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There is an auction this Saturday that features a whole lot of what excites us. There's probably 20,000 - 30,000 BF of Walnut, cherry, beech, oak and bass wood up for grabs. I was fortunate enough to have bought a couple hundred board feet of the cherry and it measures at about 10% moisture content. It has all been stickered for about 15 years. If you're close to Indiana, bring a trailer. https://www.auctionzip.com/Listings/3068107.html?kwd=&zip=47348&category=0
Light, misty rain, and a bit of a breeze. 7 blocks one way. Then spent the rest of the morning STANDING around....only had $7 to spend. First item that came up that I thought I could bid on? A very SMALL Coffin smoother, almost the size of a block plane.....Bids shot right past the $7 max.....FAST.... ok, Plan B Watched for awhile, collectable cars, firearms, mini-mill, mini lathe( H-F one) electric hand drills, clamps, screwdrivers, and files.....Almost done with the stuff IN the garage, finally won a bid...."Choice" of four planes. $4 More on the choice plane later. Auction moved outside, still COLD, misty, but the breeze was dying down from hurricane levels. Watched a H-F 40" long lathe go for ....$25 benchtop drill press about the same. a few tool chests, a dust collector ($35) a craftsman 10" tablesaw ( like mine) went for $25. A snading center, with the 6" wide belt and the disc...$25 Finally on to the"box lots".....Had a box I wanted.....but I should have moved one item to another box...drat. Someone wanted THAT item. Outbid, but got choice of the others.....$3. Paid my bill...$7 total. And walked back home. Still had that #@$#@#$ misty rain. Didn't help to go under the trees, they were shaky off big drops. So, what did I come home with, besides an empty pocket? at least it all fit in one, soggy box. Had a second "lid" to try and keep things dry....maybe. The plane? A rusty Capewell No.4 With a steel frog, no less. Ok, we can rehab that, I think Note those shavings behind it? To think, I did NOT remove the frog, Royal PITA to do that. Best leave it alone. Wood was cleaned up, BLO wiped on/off. Sides sanded clean, sole was even flat, no cracks or pitting. The only part that really needed a lot of work? the chipbreaker was a bear to tune. Back upstairs, time to sort through the junk, and pick the goodies out The ruler way in the back is marked as a Sterritt (sp), haven't cleaned the other one up, yet. Center finders, and an angle finder, and a sanding block ( wagner brand??) next pile i did find a third Acid brush. Files for saws, Drag Link socket, allen wrench, a few drill bits, couple of Oak Handles, a SMALL tap, and that Hyde putty knife. The BIG file is magnetic...next Couple of cutting discs ( have the air tool for them) and a scriber from the MIA combo square. The rest of the box? Lots of bolts and screw, a few hose clamps, a brass threaded pipe(??)and other assorted stuff. In the first picture? You'll notice a few battery terminal cleaners ( 3!!) and a bronze "token". Token is from AutoZone, and is for checking/setting spark plug gaps. A few other things were just tossed...bad junk. Well, not too bad...for just $7? And a bit of walking ( cardio?) neede to add this to my morning coffee... Well...since I missed out on a Bailey #3, I guess this will just have to make do....maybe?
Well, drove down there to check things out. Got to meet the owner, a fellow from Lumberjocks named "JustplaneJeff". Auction did start @10am.....it was after 11am before they got TO the tool tables Nope, they didn't start here until almost NOON They started with these three big boys. Then a few transits, each in their own case. Then some box lots LOTS of box lots, either by the box full (just missed out on a tray of chisels) or a couple pieces as "choice." Finally got around to the planes....Them Moving fillisters? (5 of them) $25-45 each! Then the five trays of molding planes...choice. Then a few Trans. planes. some were a bit ugly, but I finally won a pair of these Cost me $5 for the pair of old stanleys (more on another post) Had two old coots standing almost ON the seller's table, trying to block out anyone else. Didn't stick around to see what these went for...they already sold a group of 10 for $35....There were some saws laying on the table....sold them as a set. As for the GOOD saws Not sure how these 12 saws went for. Was getting a bit feisty around that table, went and paid my $5, put the planes in the van, and walked downtown. There were three Antique Stores to prowl around in... In the third one ( called The Boston) clear in the back of the store...imagine a dinning room table (it was for sale,BTW @$200) covered in old tools. There were shelf units on three sides, covered in tools, there was a smaller table back in the corner, covered in tools. plus tools on the floor! Didn't have all that much to spend from my "Allowance", so just two items left with me. A bit for a brace that has a 12 stamped onit, and shaped like a gimlet. The other was by Winstead Tools, a Karpenter brand 1" wide chisel almost 15" long, counting the handle. Chisel is sitting between the two planes. a Stanley No.28, and a Stanley No.29 Spent most of the weekend getting all four items rehabbed. Might be a post about them...if anyone wants it? Auction was free admission. A LARGE tent was set up for glass ware, old toys and other like items. The auction started in the tent, of course. It was still going on when they sent a "sub" over to the tools.... All that walking around downtown ( 3 blocks out, three blocks back) and they were still going at it. A Large tarp on the ground had box lots. There was furniture and such around the corner from the tools, including a working pump organ! This was an all day sale. There was even a lunch trailer! Lots of fun! Moody would have passed out!!!
Ok, tried to add a sceduled event worth going to. There is an antique tool auction to be held in Urbana, OH on the 27th of june, of this year. WHY isn't this a valid date? When it IS on your calender? Misprint? Over 80 handplanes for sale at an auction, along with enough other antiques to make it a full days event. Explain, please....