A day at a tool auction

Last weekend I went to an antique tool auction in Indianapolis and picked up a few planes. Needless to say I went hog-wild with my bidding. All the planes were sold in lots which brought the price per plane down a bit. Even with all the good deals I got, I never spent so much at a tool auction.

I bought several Stanley circular planes as well as No 3’s, 4’s, 6’s, Gage 5C, block planes, and No 71 1/2 router. All of them are in nice shape with nice clean rosewood handles, full blades and no rust.

I also bought a lot of transitional planes but they were all sold in lots with five or more so I couldn’t refuse.

I also won a box of woodies which had a cooper’s croze, old woman’s tooth router and two cute little panel raisers. One of those panel raisers I’ll keep while the rest I’ll sell.

I’m a sucker for old molding planes. I have over 150 in my arsenal and still counting. I’ll more likely keep all these unless I already own that profile then I’ll sell it.

Box of measuring instruments. Lots of calipers and dividers in there and a few do-dads I have no idea what they do.

Some of the tools that were in the box I’ll keep for myself. Buy a box full of tools, sell the ones you don’t need to pay for the ones you keep. End up getting free tools which is not a bad deal.

Once I get all these tools cleaned up I’ll throw them on eBay. The money I make will help pay for my medical bills from when I was in the hospital last month. Wish me luck.

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2 Replies to “A day at a tool auction”

  1. Mike,

    Are these photos from your workshop? Did you really buy this many tools? What is the large curved thing in the foreground of the fourth photo? Do I sound like your wife?

    Good luck with your sale. Do you plan on cleaning and tuning the planes before selling them, or will you sell them as is? I may be interested in a coffin-bodied smoother in good shape if you’ll be selling one.

    Chris

  2. Yes, I bought all these planes. I was having fun at the auction, The curved plane in the fourth photo is a cooper’s croze. It puts a groove in the top of a barrel to accept the lid.

    I’ll clean them up with citric acid and throw them on eBay. I don’t bother sharpening the blade as I never get any more money for them when I do that.

    The coffin smoother is actually a steel bottomed rabbet plane. Never seen one like that before. Don’t know how well it works though.

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