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Since I've been hostage for the past month + between swim meets/events, furnace outages along with truck transmissions & alternators, finally had a "fun day" after my brief time getting a haircut to break the cabin fever. Stopped at a couple flea markets...not much in the offerings of interest or priced above new in store prices but I did pick up these treasures for total of $5. Sorry for the fuzzy picture(s). Must have been a thumb print on my phone lens??? As always, didn't need any of it (well the clip boards) but somebody had to rescue them. Craftsman 12" Machinist Combo Square, a small miter gauge and the two clip boards. I'm always misplacing my clip boards. Probably where ever my missing pencils are at or where the grand-kids last used them?? It'll take a little work, but I think it will clean up pretty well. Square head is all steel and complete with scribe. A little heft to this one From the paint color and Craftsman script I'm guessing latter part of the 1950's to very early 1960's. Same color that was used on some of their early table & RAS's.
Just got an email from Woodcraft pushing a "one time tool" that is now back by popular demand. The tool is a Woodpeckers square. Advertised cost of a 18" one is $160, $190 with case. My wife and family have deemed me as being cheap, but I prefer to say I'm financially responsible. I'm sure these are of great quality, but sure seems like a lot for a square. Is it just me? Signed, frugal in KC...
Sorta' been holding out or plain lazy to transfer pictures from my phone to 'puter files. Not real exciting or of any great value; I just hated to see them get tossed or rust away... Some recent acquisitions and their story.. Bought this at the Parke County, IN covered Bridge Festival about a month back...$2....didn't need it, but marked Made in U.S.A. Corsair is only marking on it besides Made in USA...wasn't too rusty actually. What little I've researched, Corsair made squares and levels in or near Great Neck, NY and eventually was purchased by the Great Neck Tool Co. Used various grits "sanding erasers" and the Dremel with wire brush...bad lighting, cold hands, probably a smudged lens on my phone camera plus the heavy coat of Johnson's doesn't show how well it cleaned up...a few stains in the rule portion, but all rust is gone...I found the adjustable head on the left (black) a couple weeks ago at the in-door flea warehouse for about 35 cents. No markings on it, but it's unique and it was 35 cents Cleaned up both retaining nuts and and clamp screws...used gun blue on the retaining nuts. One on the left was missing the tension spring, but I was able to rework a Delta faucet tapered seat spring to work. They'll work fine for a set of sizing calipers...I didn't notice either ahd apparently been dropped on the 45o angle out end thus both are slightly bent. I may try to straighten some day or not. This sliding head is the only one I've seen where the level vial was cast, but not drilled for the vial. I bought this a few months ago at the in-door Flea Warehouse for around a buck or so...Again, did not need, but made in the U.S.A. by the Union Tool Co...The CARP indicates this was a Carpenter Square versus a Machinist version. After soaking the scale in a tube of Evap-O-Rust all the rust was completely removed, but it does leave the pitting and odd "fish-eye" finish on the steel. The verdict is still out on future refurbs using Evap-O-Rust...after some light scrubbing with the "rust erasers" it had a great shine...again poor lighting and photography doesn't do it justice. It's a keeper and will see use...seems to be accurate...I really like the sliding head detail. Original patina, just cleaned up with a toothbrush & Simple Green then couple coats of Johnson's. Gun bluing on the retaining nut...dull finish due to Johnson's...
Got to ride along to visit a small section of The World's Longest Yard Sale.....Stopped at about half of the sales we found...I think I bought items from 8 different vendors....spent..$18...Soooo, first up was a "Truckstop-like" place in Cartegena, Oh area, on US 127.....large barn for selling Golf carts, another for selling sporting goods, another was the gas station/deli/grocery.....and a few tents of vendors....and another long building full of antiques.. Prices were a tad too high, for me... and.. Next booth.. Table in the center of this booth.. Yes, it says $9 for that block plane...Bought a pair of Yankee/North screwdrivers from one tent, and a Dunlap #3 from another... Stopped at a few other sales......one had this big tool.. Has a drive shaft to a PTO. Didn't have the room in the van...or the shop... Stopped at a place called "York Woods" (?) a campground in a woods. Also had quite a few vendors....one was 80% tools! Got a backsaw, a square, and another Yankee/North Bros. One other stop got me a short rip saw....Started the day with a twenty, came home with $2..for these? Square is a 12" model. Backsaw isn't much bigger. Might take a little clean up? Road weary now....might be too tired to try the shop today....Had tried to do a little rehab on the 5-1/2ppi rip saw.....glued a crack in the handle, and replaced one bolt.. Yep..THAT one (bolt and crack) Someone had peened the bolt over onto the nut....had to grind away to remove the bolt. Handle is sitting clamped up, with a bead of glue where the crack broke out.. Warranted Superior medallion...might take awhile to get it rehabbed? I think I'll sit and rest for awhile....
Went out Barn Sale-ing....two stops were....meh. a panel saw, and not much else at the first stop. Framer's square at the second one.. At least I can READ this $2 square...the saw? Once I got the rust off, a fully readable etch appeared. There is an "8" inside the "D" 10ppi, 20" long crosscut Panel saw....everything looked good.. Except Disston never used this type of medallion. Hmmm...spent $2.50 for the saw. After hammering the plate flat and straight, and the rust removed....had to set things aside...Road Trip to pick up the GrandBRATS... Stopped at that place in Brandt, OH......fellow is getting too pricey to stop in any more...I spent $3 on a saw... 26" long, has 6points per inch. Has a strange etch.. Never really heard of it... small box at the top of the etch looks like a M9? Bolts? Don't get too excited.... Not sure when this style came out.. . Stamped as a "6". need to do some research on this saw Not that great a day, not that bad a day...meh. As for Brandt? Bypass the place. Way overpriced...18" F style clamp ( made in China) $18 each? same with a 24" and a 12" one...same price...and won't come down, either... Maybe tomorrow, I'll have better luck?
Well, cleaned a few up for Polite Company to view, handled a small chisel to make it usable. Lets start with these..thngs What you see here cost me about $10 today... 3/32" nail set, a 3/16" drill bit ( Craftsman!) and a counter sink bit with no name. $0.75 for these.. A pair of Millers Falls 3/4" wide chisels, one with a fully readable logo. Permaloid handles...$1 each $1 for this block plane iron, with a Stanley "triangle" logo. Might have a plane for this... How many tri squares have a level in the handle? Must be why this was $2? In the first picture, the tool with the ball on the end? Is a Stanley YANKKEE offset, ratcheting screwdriver. No. 3400, even has a patent date. Both "tips" are for slotted screws. Ok. the next one came home in two pieces. I had to fit a new handle to this 3/8" wide chisel.. I think I paid a dollar for each? This is a Buck Brothers 3/8" Mortise chisel Says so right on the back. Chisel will need a bit more work to bring it up to "Ready" status. Have started to grind a new edge, and work on the back a bit. This might take a while. Haven't done anything to the red chisels, other than give them a trip on the wire wheel...were a bit rusty. Out of the $10...I got a quarter back. Three different stops. No wonder I'm worn out. Had to walk today.....sheesh.
Well gotta love Yard sales on Thursdays around here. Only hit a couple, only spent ....$4 Mainly at one sale. They wanted way too much for some of their tools, as usual. Did pick out three "gems" though . That Stanley 8" square wasn't too bad, for a dollar. Cleaned it up, and could almost make out the inch markings on it There was a flimsy Japanese style flush cut saw. $1. Figured I'd try it out sometime. Speaking of saws A Millers Falls No. 2 Fret saw. I think it is a might too deep a reach to be a coping saw. Took two pictures to get it all in. This one had a $2 price tag on it. I changed out the new style slotted screws for a pair of thumbscrews. It takes a pin-less scrollsaw blade. How do I know what type of saw this is, because the maker stamped it on the saw,deep! Very readable. Two saws, and a decent square....$4 total. The one dovetail saw they had @ $8? Came back two days later, and got it for $5. Been active on FeeBay as well, but that's another story......
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