Another Tool Auction

If you follow my blog, then you know I have an addiction to going to tool auctions and buying a boatload of planes. Well, not much has changed over the years except this auction was online a couple of nights ago. Today I went to the house to pick up my winnings to see what I won in person. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the tools I bought.

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When looking on the lots, the auctioneer was very vague with their descriptions. They just grouped about ten to fifteen tools together and listed them as “Stanley Metal Planes”. One of the lots was nine Stanley Bed Rock planes with only four pictures of the total lot. I took a chance that they were in good shape so I placed my bid until I outbid all the other bidders. When I picked them up, I noticed that six of the nine were corrugated which put a big smile on my face.

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The other planes I ended up winning were a couple of Stanley circular planes. Theses planes work really well and come in handy when properly tuned.

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They had this Stanley No 77 Dowel Making machine as a “drill”. These machines are sweet to use. I only wish I could afford the extra heads they came with as they usually sell for over $100 a piece on eBay.

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I also picked up this Stanley No 150 miter box with a Cincinnati Steel Saw Co back saw. I’ve owned one of these for twenty years and work great cutting small moldings.

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Here are a couple of Stanley No 112 scraper planes. Another tool that you’re glad you own when you need it.

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A couple of Stanley No 10 Rabbet planes. The one in the back has been welded as that is a common repair for these when they break in two.

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I ended winning six pre-lateral Stanley bench planes. One of them has the wrong lever cap and a couple others have the wrong style of tote, but all have the proper blades which is good as usually these are found with an improper blade.

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Most of these tools will eventually be restored and sold in my eBay store. http://stores.ebay.com/mvflaim. The pre-lateral planes are too collectible to be restored. Just a light cleaning will do. The tools in the bottom photo are the tools I’ve been working on the past few weeks and will be listed for sale soon.

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5 Replies to “Another Tool Auction”

  1. Hello!! I noticed some of these planes and I think (unfortunately) we were bidding against one another on quite a few things!! Were these obtained from an auction through EBTH that took place from a West Chester estate? Funny, small world. I picked up some Stanley No. 113’s and about 30 Stanley Levels too… many fully brass bound. I’ve never seen so many planes in one auction! Great stuff and nice blog! Ryan

    1. Haha.. That was the auction. No harm bidding against one another. That’s how the game is played. I’m sure that the original owner wished there were a lot more bidders. At the end of the night I was bidding against someone on a lot of ten planes with two of them being aluminum body, and I believe a Stanley No 85 Cabinetmakers Rabbet plane was in the mix. Without seeing the planes in person, I was reluctant to keep upping my bid as I was already $100 over my max so I ended up losing the lot. That guy had some of the nicest planes I had ever seen in a personal tool auction.

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