Swung by a real old guys tool basement and picked up a few nice things. An old worn Snow & Nealley hudson bay, which needs a lot of grinding work, it was only 6 dollars so I'm ok with it. Another tiny, really really tiny hatchet, the edge is probably 2 inches wide and the whole thing is like 5 inches from poll to bit or something, paid 6 for that. Got 5 spider gauges for 2 dollars (!!!!!) each, and 2 old Simonds combo pin gauge/jointer/raker gauge in good shape for 2 dollars each (!!!!!!!!!!!!). This old guy had so many freakin planes in his collection it was unbelievable. He had literally hundreds, maybe a thousand different random planes. And a lot of good deals on old tools.
Nice score! I'd be headed back there every payday.
I usually clean these places out pretty good since they are small operations. Checking in every couple months, even if only for a nice chat with the fellows is what I do. Some hauls are better than others but I've never leave completely disappointed, the old timers are just too cool.
I wish I could find some places like that...
Hopefully tomorrow's yard sales will yield some bounty!
Once you know one tool guy, you know them all. They are all friends. Find one place and you find a crap load, just have to ask around.
No axes today , but I did manage to do alright.
I found some random stuff: A file that was brand new, A pocket stone, A 'Clicker' for my step dad (he has been looking for one of these for a bit), a pitch fork for my Grandma's yard (decorative purposes) and a rock hammer...I think.
Pocket stone $1
Pitch fork $5. My Grandmother would love this in her yard, I couldn't help but get it for her.
I am most exited about this little guy. I think it is a rock hammer of some sort, but I know nothing more. If so, I may just found a companion to accompany me through my journey to become a geologist
The previous owner seemed to have put a metal wedge in here; at least he didn't use something like a darn key or something!!!
I may have pics for tomorrow. The very kind woman whom sold me the file, stone and 'clicker' said that her neighbor had some knives he was selling tomorrow and that she would tell him to hold on them for me until I got there. Wish me luck boys!!
Nice rock hammer. And your fork is a digging fork not a pitch fork.
Those Shopsmiths can really be a boon to a small shop. They don't really take up less space than all the separate tools, though, because you still have to have room to store the tools that you mount to it. I have one, with all kinds of woodworking attachments, and use it regularly for knife-making. I usually keep the disc sander attached to one spindle and use it in conjunction with the tablesaw table. The planer, belt sander, drill, bandsaw, and jigsaw are scattered around the shop.....
The good news it that you can buy a speed reducer for them that will allow you to drop the speed down to zero so you can use the bandsaw and drill for ferrous metals!
Finally found a decent Tommy Axe. Picked it up at an antique shop while on the road this week. They gouged me for $22.
It's got a little rust but not bad. Nice patina. Very little wear on the bit. Original handle could use replacing.
The poll and claw are almost immaculate.
I've been wanting one of these for my car camping kit. I usually keep some nails in my kit to string up ropes, tarps, etc. It's nice to have a real claw for pulling the nails back out.
Biggest problem is the wedge. I think the guy must have been opening up a hardware store and stocking his product in this axe head. I see 2 metal wedges, 2 steel washers and 4 nails in it. Despite the mess it's actually tight.
And this arrived by mail today. Dipropylene glycol. Generic Swel-Lock. 4 ounces for $5.75 shipped from the auction site.
Square Peg, welcome to the tommy club. Mine had the opposite problem with wedges. My predecessor (peace be with him) had split the handle pounding the head on only half way, then stuck a single cut nail just barely into the kerf.
That's an interesting dangle bench you've got there.
Lovely scores as ever gents.
Peggy, I love that tommy. It sure does look well looked after.
I'm going to have to see if that dippy glycol is available in the UK.
I've got a few requisitions, yet to photo and post, that will require rehandling.
"Don't thee thou me thee thou thissen and see how tha likes thee thouing"
Nice score Peg. For some reason, the tommy axes I've seen on ebay have been around $20.
Do tell where you got the generic swel-lock? on the 'bay?
I've been resisting the urge to tell you what my tommy axe cost. I got these today for $8 each, Plumb with kelly perfect type ribs which you can't see in the pic, and what I think may be a quite old hewing hatchet.
Also got a jackhammer bit and a 2-lb (if you can trust my kitchen scale) ball peen hammer head for $1 each.
I also got a jackknife which I've posted under "monster Remington" in the traditional forum. I'm less smug about what I paid for that.
Pretty good day, though- I even passed up a couple of beauties.
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