Finding old tools around here (the Pacific Northwest) is a bit of a challenge, and finding ones that are users as well, even harder. Let’s not even talk about the ridiculous prices that people put on them in antique stores around here.
I’d got a hint of a tool swap that would have at least one table of old tools, and after some online sleuthing figured out a date and location. I swear it was harder to find out information than just about any event I’ve been to recently. They really didn’t promote it at all, and I only had a couple of mentions and posts in random places. But went out on a limb, got up way too early, and checked it out.
Surprisingly there were quite a few old tools there, scattered among a lot of dusty old power tools and boxes of screwdrivers. It was an odd mix of people, mostly older, with a few young folks as well. I did pretty well for myself I thought, and am happy I got up way to early (time for a nap maybe?) to go check it out.
Here is what I picked up:
Stanley #48 “Tongue and Groove” plane, in good shape. This is a single unit that does both the “Tongue” and the “Groove” with a simple switching of the fence. The fence pivots on a single point to cover one of the blades, and align it with the center of the wood for the groove part. Swung the other way, it’s fence for the tongue part with both blades in play. It’s really clever, and surprisingly simple. When I was at the Woodwright’s School for my class, they demoed one of these and I thought it was pretty neat. It’s also, once I sharpen and tune it up, going to be put into use on a project I’m contemplating. He was asking $75 but he took $60 which is pretty fair for the condition and rarity of these.
All in all, it was a good day, and I feel happy with my purchases. I’ve already cleaned up the #5 and under the light rust it’s in great shape, and it’s cleaned up nicely with just some WD-40 and a light wire brush work.