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To folks who aren’t woodworkers, this is a “pile of old tools.” To a craftsman this is a pile of old gold — and in some cases it costs as much, too. These planes on display in a booth at the Southwest Tool Collectors Association Tool Meet in Houston are a fine example of you-never-know-what-you-might-find.

Though many sellers are quite proud of their wares and insist on a king’s ransom to part with tools you put in the nice-to-have category, tool meets like this are great places to lay you hands on gear that’s just flat unavailable anywhere else. Even if you don’t have the scratch saved up to shell out triple digits for a hand plane, you might find some other bit of gotta-have-it lying around.

In any case, events like these are sweet places to check out some tool hotness and meet other collectors and crafters, and that’s worth a Saturday afternoon right there.

Thanks to reader Noel C. Hankamer for the awesome image posting.

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5 Responses to Treasure In Disguise

  1. mdrosen says:

    In the 2nd picture from the one linked from this article, with the gimlets, what make are those screwdrivers? They look just amazing, and the handle looks almost perfect for the hand, maybe as good as the old Stanley Workmaster screwdriver handles. Does anyone know the make and where to get them? Thanks.

  2. PutnamEco says:

    mdrosen Says:
    what make are those screwdrivers?
    You haven’t been reading toolmonger enough, 🙂 you should have known they are Heritage.


  3. Daniel says:

    In 1994, when I was just starting out with finer woodworking, I paid one of those old tool dealers an embarrassingly large amount of money for a factory fresh Stanley 45, with grease and wrapping still intact, with all cutters still coated in grease. It would have made a fine addition to somebody’s pristine plane collection, but mine has cut a lot of wood. Apparently the dealer had stumbled upon a hardware store going out of business, and found a crate of 45s in the attic. This was his last one. (I kept checking back for a few months, and didn’t see another.)

  4. Ken says:

    There is spillover into the yardsale market. People has heard the high prices that restored or rare hand planes bring. Therefore any rusty plane of any brand or type is “vintage” or “they do not make them like that any more.”
    However it is fun looking.

  5. Sara says:

    Ken, check out e-bay for the same “spillover.” I’ve restored my fair share of old, rusty planes and really get a chuckle from some of the “vintage” (i.e., rusty, with frozen or missing parts) planes offered at ridiculous prices.

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