Monday, September 12, 2011

Rust Hunting in Georgia - September 3, 2011

Just a few images from the weekend before Labor Day. I hit a sale on 9/3 with my friend John - it was well-advertised and the images showed lots of old tools - I was really interested in a right-angled brace in one of the photos. Of course it and anything else of any real value was long gone. The guy told me he had bought out the contents of a retired woodworker and most of the items had just been stored in boxes - he really didn't know much about what he had as the prices were all over the place. The items I purchased are at the top of this photo - the items at the bottom were bought at another sale.

I bought the two Groz shaves as I didn't own either profile - they were fairly inexpensive so I think I can work through the cheap manufacture with a little fettering. I thought the real prizes from that sale were the copper-headed hammer and the strap wrench (it's made so the strap can be replaced with a similar size in a longer length). I spent more for these than I probably should have but some times you go to a sale that has a lot of items and you just feel like you have to buy something (yeah I know) - which is what happened here. I don't remember exactly how much I paid but it was $20-30 - not the bottom-feeding I normally do.

The Hyde nail set you see - I've always wanted to try one. It's spring loaded so you can push finish nails in with your palm. I'm not sure if they're still being made. There were a couple of other similar nail sets or tools that help you hold finish nails but I passed on them - too pricey for what they were in my opinion.

The second sale happened quite by accident - this stuff appeared when I asked "Happen to have any old tools you don't want?" - got the whole box for $7.

The drills aren't much - Dunlap brace and a couple of "Made in Germany" eggbeaters. The rule is Lufkin, the perfect-handled screwdriver has a "6" and an English maker (haven't gotten out my magnifying glass so I'm not sure who). The Handyman blocker was probably never used. The real prize in the pile though is the Stanley 100 - first I've ever seen in the wild. It has a Sweetheart blade - I rather fancy the mini/micro planes - easy to tune and come in real handy in tight spots.

Last week I picked up some interesting garden pruning tools - images up soon!

-- John