This weekend I got a chance to attend my second meeting of the Pacific Northwest Tool Collectors group, this time as a member rather than a visitor. I had a list this time, and I got most of what I was looking for actually, and a couple of interesting pieces.
My main goal was to look for some chisels, specifically gouges and mortise chisels. I got a fairly decent selection shown here.
I’m hoping to gather a selection of carving tools to do a variety of tasks, but eventually I’d like to try my hand at stuff like Peter does. that is a ways off, but I thought I’d start gathering a selection to start experimenting with. I paid an average of $12 each for them, which is a lot less than I can find similar tools new. I need to buy a V gouge though, that seems pretty integral, and I didn’t see any at this show. I also picked up a couple more mortise chisels. I now have 3.
A random little find was this collection of gimlet auger bits I found for $5. Screw hole starters essentially, could be useful.
My favorite find of the day was this Miller Falls #7 skew and rabbet block plane. This is a copy of the Stanley #140 block plane, down to the removable side. There was a beat up #140 there at another table, but it got so many bids on it during the morning it went to the auction portion. The #140 planes are getting very hard to find, and the collectors are snapping them up. I was happy to find the Miller Falls version, in good shape for $65 (I talked him down from $75) instead. They aren’t as collectible which is fine by me, since I’m interested in “user” tools.
While I was working on the work bench, I had a 2×4 that was a shade too long and the #7 made short work of that. Without even needing to be sharpened! I will spend a little time giving it a cleaning and sharpening later, but I was impressed with its utility right from the start.
The next PNTC Meeting up in Seattle is not till November, but I look forward to it. One of these days I might find my way down to one of the Portland gatherings. I also sort of volunteered to help with web stuff, lets see if they take me up on it.