W.J." stamped his
initials in three places. A bit paint-spattered, but otherwise
in quite good condition and will clean up into a very nice user.
Based on the shape, I'm guessing early 1800's. Also not bad
for $10, I think.
$4 for the nice
perfect handle screwdriver; $18 for the #5 - not truly gloatable
prices, but not bad at all, really, compared to what I've seen some
of these junque shops ask for similar tools. The great thing
is, all will clean up to really very nice users. And this is
the first decent old tool score I've had in a long time - makes up
for the lousy auction.
I also got my hard
felt wheels the other day - hopefully tomorrow I'll get them set up
and see about giving these tools the James Thompson treatment.